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  1. SQL query tools integration

    Ability to run SQL queries, being able to select / union select from multiple worksheets

    Using the same SQL tool, updated / insert records in other worksheets ( tabs)

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      0 comments  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Normalize ribbons between office applications

      Ribbons were an OK response to menu creep, but each Office application was optimized separately. Instead they should be optimized for the Office experience, not the Excel or Outlook experience. As an example, there should be one place to find spelling and grammar and it should be the same for every office application. We learn to use office as a whole not individual applications.

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        0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        In general, common functionality is already on common ribbon tabs in Office. For instance, spelling and grammar are on the Review ribbon tab, across Office.

        Cheers,
        Dan [MS]

      • Add the capability to add chart labels attached to one or more data points comparable to the third party add-in XY chart labels.

        It would be useful to attached labels to key data points to explain a key system change affecting the data. These labels would need to float with the graph rather than moving an existing text box. The third party add-in XY-labels does a decent job but could be easier to use.

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          0 comments  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          We currently support adding data labels to any data point including XY scatter. Please clarify the type of functionality you need beyond what is already supported with data labels.

          Thanks,
          Scott [MSFT]

        • The replace function has been put into the background where it is harder to locate. Office 2000 was much better.

          Make the replace option much more readily available.(i.e. as a visible option)

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            0 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Ability to open multiple instances of Excel instead of opening just new window in the same instance (enable SDI)

            In Excel 2010 I was able to open a new instance of excel when one instance was busy running VBA macros which take a long time. In this new instance I was able to open other spreadsheets without a problem and work with them while the other instance was busy running VBA macros. Now in excel 2016 if I open a new excel while one of them is running I only get a new windows in the same instance and this window is also busy and I'm not able to open a new spreadsheet to work in while the other…

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              10 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Hi Borut,

              This is already supported – you can start a new Excel instance (process) by doing the following:

              1. Click Start (or Windows Key+R)
              2. Type “Excel /x” (without quotes)
              3. (or Run)

              That should start up a new instance of Excel. You can use it to open a second file that won’t “block” on already open workbooks.

              Cheers
              ,Dan [MS]

            • Can't Paste Link with New Excel 2016 Chart Types

              Created Chart with one of new Excel 2016 Chart Types
              Want to Paste Link into Word document
              But Paste Link is grayed out
              Created different Chart with a different one of the new Excel 2016 Chart Types
              Same result - Paste Link is grayed out
              Created different Chart with one of the old Chart Types and Past Link is there

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                0 comments  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                Paste Link is the default for the new chart types in Office 2016 and its the only option right now. As such, the chart pasted into Word should update if the data in the source Excel document is changed. Currently, the new chart types do not support Embedding the entire workbook.

                Thanks,
                Scott [MSFT]

              • Navigation by using arrows in waterfall chart doesn't work and it rather moves the actual chart

                Navigation by using arrows in waterfall chart doesn't work and it rather moves the actual chart

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                  0 comments  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  Navigation of the new chart types is supported but the model has changed. The arrow keys are now used for nudging.

                  The new model is the following. When a chart is selected, hit “Enter” to move the selection to the top level parent objects within the chart. Use the “Tab” key to cycle through each of the parent objects. To get to the children of the parent object; e.g. data points in the series, hit the “Enter” key, then continue traversing the child items with the “Tab” key.

                  Thanks,
                  Scott [MSFT]

                • Bring back the remove Hyperlink button

                  Please bring back the "Remove Hyperlink" button on the right click cell menu.

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                    1 comment  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    Hi George,

                    The Remove Hyperlink option on the cell context menu should still exist (I just verified it in the current version).

                    Marking this completed so you get your vote back.

                    Cheers,
                    Dan [MS]

                  • Kill formulas from calc, reverse of F9

                    Kill formula calc; reverse of F9 hotkey and/or toolbar button

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                      0 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      Hi,

                      You can already interrupt calc (basically breaking into the operation introduced by F9) by pressing any key or making any edit to the sheet.

                      Cheers,
                      Dan [MS]

                    • Open new excel documents in new windows so that window management actually works

                      Opening a document will not create a new window, and navigating multiple excel sheets is a pain. Please add an option to open all new documents as separate windows.

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                        7 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • There needs to be a "track changes" button like the one on Microsoft word.

                        Word has an icon and ability to track changes to your document. This needs to be installed on Excel instead of leaving comments. This makes it easy to work with when sending an excel document to other people.

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                          2 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          There is already a track changes button on the Review tab of the ribbon (enable it by first selecting “share workbook”).

                          However, selecting this item does limit the types of changes you can make in your workbook, so you may find that it’s not as useful as you’d like.

                          Longer term, we want to build a system that tracks changes made by users via a service so that you can go back to any point in time in a spreadsheet’s life.

                          Cheers,
                          Dan [MS]

                        • Add a search field in Customize the Ribbon

                          It is hard to find commands when you don't know how they are named.

                          A search box that filters all commands for a given phrase would be very helpful.

                          E.g. when I enter "shape" in that search box I want to see only commands that contains "shape" anywhere in there name.

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                            2 comments  ·  Product Setup and Activation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Hi Andreas,

                            This is already supported. In the ribbon, you’ll see a lightbulb icon with the text “Tell me what you want to do.” If you type the command you want to perform there, it will filter all commands (like “Shape”) and show you a list of the relevant ones.

                            Hope that helps,
                            Dan [MS]

                          • Merge Cells - Allow User to Change the Default Merge Cells Format

                            Instead of always merging AND centering, I would rather it maintain the formatting of the original cell that contains the data. More often than not, if the original cell is formatted as left justified prior to merging then I want it left justified after the merge as well.

                            If this isn't possible, then at least allow me to change what it defaults to in the home excel options as well as give me more standard options to choose from. Or allow me to create my own combinations of merge and format combinations to default to.

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                              12 comments  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              Hi jf,

                              We’ve got this in Excel today! :-)

                              Instead of hitting “Merge & Center” on the ribbon, click the drop down arrow beside it and choose “Merge Cells.”

                              Cheers,
                              Dan [MS]

                            • Chart - logrithmic scale

                              Please allow for charting using a log scale (not in v2010). Thanks.

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                                2 comments  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                Log scales are supported in Excel 2010 and later. Just double click on the value axis and check the box called “Logarithmic scale” in the dialog.

                                Thanks,
                                Scott [MSFT]

                              • Ctrl+Tab to switch between worksheets

                                Just as we use Alt+Tab to switch between two workbooks, let Ctrl+Tab switch between two worksheets in a workbook.

                                65 votes
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                                  27 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Thanks for the feedback folks. Good news – Ctrl+ page up/down already does this. Ctrl+tab will switch between active books. So I’m going to close this one out under the assumption that people weren’t familiar with the existing shortcuts.

                                  Cheers,
                                  John [MS XL]

                                • date format is impossible to change

                                  When typing in a date such as this: "7/15" it is impossible to make this value show up in a new worksheet as 7/15/currentYear in a format I want. It will always show up as "15-jul" or "dd-mmm". Yes, the date will be correct, it will also be correct for the USA, but it's not in a visual format that I like and I have to manually change the cell format because there's no universal way to make this setting.

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                                    8 comments  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    Hi,

                                    This is already supported in Excel today. Right click the cell, select Format Cells > Number tab > Date, and then choose the date format you’d like.

                                    Hope that helps,
                                    Dan [MS]

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                                      5 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Bring back the ability to design your own button image

                                      Excel 2003 & prior allowed the user to add a button to their toolbar and then edit/redesign the image thereon by changing the colour of the pixels. However, since XL2007 users are limited to a very poor choice of fixed images that requires an obscure mind to relate them to any macro they create!

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                                        4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Hi Col,

                                        Even in versions of Excel (Office really) after 2003, you can still add your own custom icons. Zack has linked to a couple resources below that outline how to do this.

                                        Cheers,
                                        Dan [MS]

                                      • I teach statistics why can't I have a "Mean" function.

                                        It would be easier to type and would tie-into Stats language. This is so easy. A function labeled "MEAN".

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                                          1 comment  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Allow VLookup to accept functions e.g. Max($B$1:$B$10)

                                          Allow VLookup/HLookup to accept functions e.g. MAX($B$1:$B$10) as the look up value. It currently returns #REF! whether using exact or approximate value.

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                                            2 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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