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  1. "Worksheet Sorter" for Excel

    A useful tool in PowerPoint is the "Slide Sorter" which allows you to quickly view, navigate and rearrange many slides. I think adding a "Worksheet Sorter" in Excel's "View" tab would be just as useful, and would make navigating 20+ worksheets much, much easier. If you agree with me please vote!

    39 votes
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  2. User usage tracking

    Would be great to have a way to monitor the usage of an Excel File. working in Finance, many of the reports we produce can be used or not used. having a mechanism for a file author to get usage statistics would be super helpful. for example each time the report is being opened it pings the server and let the author know through a report sent weekly or daily (customizable).

    19 votes
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  3. Implement Quasi MDI Windows using Windows 10 Sets Feature

    In Windows 10 there seems to be a feature, still under development called Windows Sets. https://www.howtogeek.com/352109/how-to-use-sets-in-windows-10-to-organize-apps-into-tabs/
    While MS pulled this feature from the latest public builds of Windows 10, it looks like it’s not dead, but sleeping, due to make a comeback once issues have been ironed out. https://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/3081852/windows-10-sets-coming-back-rumour

    If this is the case then it would be the perfect way to bring make MDI like functionality to Excel for those users who miss it. Certainly from a Excel custom Application perspective MDI windows worked very well.

    It would be great to have a setting in a future version of…

    20 votes
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  4. Show cells in relation to other data in a better way

    Hi

    See screenshot. I'm in a cell with the value 26 112. I want to know if this is casual wages or PAYE and it's not obvious, I have to strain my eye a bit and make sure I follow the cells correctly. Same thing if I want to see other numbers in the same column as the 26 112. If I want to see a number that's15 rows up on the same column, if there's a lot of data, it's really difficult to follow.

    So, it would be great if you had a view that highlights all info in…

    4 votes
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  5. 3 votes
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  6. comparing sheets

    I want the ability to compare the contents of two worksheets (either the same workbook or in different workbooks) to see it they are identical and, if not, where they differ from one another.

    4 votes
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  7. Let me open two copies of a workbook with the same name. PLEASE

    Working on various different clients we often have standardised workbooks names. It would be very useful to be able to compare these quickly without having to save one of them locally under a different names.

    Cheers microsoft

    6 votes
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  8. Make it easier to locate worksheets

    Make the "Excel-activate box" adjustable in size and the font size + ''color-coding'' option for clarity of the project if possible.

    2 votes
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  9. Opening the main Excel window in a default size and position specified by the user

    We like to open the main Excel window in the same position on our desktop each time. The only way we can do this is to assure that the last closed window was in the desired location when closed. This is because new windows open in the same size and position as the last closed window.

    The problem arises when you open multiple worksheets, which automatically arrange themselves or are moved by the user to other temporary locations. Closing any of these windows last sets a new undesired default for the next session of Excel.

    Another problem is that t…

    3 votes
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  10. simplified ribbon

    I do not need to use Excel to much, I want a simplified ribbon like outlook. is it possible?

    2 votes
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  11. Protected and hidden content in an excel file is visible when opening in a smartphone.

    Protected and hidden content in an excel file is visible when opening in a smartphone (iPhone 5s), ipad 2

    Steps 1: Excel file was created with few columns hidden and worksheet was protected.

    Step 2: File was sent through email

    Step 3: File was open through the email, in a smart phone and also in ipad.

    Output: The file showed the hidden content. Luckily, the file was verified before sending to public.

    Hidden content doesn't fully work with all devices.

    It works perfect where microsoft office is installed. If microsoft office ios not there in any device the system somehow…

    1 vote
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  12. Have a double freeze feature.

    I need a double / multiple freeze feature. Imagine columns A to F - I have a sheet where I would like to freeze columns A & F so that I could horizontally scroll columns B, C , D and E - e.g. scroll through a defined mid-section.

    7 votes
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  13. Please Allow Keyboard Shortcut Customizations In Excel.

    Surprisingly Customizations In Keyboard Shortcuts Are Allowed For Excel In Mac And Not Windows Even When Both Excel And Windows Are Microsoft Trademark.
    Please Add Feature To Allow Keyboard Customizations To Excel As In Work For Aiding Ease Of Access To Various Commands As Per User Preferences.
    Thanks.

    386 votes
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  14. Fix Ctrl+Tab

    Ctrl+Tab doesn't work properly anymore. It now sometimes doesn't switch windows, sometimes brings up non-Excel windows.

    1 vote
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  15. Please make it easier for the eye to spot the active cell. The thin green lines are too hard to spot.

    Give us the possibility to change the background color, of the active cell, to any color suites the user.

    13 votes
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  16. Add an option to set workbook search as default.

    Currently every time you search an excel workbook it will only search the current sheet, you have to change this option every time as you want to search the workbook entirely. Personally, I never want to search just the sheet. I always want to search the entire workbook. At least allow us to configure a default for this. So for someone like me we can set it to search the workbook by default every time we search.

    4 votes
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  17. Expand Dark Mode

    Provide an option in dark mode in which the cell color defaults to black ( ie "no fill" results in a black background) and the text color defaults to white or light gray

    24 votes
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  18. Active tab colour dominance

    Suggestion is for when coloured tabs are used, to make tab colour of the active sheet the dominating colour - i.e. have the non active sheets with a faded colour - throughout the computing world the faded or "greyed out" concept is usually associated with something not active.

    2 votes
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  19. Insert comment for worksheet tab

    Ability to insert a comment in a cell is useful. I think that applying the same concept to worksheet tabs would be very handy. Often when there are numerous worksheets it is desirable to clarify what the contents are or pass on some additional information. At the moment this generally means writing a note in a cell on the sheet which can impact the tabular strucutre of the worksheet.

    2 votes
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  20. continuous scrolling

    Continuous horizontal scrolling. Currently, horizontal scrolling automatically snaps to the next column which is incredibly inconvenient when trying to change the column width by dragging as I am unable to click and drag the edge of the column.

    2 votes
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