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  1. The F4 function key

    The F4 function key no longer insert the $ to lock in cell locations. Fix it.

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    0 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Allow Excel to create a back-up file exctly as WORD does.

    WORD actually saves a Back-up file to the directory you are using and it creates it every few minutes, or however you decided. EXCEL does not. It says it creates a back-up file but it rarely can be found and when it is found, it is not the most recent version.

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    0 comments  ·  Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Excel does this as well. You can find the location of these backup files (and configure how often they are created) under File > Options > Save. There you will find the “AutoRecover file location” and other related settings.

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

  3. Make Excel window grabbing (and moving) painless

    I just upgraded from Excel 2007 to 2016 on Win10. I am amazed how the user interface has degraded. I just spent about 5 minutes trying to grab the Excel window I'd moved to the top of my monitor's screen (so that workbook was visible while I was in another application) and I couldn't do it! At ALL!! I had to close it down from the bottom menu bar! MAJOR FAILURE! There's so much garbage up on the top that you've literally sacrificed usability for mostly useless abilities. Keeping the ability to "link" while dumping the ability to move the…

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

    Moving Excel using the top (green by default) bar is already supported, and works the same as it has in previous versions. If you can link to a video that shows the problem you’re having, we’ll be more than happy to take a look.

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

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

    Hi,

    To use the same file on multiple computers, we’d suggest storing the file on OneDrive.com. Excel (on any computer, mobile device, or browser) can then access the file.

    To learn more, visit onedrive.com

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

  5. Circular Errors

    I had to look all over the worksheet headers to find an option that would show the cell being questioned. You get this error when you are about to save and leave a worksheet. I do not usually have time to go hunting for it at that point. Need a quicker way to identify the specific problem cell.

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

    Hi,

    This is already supported in Excel.

    Go to the Formulas tab, Error Checking, Circular References. You’ll get a list of cells involved in circular references.

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

  6. Move command - the ability to select a row or column and insert it automitacally. If anyone remembers Visacalc or SuperCalc, they had this

    Move command - the ability to select a row or column and insert it automitacaly. If anyone remembers Visacalc or SuperCalc, they had this

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

    It is already supported to cut > paste, or drag-to-move a range of cells within a spreadhsheet.

    Maybe a bit more detail would let us know if this is a new idea that you have!

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

  7. 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 →
  8. 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]

  9. Functionality

    Making this version as functional as previous versions. Can't use arrows keys to navigate between cells. Keyboard functionality is non-existent. I've gotta stop what I'm doing to use the mouse to navigate anywhere but to the cell below. WORTHLESS!! A VERY DISAPPOINTED USER!!! (Excel has always been my fav program. I even do my lesson plans in it rather than a word processor.)

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

    Excel 2016 allows the various keyboard functionality that you’ve mentioned. Please add more detail if there are items that you’re still running into.

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

  10. 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]

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    1 comment  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. Make subscription versions of Office 365 work (make new features available) even when I'm not connected to the internet / am offline.

    In the past Office worked independently of the Internet. Now I'm forced to have an Internet connection to get anything done. I pay my annual fee and should be able to use all Office Products when offline.

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

    Hi all,

    This isn’t an Excel specific issue (so there’s nothing we can do in Excel to change this), but I’ll try to give a bit of info here to be helpful.

    With Office 365, you don’t need to be connected to the internet at all times in order to use the “new” (subscription) functionality that is part of the monthly/annual fee. Office licensing has a “heartbeat” that checks your license and then caches that information locally for the times when you’re offline. That cache lasts for about a month – so as long as you connect to the internet monthly, you shouldn’t run into a problem where features aren’t working.

    That may not solve everyone’s problem (I realize there are some people with no internet connection at all, and a non-subscription version of Office may be better in those situations), but hopefully it helps a bit.

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

  13. 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 →
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    1 comment  ·  Macros and Add-ins  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    As long as you’re using functionality that exists in previous versions, macros should be backward compatible.

    If you have a specific problem, please feel free to post it on UserVoice or on answers.microsoft.com.

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

  15. You could bring back the pathway on the tool bar to creat new work books. YOU TOOK THAT OFF AND IT MAKES IT VERY DIFFICULT.

    wE WERE ABLE TO CLIK ONTO NEW WORK ON LEFT SIDE OF TOOL BAR AND IT COPIED AND MADE NEW WORK BOOK INSTANTLY

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    2 comments  ·  Application Errors  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi,

    This is already supported by customizing the QAT and adding the “Document Location” control to it.

    To do that:
    1. File > Options > Quick Access Toolbar
    2. In “Choose commands from” select “All commands”
    3. Find the “Document Location” command and add it to the QAT by clicking the “Add >>” button.

    Hope that helps,
    Dan [MS]

  16. When saving a new file or using "Save as", list all the file names in the folder that is selected, not just files that Excel knows.

    I often create related files for the same topic. For example, I may create a word document and then want to create a related Excel file that contains related data, and I want to give both the same name. I would like to see this capability in all the Office products. These products used to work this way.

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    1 comment  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    10 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  19. Use Office standard of Ctr+Shift+C/V to cut & paste cell style

    Many Office apps allow you to select text style with a Ctrl+Shift+C, and paste it with Ctrl+Shift+V. Implementing this in Excel for the Format Painter would eliminate a relatively slow mouse-heavy operation.

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

    Excel already supports this. Simply Ctrl+C to copy the format you want, and then Ctrl+Alt+V, T to paste formatting. (That’s Past Special > Formats)

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

  20. "Ctrl+O" should open the Open File dialog box not the Recent File pane

    "Ctrl+O" has been an incredibly useful keyboard shortcut for two decades. Changing its functionality and moving the old functionality to Alt, F, O, O is a huge detraction from the functionality of Excel.

    I open 10 to 20 files a day. of those, only 3 tend to be files which were recently opened. When I open those, the Recent File pane is nice. When I open the other 17, the recent file pane is just wasting my time.

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    4 comments  ·  Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi Kevin,

    You can get Ctrl+O to open the dialog box and not the backstage by going to File > Options > Save > Save workbooks > Don’t show the Backstage when opening or saving files.

    Check that box, and you’ll see the behavior you want.

    Personally, since I like the backstage for some things, I’ve gotten used to using Ctrl+F12 to jump directly to the Open dialog, and F12 to jump directly to Save – so that’s another option for you.

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

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