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  1. Apply common time series transformations to a charted series'

    Excel allows us to apply some simple transformations to a series, like change the display units or apply a logarithmic scale. These should be offered whenever a series' x values are all dates.

    Many time series transformations are super common in economic analysis, and they'd be huge time savers. I give you a few:

    + Natural logarithm scale (with better control over the axis than what Excel currently offers for the base 2 and 10 scales)
    + Lag a series n periods
    + Change
    + Change from year/quarter/month/week/day ago
    + Percent Change
    + Percent Change from year/quarter/month/week/day ago
    + Index…

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

    This is great feedback. Please continue to vote on feature ideas which will increase their likelihood of getting in the product.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  2. Make find and replace work in charts for easier formula editing

    Find and replace should work with charts too, both with text shapes and with the series' formulas. This is a major time saver for editing many series' at once.

    Jon Peltier made an addin that implements this: http://peltiertech.com/change-series-formula-improved-routines/.

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

    We’ll consider this for a future release. Please continue to vote on this feature request which will increase its likelihood of getting in the product.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  3. Allow all charts to be animated using a time field - perhaps via timeline slicer

    Extend the ability already in Power View and 3D Map/Power Map to 'play' all charts using a time/date field. The Timeiline Slcer looks as though it could be an ideal way of doing this - just by adding the ability to play through the selected time increments in the Slicer.

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

    Thanks for the feedback. We are exploring the possibility of adding a time playback axis to all native charts in a future release. Please continue to vote on this feature idea.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  4. 7 votes
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    4 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. Adding a scroll bar as a default option in excel charts

    It appears when the range of data in a chart is huge, providing a scrollbar can be a handy option to scroll through big data in a user friendly way (without going through sizing -resizing again). If you can provide this option with charts (and thus in VBAs), it will be a handy feature to work with !
    Cheers, Pramod

    3 votes
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    4 comments  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for the feedback and further clarification. We are currently exploring a number of interactive features like this. We’ll keep this one in mind during our planning process. Please continue to vote on this feature idea.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT}

  6. Automatic labeling for scatterplots

    Please provide a way to add labels automatically to scatterplots. It would be great if you could add a third dimension of data that would be text labels for scatterplots.

    9 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for the suggestion. We are looking at ways to do this labeling automatically.

    In the meantime, we did provide a way to do this in Excel 2013 but it requires a few steps.

    1) Turn on “Data Labels” for your scatter chart
    2) Open the “Label Options” in the task pane. This can be done by double clicking on one of the data labels.
    3) Check the box called “Value From Cells”. Then select the range that contains the labels for each data point.
    4) Turn off the other extraneous labels in your data label from the “Label Options” task pane.

    Please give this a try and continue to vote on this feature request (e.g. automatic labeling) which will increase its likelihood of getting into the product.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  7. Add a 'Series Description' option when creating a series for a chart.

    Add a 'series description' option when creating a series. Then when adding the legend you can select to use the series name or series description as the legend. Would be useful when using data labels that need the series name shortening in some graphs - the legend then acts as a key

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

    Interesting idea. Thanks for the feedback. We’ll consider this in our planning for a future release. In the meantime, please continue to vote on this feature idea.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  8. Colour between lines on chart

    This is typically appropriate between a min and max on the same data-set, so as to show the range in which values occur.

    Another use-case is to draw a phase diagram: https://stevengoddard.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/water-phase-diagram1.jpg?w=450&h=420&h=420

    There's a workaround to do this for standard charts here, though it's tremendously cumbersome: http://peltiertech.com/fill-under-between-series-in-excel-chart/
    It produces a chart looking like this:
    http://peltiertech.com/images/2013-09/OverlapCharts.png

    I'm more interested in this for PivotCharts where we often look at min, mean, max lines for data together. It would be great to be able to shade or colour between them.

    PS: Even to make a min line and max line of the same…

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

    Good feedback. We’ll roll this into our plans for new features that we are considering for a future release. Please continue to vote on this feature idea.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  9. Chart Feature: Dynamic Legends

    Instead of fixed legends, please allow the user to create a dynamic legend, so that if there are no values for a particular category, the legend does not show up for that category.

    16 votes
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  10. Animation in Excel Charts just like PPTs

    In corporate world generally powerpoint presentations are used because they give option of animations.

    in excel it is possible to do with VBA (to some extent) but still its very hard.

    If it could be made possible to give animations in Charts/ areas (A1:G7) / Name ranges, it would be very useful for presenting data.

    thanks for the forum. its really great. :)

    Regards
    Sarvesh Prasad

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

    Thanks for the feedback. We’ll consider this in the next round of planning. In the meantime, please continue to vote on this feature idea.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  11. Charts and Graphs UI

    1) Allow multiple data labels/ bars to be selected simultaneously for editing/formatting or movement
    2) Allow a specific data point/ bar of a chart to be used for individual hyperlinking

    16 votes
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  12. Custom tool tips for charts

    I would like to have custom tool tips for a chart. I have hidden the x axis labels and added some data labels and would like the tool top to display the data label text instead of the x axis label text. I have exported the chart from a vb.net winform app but have been told that this currently isn't possible and advised to post on here!

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

    Good feedback. We’ll consider this in our next round of planning. Please continue to vote on this feature idea.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  13. Cannot open files saved after assigning graph series values names that use structured references

    Since graphs series cannot contain formulas, if you want to make a graph dynamic, you must use a name (in the Name Manager sense) that contains a formula that determines the dynamic range.

    However, if that name uses structured references, then when you save and reopen the file, Excel will crash and the workbook will be unusable to Excel.

    To see what I mean, download this workbook:
    http://www.mediafire.com/view/a2681miflhdjxep/Graph_Crash.xlsb
    Right-click on the graph and go Select Data. Edit Series1 and change its series values to read "=s!y" (without quotes). Save, close, reopen, crash.

    4 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  14. List all charts and their series in a Task Pane with quick search for easier navigation

    Big Excel files with lots of sheets are hard to navigate. Excel could do with a tree view task pane with a search box showing each charts' sheet name, its title and the series it contains. Then you could click on a series and go directly to that chart. Maybe it could also show (if so chosen by the user) a thumbnail of each chart. It doesn't need to be a live rendering of the chart to be useful. Right clicking on each series would also reveal a menu with options like: go to the X values range, go to…

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

    Thanks for the feedback. We’ll consider this for a future release. Please continue to vote on this feature request which will increase its likelihood of getting in the product.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  15. Insert an image directly from a scanner

    In order to insert an image from hardcopy material it is necessary to scan the material to a graphic file and then insert the graphic. It would save time and effort to insert an image directly from a scanner. For example, I scan invoices and cash register receipts from individuals to insert into a voucher for authorization to cut a check for reimbursement to the individual.

    5 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    This is an interesting idea. We will definitely consider it while planning our next round of features. Please continue to vote on this feature idea.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  16. Enable Vari-wide / MariMekko charts

    Hi, I use Vari-wide or Marimekko charts quite frequently and find this to be a major pain in Excel. There are ways to work this in using Area charts and additional rows and formulas for formatting, but it takes a while. Further, it often doesn't allow a linear chart based on my values unless I change the axis to dates, and cheat the formatting to show non date numbers...

    It would be great if this could be built in, or at least be made easier (by not having to change the x-axis to dates)

    (2015-11-05 Dan [MS] recategorized to Charting)

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

    Thanks for the feedback. We’ll consider this for a future release. Please continue to vote on this feature request which will increase its likelihood of getting in the product.

    Could you also further comment on the specific features of a MariMekko chart that you would like to see?

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  17. Option to automatically resize a pivot chart to show all labels as slicers change

    Pivot Chart option to auto resize to show all labels as slicers change the data

    5 votes
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  18. Chart alignment

    Make it possible to select the chart x-axis to auto align or always align to zero or always zoom only on the data somewhere in the y axis.

    6 votes
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  19. adding picture to excel spreadsheet

    adding graphs from other sites that would usually fit in a word document to an excel document. Or the ability to attach a word tab to an excel document.

    3 votes
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  20. Ability to select data on 3D Map by dragging over an area

    Once data is charted on map drag the mouse over an area to select just the results in that area. Would be useful for CRM marketing campaigns etc.

    5 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Great feedback. Selection is an area we plan to improve with 3D charts. Please continue voting on this feature idea.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

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