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  1. Multiple sheet Unhide option..

    Unhiding multiple sheets is a painful task, you have to go one by one. There should be an option to unhide multiple sheets at once.

    Please bring in this feature.

    Thanks.

    48 votes
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      3 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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.

      23 votes
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        4 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Bring back multiple sheets in one excel instance. 2016 is brutal without it.

        Bring back multiple sheets in one excel instance. 2016 is brutal without it.

        12 votes
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          8 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Highlite Active row for easier navigation on sheet....

          I work with lots of lines and its tireing to try and track which row im on,
          Please try and Highlight the active row.

          6 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Option to RE-FREEZE PANEs at Current Cell Location

            I'd like to be able to RE-FREEZE PANES at the current cell location instead of having to UNFREEZE PANES and then having to FREEZE PANES again.

            4 votes
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            • freeze panel

              Freeze panel location on cells at each horizontal side edges of large data set, scrolling in between. Picture attached

              3 votes
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                1 comment  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • KEEP UNFOCUSED WORKBOOK ACTIVE CELLS HIGHLIGHTED

                OPTION TO KEEP ACTIVE CELLS HIGHLIGHTED WHEN UNFOCUSED AND IN ANOTHER APPLICATION

                3 votes
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                • Scroll by pixel, not by cell.

                  If you have large cells, scrolling becomes impossible. The page always snaps to the top of a cell. Even if my cells are small enough for me to read them fully, scrolling through them leaves me disoriented and I keep loosing track where I am on the sheet. I see no reason not to scroll by pixel instead of by cell.

                  14 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Allow multiple files to open with one Excel instance.

                    In order to increase productivity, and to improve visual efficiency, please allow multiple files to open in one window (instance) of Excel. The ribbons and menus take up too much display space.

                    20 votes
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                      2 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Option to show list of sheets sorted by name. Today it's only sorted by index.

                      Option to show list of sheets sorted by name. Today it's only sorted by index.
                      In English:
                      Option to show list of sheets sorted by name. Today it's only sorted by index.
                      When we right click on the navigation arrows (bottom left corner of Excel), Excel shows us a list of the worksheets sorted by index/position in the workbook.

                      Suggestion: add a checkbox or a combobox to that dialog box, with a couple more options, like the attached image:
                      Index Asc
                      Index Desc
                      A to Z
                      Z to A

                      This is not to move the sheets around, this is to…

                      72 votes
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                        7 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add Context Menu for the "Notes" Feature that Replaced the former "Comments"

                        Since you decided to call former Comments "Notes", starting in Dec 2018, the least you could do is provide the same easy access to creating and editing the new Notes. The former Comments could be Inserted into a Cell, or Edited within the cell by Right-Clicking (the Context Menu). Now, to insert a simple "Note", you have to navigate to the REVIEW TAB, click the dropdown arrow under Notes, then choose the desired action - very cumbersome if you put lots of notes in a document and have to edit these notes later. In the meantime, I have put the…

                        3 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 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.

                          4 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • cross-hairs style shadow highlighting of the whole row and column for the cell you have selected

                            Forgive me if this is already a feature I'm not aware of …
                            I work on large spreadsheets and always lose my row or column position when moving vertically or horizontally non-sequentially around a worksheet. I have to refer back to the highlighted row or column number to try and figure out where I am which is still cumbersome and leads to much human error and rework.
                            A simple fix for this would be to have Excel highlight the row and column for the cell you have selected at the time (like a cross-hairs). I've mocked up a snapshot to…

                            2 votes
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                            • When protecting Sheets, allow grouping/ungrouping

                              There is currently no option to allow Grouping/Ungrouping when protecting a Sheet.
                              The only way to do so is with VBA.
                              Since we are sharing a comprehensive document with tons of calculations with multiple people we want to keep it Macro-free.

                              Could you please add this to the list of things you can allow on a sheet?

                              Thanks!

                              2 votes
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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.

                                4 votes
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                                • Excel: Add Sub Tabs (or Sub Worksheets) to Worksheets

                                  The best thing you guys could add to Excel are sub-tabs at the bottom of a Worksheet. Example: Main tab might be Canada, and sub-tabs might be London, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, etc. Another main tab might be U.S.A and sub tabs might be New York, Detroit, Houston, etc.

                                  2 votes
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                                  • ribbon size

                                    Please allow users to opt for a smaller ribbon. Its actual size (especially after the October update) is fine only if you are working on a full HD monitor.

                                    5 votes
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                                    • Active cell or line remain highlited when sheet isn't active.

                                      I work off a spread sheet while using another application. I highlite the cell or line to help me keep my place. The minute I click on another app the highlite goes away. This drives me crazy.

                                      2 votes
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                                      • Double display of row & column number

                                        Display the column number on the top and bottom.
                                        Display the column number on the left and righ.
                                        It is easier and quicker to find the data in the same line or column where the cell selected appears.

                                        1 vote
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