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  1. "TIME TRAVEL" FEATURE.

    Excel To include with time travel feature.This will facilitate to access back the file even if saved for erroneous data which will enable to access file for previous times status like 5min, 10min, 15min etc. back or before. In this way even file saved with heavy mistakes can be retrieved back to previous status and can be utilised for further work without redoing as whole.It is like restore to some known good configuration as in windows registry.

    21 votes
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  2. Eliminate the new "Save your changes to this file?" dialog box

    In the last week, whenever I close down a new Excel file without saving it, a new dialog box appears asking "Save changes to this file?". Whereas previously I could use keyboard shortcuts to immediately close down a file (Ctrl-F4, N), this no longer works. Instead, the new box interprets the "N" keypress as something to be entered into the "File Name" text field.

    42 votes
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  3. When excel opens you should show PINNED files before showing RECENT files; what's the point of having pinned items? Am I missing something

    Open excel showing PINNED files first. What's the point of showing RECENT files before showing PINNED files? that's totally inefficient and illogical. Or, am I missing some setting to fix that problem. If so where's the setting?

    You have recent files all over the place, like Quick access etc.

    4 votes
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  4. "automatic except for data tables"

    You should be able to save the Excel Options > Formulas > Calculation Options > Workbook Calculation setting permanently. No matter what workbook was opened first or last.

    The problem is when you use data tables often (in my company's case they are in every spreadsheet for a specific department), across many different workbooks, it is annoying to have to constantly turn the setting to "Automatic Except for Data Tables" every time you open a file that didn't have this setting last. It slows the spreadsheet down considerably. I just want to turn it off and keep it off. No…

    1 vote
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  5. Open Excel at the pinned list

    Make it possible to open Excel at the pinned list rather that the recent files list

    30 votes
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  6. Stop trying to enforce OneDrive, its so annoying...

    I cant even use the autosave feature locally... At this point I wish there were an alternative to Microsoft Office... This is the worst thing about having a product that is owned by a company that has lots of different services... Sooner or later it will try to enforce their own garbage to the user. The perfect example is edge with the bing search engine... Grow on a pair Microsoft.

    2 votes
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  7. Speichern von archivfähigem PDF/A

    Bei Speichern einer Datei als PDF kann man diese als "PDF/A-kompatibel" speichern. Die neuen Versionen von Excel speichern aber nur noch PDF/A-3-Dateien. PDF/A-3 ist jedoch nicht für die Langzeitarchivierung geeignet, siehe https://kost-ceco.ch/cms/pdf-a-3.html. Für die Langzeitarchivierung sind nur PDF/A-1 und PDF/A-2 geeignet, siehe https://kost-ceco.ch/cms/pdf-a-1.html und https://kost-ceco.ch/cms/pdf-a-2.html. Man sollte auswählen können, in welcher PDF/A-Version man speichern will. Das sollte bei einem der nächsten Updates eingebaut werden (bei einem Update, nicht bei einer kostenpflichtigen neuen Version).

    1 vote
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  8. Enable multiple workbooks in a single Excel instance.

    Please update Excel so that it can open multiple workbooks in a single instance, like it used to. Having multiple instances open hinders my efficiency: I can't ctrl-Tab between workbooks and I can't Paste-Special from different Excel instances the same way I can within the same instance.

    Thanks

    12 votes
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  9. Use ISO8601 when exporting dates to CSV files

    When exporting to a CSV file, it would be best to export dates in ISO8601 format (or a specific date format if the user has set one). CSV is about making things machine readable and this avoids the ambiguity of American vs British date formats. I regularly deal with local councils and they will export a CSV file from Excel and then be very confused as to why the date format has changed when they've explicitly set it. If you can't preserve their chosen format, please default to ISO8601 to reduce headaches.

    20 votes
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  10. Excel should open csv files with needing an import dialog

    Excel used to open csv files easily without going through an import dialog where I have to tell Excel that it uses commas to separate cells. Hello? "comma separated values" = csv! If I open a csv file from Windows File Explorer, it opens to Excel no problem, no import dialog. So why, when I open the same file from Excel should I need an import dialog? Please go back to the easier to use csv file opening from Excel.

    2 votes
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  11. "Save a copy" should not behave the same as "save as" for Excel (.xls*) formats

    The behaviour of the "save a copy" functionality is not intuitive and contrary to the behaviour in other (non-Microsoft) tools.

    When I choose to save a copy of my Excel file (in one of the xls* formats) I do expect Excel to keep my original file open. Instead "save a copy" behaves exactly like "save as", i.e. the newly saved file is the one open in Excel.

    1 vote
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  12. Smart Auto Discard of AutoRecovered file

    If the recovered file is identical to the most recently saved version, then there is no reason to even bother opening and looking at the recovered file.

    Furthermore, when the files are not identical, then it would be useful to have an option to to do a compare and merge between the saved file and the recovered file.

    2 votes
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  13. When you say a file is blocked because it is in use by another user, can you not specify who that user is?

    Periodically the program says I can't use or save a file because it is blocked by another user when I know that I am the only user and that I have only one cop open. If you state who or where the 'other use' is occurring I might be able to sort out the problem

    2 votes
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  14. I cant' open (.xlsx) files Directly click on file

    I can't oppen (.xlsx) directy. When open this type of fils first open microsoft excel and after select file then it's open.

    1 vote
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  15. stop the autosave feature

    stop the autosave feature.
    it wrecks havoc in my work. It MUST be OFF by default and NOT on !!

    3 votes
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  16. Use default windows explorer for saving files. Your unique UI sucks ***

    Your Save / Save As UI is terrible. Why did you create something new when you could've defaulted to an experience 100% of your users are already familiar with?

    1 vote
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  17. "Always create backup copy" general option

    Pleae provide the user option to specify that a backup copy should be created when saving, as a default for ALL files (as Word does) rather than having to remember to specify this in a file-by-file basis.

    2 votes
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  18. Let us say NO with N when not saving instead of save as being default

    It was so simple... I am done with the current dummy sheet Book1... CTRL+W to close... N for no.
    Now because the pop up gives me a SAVE AS by default from book 1, when I instinctlively hit N as I have for years, that is the new file name... I want my N back please

    1 vote
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  19. 1 vote
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  20. while pasting the file from a mail to a folder-

    if its the same name available in the folder its asking to replace, but in many cases we do wanted to keep the Old name as it is, however in order to retain we were intended to go and change the Old name in the folder and pasting the new file in order to avoid replace. But while pasting itself if we have an Option to change the name of the file which we are pasting would have been good and it will make ease and save the time.

    1 vote
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