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  1. Have the ability to change the input cell format in Excel

    Writing this for the second time: the feint green cell input colour and border thickness is far to difficult to see when moving around and sorting spreadsheets. Notice that all your MS Excel Training videos have a great, black coloured thick, very obvious input box - need to have the ability to change this in defaults or wherever...see attached

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  2. provide a move event for window object

    Trying to move a userform when a workbook window moves. Need either a way of linking the workbook window and fom or a move event for window object, so the above fearure can be coded can be coded

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  3. Enable scrolling to search for sheets in Excel Tabs

    Enabling scrolling when hovering over the worksheet tabs as in google sheets would be a really useful

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  4. Add a feature to Group Worksheets it will be easy to manage multiple worksheets in a single workbook

    Add a feature to Group Worksheets it will be easy to manage multiple worksheets in a single workbook

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  5. One suggestion to Excel Group and Ungroup function

    Hello! As an active Excel user, I have noted one possible useful addition to the functionality of Excel sheets. When demonstrating presentations and having some lines/columns grouped and hidden on the active sheet it would be useful to have an option to set a password for unhiding lines/columns with secret information (for example salary details). We had some occasions when such information was opened just by unintentionally tapping on (+) sign near the hided grouped raws.

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  6. Allow users with view-only permission to use Sheet Views

    Currently when 'sharing' view-only access to a workbook that has multiple sheet views set up, these users cannot use / select any of the sheet views (option is greyed out). Would like for these users to be able to use specific sheet views to sort/filter but not give them 'edit' permissions.

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  7. Make the "condensed" view of ribbon able to be pinned. (For all Office apps)

    Right now, I have one of two options:

    • Unpin the ribbon and see nothing, until I click on a menu option (Home, Layout, View, etc.). Only then do I get the condensed ribbon layout.
    • Or I can pin the ribbon—for easy access—however, selecting this option leaves me with a much larger ribbon, with a lot of empty/wasted space between the icons.

    It makes little sense to me that I can't pin the condensed version of the ribbon, as seen when unpinning and clicking through.

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  8. Trailing top Row

    In my experience when making an Excel file, in the first row of each column I title the type of information/data set that I want to be entered in each subsequent row starting at 2 onward.

    However, when the list is long (many rows down) and there are many columns I frequently have to scroll back to the top to ensure I am entering the data in the correct column, then scroll all the way back down.

    It would be nice to have an option in Excel to have a trailing first row where the Titled Columns scroll down with…

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  9. Display table headers in column headers even with frozen panes

    When active cell is in a table and the table headers aren't into view, the table headers display in the column headers (instead of A, B, C, etc). However this doesn't work anymore when we have frozen panes. It would be handy to also read the table headers in the column headers even with frozen panes.

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  10. index for worksheet

    Option to add an index sheet that lists all sheets in a workbook, and then possible to create columns to customize. This will help to easily navigate to all sheet quickly and keep it organized.

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  11. Add display setting to easily change the color of all cells in workbook.

    Add a display setting to allow the change of all cell colors. All white cells are ******* the eyes for long periods of time. There is already a display setting that allows for the selection of grid line color. Please add a similar setting for choosing dimmer colors than just white for the default cell color.

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  12. Hacer el modo oscuro consistente

    Algo como en word. el blanco de las hojas de calculo contrasta horripilantemente con el modo oscuro de la app.

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  13. Having a Workbook inside a Workbook (Sheets in Layers)

    Have the Ability to to not just create more Sheets, but to create depths of sheets. Example:

    Say you have a Construction Project that keeps multiple workbooks that need to be updated consistently, Payments, Materials, Testing, Property Owner Agreements, Etc.

    You could put them all in one file with over 100 sheets, which would be hard to keep track of.

    Or you could have a workbook, where the tabs at the bottom is each workbook that was mentioned. You select a Tab(lets say Materials), and it contains a summary of what information is in that section. Then there is an…

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  14. Sheet View -- should apply to hide/unhide columns/rows, freeze panes, not just filter/sort

    While co-authoring, need the ability to see my view, while others have their own view. This feature MUST extend beyond filter/sort and apply to hide/unhide columns and rows, freeze panes.

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  15. Selecting multiple dates should display min, max and range/span/duration instead of average and sum

    When I select multiple cells containing numbers, it shows me the average, count and sum in the lower right hand side. These are all very handy for numbers. When I select multiple cells containing dates, average and sum become a lot less useful. I would prefer to see the earliest (min) date, latest (max) date, and the time range. So for example, if earliest date in the selection happened to be 1/1/2021 05:00:00, and latest date in the selection happened to be 1/2/2021 07:23:45, then I would expect to see the time range expressed as a time duration, such as…

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  16. rearrange sheets by right-clicking

    Please add the ability to re-arrange the sheet order while I'm viewing the list of sheets. And provide a larger pane to view all the sheets when I right-click the Sheet Tab Scrolling buttons.

    This will make it easier to move a sheet from the beginning of the workbook to the end.

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  17. Cursor should be much more highlighted (thicker line, brighter color)

    Ability to customize cursor in Excel: It is very difficult to find the cursor in Excel. The border is too thin and the color does not stand out. As a bare minimum, at least make the border of the current cursor much heavier and have a brighter color around it (bright red, bright blue). Even better would be the ability for the user to customize the cursor (widrh of the line around the cell, color of this line, background color).

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  18. Can we have a function without any parameters to get the number of sheets in workbook along with sheet code which we can see in VBE window

    If we get the function to get the list of available sheets along with the respective code name then this will help alot in creating a dynamic hyperlink and also we can utilize in VBA

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  19. Managing Sheets in one click

    I have around 20+ sheets in one file. Problem is that I want to select selective 8-10 sheets in a new file. But I can not find any option to do this easily. the only solution I can think of is to right click on a sheet and make it as a copy in another new file. There should be the option to just select numerous selective sheets of own choice and just click "move to" button to move or copy the sheets to another file.

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  20. Excel search box (Ctrl F) window as minimisable (in addition to being closable).

    The search box (Ctrl F) can be very useful, indeed is an essential tool. Could the modeless search box window be minimisable as well as being closable, so that the data on the sheet can be seen by minimising it and search may be easily re-activated when needed by maximising it instead of having to close and open and click in it it again ? Just a small saving in user effort but with a large benefit in comfort and efficiency.

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