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  1. EASIER ACCESS TO INSERT A EADER TO NAME THE SPREADSHEET

    There should be an easier way to name your Spreadsheet as a Header:Example: Insert name for Header.

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      0 comments  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Stop being so secretive

      Put some type of Notification or send an email to the account on file that you're doing updates.
      I cannot use my Office products because Microsoft is holding my programs ******* due to some update or other that was being installed without my knowledge.
      Make the updates public so I can choose to install at my convenience.
      Another reason to really not appreciate anything Microsoft does.

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      • Add 2-way relations in Power Pivot

        In general, it would be good to have one version of SSAS in both Power BI and Excel.

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          0 comments  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Change menu option names in current Dutch menu : same word now used for notes and comments

          Notes and Comments: the Dutch ribbon menu now shows both under the same name of 'Opmerkingen' (the former name for the 'old' comment. The main ribbon menu item 'Controleren' (Control) now has two sub-blocks both named 'Opmerkingen', the 1rst has 5 optional choices and gives the new 'Notes', the 2nd has one option and gives the 'old' comments. Suggest to give them different names, and in addition to bring back the right-click option to directly insert a comment into a cell (most users will only need that and not the more complicated Notes option as they have no need for…

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            0 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 12 hour format WITHOUT the AM/PM marking

            It would be great if we could have a 12-hour format for times without the AM/PM label. For example:

            4:30 PM = 4:30

            As of right now, the only time formats that do not have "AM" or "PM" attached to them are converted to Military TIme (AKA the 24-hour format). It's super annoying.

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              0 comments  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • True Dark Theme for Worksheets

              In Excel, the only way to make your worksheets/reports that you build in Excel a dark theme, is to add a background image.
              On the PowerPivot/Sharepoint server, background images are not supported.

              It would be nice if you could save an Excel sheet with dark background color as a configurable default, so that you don't have to change cell backgrounds (which go away with PowerPivot refresh), and don't have to do a background image (which is incompatible with server refresh/presentation).

              Even outside of server refresh, we find issues on file exchange too.

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                0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • As policy, all apps/add-ins endorsed by Microsoft should have capability of being disabled by the user.

                Stock Connector is an Excel add-in that can't be disabled by the user once it's installed! It can be "removed", but not "disabled". One would think that, as a matter of policy, Microsoft would check all apps and add-ins to ensure they can be disabled by the user prior to authorizing their sale on the Microsoft Appsource or store.

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                  0 comments  ·  Macros and Add-ins  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add "Formatting Layers"

                  Add the ability to create "layers" of formatting. This would work like such:
                  * Each sheet would have formatting layers, starting with the "default" normal formatting.
                  * A user could add a formatting layer to a sheet. This new layer can contain unique formatting that does not interfere with other layers.
                  * Layers would have the ability to be turned on/off.
                  * On: Formatting is visible
                  * Off: Formatting is hidden
                  * A single layer is "active" at any time, the active layer is where formatting changes are applied to.
                  * Layers have a "stack" order/precedence, like clear plastic sheets…

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                    0 comments  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • it should be easier to create mailing lables directly from Excel. The current system is too cumbersome.

                    there should be an option directly within excel to create labels. The current system is way too cumbersome

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                    • Enable the macro automatically, When file is open..,

                      I have created a macro template file (.xlsm) and save it. If we close it and open. We need to enable macro all the time, when we open it. (For eg) I have an macro to close the file automatically after a certain time of file opened. But the user open the file and forgot to enable macro the file was shown to others as read-only for a long time.

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                        0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Implement the old Lotus @subtotal and @grandtotal functions

                        In Lotus, you could put @subtotal() anywhere in a column, where it acted as an @sum(). Then at the bottom you put in @grandtotal() and it automatically added up all the @subtotals for you.

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                          0 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                            0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Save a file in a local folder first, and then synchronize to OneDrive as long as needed.

                            I have an xlsm file on a local folder, synchronized with Onedrive business. It seems that quite often (sometimes twice a day) it may brake a file, so it cannot be saved (Excel doen't responce for infinite time).

                            At the same time autosaving file, placed in a folder synchronized with OD, takes more than 10 seconds, according to the message in Title of Excel window. So it's almost impossible to catch a moment when a file cannot be saved - I cannot wait every time to the end of saving process.

                            So it would be great to save a file…

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                                0 comments  ·  PivotTables and Power Pivot  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Allow expanding and collapsing of outline in a protected sheet

                                When protecting a worksheet there are many options for allowing certain features to still be accessed from the protected sheet. One frustration has always been that when a user protects a sheet, they cannot access to outline buttons for expanding and collapsing rows or columns.

                                Why not allow an exception for outlines on the protection dialog, that would allow a user to expand and collapse columns and rows using the outline buttons, even when a document is protected?

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                                  0 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Multi-layered cell contents that could include manual input, formula, and result in the same cell

                                  A basic, but sophisticated, feature that seems to be seldom discussed is that of 3-D cells with layered functionality. This could lead to some incredible improvements in effective, simplified worksheet design. The functionality would not be unlike the 'Conditional Formatting' features as they apply to formatting of cells. It would also extend beyond what can be done with 'Data Validation'. For example:

                                  A user enters a number in a cell and the corresponding weekday name is displayed rather than the number, enter an employee name and their phone number is displayed, enter square feet and the cell displays the result…

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                                  • Please turn off autofill of Parameters of PQ of date type

                                    Entering dates in Parameter of date type is very inconvenient. It is almost impossible to change it, and if you enter a date from scratch, you'll have troubles with year part of a date.

                                    All this is due to autofill function. Please turn if off, or let user do it in Query Options

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                                      0 comments  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Allow user to select ranges and edit cells within a merged cell without un-merging cells

                                      PROBLEM: We often have tables (not always defined as a formal table range) that include horizontally merged cells within a row. On occasion, we need to delete a block of cells from the center of the table where the merged rows span over the cells being deleted. This operation cannot be performed because we cannot specifically select the block of cells we want to delete.

                                      GLITCH: When a block selection includes horizontally merged cells, the selection is forced to expand to included the full width of any merged cells included in the range. This, in turn, forces a widened selection…

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                                        0 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Embedded object error

                                        Hello,

                                        I am having problems with embedded excel spreadsheets in Microsoft Word. I reported this error before to Microsoft. The reference is HS-168037. The embedded object jumps off of the screen when you try to open it in a word document. The last update seemed to help somewhat but I was wondering if it will be fully corrected.

                                        Thank you,

                                        John

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                                        • Sort by designated row in a multi-row header

                                          PROBLEM: We continually face a problem with sorting tables (Excel and Word) if we employ two or more rows for the column headings in the table.

                                          DISCUSSION: First, it is not uncommon for tables to have headings of two or more rows. Often the first row includes labels that group the sub-labels in the second row and so on. However, we cannot create such headings because they disrupt the sort feature used with tables. Second, the visual or printed headings may not be conducive to the sort feature.

                                          As such, the user often has to use workarounds where multi-row column…

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