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  1. Improve the "Vary colors by point" option

    The current version of the "Vary colors by point" option is of limited use and indeed contrary to accepted data visualization best practices, since it randomly assigns different colors to bars. The user should have the option to apply conditional color encoding by assigning colors based on some data, creating a color scale (ramp or categorical). As a practical example, a bar chart displaying population by country could use population density to generate a color ramp for bars or variation by category (continents).

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      1 comment  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Intelligent Chart Axis Numberformat Would Eat Decimal Points

      Charts default the numberformat for the axis to the numberformat of the first series. It would be better design (easier for the reader to understand) if the default minimized the number of decimal places. For example, if the y-values are between 2 and 8, I might show 2 or 3 decimal places in the raw data--but I want the chart axis to show whole numbers. I think of this as the chart axis should eat the decimal places where possible. That would be how a professional designer would build the chart, and it should also be the way the Excel…

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        3 comments  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Congressional Districts

        Just like there are maps by state and city, there should be capabilities for charting and creating maps by U.S. Congressional Districts.

        2 votes
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        • Allow chart labels to have an interval of greater than 255

          I am plotting 1 second data over 24 hours, see jpg attached. I can put a tick mark using intervals of anything up to 31999, so 3600 is every hour. However the label interval limit is 255, which makes for really messy and hard to read formatting of the x-axis. Please allow for spacing of labels at greater intervals to match the tick mark spacing.

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          • Add a 'Source Box' chart element

            You should be able to have a text line at the bottom corner of the chart in which to put the source for the data. Would surely be very simple to add.

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            • Introduce support for x (horizontal) error bars in ODS format files

              Introduce Excel support for x (horizontal) errors bars in ODS format files. Currently x error bars are possible using Excel in XLSX format files, and using Libre Office in ODS format files, but they are lost when opening or saving an ODS file in Excel.

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              • Change go to box width

                When using the go to box (opened after using F5 command or trace dependents) the list of linked cells is not wide enough. The navigation would be easier if we could see the complete address.

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                • I need to be able to hyperlink each state on an Excel map. Is this supported.

                  I have a US map in Excel 2016. I need to be able to hyperlink each state to a different hyperlink destination for each state.

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                  • add the functionality for markers in sparklines (first, last, negative, etc) to chart design ribbon

                    The Sparklines have the ability to hide/show/edit certain markers in the series, i.e. first, last, min, max, negative. Please add this ability to charts.

                    Sometimes you simply want a marker at the end of a series (with a data label), or only the first and last values in a data series. This would make the charting in Excel generally more clean in its design.

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                    • Allow the cursor to move within the textbox for range selection within select data for charts

                      It is a royal pain in the **** to have to use the mouse/trackpad to align the I beam to the absolutely correct position to be able to modify the range. As soon as a cursor key is pressed, the location of the cell highlighted is added to the range, CTRL+A (a precursor to deleting the whole textbox) merely adds the entire sheet to the range.

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                      • Highlight Bar

                        I think it would be nice to have a savable highlight bar of sorts, one that would go across one, or a few, rows or columns at a time to make it easier to track across that row (or column). This would come in handy especially in cases where someone needs to keep track of information across several columns (or rows) where visually skipping to the wrong line would be easy to do. Sort of like holding a ruler to a sheet of paper so one can work line-by-line. It would also be handy if a row/column's header is off-screen.…

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                        • Preserve charts when rows are deleted

                          I often used graphs (aka "charts") to observe where data in large data sets is out of range. The problem is that if I delete bad rows of data, the chart gets deleted. [I do not know if this is intentional or a bug or a bad setting somewhere] Since the chart uses absolute references, there does not seem to be any reason why this should occur.

                          Another way to make this easier is to have the user be able to create better graph templates, so that the data could be quickly reloaded and observed.

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                          • Complete editing data table in chart

                            Option of complete editing data table in chart, for example:
                            - font size, color etc.
                            - background color
                            - border type
                            - number format (currency, custom, linked or not with source)
                            - aligning (espiecially to the right)
                            - ordering data series (for example descending, custom)
                            - option show/hide horizontal axis lables (now it's doubled)
                            - changing size, position of table

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                            • Add Non-Numeric measure support to Power View

                              Non-numeric measure is supported in PowerPivot. However, it isn't supported in Power View. Non-numeric measure will not show up in list of available fields in Power View.

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                              • Add digital population data.

                                Loving the new geographic data types, if you could add digital population, that is people with internet access, at least at country level, that would be amazing!

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                                • In Excel I cannot draw scatter diagram for more than 255 characters (numbers) while comparing two variables

                                  In Excel I cannot draw scatter diagram for more than 255 characters (numbers) while comparing two variables. Make it possible to limitless so that we can draw any chart

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                                  • magnify graph Mechanism

                                    It would be great if Microsoft would create an excel mechanism allowing me to magnify a portion of a chart so I can quickly view small segments of data without having to edit data range.

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                                    • Keeping the title formatting

                                      When you create a graph style the title formatting is lost when you apply it forcing continuosly to format the title itself

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                                      • Allow customising chart colors

                                        I was making a scatter chart. I wanted to change the colors of the entries (on the graph and in the legend). I went into Chart Tools > Design > Change Colors, but it only gave me options, and did not let me choose my own colors. None of the colors were what I wanted, so my only way to change it is to overlap each dot with a oval from Insert > Shapes. By the way, I have more than 6 entries in the Legend, but I don't want #7 to be a darker or lighter version of #1,…

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                                        • Creation of custom regions within Excel for 3D Maps by post code

                                          A tool within the application to create custom regions in 3D Maps by entering/selecting a list of postcodes/postcode sectors. This will be very valuable to businesses with their own defined services areas not covered by conventional county/other boundaries.

                                          Currently we can highlight areas via postcode, but not group them together to show different regions comprised of many postcodes.

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