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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Save custom shapes for use in multiple files.

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

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  8. Add option for drop drown arrow on list to be permanent

    When creating a list, (Data Validation>List), I suggest an option or checkbox to make the drop down arrow permanently visible. It would make it easier to signal to clients that they have an input option.

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  9. in a graph why no an option for dates at the botom with a 0 line where ever 0 falls.

    Whith a time series graph where the data varied from positive to negative Excel puts the dates under the zero line and one canot read the data well and it looks a mess so I change the axis line so that it is at some large negative number and the dates go to the bottom, but then he zero line vanishes and I either have to clutter up my graph with a lot of horizontal lines or draw one in by hand. Why not have a zero line optioption?

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  10. Link copied graph with copied data not the original graph data

    I have created a graph for company A using data for company A.
    I want to create the same graph for company B by copying the Company A graph and data and then linking the data to Company B figures. But when I copy the Company A graph and the data (in one copy-paste operation), the new graph is linked to the original Company A data. I then have to manually amend all the graph links which is time consuming. I think it would be great if in this case (one copy-paste operation: graph AND data) that the copied graph…

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  11. Align Shapes like Powerpoint

    Have the alignment arrows appear as they do in Powerpoint so when moving a shape on a sheet, the dotted line appears when shape is aligned or locked to another shape.

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  12. Could you make an "express" version of Excel that would be burdened down with all the graphics options? 365 is slower than 2007.

    I upgraded to office 365 from 2007 and I've been using it for a couple months but I find that the new version is slower and more laborious than the 2007 was. I'm wondering if you could make an "express" version that would not have all the screen tips and graphics but would be quicker to use.

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  13. Editing cell ranges in graphing is not intuitive

    When editing cell ranges in graphing you can't use arrow keys to move without messing up the range when trying to change the column or row being graphed. This is something I will often do when using a graph as a template. It just adds a step with the mouse, but if I could just arrow over, it would be quicker.

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  14. chart black and white

    In chart tools, the most commonly used color scheme for technical presentations of experimental data are black and white charts with differing markers. This used to be available in the old versions of MS Excel probably 2010 and older but was dropped to give way to colored plots. However, most academic journals still prefer a black and white plot with a legend for the different markers used.

    This can be manually made but it is very tedious when working with a large amount of data.

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  15. Insert tolerance curves to the graphical trend line

    On your graphic, when you add the trend line, it can be very useful to have the possibility to add the upper limit and lower limit lines. For example, the X axis contains the number of hours due to projects, and the Y axis contains the projects' price. It would be very useful to implement limits (up and down) to the trend line. Then, you can have an estimation of the number of hours you can use for a project of a certain price, and vice versa.
    You fix the percentage of gap you want (Exemple +/- 10%) and it…

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  17. Allow setting default properties for Chart Area

    By default Chart Area property is set to "Move and Size with cells".
    Every time i create a graph, i have to change the property value manually (e.g. select "Move but don't size with cells).

    Why not allow a user setting a default property value in Options?

    2 votes
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  18. Graphics rendering for printing (bug fixes)

    A few years ago I found a reproducible bug when putting a graphic (company logo) in the upper right corner of each 'printed' sheet of a worksheet (each column was set to be the width of one printed sheet). For reasons to extensive to discuss here, page header was not a good option. The graphic was moved (left/right) on page 1 only, subsequent pages were fine. Our only solution was to manually adjust the logo on page 1 until the physical print looked fine. This was all at 100% no zoom. IIRC, an Excel MVP was able to repro as…

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  19. 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…

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  20. clipboard display has too much space around entries - twice as many terms could/should be accessed if formatted like a spreadsheet column

    Clipboard display has too much space around entries - twice as many terms could/should be accessed - or at least 24 could be visible without blocking spreadsheet if clipboard were formatted like a spreadsheet column instead of a template.
    And way more items should be available to copy and should be easily saved and moved as a group.

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