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  1. Workspace Layout

    Please bring back the workspace layout. The separate windows just makes things messier.

    I just started using Excel 2013. I don't know anything about Excel 2016... but the previous version that I used had a "workspace"... all of the files that I opened would open in that workspace and I could arrange them accordingly. A HUGE feature was being able to align the tabs in a manner than I needed to align them.

    I work with about 7 or 8 different Excel files, referencing them at various times throughout my day. This new layout that opens everything in separate windows…

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    • Retain chart formatting after column references are reassigned.

      In previous version, the user was able to format ONE chart and then make multiple charts with the same formatting by changing the column references. In 2016, when you change the column references, the line color changes. If you apply a template, it removes axis titles, scale, and font sizing. It has been a major step backwards in terms of efficiency!

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      • A dark theme that includes the page.

        I love the dark them, for the outer edges of Excel, however, I want the excel page to also invert. So the cells go black, the lettering goes white.

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        • Update Linked Pictures (formerly called the Camera tool)

          Linked pictures give us the ability to switch figures between charts and tables instantly. They allow formulas to determine which icon to display. They allow us to set up visual alerts. And a lot more.

          But linked pictures have a low resolution, which causes small text to be jaggy. They don't have a manual calculation mode. They can mess up data validation. And they can become distorted.

          Please fix these issues.

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          • Text Wrapping around Pictures

            It would be great if the ability to arrange text around pictures which is available in Word was also available in Excel.
            Given you're working with a Spreadsheet, it obviously limits what you'd be able to do, but even the capability to move pictures (and graphs, etc) behind the content of the actual spreadsheet would be helpful.

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            • Fix bug - re-sizing objects

              I find that some drawing objects are re-sized when printed, so that, for example, a figure that is supposed to be a circle is printed as an ellipse. Occasionally I also find that parts of a drawing (created using Shapes) end up detached from other parts of the same drawing.

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              • Integrate Census Tract geographies into map based charts

                The maps in Excel now allow for states, zip codes, addresses, counties, cities, and countries.

                I work in fair lending analysis for a bank and all of the work that I do is based on the census tract. I have been using latitude and longitude to peg approximate spots on maps to express data, but having the map recognize and shade the borders of a specific census tract would be an amazing enhancement in the clarity of my presentations.

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                • Secondary axis title position

                  This is unimportant but should be fixed.. The image under Chart tools/ Design/ Add Chart Element/ Axis Titles / Secondary Vertical shows a horizontal position. It actually does show in the vertical position if chosen.

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                    • I would like to suggest adding a new function which is trace or analyse graphs or curves plotted in Excel

                      The function should be similar to that of a scientific calculator that can analyse the curves or whatever graphs plotted and trace the points on the graph such as a point on the best fit line.

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                      • I would like to suggest adding a new function which is trace or analyse graphs or curves plotted in Excel

                        The function should be similar to that of a scientific calculator that can analyse the curves or whatever graphs plotted and trace the points on the graph such as a point on the best fit line.

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                        • Financial graphs

                          Hello, I am an user of Bloomberg, Tradingview and of course Excel.
                          Most of my work involves data analysis and data presentation.
                          While there are other software, I mostly use Excel and some things I noticed in financial software that I think would bring value to Excel graphs are:
                          - In Format Trendline could you add an Average line option. This will draw an horizontal like that will represent the Average line of the data set. Some options for this could be to use simple average or other type (geometrical, exponential,weighted). Another option could be to specify to calculate Average…

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                          • Charts inverted colors

                            Could you please add "Inverted colors" in charts please.
                            I have Office 2016 and I cannot find this option in any type of charts or at least in most important ones (Column, Line, Area, Bar, Scatter, Histogram). The inverted colors should be customizable of course, not just white color for negative values like in Pivot charts or other Excel versions.

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                            • Custom factory layout and maping data to layout

                              Excel can give option to mark layout boundaries on factory/place picture and map data on the layout. Similar to piloting data on world map

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                                • 1 File name in bold and highlighted on top of file.

                                  Note I am a long term user of MS Office, low vision for the last 5 years, but still working in a demanding analytical job. Many improvements for low vision, help everyone.

                                  1. Upgrade the treatment of the file name. It is the passport in hostile waters - the only thing that provides stability. Consider the situation where text or numerical results are being compared from similar files all open at once. Specifics:
                                  a. File name at top of open file: Put in bold with highlight.
                                  b. In tray at bottom of screen, file name should be in bold black…

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                                  • Allow pictures/images/graphic as a pop up when hovered over. Link images. Embed Images

                                    Similar to the current comments, allow images the ability to pop up when hovering over a cell.

                                    This would have a similar problem to comments however; comments remained fixed to cell even if data is moved.

                                    It would be great if cell images also moved with the cell data.

                                    For example; I have created a spread sheet that will import data from my invoice and place that data into a stock list. I would very much like images to be linked and embed to an item code or item description, and for those linked images to move with my stock…

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                                    • Crosshair display

                                      A simple display option to easily navigate around larger spreadsheets.

                                      The entire row & column of the cell selected would be highlighted in some way.

                                      I've used the following macro to achieve this:

                                      Sub Worksheet_SelectionChange(ByVal Target As Excel.Range)
                                      'Update 20140318
                                      Static xRow
                                      Static xColumn
                                      If xColumn <> "" Then
                                      With Columns(xColumn).Interior
                                      .ColorIndex = xlNone
                                      End With
                                      With Rows(xRow).Interior
                                      .ColorIndex = xlNone
                                      End With
                                      End If
                                      pRow = Selection.Row
                                      pColumn = Selection.Column
                                      xRow = pRow
                                      xColumn = pColumn
                                      With Columns(pColumn).Interior
                                      .ColorIndex = 6
                                      .Pattern = xlSolid
                                      End With
                                      With Rows(pRow).Interior
                                      .ColorIndex = 6
                                      .Pattern = xlSolid
                                      End With
                                      End Sub

                                      The…

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                                      • The Colors of Excel Cell headers need to be more clearer or more Contrast

                                        in an excel page to try where exactly the selected cell through headers and rows is difficult you have to move the cursor to identify the selected cell.... but if the headers and rows was highlighted with a different color (than the current) would be great

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                                        • Use a contrasting colour to indicate hidden rows/columns

                                          It is very hard to notice where hidden columns are at a quick glance. The boundary between the column labels where the hidden column is doesn't stand out. Please make this boundary stand out more, perhaps by using a contrasting colour. The same goes for hidden rows. This would help avoid silly mistakes involving deletion of row/column ranges that appear to be empty.

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