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  1. 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.

    3 votes
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  2. 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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  3. X-axis format for dates

    If you have a graph that has an x-axis containing dates, when you try to format that axis, the min and max look like this: 42153 and 42369 that I take correspond to the number of days elapsed since "the big bang or something I guess". It would be nice if we could actually have for these a date picker so that I can select min at "10th Nov 2017" and max at "29th Jan 2018"

    5 votes
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  4. 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

    2 votes
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  5. 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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  6. 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…

    12 votes
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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Default selection color

    Would be nice to include the ability to control the default selection color when highlighting cells. This used to be controlled by the windows appearance menu, but it appears that no longer works. I work with a lot of reports that require grey shaded cells and the ability to overlay a different highlight color would be useful.

    7 votes
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  11. Colour QAT Icons in Dark Themes

    Add the colour from the QAT icons available in the 'white' and 'colourful' themes into the QAT icons for 'dark gray' and 'black' themes. This would make the QAT icons much easier to see and access, especially in the 'dark gray' theme.

    11 votes
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  12. Better compatiity with the Surface Pen

    With the surface pen, users should be able to write in any cell on a spreadsheet and excel will automatically convert the handwriting to digital numbers or letters when the user starts writing in a different cell (or maybe after users draw a special characters like a check mark or something like that to signal to excel that the user is done writing in that cell.)

    21 votes
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    Cool idea. We have been exploring a number of pen ideas like this for Excel. We’ll definitely consider this one in our next round of planning. Please continue to vote on this feature idea.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. Please improve the candlestick stock chart with multiple charts (candle and line in 1 chart), and dispaly only days with data

    The candlestick charts are too basic to have any real value. They are not formatted correctly as they include weekends and holidays. The candles should only be displayed for dates with data. Additionally there should be ability to combine a candlestick chart with a line chart

    6 votes
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    Thanks for the feedback. We’ll consider this in a future release.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  16. 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.

    28 votes
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  17. View the data in a large graph by more easily shifting ranges and scales

    A common task is to scan a large x-y graph for interesting changes in y. I now do this by manually changing the axis limits. This is tedious when a function shows many interesting regions and many scales of variation. The problem is akin to panning and zooming a photo. Excel should have the equivalent functionality when looking at plots of numbers. To a degree, this functionality is already there with View>Zoom, but this is simply a graphical zoom, roughly equivalent to a "digital" zoom on a camera. Better to have an "optical" zoom, with panning by dragging the mouse.…

    2 votes
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  18. Calendar

    A great feature could be, User being be able to convert an existing table with date field into calendar view like in sharepoint

    5 votes
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  19. 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.

    55 votes
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  20. 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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