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  1. Multiple y axes on xy charts

    Right now, xy charts only supports a primary and a secondary Y axis. It would be great if we would be able to draw multiple lines with different scales, each one with its own Y axis. And when I say multiple, I mean more than just 2, as it is supported right now.

    Attached an example with 4 Y axis.

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    • Histogram with fitted probability density function

      In our data analysis, we frequently draw the histogram and overlay the fitted prob density function (PDF). We use Matlab to create this kind of graphic (to check a Gaussian distribution, for example)
      In Excel, it is impossible to combine a histogram with anything else. A histogram (or even a clustered column series) is not compatible with a scattered XY series.

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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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        • Enable the creation of a gradient header/footer/background that can print all the way to the edges of the paper.

          Enable the creation of a gradient header/footer/background that can print all the way to the edges of the paper. Or just let Word and Excel play together and share a file format.

          2 votes
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          • Ribbon chart

            Add a sorted stacked column chart, like the ribbon chart in Power BI, in Excel.

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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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              • 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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                • Allow old graphs to be refreshed/updated to the latest renderings

                  I have graphs from over 16 years ago that i still use (long-term data collation). The graphs do not update to new graphics (which are a S**t-tonne better). Having an option to update the graphs without losing all the series formatting and data processing would be great! I just did it the long way round for one graph but don't fancy doing it for the other 7. (this may not be an issue with all graph types but for area graphs it really is).

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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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                    • 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.

                      68 votes
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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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