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  1. Tool to use arrows in order to highlight one full row at a time

    Currently, if you select a full row and then hit the down arrow, it will jump down to the left-most cell below the row you had selected. Since many people go through row by row to analyze data, it would be helpful if you could use the arrows to go up and down while highlighting/selecting one full row at a time. The workaround most people use for this is shading every other row so it is easy to see which row each cell belongs to.

    26 votes

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  2. Freeze pane for bottom row(s) of a range

    It would be good to be able to freeze one or more bottom lines (as well as the headers) of a range or table to be able to keep things like totals in view at all times.
    Similarly, freezing columns on the right hand side of the sheet would be useful sometimes.

    26 votes

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  3. Highlite Active row for easier navigation on sheet....

    I work with lots of lines and its tireing to try and track which row im on,
    Please try and Highlight the active row.

    25 votes

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  4. 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).

    24 votes

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    3 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. Give us the option of opening two or more workbooks in the one instance of Excel.

    Just got Excel 2016, and have found you have removed the ability to open multiple workbooks in one instance of Excel. I know we all asked for separate instances as default, as this is what all sane people will do 90% of the time, but that other 10% of the time it is useful to have the workbooks together, especially if you need to paste formulas/formatting between them. There is no reason why this can't be an option, as the functionality has been there for years (decades?).
    Also..
    Please fix it so Ctrl-H brings up "Replace", not "Find" like it…

    24 votes

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  6. Scrolling while writing or editing a formula

    It used to be possible to scroll around the screen using the mouse wheel while writing formulas - to find the cell reference to include in the formula. Now only the scroll bar can be used. This is particularly painful in large sheets as the scroll bars are not sensitive enough to find the right cell easily.
    Thanks for considering

    24 votes

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  7. Alphabetically sort sheets/worksheets in a workbook

    When working with large data sets, I often ended up with 50+ sheets of data, and each sheet was named by a given convention. To my knowledge, there isn't a way to sort them alphanumerically without a macro. Giving the user the ability to sort so that a1 is first then a2,b1,b2,etc rather than having to sort by hand or use a macro would be seriously amazing.

    24 votes

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    3 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for suggesting this. We do think there is value in this idea, but we don’t think that we’ll be able to devote time to it in the near future. We’ll keep tracking the votes on this.

    -Eric Patterson
    Excel Program Manager

  8. 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!

    22 votes

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  9. Make the Go To box SCALABLE

    Formulas / Trace Dependents / make the resulting list box SCALABLE.

    It is 100% useless if the full name of the referenced cells cannot be seen in their entirety, which is usually the case.

    I know others have been asking for this for YEARS.

    22 votes

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  10. 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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  11. "Freeze Panes" for sheet tabs

    Freeze Panes lets you browse the minor cells of a sheet while keeping the important ones, usually row or column headings, visible at all times.

    We should have something similar for sheet tabs. For example, you might want to guarantee the visibility of a summary sheet as you browse through the raw data sheets (or vice versa). Instructions for the file are also useful to anchor.

    If you search for "Excel freeze sheet tab" (without quotes) on Google, you will see that I am not the first to suggest this. The most common workaround seems to be assigning a sheet…

    21 votes

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  12. Sheet Tabs Navigation and Organization

    1- Have the option to have the sheets tabs on top of excel interface

    2- be able to scroll smoothly while the mouse cursor is over the sheet tabs

    3- be able to create sheet groups; Similar to groups in OneNote, however, the groups should be treated like a sheet tab. Meaning they should not be on the far right like how it is in OneNote.

    4- not for me, rather for some users, being able to have multiple line of sheet tabs

    overall just better navigation that suits this era.

    21 votes

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  13. Re-introduce navigation keys in bottom left corner (as in former versions) to easily navigate to first or last sheet in workbook

    Re-introduce navigation keys in bottom left corner (as in former versions) to easily navigate to first or last sheet in workbook

    20 votes

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  14. Make new Excel windows open only on the active desktop to avoid unwanted desktop switching.

    The problem occurs when a saved file is double-clicked, opening a new window. The window will open on the active desktop if no other Excel windows are open. If, however, there are other Excel windows already open, the new window will appear on the same desktop as the last viewed Excel window. This can cause Windows to switch desktops, and result in the new Excel window appearing on a different desktop than intended.

    20 votes

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  15. Single Excel window with all workbooks opened in it: please bring it back the quickest!!!

    Single Excel window with all workbooks opened in it: please bring it back the quickest!!!

    When working with large data in many workbooks and sheets, you get lost so easily into the so many opened excel windows!!! I have downgraded from Office 2013 to 2007 because of this missing feature! Please...

    19 votes

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  16. 19 votes

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  17. Shift Mouse Scroll (Horizontal Scroll)

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

    18 votes

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  18. Sum total display at the bottom

    In a prior version - when working on two spreadsheets on two monitors, the sum display in the bottom bar (right side) REMAINED when switching to the other screen. Now it disappears as soon as you switch to the other spreadsheet/monitor. WHY take AWAY such a handy function. Now, I have to create a SUM box for each spreadsheet. Don't make it harder - PLEASE make it easier!

    18 votes

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  19. Tabbed spreadsheets

    You have tabbed worksheets within the spreadsheet at the bottom, but you could have tabbed spreadsheets along the top. Makes navigation between different spreadsheets much easier than having them in separate XL windows. 3rd party apps like office tab do this very well but would be nice to see this feature natively in Office.

    18 votes

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  20. Bring back multiple sheets in one excel instance. 2016 is brutal without it.

    Bring back multiple sheets in one excel instance. 2016 is brutal without it.

    17 votes

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