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  1. Improvement of Ribbon bar collapse behavior

    Collapsing the ribbon bar from the right hand side to the left is not always preferred, despite the design goal being to put less frequently used items on the right. The fix: when the ribbon is wider than the current window, use small scroll buttons to shift the "active" portion of the ribbon left or right (collapsing the ribbon on the other side).

    This would make work-flows which use rely on either side easier without sacrificing real estate or functionality, and make the ribbon more extensible without changing its essential nature or look and feel.

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    • A better dark mode

      A better dark mode. The icons should change as well or something.

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      • I'm using Excel to create a parametric design and have hit the upper limit on the number of lines that can be drawn, namely 255.

        It would be great if the upper limit to the number of lines that can be drawn in one graph was increased from 255 (in the version I have) to, say, 500.

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        • Have Excel and word connect to Office Lens automatically

          On the insert tab have a button to add from Office Lens. You then take your pic, and it is inserted automatically.

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          • ROAD STRIP CHART

            CAN THERE BE MADE A GRAPHICAL PRESENTATION FOR EACH ROW OF THIS EXCEL ON A SINGLE GRAPH, DESCRIPTION COLUMN IS LAYER,

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            • Don't have fill override borders by default

              So as far as I know fill removes borders by default and their isn't an option to change that

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              • Resizing Pie Charts' Label Boxes

                Hello,
                It would be great to be able to resize at wish the label boxes in pie charts (without having to resize the whole chart/plot area or to change the font's characteristics).
                Thank you!

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                • Eyedropper fill

                  Excel does not seem to have the eyedropper fill. PowerPoint on the same Office licence does.

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                  • Image Underlay

                    An image underlay for the spreadsheet that can be adjusted and held to a specific size. This way cells on top can be used. Opaque Image overlays (watermarks) stop the use of cells under them, and Backgrounds are very hard to control and they tile across all pages which is very anoying. A background setting that allows adjustment to the size of the image, locking of aspect ratio and having a Tile on off function could suffice.

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                    • Embed objects and graphics alongside text in a cell

                      Embed objects and graphics alongside text in a cell so that the object or graphic can move with the text as edits or links are made to that cell. Also, enable embedded objects and graphics to be defined and changed within the text according to logic arguments.

                      12 votes
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                      • Provide an ortho feature for inserting straight lines that are vertical and horizontal

                        We combine spreadsheet calculations and graphics on the same worksheet. Provide an orthogonal line function (insert > shapes > line) like in AutoCad to make it easier to draw lines that are perfectly horizontal and vertical. As it is it is very difficult to draw vertical and horizontal lines.

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                        • Add a lock symbol on the protected sheet tab

                          A small lock symbol on the protected sheet tab would be a little addition but visually important!

                          6 votes
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                          • Ability to add upper and lower conformance/control limits to graphs without having to create new tables/colums/rows of data.

                            Ability to add upper and lower conformance limits to graphs without having to create new tables/colums/rows of data.

                            in the example that i have provided. We should not have to create columns C and D for the upper and lower conformance limits.

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                            • copy as picture fails when you increase the size the apps in Windows 10

                              In Windows 10, when you go to display settings and increase the size of text, apps and other items to let's say 150% (sometimes it happens with 125% as well), and you select a range in Excel and use the copy as picture function, it copies more than what's selected. Really annoying, please fix!

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                              • Update Linked Pictures (formerly called the Camera tool)

                                Linked pictures give us the ability to switch figures between charts and tables instantly. They allow formulas to determine which icon to display. They allow us to set up visual alerts. And a lot more.

                                But linked pictures have a low resolution, which causes small text to be jaggy. They don't have a manual calculation mode. They can mess up data validation. And they can become distorted.

                                Please fix these issues.

                                60 votes
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                                • turn of the highlighted cells after copying

                                  Turn off the moving highlighted cells after copying and pasting. Its super annoying trying to work on a doc with a line constantly circling what i just copied non stop. It used to go away after double clicking another cell. Please Fix

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                                  • Save custom shapes for use in multiple files.

                                    Have a "My Shapes" area available to save custom shapes.

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                                    • Userform resizing bug in Excel 2016

                                      In Excel 2016, if the userform size is modified with vba codes during initializing, the the visual size differences are approximately 7 twips smaller (top, left, height, width) than actual assigned size.

                                      By testing and comparing userform size with Excel 2013 and 2016.

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                                      • To reinstate the auto size function on Excel chart after manually resizing the plot area

                                        After I manually resize the plot area, the function is gone. For example, the plot area was able to auto fit the chart area after adding/removing a chart title if the plot are was not resized. After manually resize the plot area, the size of plot area will stay the same, instead of instead of auto-resizing the plot area to fit the chart area.

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                                        • New color border when cutting

                                          When using both CTRL+C and CTRL+X, the highlighted cells have an animated green border to show what you will be copying or cutting. I think that the cutting border should be a DIFFERENT color, to make it easier to differentiate whether or not you are about to cut or copy. Too frequently, I make the mistake of hitting ctrl+x when I meant to hit ctrl+c, accidentally cutting the cells instead of copying them.

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