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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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    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]

  4. 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.

    4 votes
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  5. 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…

    1 vote
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  6. Holes in the scroll bars of form control list boxes

    If you go to the Developer tab and, against a coloured background, insert a list box from the Form Controls, you will see a transparent 1-pixel strip on either side of the list box's scroll bar.

    This issue arises when you make a "pseudo-form" using form controls and shape objects grouped together.

    It's not visually appealing. Please fill these holes.

    Here is a demo file:
    http://www.mediafire.com/download/tddq0wkuiutdtd0/List_Box_Scroll_Bar_Holes.xlsb

    1 vote
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  7. 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.

    29 votes
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  8. & not displaying correctly in PivotTable Connections of Slicers

    If you right-click on a Slicer and go to PivotTable Connections (Excel 2010 and below) or Report Connections (Excel 2013 and above), then any & in the sheet name will not display correctly.

    If you have a single &, the next character will be underlined.
    If you have &&, it will show as &.
    If you have & at the end, it will show as a period.
    If you have two & separated by at least one character, the 1st one will disappear and the 2nd will show as a period.

    Other symbols that are allowed in sheet names seem…

    1 vote
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  9. allow to make the background of a sheet transparent (except the tab)

    this would be a simple way to create multilayer drawings with shapes
    reasons for this idea:
    -an employee or executive has usually no time to learn Illustrator.
    - in the beginning, spreadsheet programs were a kind of Lego allowing a user to build a simple or very complex model easily.

    2 votes
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    Thanks for the feedback. We’ll consider this in our next planning cycle. Please continue to vote on this idea.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  10. Show objects resizing as they are being resized + AutoFit objects

    When we are in the middle of resizing an object, we should see what the object will look like at whatever size the current resizing is at. Currently, while you resize, you only see an outline of the space that the object will occupy, so it can be some trial and error to get an object looking just the way you want it. This feature already exists for Shapes, so why not graphs, Slicers, comments, etc.? Either that or allow such objects to be AutoFitted, since that is usually what we are trying to do when resizing.

    This would also…

    1 vote
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  11. Screen does not update while running a macro in Excel 2013

    In Excel 2010, you could control whether or not the screen updates while a macro is running by setting Application.ScreenUpdating to True or False. In Excel 2013, screen updating cannot be controlled in this way.

    Screen updating is especially important for long-running macros (e.g. interactive macros, long calculations) to let the user know that the macro is still running and that Excel has not crashed.

    Here are some links to people who have also noticed this problem:
    http://www.vbforums.com/showthread.php?791577-Application-ScreenUpdating-not-working-in-Excel-2013
    http://stackoverflow.com/questions/25173393/screenupdating-doesnt-update-screen-in-excel-2013
    https://www.reddit.com/r/excel/comments/3hhgi4/applicationscreenupdating_is_resetting_in_excel/
    http://www.mrexcel.com/forum/excel-questions/746844-application-screenupdating-%3D-false-creating-problems-excel-2013-a.html

    To test the difference in screen updating, try running the one-and-only macros in these files:
    http://www.mediafire.com/view/o8msljzsnn1ocjl/HP.xlsb
    http://www.mediafire.com/view/20272ww1hkcos0g/ECG_Demo_%28no_grid_lines_or_double_buffering%29.xlsb

    The first…

    4 votes
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  12. Anti-aliasing on diagonal borders

    Diagonal borders are common to X out a cell. The problem is that you can see the jaggedness as the borders' edges step through each row and column of pixels. Most other visuals in Excel are smoothed out.

    2 votes
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  13. 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…

    15 votes
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  14. Insert an image directly from a scanner

    In order to insert an image from hardcopy material it is necessary to scan the material to a graphic file and then insert the graphic. It would save time and effort to insert an image directly from a scanner. For example, I scan invoices and cash register receipts from individuals to insert into a voucher for authorization to cut a check for reimbursement to the individual.

    5 votes
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    This is an interesting idea. We will definitely consider it while planning our next round of features. Please continue to vote on this feature idea.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  15. Spellcheck should include text in linked pictures from other sheets

    My clients produce master spreadsheets containing sections of text as linked pictures from other sheets in the same files. After processing the master spreadsheet, I do a spellcheck, which tells me "Spellcheck complete. You're good to go." But I'm not really, because spellcheck doesn't look at those linked pictures. I only just discovered this. Now I have to spellcheck each sheet separately. Either make spellcheck work properly, or at least provide a warning of what hasn't been checked.

    5 votes
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    Thanks for the feedback. We’ll consider this in our planning for a future release. Please continue to vote on this feature idea.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  16. 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.

    57 votes
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