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  1. KEEP IT SIMPLE

    Please keep excel from growing further. It's a shame to learn where to look for a known function with every release and its a pain that some "new" features clearly show we users are deemed the most stupid being on the planet, since microsoft excel always knows better what and how we want to do it. I'm quite annoyed at all the new cloudy things like "share" that cannot be disabled with reasonable effort. And if you keep going, you push me to use somtehing else.

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      25 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Improve Office Help Files

      With every generation of Microsoft Office the included Help system gets ridiculously worse, help used to be one of it's strong points. Old versions of Office included fast and comprehensive offline documentation that was incredibly useful and could be searched in seconds. Excel 2013's help was horrendous and Excel 2016 is a disaster. Currently I'm trying to write a VBA function, I enter some code hit F1 hoping for an example and then have to wait 15 seconds for Firefox to open and display a poorly formatted MSDN page, if I then use the MSDN search box to refine my…

      24 votes
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      • Go back to giving us the permanent DVD ROM of the software

        Quite frankly .. I LIKE having the physical copy that has no expiration date of the software in my files .. (This way if the item fails (or the device goes belly up .. and I have to migrate everything to a new device) .. I still have the software in my hands and can easily do that transfer to the new device WITHOUT having to trust internet connections and downloads from the cloud

        This is especially true for those of us who are Military and/or live rurally (we do not have reliable connections at the best of times ..…

        22 votes
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        • Custom Keyboard Shortcuts

          Its absolutely REDICULOUS, that in 2016, after all these years, I still can't tell excel, hey, when I press ctrl + H I'd like you to highlight the current cell with whatever color is already selected. Its TERRIBLE, that the only thing I can do is add to quick access toolbar, which does give me a shortcut, but I don't get to CHOOSE it. Its automatically alt + a number, which is not convenient or fast for me at all. I'm an electrical engineer and use a lot of other software, and even low end CAD software allows you to…

          11 votes
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          • Better user guide documentation

            Current user documentation is not bad but could be improved with more examples.

            10 votes
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            • Show effect of Shift key on UI

              Many Excel UI elements support hidden features which are activated by holding down the shift key. One example is the find dialog: press the shift key and "Find Next" acts as "Find previous".
              I would like to ask for two things:
              - Update button captions to reflect the new action
              - Add something to the tooltips of controls what happens if shift is pressed when clicked.

              10 votes
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              • Make Excel obey the "scroll inactive windows" setting in Windows 10

                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.

                9 votes
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                • I have a few suggestions with regard to comments boxes.

                  I have a few suggestions with regard to comments boxes.

                  1. Currently we cannot make one comment box common for two or more cells.

                  2. Color of the comment box: Can we have multiple colors (This will help the user assign one color for some category of comments).

                  3. Currently we can have only one comment box per cell. Can we have one more - one of each color

                  7 votes
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                  • Need .PBIT Query Parameter Treatment for .XLTX

                    Opening a .PBIT prompts for Query Parameter values. This same behavior is needed for Excel Power Query reports saved as .XLTX.

                    7 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • date

                      It would be a great improvement if DATES were handled according to the system settings, not based on the assumption that everyone uses the mm/dd/yyyy format.
                      This assumption is embedded in VBA and CSV translation, and causes significant frustration for users outside USA who have a different date format. In Australia, where I am, we use dd/mm/yyyy!

                      7 votes
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                      • Allow customised keyboard shortcuts

                        MS Word has allowed customisation of keyboard shortcuts (e.g. Ctrl + Shift + S for Save As) but Excel doesn't. Please address this. Thanks.

                        5 votes
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                        • Provide a "Offline Help" feature again

                          Excel use to have a really nice offline help feature that I would like access to again.

                          5 votes
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                          • Automatically recognize unicode CSV file automatically

                            Currently, to open Unicode encoded CSV file in Excel, you would need to go through cumbersome import process. for example:
                            http://smallbusiness.chron.com/open-utf8-excel-63726.html

                            Just opening the CSV file will cause some characters displayed as garbled.

                            Please add the functionality for Excel to automatically recognize CSV contains Unicode and display it properly (like Notepad for example).

                            This is similar as an ask for Excel for Mac:

                            https://excel.uservoice.com/forums/304933-excel-for-mac/suggestions/9783765-support-utf-8-for-csv-import-export

                            5 votes
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                            • Big dream of an idea - Would it be possible to integrate Excel, Word & PowerPoint, and/or Access/SQL??

                              At work I am doing database querying, popping this data into Excel for more flexible analysis, including preparing graphs and other calculations, creating nice formatted exhibits. I also then write up my analysis in Word, copy/paste the graphs and small number table exhibits created in Excel. And/or I create a PowerPoint presentation from the work done in Excel or the write-up done in Word.

                              All this copying & pasting is tedious, you lose formatting, and if anything changes, you have to do it all over again. I have found that linking all the content together just doesn't work. Plus, you…

                              4 votes
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                              • Filter resize - stays the new length

                                When you resize a filter length, make a selection, then go back to the filter - the filter area shrinks to the original 'small' default. Please have it remember the last length - at least when working in the same spreadsheet

                                4 votes
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                                • Have a grater variety of controls to include on forms

                                  I use forms a lot, however, there are not as much controls on the control palette like on the past. For example the date picker control...

                                  4 votes
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                                  • A Back-Step Button on Evaluate Formula

                                    (I previously submitted this but, with the wrong title)

                                    I use the formula editor a lot to troubleshoot long formulas. It would be nice to back-step at least 3 steps from the current step.

                                    Say, I've got a formula that errors out on the 15th step. I have to start all over again to carefully step through again to see what happened. It would be helpful to go back a few steps, then forward again.

                                    4 votes
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                                    • Stabilize ActiveX Controls

                                      ActiveX controls aren't stable--for example, they get moved to a different part of the screen after hiding then unhiding a row, or the control gets larger and the caption gets smaller every time you click it. I shouldn't have to write a macro to put my controls back in their proper places--they should just stay where I put them to begin with!

                                      4 votes
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                                      • Viewing 2 Excel sheets - Want to switch sides and default the Arrange command to VERTICAL.

                                        I want a fast way to switch the sheet on the left to the right and sheet on right to left. I want a command to do this.
                                        I often set up side by side and then i want to switch sides, but no easy way to do it. I guess when i begin, i should move the sheet i want on left to leftmost side, then do arrange and then vertical. OH ...I also want the Arrange command to default to VERTICAL please. Please default that to VERTICAL. most analyst want vertical when comparing sheets. Most that i talk…

                                        4 votes
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