Excel for Windows (Desktop Application)

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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…

      29 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.

        26 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 ..…

          23 votes
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          • PROVIDE OFFLINE HELP!!!

            DEAR MICROSOFT TEAM, PLEASE DON'T BE AN IDIOT BY TELLING US THAT GOING ONLINE MEANS TO DELIVER BETTER CONTENT!!!

            NO MATTER HOW GRACIOUS GOOD YOUR CONTENT IT WILL BE NEVER DELIVERED TO US WITHOUT INTERNET OR AREA WHERE THERE IS NO INTERNET ACCESS!!!

            20 votes
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            • 13 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…

                13 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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                    • 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.

                      8 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.

                        7 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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                          • Provide a "Offline Help" feature again

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

                            7 votes
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                            • Richer experience in Advanced Editor for Power Queries

                              Can we have some intellisense and improved ability to reference Power Query functions in this window. It's quite a pain to have to go off to a separate guide on Power Query functions when you just need a bit of help to get going - in terms of what function you should use and / or the arguments it takes

                              7 votes
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                              • 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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                                • Scroll in data validation list

                                  I would find very usefull to scroll with my mouse in a data validation list. Today I need to use the scroll bar by clicking on it.

                                  6 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

                                    6 votes
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                                    • Linking chart title to a cell on waterfall charts.

                                      How can I link a cell as Chart Title for waterfall charts.

                                      6 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        This capability is not currently supported on any of our new chart types in O16. However, we are working on plans to support this functionality in the future.

                                        Thanks,
                                        Scott [MSFT]

                                      • 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.

                                        6 votes
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                                        • vba help offline

                                          I run Excel 2010 on on PC and Excel 2013 on the other one, travelling. PLEASE bring back VBA offline help to Excel VBA help...The recently downloaded Excel 2013 Developer Documentation.chm quality is far beyond the Excel 2010 VBA help.
                                          Thanks

                                          5 votes
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