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  1. Better user guide documentation

    Current user documentation is not bad but could be improved with more examples.

    10 votes

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    2 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. In excel for large data use seperate database in excel & save as database file attach to same excel file for save time & space of proecssing

    above suggestion is given because i always face & can not handle this error "excel cannot complete this task with available resources" for large database while processing & saving

    2 votes

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    0 comments  ·  Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. Semi Average Regression Line

    Hey
    I have to create a semi average regression line my school project . I have no idea how to create one on my own. Could you please put this line as one of the trendlines on excel?
    Much appreciated

    4 votes

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    1 comment  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Ask before performing massive operation on Ctrl+Shft+arrow

    We all use Ctrl+Shft+arrow when building out spreadsheets. We all, sometimes, make mistakes and Ctrl+Shft+down to row 1,048,576 and then execute, after which you usually need to force a shutdown.

    Excel doesn't ask before performing this very large operation. I'm thinking of something like the dialog box that opens up saying "This operation will affect a large number of cells." That would save us all the once-a-month pain of a finger slip.

    2 votes

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    0 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. Better productivity-oriented interface (allow dialogs to be modeless, make everything dockable panes)

    As a production tool, drop the ribbon and go to proven high-productivity paradigms with tool palettes, such as exist with Adobe products as Photoshop and InDesign. Being able to arrange direct access to tools on a second monitor provides for far better ease of use and understanding of options.

    6 votes

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    4 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  6. How to lock shapes that surround a pivot slicer but don't disable slicer

    I have a dashboard where I have shapes that surround my slicers to make it more visually appealing. I don't want the end user to move or edit the shapes and the slicers. I've also grouped the shapes and slicers together.

    When I select the area that surrounds the shapes and slicers I use the 'review' tab and then select protect worksheet. Inside the protect worksheet dialog box I have selected the following:

    Select locked cells
    select unlocked cells
    Use Pivot Table & PivotChart

    I've also gone into the 'Format Slicer' options and under Position & Layout I've selected 'disable…

    4 votes

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    0 comments  ·  PivotTables and Power Pivot  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. Be able to select template for a new workbook with the keyboard or at least have them displayed as a list rather than as thumbnails

    I have dozens of templates and I know their names, but because the templates are only displayed as thumbnails arranged alphabetically, to use the ones that start with letters like "U" takes multiple mouse clicks. Like it was in previous versions, I would like to be able to start typing the name and get a very limited list of templates (eventually down to one) to select.

    4 votes

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    1 comment  ·  Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  8. Add number formats for just hours for calculating time elapsed

    When calculating time elapsed, I would like a format option for the answer to show up in just hours instead of hours and minutes. Right now, 7:00 am to 3:30 pm will result in a time elapsed of 8:30. (hours and minutes) I would like an option for it to show up as 8.5 (hours only). This will help in calculating payroll.

    3 votes

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    2 comments  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. Allow for editing fractional seconds (hh:mm:ss.000)

    If we enter time with fractional seconds, e.g. 12:34:56.789, we are unable to edit the fractional seconds later. Worse: any attempt to edit the cell changes the cell value to time rounded to the second (12:34:57), unless we are careful to press ESC instead of Enter. The problem is: the Formula Bar and Edit Directly In Cell only present time rounded to the second, regardless of the cell format.

    3 votes

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  10. Create a new orientation in data bar (up to down, down to up)

    The current model Data bars in the conditioning format allow just you decide to change the orientation left to right or right to left. Is it possible to get this data bars orientation up to down or down to up. Thank you.

    2 votes

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    2 comments  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. Add an IFERROR to VBA

    An easier "IFERROR" function. If there's an error, then do something, otherwise use the original formula; shouldn't have to enter the same formula twice.

    3 votes

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    4 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. Dedicated Tickmark Ribbon Financial Analysis/Auditing

    Make a dedicated Ribbon that contains tick-marks used by every financial analyst as well as auditors. This Ribbon would also have the ability to document what each tick-mark represents in a "legend" of sorts. We use Excel everyday all day and I find myself searching through fonts and conditional formatting icons for the right level of them. For example, I wanted to have a conditional formatting rule that had 6 icons but i am limited to this and had to create a work around for this and ultimately we moved over to another tool that was able to customize icons.

    2 votes

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  13. Add "LeftOf" and "RightOf" text functions

    Would love to see one function that returns all text from the left (or right) of a specified character. As it is now, you must know the number of chars you want to return.

    LeftOf(text,string,num)
    text is the text or cell you are manipulating
    string is the char or chars you are looking for
    num is the occurrence of string from the left (1st, 2nd, etc)

    A2 = "Excel is a great utility"
    LeftOf(A2," ",3) = "Excel is a"
    RightOf(A2,"a",1) = "t utility"

    3 votes

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    1 comment  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  14. Fix the ease to cancel password protection of individual sheets and adding MAC verification

    It is so easy to cancel password protection of excel sheets. There are several methods you can find through Google search. I emphasize I'm talking about password protecting individual sheets and not the whole file...
    I use password protection to protect my software, which is implemented in an excel xlsx file, from being hacked and copied.
    Maybe you can fix this by better hiding the password tag or by adding an external tool that prevents deleting the password protection from the xlsx file?
    You can then charge people who forgot their password and need your help to recover access to…

    2 votes

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  15. 2 votes

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    4 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  16. Have a grater variety of controls to include on forms

    I use forms a lot, however, there are not as much controls on the control palette like on the past. For example the date picker control...

    5 votes

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  17. Respect Columns when Copying and pasting a table from a table or web site

    When copying tables from a web site or other table, and pasting into an Excel Spreadsheet, the data is all put in one column. It should be pasted into separate columns. The workaround is to copy and paste one column at a time is quite cumbersome and sometimes does not work if there are blank cells.

    4 votes

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    2 comments  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  18. I have trouble with the program crashing pretty much daily

    Excel frequently stops working can't seems to see a pattern to it right now. It is extremely frustrating

    3 votes

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  19. 6 votes

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  20. Having to click the 'Enable content' button every time I open a worksheet is driving me bonkers! How do we turn it OFF?

    This just seems to be a big waste of time and I don't need this feature. I want to be able to disable it.

    2 votes

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