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  1. 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.

    4 votes
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      0 comments  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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)

      2 votes
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        1 comment  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • PlotBox chart

        It seems that the PlotBox standard charting does not work as needed; also when I use "Select data" in a BoxPlot chart the dialog does not work properly.
        1. If I select a table with headers, all the Boxplots are clustered together and can identify them only with the legend
        2. I cannot have the Horizontal (category) Axis Labels working: if I select the headers on the X axis I only get one category
        3. For my use I would need to combine the boxplots with a line for a single country but so far it does not seem possible…

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          1 comment  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • scale and units

          Please provide tools for insert objects, shapes and drawings to be to scale, for example inserting a line with or without an arrow head to be to scale, 10 feet or 15 feet or 6 inches or 123 inches long ...etc.

          Similarly ad a tool to work as scale for VBA

          3 votes
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          • 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.…

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            • 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).

              4 votes
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              • 1040 Tax forms in PDF form can be coped to excel as a picture. I need a way to cut holes (boxes) to access various Excel cells to make activ

                1040 Tax forms in PDF form can be coped to excel as a picture. I need a way to cut holes (boxes) to access various Excel cells to make active forms (adding subtracting, multiplying and other functions) would then be available.

                2 votes
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                • variance charts

                  Pls provide standard variance charts.

                  Bars & Columns as well as "pin"-charts

                  https://rbranger.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/07_variances.jpg

                  2 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

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

                    Scott [MSFT]

                  • 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.

                    10 votes
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                      7 comments  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • chart axes length

                      I'd like a way to make sure that all chart axes are the same length amongst a group of charts. i.e., if I have 4 bar charts there should be an intuitive way to make the axes all the same length amongst them so you can align them on one page in a pretty format)

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                        0 comments  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        I need a few more details. By controlling the length, do you want to control the min and max axis settings?

                        Thanks,
                        Scott [MSFT]

                      • 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

                        5 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

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

                          Thanks,
                          Scott [MSFT]

                        • Embedding all Office applications in just one interface

                          I am finding the problem to do such simple things since long time ago. I think that all package of Office should be just embedded and included in only one interface, the same as it has been made possible to insert table from Word to Excell or inserting a table of Excell in Word, it
                          should include for example aswell the picture manager with the features of Power Point where you can crop, group, set on front, change format, size, etc. and with the feature that Publisher contains of making transparent one of the colours of the photo, but also…

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                          • Add more visual variety to the Ribbon

                            Excel 2010 got this part right. The Ribbon was slightly darker at the bottom than at the top. Selected icons and icons that were hovered over were orange, which contrasted well against the background. Most of the icons had shadows under them. The Formula Bar contrasted against the Ribbon above and the sheet below.

                            This visual variety made Excel 2010 look more inviting than Excel 2016. Microsoft Excel is already a boring program to use and a difficult program to learn, and the new flat design and low contrast only make Excel 2016 look boring too.

                            Please add more visual…

                            4 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 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.)

                              19 votes
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                                4 comments  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                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]

                              • 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.

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                                • Outermost right parenthesis ) miscolouring

                                  When you edit a formula, your parentheses may be temporarily mismatched. If you have more ) than ( and then add ( to balance the parentheses, then the ) of the outermost set of parentheses will have the same colour as the 2nd outermost set rather than be coloured black.

                                  For example, type =()) into the formula bar and add a ( to make it =(()).

                                  This miscolouring can add to the confusion of editing a large formula.

                                  1 vote
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                                  • Calendar

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

                                    4 votes
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                                    • 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.

                                      24 votes
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                                      • Preview Office Background & Office Theme

                                        When I choose an Office Background or Office Theme from File > Options, I do not know what it looks like until I click OK. This is a pain if I am trying out each one to see which one looks best.

                                        My suggestion is that once an option is chosen from the dropdown menus, the GUI should update immediately. The changes should only be permanent if the user chooses OK.

                                        3 votes
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                                        • Outline font (glow effect) in the sheet tabs

                                          Excel automatically switches the colour of the sheet tab font to either black or white to provide high contrast with the tab colour for unselected sheets. However, there is sometimes a grey area where neither black nor white is easily readable (e.g. the "green" standard colour).

                                          In Excel 2016, the tab colour is lightened for selected sheets and the font colour is always green. For dark tab colours (e.g. black), the sheet name can be hard to read.

                                          My suggestion is to keep the sheet tab font white and outline it in black (or possibly let the user choose the…

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