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  1. Zooming changes the size of shapes. E.g. a circle turns into a slight oval as the zoom factor is not 100%, 200%, 300%, or 400%.

    When you create a shape and change the zoom factor it appears that height and width vary. This makes it difficult to create exact graphics.

    Also, when the angle is not 0°, the zoom factor changes the position of shapes. When two shapes at say 45° are exactly in line with 100% zoom, they are changeing to steps at different zoom factors.

    3 votes
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  2. Make info on Statusbar visible! If the status bar is green, show the text in white.

    In Excel 2016 (stand alone) I can't use the info on the status bar anymore. Black text on dark green ins't readable!
    So: Make info on Statusbar visible!
    If the status bar is green, show the text in white (Like this header!)

    4 votes
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  3. 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…

    14 votes
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  4. Make the window adjustable when analysing dependents (excel)

    When tracking dependents and precedents, the window is not adjustable. Thus, you cannot not see the entire source of each line. This would be a far better tool, if the window could be adjusted manually.

    3 votes
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  5. 2 votes
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  6. 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…

    6 votes
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  7. 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.

    7 votes
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  8. 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

    13 votes
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  9. 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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  10. Cross-hairs

    It would be extremely useful to have a button that would toggle cross-hairs on and off like in AutoCAD. I often find it is difficult to tell where cells are in relation to one another in a large spreadsheet. If a faint line ran horizontally and vertically through all of the cells, this would be a huge usability aid. Have a default color, dashed dotted, etc, but give the user the ability to change this.

    5 votes
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  11. Add More Shapes

    I'd like to see the ability to draw a shape and then save it to the available shape file (user defined shape / reusable)

    3 votes
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  12. 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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  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.

    6 votes
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  14. 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.)

    23 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]

  15. 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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  16. 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]

  17. 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.

    31 votes
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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. Make the Default Alignment of Shapes Middle-Center

    When a shape is drawn in other Office apps, the text is centered both horizontally and vertically. But in Excel it's aligned to the Top-Left. Please make it Middle-Center instead.

    2 votes
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