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  1. Single Page Zoom

    When in Page Layout mode, have the option to zoom out on one page. Word has a "One Page" option in the zoom settings. Excel is default to "Multiple Pages" when zooming out and scrolling. Would be nice to see how the document will appear printed out.

    See attached for what is available in Word.

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    • Add an option to disable research pane

      I know this can be done in vba but it would be great to add an option to disable the research pane permanently from the options menu. I've never met anyone that uses it, it only wastes time having to close it.

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      • text box bullet points

        The text box feature is useful for posting instructions to users of a Workbook. I would like to see it able to use bullet point formatting. Currently, it seems like the paragraph wrap-around does not work properly after editing.

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        • Distinguish Focused Row and Column

          When I view a row with multiple/many columns, I sometimes find it hard to see which cell in column "T" is of my row.

          Suggest to find some sort of way to distinguished the row I'm on from the surrounding rows.
          Best option I can think of is giving it some coloring or enlarging the font.

          Of course, the coloring/enlarging should take existing coloring/font-pitch.

          Suggest this will be an option I can turn off/on for either the row or column, and it has to allow user to choose the color/font.

          Regards,
          Ayal Telem.

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          • switch between worksheets, supported by an overview similar to "Alt+Tab"

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            "The user can switch between worksheets, supported by an overview similar to switching between programs."
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            Windows (as-is)
            With the keyboard shortcut "Alt+Tab" in Windows, the user sees an overview of the open programs (picture 1 in attached pdf).

            Excel (to-be)
            With a keyboard shortcut in Excel, the user sees an overview of the worksheets (picture 2 in attached pdf)

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            • Make the Go To window re-sizable

              The Go To window is not wide enough for to see full references, particularly where they refer to ranges on other sheets or in tabs. It would be great if this was resizable, or defaulted to a larger size.

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              • Make the Go To window re-sizable

                The Go To window is not wide enough for to see full references, particularly where they refer to ranges on other sheets or in tabs. It would be great if this was resizable, or defaulted to a larger size.

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                • Enable Tabs at top to give nested tab ability

                  Ability to add tabs, perhaps on the top of each spreadsheet, that give a nested tab ability even if it is just one level down for a multi-dimensional array. This would allow one file with multiple categories instead of having to have either multiple files open or have a unmanageable amount of bottom tabs open.

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                  • Display/List the name of the currently active Custom View

                    Custom Views are a helpful means of working with a limited portion of the spreadsheets data.
                    Custom Views could use some improvements:
                    1. Provide a way for the user to know which Custom View is currently active.
                    a. The name of the Custom View could be displayed in the Status Bar as: Custom View “CustomViewName”.
                    b. When necessary or advantageous to save display space, an abbreviation such as the letters “CV” could be displayed. The full-text listing could then be displayed when the (mouse) cursor was hovering over this abbreviated display.
                    2. Provide a quick access to changing the current…

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                    • Give us back the ability to resize Document Location in the Quick Access Toolbar

                      Give us back the ability to resize Document Location in the Quick Access Toolbar so we can see the whole address for longer locations. Used to be able to resize. Who's advocating for limiting useful features?

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                      • When in "auto hide ribbon" mode, keep the sum, min, max, count fields at the bottom still visible

                        When in "auto hide ribbon" mode, keep the sum, min, max, count fields at the bottom still visible.

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                        • VBA Typo MsgBox default action should be OK, not Help

                          Please change default VBA syntax error popup to "ok" instead of "Help".
                          Please add an option to avoid the popup completely when syntax errors occur, leave only red text.

                          When typing / cutting / pasting / deleting code, often the code residue looks like junk until the editing is complete. Having to dismiss this error message, especially when typing (converting) code from a browser's example code snippet, puts most of the typing into the help window, is annoying and slows down productivity.

                          Thanks!

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                          • My center monitor physically and logically located lower than others, unmaximize places window above screen

                            I lose the ability to mouse-move the window back down.
                            I have to use the old alt-space M command to move the window with the arrow keys (Windows 3.x)
                            Does not happens again when re-unminimizing that window.
                            Also, Find window appears on another monitor than the full-screen spreadsheet.
                            Maybe send over an MS employee and I can show all the weird behavior I have seen over the years.
                            Thanks for at least asking us for feedback! :)

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                            • Please add an option for smooth scrolling. This is endlessly frustrating.

                              Please add an option for smooth scrolling. Scrolling by cell is endlessly frustrating.

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                              • Restore the old colorful icons for users working on laptops or desktops without touch screen

                                Restore the old colorful icons
                                Recently all my Office command icons changed style. For example, in Word, I have both the Save and Save As icons on my Quick Access Toolbar. The old icons were both colorful; only the new Save icon has fill. Throughout the ribbons and QAT, more of the old icons have colorful fills, whereas the new icons are mostly lines without any fills, and those that have fills are monochromatic. The multiple colors and fills make it much easier to spot which command I'm looking for on my customized QATs, which are filled to capacity. My…

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                                • HIghlight line like in Learning Tools in Word

                                  Though not suffering from dyslexia, i like the Line Focus feature in Word. It allows to show others a specific row in a text (e.g. law texts, contracts) when presenting and discussing the text.
                                  This would be a good feature for Excel, too. If discussing a table with colleagues or clients, we could put a temporary focus on one row at a time.
                                  It needs not to be as dark as in Word, a colored highlight (or the choice between dark and light) could be helpful as well.

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                                  • Allow users to format the colour & weight of the active cell border

                                    The active cell in Excel is hard to see, narrow dark green is not good. Give users the ability to change the colour & weight of the border

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                                    • List of tabs

                                      Listing of tabs (vertical) to behave the same way as the horizontal tabs. Meaning we can hide, show, change color, see color, and rename tabs from the list view instead of horizontal view. With lots of tabs, the horizontal tab view is impractical and since very view people use the list view, it would be a good area to experiment added functionality.

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                                      • Tab manager

                                        I think it would be a cool feature to have either in a Group under a ribbon tab or have a tab dedicated to this but have an area where you can manage your tabs easily and have a view of all of them (Maybe similar to VBA's view of different modules and forms?) to be able to move, copy or rename them easier than right-clicking each one or certain ones to perform an action. If I'm managing multiple workbooks and have to move tabs alot, it would be so much easier to that from one screen that show me…

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                                        • Make it easier to set the end of a worksheet

                                          Currently if rows are deleted, the worksheet will reopen with the original number of rows, making it hard to scroll to the end of large worksheets. The instructions for deleting superfluous rows (Delete, Clear all, save, reopen) are cumbersome and don't always work, especially if there are multiple pages involved. A way to set the end cell (row and column) would be of great use.

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