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  1. Embed objects and graphics alongside text in a cell

    Embed objects and graphics alongside text in a cell so that the object or graphic can move with the text as edits or links are made to that cell. Also, enable embedded objects and graphics to be defined and changed within the text according to logic arguments.

    17 votes
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  2. 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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  3. Inserting Multiple Pictures is Broken - only one picture treated as picture

    If you insert multiple pictures all at once into Excel, only the last inserted picture is treated as a picture (e.g. the Picture Tools tab is activated). All the other pictures are treated as objects, and some options are not available (such as the Picture tools tab and the contextual menu item "Size and Properties").

    Furthermore "picture pictures" can only be grouped with other "picture pictures", and "picture objects" can only be grouped with other "picture objects". Neither can be grouped with drawing objects.

    See attachment "PictureObject.PNG" for a picture that was treated as an object, and attachment "PicturePicture.PNG" for…

    4 votes
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  4. 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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  5. 2 votes
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  6. Update Linked Pictures (formerly called the Camera tool)

    Linked pictures give us the ability to switch figures between charts and tables instantly. They allow formulas to determine which icon to display. They allow us to set up visual alerts. And a lot more.

    But linked pictures have a low resolution, which causes small text to be jaggy. They don't have a manual calculation mode. They can mess up data validation. And they can become distorted.

    Please fix these issues.

    74 votes
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  7. 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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  8. Change all the gray fonts back to black

    The right click menus are hard to read. But what especially gets me is the "quick numbers" on the bottom right being in gray - those are unique numbers to every situation so you have to really be able to read them well (not just memorize where "insert" is on the right click menu, but you actually need to SEE these numbers). None of the color scheme options gives us what we had, which used to be LEGIBLE. Please go ahead and make an update now rather than waiting until the next version. Please oh please oh please. It just…

    4 votes
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  9. Excel and Word drawing program

    In the drawing program in Excel and Word when Edit Points is selected allow position adjustment of points by using the up-down and left-right keys. It is often difficult to position the points accurately by manual means even when full zoom is used.

    3 votes
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  10. 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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  11. change size and spacing of icons and fonts in ribbons

    I do not currently like what appears to be spacing for a cheap android touch app instead of a compact and useable spacing for mouse and keyboard. Attached are what I mean. I cannot readily find in the options or by googling any means of changing this layout issue which reduces useable space and is frankly an eyesore on a business and productivity application. Seriously, get your stuff together Microsoft.

    2 votes
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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. Make it possible to export Whiskerplots as any other type of plot.

    Make it possible to export Whiskerplots as any other type of plot.

    2 votes
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  15. 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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  16. Diverging Bar Charts

    Hi @Office, it has become common to describe Likert scale survey data as a diverging bar chart as it better visualizes the central tendencies of the data. Myself and some other researchers have been "hacking" it using these guides as references: http://stephanieevergreen.com/diverging-stacked-bars/ and http://peltiertech.com/diverging-stacked-bar-charts/ … . It would be amazing not to have to rely upon such time-consuming / expensive techniques though (more so if there is a neutral category) :)

    Attached is an example of what I have made through the convoluted processes described above.

    Thanks!

    2 votes
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  17. 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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  18. 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…

    2 votes
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  19. 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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  20. 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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