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  1. Translate XLOOKUP and XMATCH to PROCX and CORRESPX in Portuguese

    That's it: PROCX and CORRESPX in Portuguese versions of Excel to keep the same standard of the other functions.

    🇧🇷🇵🇹🇦🇴🇲🇿🇨🇻

    310 votes
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    29 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Add an If_NA optional sixth argument to XLOOKUP

    The new XLOOKUP function introduced on August 28 2019 is awesome - exact match by default, the ability to return several columns at once, and search from bottom of data. But one thing would make it better - an optional sixth IfNA argument to provide an answer in case nothing is found.
    One of the benefits of XLOOKUP is to eliminate the need to nest MATCH inside of INDEX. If you are trying to reduce the number of functions this would be a low-impact way of eliminating nesting XLOOKUP inside of IFNA.
    For me, the main argument is that

    109 votes
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    17 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for the suggestions folks! We’ve added [if_not_found] as the 4th argument to XLOOKUP. The thinking is as follows:

    It’s a reasonably common use case
    The ISNA XLOOKUP approach cannot distinguish a “not found” from a #N/A returned from a valid match.
    - Joe McDaid [Excel]

  3. When copying tabs, somtimes we have to cycle through 100s of "Yes" or "No" to the "Name already exists warning" Can we add Yes to All option

    This is a major productivity killer for power users such as finance teams, and current UX does not help exit this state efficiently.

    231 votes
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    29 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanx for all your feedback and voting folks!

    You should see a “Yes to All” option in the “Name Conflict Dialog” from O365 version 1907 onwards. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/officeupdates/monthly-channel-2019#version-1907-july-29

    Also, the “Name Conflict Dialog” article have been updated accordingly: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/why-am-i-seeing-the-name-conflict-dialog-box-in-excel-f9251985-dbde-4030-86d8-e90775e79952

    Please let us know if you do not find this to be the case.

    thanx,
    Prash
    [Excel Team]

  4. Bring back Edit Comments (Legacy) to the Right-Click Menu

    The new Threaded Comments that appeared in Build 1809 are awesome for 99% of the people. But for the Commenting Gurus - anyone who has ever taken the time to build help systems by resizing, re-coloring, re-shaping and using Show All Comments, we are going to see our comments get destroyed by well-meaning co-workers.

    Yes, all of the legacy icons are available for adding back to the Ribbon, but we the comment gurus can not trust our co-workers and managers to take the time to add these.

    My request: If Excel detects any comment in the workbook that is a…

    153 votes
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    53 comments  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We have addressed the topic of this suggestion by bringing back the legacy comments as notes and included the edit comment action as “edit note” in the right click menu. Also, this topic has multiple suggestions, so if for any remaining suggestions which are not covered by the update to reintroduce legacy comment editing, please open a new suggestion. Thank you.

  5. Filtering Needs to Work in Co-Authoring

    Say that several people are editing the same workbook. If Tom filters to show only his records, then the other people will only see Tom's records. We need to be able to have each person apply a different filter and see only their records.
    Note that it is fine to require that the workbook can not have SUBTOTAL or AGGREGATE functions in order for independent filtering to work. If you allow these functions, then everyone will have different calculation results which would be problematic.
    It is more important to us to be able to have each person apply a local…

    710 votes
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    76 comments  ·  Collaboration and Sharing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  6. May 2017 update which keeps the copied item active in the clipboard

    Regarding the issue of...It's part of the May 2017 update which keeps the copied item active in the clipboard even if you do things that would normally clear it, like typing in a cell, applying formatting, etc.

    Pressing ESC will clear the marquee/dancing ants.

    Why in the world would Microsoft and an extra step here. This is terrible. At least give us the option to turn off the function. Please change this back or give us the option. Very disappointed!

    586 votes
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    541 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Keep the Copy was designed to improve the experience of copying content to your clipboard based on customer requests. Copy and Paste functionality is different in Excel than most other applications because results from formulas can change and due to the large size of worksheets. Since making the improvements there has been mixed feedback about the changes that we made and it is not up to our quality standards. Effective today, Keep the Copy will be removed from Excel until we have improved the quality and design of this feature.

    Thanks,
    Eric Patterson
    Excel Program Manager

  7. Power Query Advanced Editor and Formula Bar Intellisense

    Add intellisense to the advanced editor and the formula bar for the Power Query M-Code.

    48 votes
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    12 comments  ·  PivotTables and Power Pivot  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    A little bit late updating the status on this suggestion, but we’re happy to say that Power Query now has Intellisense when using the Advanced Editor and the query formula bar. If you don’t see it already, just go to File > Options and Settings > Query Options > Power Query Editor, and enable M Intellisense.

  8. Options for AutoSave

    The AutoSave function is a great idea!!
    Just not in practice...
    In my business we re-use the same invoices made in excel for the same jobs, however save them as a new file each time in order to keep a record of the previous invoice.
    The new AutoSave feature is extremely dangerous in this regard.
    If I, or someone else, does not remember to turn off AutoSave, or save as a new file BEFORE making new changes, we LOSE our previous invoice.

    Have options for AutoSave, the most important one being, DEFAULT OFF rather than default on.

    151 votes
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    61 comments  ·  Collaboration and Sharing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you all for your feedback regarding the new AutoSave functionality in Excel.

    We’ve been working to better enable collaboration and AutoSave is a key component that. While it can take some getting used to, AutoSave helps users feel confident that their work is being saved. This is especially evident when working with other people, but it also helps when you’re working by yourself.

    We understand that you may need to turn off AutoSave for some workflows, so we are excited to announce that it is now possible to turn off AutoSave for a particular file as well as to change whether AutoSave is or or not by default.

    For instructions on how to do this please see here: https://support.office.com/en-gb/article/what-is-autosave-6d6bd723-ebfd-4e40-b5f6-ae6e8088f7a5#OfficeVersion=Windows

    This functionality is currently available to O365 subscribers.

    We hope you continue to leave feedback on Excel to help us improve.

    Thanks,

    Pallavi Hukerikar
    Excel Program Manager

  9. Power Query - cache shared nodes

    Update Power Query in Excel to take advantage of caching in cases where a parent node refers to a child node that has already been refreshed (as exists in Power BI desktop today).

    This issue creates significant performance problems with refresh times when creating highly interdependent financial and operational models. This is a show stopper from a usability and customer acceptance standpoint.

    1,975 votes
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    329 comments  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi all,

    We are happy to announce that the feature is finally available on Production starting from July fork (build 16.0.10726.*) for Office 365 subscribers.

    Thank you all for your votes and the feedback.

    - Excel Team

  10. AutoSave Master Switch rather than an "I Told YOu So!" later

    Microsoft has added a new feature to help users co-author files. Whether you are for or against this feature is not my point here: it needs Excel's AutoSave switched on to work. That's fine. But it shouldn't be the default. It is accepted that Office is trying to make various apps consistent, but Excel is used differently. What makes it the most popular software in the world is the ability to experiment without consequences.

    Made a mistake? No fear, close without saving and re-open. Accidentally delete a sheet? Don't worry, close without saving and re-open. Replaced all formulae with =RAND()?…

    353 votes
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    72 comments  ·  Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We have been listening to your feedback and are updating AutoSave with the ability to turn AutoSave off if desired. There are three patterns in this feedback thread that we are addressing now. The first pattern is that you want AutoSave off because you make temporary edits or hypothetical edits that you don’t want to save (we call this what-if analysis). The second pattern is that you start a new file from an existing file after making some changes to the existing file (like a Template or Invoice). The third is that sometimes the “Last Modified” timestamps are changing even when no edits were made.

    In response to the feedback about a desire for AutoSave to be off by default due to temporary or hypothetical edits (what-if), we have added some new functionality and options for AutoSave:
    1. You can turn AutoSave off for a specific file. While a document…

  11. STOP turning the AutoSave back on when users turn it off!

    STOP turning the AutoSave back on! AutoSave falsely represents users as updating the file AND creates unnecessary versions. Users turn it off and after Microsoft updates are pushed into the environment - it comes back on. Bad idea!

    11 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Collaboration and Sharing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Changes to AutoSave settings should not change on update. This issue was raised when the changes to AutoSave were made. This should no longer be a problem. If you experience further issues go to File > Feedback and send us more information.

  12. removing sexist algorithms

    Please can you allow "Mrs. and Mr." to be written in excel without excel autocorrecting to "Mrs. And Mr." because the traditional rules state that the man is first. I am writing letters to donors and I always put the donor in the first position and the associated donor in the second. Excel only auto capitalizes the "and" when it is in the Mrs. and Mr. position. This is a pain that it was written into the algorithm. And sexist. Thanks.

    1 vote
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    8 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We have good news to share. In the January 2019 release of Excel for both Mac and Windows, this issue has been resolved. Once you install the update, Excel will allow you to override any autocorrection simply by going back and typing over the correction. For example, if you type “Mrs. and Mr.” into cell A1, Excel will autocorrect it to “Mrs. And Mr.”. If you go back and type “and” again in the same place, Excel will not correct it again. It will still autocorrect “Mrs. And” if you type it into a different location, or if another autocorrection happens before you change “And” back to “and”. To summarize, Excel will no longer make the same autocorrection 2 times consecutively.

    This fix is included in Excel for Mac if you have version 16.20 or greater, and Excel for Windows if you have version 16.0.11126 or greater.

  13. Don't autocorrect if you can't override (idiotic functionality keeps changing EHR to HER, but you can't undo like in Word or Outlook).

    Get smart like iOS on your autocorrect. If you a user deletes/overrides your autocorrection right away, leave it alone. The way the feature is implemented in Excel leaves the user no choice but to turn it off.

    Try it. Type EHR (as in Electronic Health Record) into a cell (with our without the leading single quote and watch it autocorrect to HER when you hit return or select another cell. Undo does not work (like it does in Word or Outlook).

    1 vote
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    3 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We have good news to share. In the January 2019 release of Excel for both Mac and Windows, this issue has been resolved. Once you install the update, Excel will allow you to override any autocorrection simply by going back and typing over the correction. For example, if you type “HSA” into cell A1, Excel will autocorrect it to “HAS”. If you go back and type “HSA” again in the same place, Excel will not correct it again. It will still autocorrect “HSA” if you type it into a different location, or if another autocorrection happens before you change “HAS” back to “HSA”. To summarize, Excel will no longer make the same autocorrection 2 times consecutively.

    This fix is included in Excel for Mac if you have version 16.20 or greater, and Excel for Windows if you have version 16.0.11126 or greater.

  14. Make a simple safer version of VLOOKUP and INDEX MATCH

    The majority of Excel users use VLOOKUP to get exact matches from a row or column, It would be good if they all used INDEX MATCH but it's more complex so how about this simpler version for the masses.

    =GETMATCH(ReferenceToMatch, MatchColumn/Row, GetColumn/Row, Optional Value if no match)

    If seen a few other references to updating VLOOKUPS and there are lots of opportunities, but it would be good to address the simple most widely used issue first.

    744 votes
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    128 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  15. Enable user to pin Folders to the recent lists for Open and Save As

    ** Please bring back functionality from the old Microsoft Office suites (not just xls).

    ** For alphabetic sorting of files in the recent lists, please don't vote here. Instead, see https://excel.uservoice.com/forums/304921-excel-for-windows-desktop-application/suggestions/10261443-recent-files-pane-in-excel-2013-was-pretty-good-b

    Specifically: it is useful to have a list of recently-accessed folders from which to open files. Such folders were available on the older versions of Microsoft (MS) Office, but not in the 2016 “upgrade”. (i.e. MS Office 2016 contains only a list of the recently opened files.)

    Constantly having to navigating BACK to a recently used folder to open / save a file is very annoying.

    I'm not the…

    457 votes
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    58 comments  ·  Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  16. Make Excel obey the "scroll inactive windows" setting in Windows 10

    Make Excel obey the "scroll inactive windows" setting in Windows 10. Currently Excel will scroll when it is an inactive window, but it will not allow other windows to scroll when it is the active window. This makes transcribing data from a source that needs to be scrolled difficult.

    97 votes
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    94 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanx for creating and voting on this folks!

    You should see this issue fixed starting with the latest Windows 10 Preview 17133.73 build update on 4/10 (https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/03/27/announcing-windows-10-insider-preview-build-17133-for-fast/) as well as latest Excel Monthly channel 1803 Build 9126.2152 update on 4/11 (https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/office/mt465751.aspx).

    Please let us know if you find this still not fixed with these builds (and later).

    thanx,
    Prash [MSFT]

  17. No more warnings about saving as CSV, especially when I didn't change anything

    I don't know how many hundreds (thousands?) of times I've told Excel that, yes, I really truly do mean to save this file as a CSV. I recognize that not all users will understand that CSV doesn't do cool formulas or formatting, etc., but I do and I still want to do it. And I want to do it a lot. Please, give me a way to opt out of these useless warnings!

    1,196 votes
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    105 comments  ·  Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    2016-09-07

    We’re done – you should no longer get a warning dialog about data loss when saving a file as CSV, as long as the file was originally opened as a CSV file.

    Instead, we’ve added a non-intrusive business bar (that you can ignore if you choose) that let’s you quickly Save As the file if you have made changes that are not savable in CSV; if you ignore it and just Save, we’ll just save out the CSV values as you’d expect.

    We actually rolled this out starting on August 13, 2016 with build 16.0.7167.2040 for O365 users. Later builds have this update as well of course.

    Thanks for participating in UserVoice – we definitely value your input. You can now use whatever votes you’d allocated for this idea for other ideas.

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

    = started status 2016-06-15 =

    Great news – we’re working on this…

  18. Increase the 218 character filename length limit to open files in excel

    Excel can't open files with full path lengths greater than 218 characters as documented in https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/213983. This is still a problem in Office 2016. It seems crazy that Excel can't open a valid file that the filesystem allows. People have been complaining about this since Office 2000. The thread below has over 11 thousand views and there are plenty others. Please fix this. http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/office/forum/office2013release-excel/sorry-unable-to-find/595333d0-1463-499f-967e-4da8ac2e2047

    798 votes
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    285 comments  ·  Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello,

    I am excited to announce that we have completed the work to enable longer file name and paths in Excel for desktop. This was a significant change that required work on multiple parts of the product beyond open and save, since the file path is used in other features like external links.

    Before this change, Excel for desktop could open and save files with a full path length of up to 218 characters.

    Starting a few weeks ago, all Office 365 users in the monthly channel (CC – current channel, build 12624.20466 or above) are able to open and save files up to 2034 characters. However, in practice there are lower limits imposed by the file system:
    - Windows local and UNC files: 260 characters
    - OneDrive/SharePoint files synced to the local drive: 260 characters
    - OneDrive/SharePoint files opened directly from the cloud: 400 characters

    Thanks again for your…

  19. make excel 2016 as stable as previous versions

    Make Excel 2016 as stable as previous versions
    We run complex spreadsheets with conditional formatting and links between spreadsheets and macros to drive behavior - this is both inherently slow (on various different computers) and unstable - crashes almost daily
    Previous versions of Excel handled these same spreadsheets cleanly and easily !!!

    104 votes
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    26 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you all who voted! And we hear you loud and clear and we have been working hard at improving Excel 2016 stability on-going with every monthly release with our January monthly channel release at historically low levels based on our internal measures.

    Moving forward, please send us feedback from within Excel, which includes actionable crash information we monitor regularly. Once Excel reboots from a crash please goto File → Feedback → Send a Frown, provide information on what Excel specific action you were doing when the crash occurred and press the “Submit” button.

    thanx,
    Prash [MSFT]

  20. let pen usage toggle between inking and pointer

    The January 2016 Office update defaults the Surface Pen to an inking tool. Most Excel users prefer to use the pen as a pointer. Please give us a toggle in the ribbon to switch between inking and pointing.

    155 votes
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    167 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    (2016-03-15 – Completed) (Edit: Added link to Office Insider signup)

    I wanted to let everyone know that in the update to Office that started rolling out to Insiders today, you will find a new preference in the Options dialog to allow you to make the pen select instead of ink by default. Enabling this preference will make the pen function exactly like it did before, plus you can use the options on the Draw tab if you do decide you want to ink. If you are an Office Insider (which anyone can join – https://products.office.com/en-us/office-insider), you should get this update within the next day or so. If you are not an Office Insider, it may take another week or two to reach you.

    This is a per-app preference, so you can enable selection by default in Excel for instance while leaving ink as the default in Word and PowerPoint,…

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