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  1. histogram - get the axis correctly labelled

    The new histogram feature is great and long overdue. It is a shame that it is necessary to then manually edit the axis label in paint. A histogram is a plot of continuous data it should not have category labels but a continuous scale. See for example:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/maths/statistics/representingdata3hirev3.shtml
    (For you US bods GCSE is the 16+ standard exams taken in the UK)
    Also:
    http://www.uvm.edu/~rsingle/other/JMP-intro/default8.html

    https://www.tutorialspoint.com/sas/sas_histograms.htm

    You will notice that in all of these articles the histogramhas a continuous scale. If we put a smoothing spline over it - it must have a continous scale.
    https://stackoverflow.com/questions/1497539/fitting-a-density-curve-to-a-histogram-in-r

    I lecture at a University…

    9 votes
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      0 comments  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Insertion of a picture in a cell comment box

      It would be nice to be able to insert a picture in a cell comment box. Currently text is all that is available. For instance, a picture of a part that is being described in a cell. The comment would show up when the pointer is on the cell like the text is now.

      Thanks

      7 votes
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        2 comments  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Eyedropper fill

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

        2 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 1 File name in bold and highlighted on top of file.

          Note I am a long term user of MS Office, low vision for the last 5 years, but still working in a demanding analytical job. Many improvements for low vision, help everyone.

          1. Upgrade the treatment of the file name. It is the passport in hostile waters - the only thing that provides stability. Consider the situation where text or numerical results are being compared from similar files all open at once. Specifics:
          a. File name at top of open file: Put in bold with highlight.
          b. In tray at bottom of screen, file name should be in bold black…

          3 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Office background & Office Theme should be more choice with colorful & more atractive...

            MS office 2016 is an outstanding. but little need improvement in Office background & Office Theme should be more choice with colorful & more attractive. Thanks

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              0 comments  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Allow pictures/images/graphic as a pop up when hovered over. Link images. Embed Images

              Similar to the current comments, allow images the ability to pop up when hovering over a cell.

              This would have a similar problem to comments however; comments remained fixed to cell even if data is moved.

              It would be great if cell images also moved with the cell data.

              For example; I have created a spread sheet that will import data from my invoice and place that data into a stock list. I would very much like images to be linked and embed to an item code or item description, and for those linked images to move with my stock…

              2 votes
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              • Fix scroll bug in Excel when using touch screen or track pad - cells glitch and pulled too far - duplicates rows with freeze pane

                There is a bug when using Excel with my touch screen or trackpad on my windows 10 laptop.

                The cell grid is allowed to be pulled down from the ribbon bar or to the right of the row numbers bar when scrolling down or right using the screen or trackpad.

                This is manageable graphic bug for a normal spreadsheet, but when freeze panes are active on the sheet, the scrolling results in the "fixed" cells being pulled from underneath and appearing duplicated (see image attached).

                When I plug in a USB mouse and scroll, this issue does not appear.

                I…

                9 votes
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                  6 comments  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Crosshair display

                  A simple display option to easily navigate around larger spreadsheets.

                  The entire row & column of the cell selected would be highlighted in some way.

                  I've used the following macro to achieve this:

                  Sub Worksheet_SelectionChange(ByVal Target As Excel.Range)
                  'Update 20140318
                  Static xRow
                  Static xColumn
                  If xColumn <> "" Then
                  With Columns(xColumn).Interior
                  .ColorIndex = xlNone
                  End With
                  With Rows(xRow).Interior
                  .ColorIndex = xlNone
                  End With
                  End If
                  pRow = Selection.Row
                  pColumn = Selection.Column
                  xRow = pRow
                  xColumn = pColumn
                  With Columns(pColumn).Interior
                  .ColorIndex = 6
                  .Pattern = xlSolid
                  End With
                  With Rows(pRow).Interior
                  .ColorIndex = 6
                  .Pattern = xlSolid
                  End With
                  End Sub

                  The…

                  5 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Stop deleting features from previous versions of Excel in new releases. Features such as customizing the color palette and customizing icons

                    Features such as customizing the color palette and customizing icons were appreciated especially since the icons now are so poorly designed it is very hard to distinguish what they actually do.

                    6 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • The Colors of Excel Cell headers need to be more clearer or more Contrast

                      in an excel page to try where exactly the selected cell through headers and rows is difficult you have to move the cursor to identify the selected cell.... but if the headers and rows was highlighted with a different color (than the current) would be great

                      12 votes
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                        2 comments  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Use a contrasting colour to indicate hidden rows/columns

                        It is very hard to notice where hidden columns are at a quick glance. The boundary between the column labels where the hidden column is doesn't stand out. Please make this boundary stand out more, perhaps by using a contrasting colour. The same goes for hidden rows. This would help avoid silly mistakes involving deletion of row/column ranges that appear to be empty.

                        4 votes
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                          2 comments  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Histogram display needs improvement

                          Histogram display is not very useful in its current form. It needs to support more labeling options for the horizontal axis; needs to be integrated into Quick Analysis and PivotCharts; needs to support the option to display user-defined vertical lines (what are commonly called targets or spec limits).

                          5 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • I need to be able to include an image/picture/graph -inside- a cell, as cell content and filetype.

                            This I need so very often! And so great features would be possible.
                            Just to name the most obvious, a sortable list, where one column is for representative images. It would be sortable by the other columns and resize the cells accordingly.

                            I know, that pictures are linked with their left top pixel to the respective cell, but that is way too less to be feasible for all the necessary applications.

                            26 votes
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                              5 comments  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Comments - stop resizing and moving comments

                              When hiding and un-hiding rows, or moving rows, or having freeze panes on, the comments on cells for no reason stretch or move far down one's sheet. It would be really nice if the size of the comment stays as is and it doesn't move all over.

                              52 votes
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                                21 comments  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • More/Custom QAT icons

                                It would be great if we could get more icon choices for our QAT buttons. Excel already has a huge library of 16px icons, yet we only have access to 20-30 of them. Most of the time none of the icons make sense with the macro task I put up there.

                                Get rid of the "Green circle" filler icon and at least let us pick our own icon from the available choices. It is a pain having a bunch of green circle buttons in the QAT at once and defeats the purpose of being able to visually pick out a…

                                13 votes
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                                  2 comments  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Give users the ability to put the color back in all the Toolbar icons. The October 2018 white/blue icons are impossible to decipher.

                                  Give users the ability to put the color back in all the Toolbar icons. The October 2018 white/blue icons are impossible to decipher. Huge step backwards.

                                  19 votes
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                                  • Filtering and highlighting on Pareto chart

                                    It should be useful to have the capability to filter on a pareto chart the categories that account for the 80% for example. When there are a lot of data it is not visible. Also it is useful if there are some type of vertical lines where you can highlight the boundaries for A%,B%,C%...

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                                      • Highlight which theme colors are applied

                                        currently it is very difficult to see which color set is applied in themes. it highlights a bit but the outline is very thin. can not be seen properly. it should be thick. also it would be better if applied color set stays on top. a search option can also be included to search for a particular set of colors

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                                        • Highlight which theme colors are applied

                                          currently it is very difficult to see which color set is applied in themes. it highlights a bit but the outline is very thin. can not be seen properly. it should be thick. also it would be better if applied color set stays on top. a search option can also be included to search for a particular set of colors

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