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  1. When copying tabs, somtimes we have to cycle through 100s of "Yes" or "No" to the "Name already exists warning" Can we add Yes to All option

    This is a major productivity killer for power users such as finance teams, and current UX does not help exit this state efficiently.

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      18 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow for a transparent Manual vs. Automatic Calculation setting by workbook vs. a global setting.

      When you have one calculation-heavy workbook and distribute it to other people, it would be best if you could turn off calculation for only that workbook, without affecting the other workbooks these users are working on. It is confusing and outright dangerous in potential consequences that suddenly their workbooks do not calculate anymore. On the other hand, if the calculation is on, their whole excel freezes for a considerable amount of time every few keystrokes.

      Suggestion: Allow for a transparent Manual vs. Automatic Calculation setting by workbook vs. a global setting.
      There should be a popup when you open the…

      15 votes
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        2 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Scrolling is Choppy

        When dragging the scroll bar with medium to large spreadsheets it is very laggy/choppy. This is annoying and the scrolling should be much more fluid.

        3 votes
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          1 comment  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Enable multi CPU threads/cores for sorting

          Enable multi CPU threads/cores for sorting

          Currently sorting and may other calculations are still single cpu core thread (even when the multi core is selected in the options) causing large spreadsheets to freeze "not responding" for several minutes at a time. All modern systems have multiple CPU cores and threads. It is time Excel have an upgrade to take advantage of multi core CPUs

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          • Please Please Please Bring Back MDI. SDI simply doesn't support the types of applications I have spent my career developing in Excel

            Please bring back MDI for Excel. SDI is really slow, and crashes when I run the apps I've developed over my career that rely on multiple workbooks loaded simultaneously. Or re release 2010 and just call it the version for the folks who rely on MDI and there are a lot of us!!!!!!

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            • THE NEW RIBBON IS TOO TALL AND TAKES UP TOO MUCH OF THE SCREEN!!

              All of a sudden the ribbon has become taller. Why?

              This is not an "Idea" - it is a complaint. Apparently Microsoft doesn't allow complaints.

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              • Add rows across all sheets

                Why is it so difficult to add a row and have it add across all sheets? I an inventory sheet for every month and sometimes we add new products. When I add a new product in Feb I do not want to have to manually copy that row into Mar-Dec and I do not want to have to deal with VBA coding (whatever that means) I have spent hours trying to figure this out and chatted with customer service who could not help me with this. It seems like it should be very simple, there should be a button when…

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                  • Alt Shortcut Ribbon Speed Issue - CPU priority while on battery

                    Hi,

                    There are many users that experience a slowdown in the appearance of the Alt shortcut ribbon. A commonly suggested solution is to disable hardware acceleration, however, there is another reason for laptop users that come from battery power management. The alt shortcut ribbon slows down excessively while on battery compared to while plugged in.

                    I had the opportunity to test this on multiple instances of excel on different laptops, and even with no battery saving settings set system-wide the alt shortcut ribbons slows down instantly, and continues to slow down the more the excel instance is open. It seems…

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                    • Excel note card

                      Allow for a excel note card to be displayed in separate window from excel doc. The note card can display information from selected cells (ideally cells from different documents). The window should close separate from the doc. Could give an overview of important info on screen even when documents are not open.

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                      • I have paid for this product year after year... why do I have to prove it every time I use my **** computer

                        I spend more time trying to use this stupid product than I actually spend using it,,,, I pay for this every year and have to prove it over and over every time I open my computer... this is ********...

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                        • Fix the bug which makes the mouse unusable when the spreadsheet is too large

                          I can't select cells with my mouse, meaning the worksheet is incredibly difficult to complete. This renders the software almost unusable.

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                          • HINDI LANGUAGE

                            HINDI LANGUAGE IS MOST FAMOUS Language plz include language .

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                            • why keep changing things!!!!

                              I am sick of having what I am working with modified without consultation. How would you like it if someone moved the seat in your car and didn't put it back!! Just leave things alone..I will contact you if I want to change

                              2 votes
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                              • Re-order pinned workbooks

                                You should be able to rearrange the order of the pinned Excel workbooks.

                                4 votes
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                                • Improve the rendering engine PLEASE

                                  Using Excel 365 on a 4k monitor is a sluggish, laggy nightmare with big spreadsheets. I can't even scroll through an EMPTY spreadsheet without Excel jerking and lagging behind as I gently push the scroll bar up and down.

                                  Yes, my PC is as fast as it can get, and yes, I've tried all the usual suggestions about disabling hardware acceleration, enabling it again, updating this and that, reinstalling, repairing. I know I'm not running into problems with macros or add-ins or whatever. And I have an i7-8700K with all the bells and whistles, so I'm really struggling to imagine…

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                                  • YOU JUST DELETED MY FILE!!!!! PLEASE REPLACE ASAP

                                    YOU JUST DELETED MY FILE!!!!!
                                    PLEASE REPLACE ASAP on this computer
                                    Chris Clothier
                                    casclothier@outlook.com

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                                    • #1 excell improvement many times smarter faster processing

                                      smarter faster processing is the only real performance improvement that people want for their spreadsheet program.

                                      1000s to perhaps millions of times faster processing could be obtained.

                                      needed for accomplishment:
                                      1) Internal or external "large FPGA" card or on Mother board FPGA
                                      2) Design Library created by Microsoft for acceleration ( FPGA building block modules to combine with your own design projects ) an FPGA API.
                                      3) while smaller scale FPGAs may be affordable (50K logic cells), the best technology (several million logic cells) are out of most users price range because of lower demand and more expensive resources. So…

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                                      • Fix window drag lag due to high mouse polling rate

                                        With high-end mice, having a higher poll rates greater than 200Hz will produce a lag - not fluid - while dragging the window

                                        12 votes
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                                        • Let's not fill new row or column with clipboard content!

                                          Whenever I copy something on to the clipboard and then try to insert a new row or column using the keyboard shortcuts, by default Excel copies clipboard content to the entire new row or column. This is definitely not a required feature and it is very rare that someone would want to fill a new row or column with some text. And it affects the performance of excel many a time.

                                          Hence, please make the default option for keyboard shortcut (Ctrl+Shift+Plus) as insert a new row and if at all someone want to fill a new row or column with…

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