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  1. List sheet names vertically in a scrolling list sidepanel

    The current way of navigating sheets is extremely slow and strenous and should be obsoleted and replaced with a vertically scrollable list sidepanel without the need of 3rd party add-ins.

    82 votes
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  2. Make Excel obey the "scroll inactive windows" setting in Windows 10 (resubmitted Aug 2020)

    Make Excel obey the "scroll inactive windows" setting in Windows 10. Currently Excel will scroll when it is an inactive window, but it will not allow other windows to scroll when it is the active window. This makes transcribing data from a source that needs to be scrolled difficult.

    This idea was apparently fixed in 2018 (link below) but perhaps something broke it, as it is present at this time, evidenced also by the long comment thread in the "completed" item.

    Please fix this again.

    Link to item marked as "completed":
    https://excel.uservoice.com/forums/304921-excel-for-windows-desktop-application/suggestions/16030891-make-excel-obey-the-scroll-inactive-windows-sett

    19 votes
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  3. "Worksheet Sorter" for Excel

    A useful tool in PowerPoint is the "Slide Sorter" which allows you to quickly view, navigate and rearrange many slides. I think adding a "Worksheet Sorter" in Excel's "View" tab would be just as useful, and would make navigating 20+ worksheets much, much easier. If you agree with me please vote!

    73 votes
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  4. Give users option to display multiple workbooks in a single window like pages in a web browser

    In edge, chrome, firefox, etc a user can open 1, 2, 3, or 100 pages inside one browser window, then easily switch between them. Let's bring that same simplicity to excel!

    11 votes
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  5. True Dark Mode

    Actually make the dark mode for Excel change the working document's background colour black/dark without needing to format.

    13 votes
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  6. User usage tracking

    Would be great to have a way to monitor the usage of an Excel File. working in Finance, many of the reports we produce can be used or not used. having a mechanism for a file author to get usage statistics would be super helpful. for example each time the report is being opened it pings the server and let the author know through a report sent weekly or daily (customizable).

    20 votes
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  7. Shift Mouse Scroll (Horizontal Scroll)

    Please allow us users to navigate through the excel sheet left and right with Shift + Mouse Scroll.
    Thank you.

    10 votes
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  8. Scroll to "Last/First sheet" buttons

    The current way of navigating sheets is slow and strenous, the "Scroll to last/first sheet" buttons were available before next to the " scroll to next/prev sheet" buttons then they have been removed.
    So, please bring back the "Scroll to last/first sheet" buttons.

    4 votes
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  9. Active cell border

    Please put a red border around active cell so it may help people with eye problems see better.

    6 votes
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  10. Nested sheets

    At the bottom of the screen is a row of worksheets. However when you get to Workbooks that contain say 20 or 30 or 50 worksheets, it becomes a true disaster to navigate around that many sheets. What would be very helpful would be if you could expand to two rows at the bottom. That in itself would be helpful. But the really neat thing would be is if you could nest-sheets within like a high level. So perhaps like a folder with sheets inside of it. So you have one row that is all the folders and then inside…

    3 votes
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  11. Allow scrolling "pixel by pixel"

    When scrolling in excel, it forces you to jump to the edge of a cell, instead of smooth scrolling. This makes data very difficult to focus on and even gives me motion sickness. I know this was mentioned a possible addition in the future... but that was 5 years ago! I would love to hear an update on any progress.

    2 votes
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  12. Make tab lock symbols an Advanced Option - I like them!

    I have learned to like the lock symbols on the worksheet tabs, although I could see how this could be a problem for certain very large workbooks. How about making the lock symbols an on/off option in the Advanced Options section, or even on the toolbar?

    When reviewing a workbook that has locked tabs, having the symbols makes it much easier for me to ensure that all the intended tabs are protected. Being able to turn this feature on or off manually would be a nice compromise. The default option can certainly be set to "off" so that the "on"…

    1 vote
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  13. Implement Quasi MDI Windows using Windows 10 Sets Feature

    In Windows 10 there seems to be a feature, still under development called Windows Sets. https://www.howtogeek.com/352109/how-to-use-sets-in-windows-10-to-organize-apps-into-tabs/
    While MS pulled this feature from the latest public builds of Windows 10, it looks like it’s not dead, but sleeping, due to make a comeback once issues have been ironed out. https://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/3081852/windows-10-sets-coming-back-rumour

    If this is the case then it would be the perfect way to bring make MDI like functionality to Excel for those users who miss it. Certainly from a Excel custom Application perspective MDI windows worked very well.

    It would be great to have a setting in a future version of…

    21 votes
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  14. Show cells in relation to other data in a better way

    Hi

    See screenshot. I'm in a cell with the value 26 112. I want to know if this is casual wages or PAYE and it's not obvious, I have to strain my eye a bit and make sure I follow the cells correctly. Same thing if I want to see other numbers in the same column as the 26 112. If I want to see a number that's15 rows up on the same column, if there's a lot of data, it's really difficult to follow.

    So, it would be great if you had a view that highlights all info in…

    5 votes
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  15. comparing sheets

    I want the ability to compare the contents of two worksheets (either the same workbook or in different workbooks) to see it they are identical and, if not, where they differ from one another.

    6 votes
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  16. Different title bar colours for each instance

    Have an option to give each Excel instance a different coloured title bar.

    I'm on a small screen, alt-tabbing between two different workbooks which are very similar (different versions of the same workbook). I can check the title each time but it would be way easier if e.g. one's titlebar could be green and the other blue, that way I'd know instantly which workbook I was working in. This seems like an easy way of differentiating for users when the option to have e.g. old on the left half and new on the right half of the screen (as one…

    2 votes
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  17. Remove search bar from the title bar; put it back down with the content

    The search bar has recently been moved to the title bar. It is in the way, makes it more difficult to manage multiple windows, and feels very out of place. Please put it back down near the content being searched; the title bar needs to remain relatively free of clutter so that one can quickly grab it and move the window, double-click maximize with it, see the document name, etc.

    3 votes
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  18. Let me open two copies of a workbook with the same name. PLEASE

    Working on various different clients we often have standardised workbooks names. It would be very useful to be able to compare these quickly without having to save one of them locally under a different names.

    Cheers microsoft

    9 votes
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  19. Please implement a feature to block a popup window which inform us to use the latest method for shared workbooks

    Every time we use the Share Workbook (Legacy) option to share the item by following the steps in the public information, we always see the popup window that prompts us to use the latest method for shared workbook function. But I prefer to use the Share Workbook (Legacy) option, so it would be great if you could implement a feature to block the popup window.
    This is the reference for the steps, https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/what-happened-to-shared-workbooks-150fc205-990a-4763-82f1-6c259303fe05?ui=en-us&rs=en-us&ad=us

    2 votes
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  20. 4 votes
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