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  1. improve convert to number from right click menu

    When Excel detects a range stored as text it gives a icon that you can click to convert the strings to numbers. This however is incredibly slow when applied to a range, it takes more than 1 sec per entry on my i5 windows machine. For a range of 1000+ this take unbearably long without opportunity to interrupt.

    I wrote a VBA code that simply does a .value = .value and pastes the range back into the sheet. This is 100s of times faster that Excel's built in functionality. Please improve the built-in function's performance

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    • Reinstate the ability to open multiple workbooks in a single instance in Excel

      I do not understanding the logic behind your decision to remove the ability to open multiple workbooks in a single instance in Excel. The only benefit is the ability to immediately move work books to two separate screens basically giving the ability to do the simple task of copy and paste. FYI: available on all spreadsheets!!! What made Excel a valuable tool was it ability to reduce time by accumulating data from multiple workbooks instantly and limiting the use of resources (ram). It also reduced the amount of data on a single workbook and protected the master since a simpler…

      4 votes
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      • automatically remove unused ranges when saving (control file size)

        Today, if a file becomes bloated due to empty range being tagged as "used", it is possible to go through each worksheet, delete the blank ranges of rows or columns after the real data, and resave to shrink the file.

        Would it be possible to improve Excel's algorithm to identify used ranges, and re-scan files during the save process to reduce range sizes automatically, and save users from this file bloat?

        It seems like it would be easy to detect cells without contents, so I'm guessing the current algorithm is looking at applied styles or something similar. If that were…

        4 votes
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        • Bad idea removing the ability to open multiple worksheets same instance because all links are now broken.

          The idea of separately opening multiple workbooks kills the ability of the function of excel. I was under the impression that excel was deigned to improve productivity and to give us data we can use. Multiple workbooks in the same window linked and data flowed freely. This feature is extremely valuable as results are generated on a single spreadsheet rather than creating on enormous file. This allowed multiple user to contribute and the data to link from several spreadsheets, We are now forced to waste our time and copy and paste. I am sorry but that is available by the…

          2 votes
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          • scale back the resources needed by "click to run service"

            Please scale back the compute/disk resources consumed by Office. There is something called "Microsoft Office Click-to-Run" which consumes the great majority of the available disk capacity when I start up my HP laptop. The machine basically locks up for a few minutes and nothing else will respond. This is especially annoying since I installed Office as a local stand-alone install, not as an online service.

            2 votes
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            • Drag and drop from task bar

              When right-clicking on short-link in task bar, recently used files are shown. I suggest a drop and drag function for these files (as in Windows 7/Excel 2013)

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              • Search function in excel

                Can there be a search bar in excel so that I can search all the functions there instead of clicking each tab to find them?

                Thanks!

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                • Keep offline help for both EXCEL and VBA

                  Please return offline help like in Excel 2010 (for VBA and Excel)... It is enugh to have just basic offline help without totally up to date informations in 98% cases.
                  Thank you.

                  4 votes
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                  • size

                    I would love to see MS adding some tools to manage the size of the excel documents. I have some excel documents that is huge in size for no reason. I don't know how to invistigate the cause.

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                    • Make ******* Office actually WORK!!!! What the **** is going on???? Microsoft take money from my bank account every month, and I'm constant

                      What the **** is going on???? Microsoft take money from my bank account every month, and I'm constantly been told my subscription is expired???? For **** sake it's really ******* my off. ALSO the whole office on-line, **** thing, is very slow, I mean really slow, and its **** all to do with my broad band or hardwear, its YOUR SOFTWEAR, i had the same problem back in the 80's my whole ******* day wasted waiting for windows to re-boot. Get yr **** together, or im gone to apple.

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                      • update excels dates from 2011 to current year on templates

                        update excels dates from 2011 to current year on templates

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                          • sharing changes no longer allowing network sharing only one drive

                            we cannot share files on network drives since your change to only allow sharing on One Drive. Not everyone in our company has One Drive. Additionally, your help articles to unshare files in Legacy mode, does not work. The Legacy share options are all greyed out. This is causing us to completely recreate spreadsheets we depend on between departments.

                            2 votes
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                            • Change the order of calculation from "left to right" to "right to left"

                              We can read from http://www.decisionmodels.com/calcsecretsc.htm that Excel seems to recalculate from left to right, top to bottom.
                              Hence, the usual advice is to design a sheet that way.
                              People who think this is logical often produce worksheet with charts located at the bottom right, or anywhere in the sheet. When I receive that kind of worksheet, I have to locate the damned charts.

                              I don't find this very efficient.

                              My logic follows somewhat the Reverse Polish Notation (RPN), i.e. I have always one chart per worksheet, at the top left of the sheet. Charts data are close to the chart…

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                              • Allow to select predifined perfils

                                If you select: civil engineer or chemical engineer, financial, medical, artist, etc... you will see the functions most used by the seleted discipline, having to the hand symbols as Pi, Radio, diameter, divitions, guitars, books, probete, etc... , Formulas and other things quickly , whitout looking for hundred of options and loosing time.

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                                • Power Query - cache shared nodes

                                  Update Power Query in Excel to take advantage of caching in cases where a parent node refers to a child node that has already been refreshed (as exists in Power BI desktop today).

                                  This issue creates significant performance problems with refresh times when creating highly interdependent financial and operational models. This is a show stopper from a usability and customer acceptance standpoint.

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                                  • Office programs stop responding for many seconds after pasting text from IE/Edge

                                    Pasting a text in Office programs, that was copied from IE or Edge, is not instant and in the case of Excel takes more than ten seconds for it to be pasted and Excel will not respond during that time either. Word suffers from this too but not to that extent.

                                    Pasting a text that was copied from e.g. Firefox is instant and does not cause Excel to not respond.

                                    You can contact me for further information and I can even show you videos of it happening.

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                                    • vlookup returns formatting of target cell not just data within target cell

                                      Vlookup currently returns only array data within a looked up cell only into my target cell. I require any cell formatting found in the looked up cell such as colour fill to be returned in the vlookup function to the target cell. If the vlookup did this automatically rather than me having to then create conditional formatting rules for each variable of data returned from the array after vlookup has completed its job returning the data from my array into my workbook it would make the vlookup tool much more powerful.

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                                      • Most used currency symbols to be put at top of dropdown! T

                                        Most used currency symbols to be put at top of dropdown!

                                        This logic could be applied to many dropdowns but currency seemed a very good one to start with, as the list is ridiculously long when I'm sure the majority of users would use USD/GBP/CHI/EUR (have these ad default on top of list?) and by having it capture most used by each user, it would also benefit the minority that do use the likes of Tibetan currency frequently!

                                        I have used excel sheets for 50% of my day for the past 10 years and could give along list of improvements…

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                                        • Let me pick the color of Office Top Bars

                                          There are colors that don't show up in a field of other colors. For instance in Excel the "Redo" and "Undo" are blue. I can barely see them in the green Quick Access bar of Excel.

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