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  1. Python as an Excel scripting language

    Let us do scripting with Python! Yay! Not only as an alternative to VBA, but also as an alternative to field functions (=SUM(A1:A2))

    6,681 votes
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    496 comments  ·  Macros and Add-ins  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Wow.

    Thank you to all those participated in our survey. What an amazing number of responses, many of them with very deep content. We’re processing the over ten thousand responses(!), and already appreciate the time so many of you took to answer with passion and experience.

    Please know this survey is used to help influence various topics – both on Python as well as other related topics that the comments started to bleed into. Given the passion, I want to be clear this remains an area of exploration for us, without any specific timeline.

    We’ll provide updates as we progress on this feature request.

    Thanks!

    Ashvini Sharma
    Lead Program Manager
    Excel

  2. Have Excel scroll better when there are large cells.

    If there's a really tall or wide cell, Excel jumps to the edge of the cell when scrolling past that area. This is a big pain when, for example:
    - trying to position a shape
    - Trying to grab the edge of the row or column in order to resize it.

    Excel should just scroll normally without jumping.

    3,459 votes
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    958 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    I’m happy to let you know that we are in the planning stages to make Excel for Windows scroll without jumping to the edge of the cell so you’ll be able to scroll smoothly. We don’t yet have a target date, but wanted to tell you about our plans.

    We appreciate all the votes and comments supporting this suggestion.

    Thanks – Steve K [Excel]

  3. Stop Excel from changing large "numbers" (actually text values) to scientific notation.

    Prevent Excel from changing large "numbers" (actually text values) to scientific notation.

    1,945 votes
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    675 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. 1,917 votes
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    1254 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi all,

    We have been working on this, and wanted to get your feedback on how you see this feature fitting into your workflow. We have a quick one question survey for you to give us your thoughts on the look and keyboard shortcuts we have at this time. Please see here for more: aka.ms/datePickerSurvey

    Thanks!
    Blake, Excel Product Team

  5. Maintain leading zeroes when entering values in cells

    There should be an application setting OR paste recovery option OR cell format to retain leading zeroes when entering values in cells (either manually or through another means like CSV import).

    (2015-11-05 Dan [MS] Updated idea title and description to broaden this issue from maintaining leading zeros on CSV data import to maintaining them on any cell entry.)

    1,521 votes
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    96 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks very much for your votes. And to those who took the time to fill in the survey, thank you! This is a brief update to let y’all know that we’ve started work on this feature request along with the one on changing numbers to scientific notation.

    - Urmi [Msft]

  6. Get Tables working on protected sheets (add rows, sort, filter, etc.)

    I would like to be able to, under the right circumstances, have the ability to add/remove rows of a table which resides on a protected sheet.

    Currently if you protect a sheet you can't insert/delete rows of a table. Even if you unprotect all cells and allow inserting/deleting of rows on sheet protection, it doesn't matter and is completely ignored.

    What I am proposing would have to follow specific rules:


    • Table cells would have to be unprotected

    • Cells below table would have to be unprotected (truly optional † )

    • Insert Rows would have to be specified in sheet protection

    †…

    1,474 votes
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    219 comments  ·  Tables, Sorting and Filtering  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for logging this great suggestion, Zack, and to others for voting it up. We’ll prioritize this according to the number of votes, so if there’s more interest, please make sure to register your vote!

    Thanks

    Ashvini Sharma
    Lead Program Manager
    Excel

  7. Restore MDI file handling (open all files in one window); Kill SDI (each spreadsheet opens in a seperate window)

    In the good versions of Excel (prior to 2007) one could open multiple workbooks in the same window. Now, one has multiple instances of Excel (and every other Office app) whenever one opens more than one document / spreadsheet.

    Again, here are the issues:


    1. Stability - I experience ~3X Excel crashes in 2016 (SDI) as compared to 2010 (MDI)

    2. Screen Space / Real Estate - Drastically reduced screen space when each workbook requires its own Ribbon, Quick Access Toolbar and Formula Bar

    3. Toolbar to Workbook Confusion - One Ribbon + Quick Access Toolbar + Formula Bar to control all workbooks…
    1,290 votes
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    957 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for the support and the detailed discussion around this suggestion. We understand that there are some advantages and disadvantages with both MDI (multi-document interface) and SDI (single-document interface), and we currently do not have plans to revert to MDI. We do want to improve the experience with SDI so you can get your work done efficiently, and this post has helped toward that goal.

    Some of the specific issues mentioned are addressed as follows:
    – Stability: This has been a focus over the past several years, and the monthly releases in 2020 have been among the most reliable ever in terms of avoiding crashes.
    - Screen space – while it won’t get all the space back, you can minimize the ribbon to save some space. It only shows when needed.
    - Navigation between workbooks: you can use CTRL+F6, SHIFT+CTRL+F6, CTRL+TAB or SHIFT+CTRL+TAB to switch to the next workbook. …

  8. Link the min and max values of a chart axis to cell value

    It would be nice to be able to link the min and/or max value of an chart axis to a cell reference instead of manual enter the value or the auto function.

    1,190 votes
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    Thank you for taking the time to share your request for linking min/max values of a chart axis to the cell value! We think this suggestion has merit; however, we don’t expect to devote time to it in the near future. We will continue tracking votes and comments here, and will keep this suggestion under consideration for future development.

    Thank you again, and please keep sharing your thoughts!
    Auston [MSFT]

  9. Pull Current Stock Prices and Historical Data Into Excel

    Now that our ability to use Yahoo! Finance's API to pull in stock information via the WEBSERVICE() function and import historical information is officially dead (thanks Verizon!), the only viable option currently is to use Google sheets to pull in stock information.

    It would be awesome if Excel could import data from MSN Money so us users can continue to use spreadsheets to monitor our portfolios.

    1,132 votes
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    404 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Huge progress update toward historical data! We have released our preview of the StockHistory function! https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/stockhistory-function-1ac8b5b3-5f62-4d94-8ab8-7504ec7239a8

    However, this is only available to our Beta Channel at the moment, so when it is rolled out to General Availability, I will be sure to update the status to completed.

    If you are able to use the feature in preview and have feedback, please send-a-frown for us to review.

    —Kaycee Reineke
    Excel PM

  10. Make Undo stacks track per workbook instead of globally

    Undo stacks are currently global between all workbooks that are open at a given time, so pressing undo on one workbook might undo a change in a different workbook. As someone who frequently has multiple workbooks open at a time, it would be much more helpful to be able to step through the edits made on each individual workbook.

    1,096 votes
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    218 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks to everyone for the votes and discussion about having undo independently in each workbook. Even though this request has been here for a long time, we are listening and we realize that it can be frustrating if you press Undo while you’re in one workbook and it undoes something in another workbook. We’ve been considering the technical challenges to make Undo work “per workbook”, and want to share some details about it with you.

    The undo process relies on the state of all open workbooks being exactly the same after an “undo” as they were before the undone action was taken. One example of how undo “per workbook” is problematic is with linked workbooks. Let’s say you have WorkbookA, with a formula that refers to WorkbookB, such as =SUMIFS. This formula will give the sum of values in WorkbookB in range A1:A10 that have “Yes” in the…

  11. Pick color in Excel Like at Powerpoint

    In Powerpoint there is a color picker tool to bring custom colors to the pallete.

    Many times we need to do it using PowerPoint to get the RGB combination to be used in Excel.

    Could you replicate this color picker into Excel in the same way it exists in PowerPoint?

    Portuguese:

    Conta-gotas PowerPoint

    No Powerpoint existe uma ferramenta para pegar as cores e retornar para a paleta, o conta-gotas.

    Vocês podem fazer o mesmo no Excel?

    Porque muitas vezes nós precisamos fazer isso usando o PowerPoint para pegar o RGB e colocar no Excel.

    1,041 votes
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    91 comments  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. Conditional formatting - Apply to named ranges

    Currently if you apply conditional formatting to a named range (i.e.. a range named via the Name Manager or a table style named-range), the value in the "Applies to" column of the Condidtional Formatting Rules Manger will revert the named range to its absolute cell reference.

    eg. "Applies to: =Table1[Column3]" becomes "Applies to: =$C$2:$C$7".

    Apart from being more difficult to read, it creates other complexities. e.g. if I happen to copy/paste a cell into this range, it creates a mess in the rules manager, creating a new rule for each cell pasted.

    e.g. if my named range is 'Table1[Column3]' which…

    966 votes
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    255 comments  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for supporting this feature. We won’t be able to in the near future, but we understand that it would be a nice improvement. Even though it seems like a straightforward idea, it is quite complex since named ranges can be dynamic, meaning that the range is calculated when the workbook is calculated.

    We’ll continue tracking votes for this suggestion.

  13. Add Center Across Selection to the Merge & Center Drop-down

    Do you hate Merged Cells? Do you believe Merged Cells are evil? Do you curse every time your selection rectangle goes from one column to five columns just because you touched a merged cell? Do you constantly get workbooks from co-workers who continue to merge cells? Tired of not being able to Sort or Paste because someone merged a cell?

    Excel encourages people to use Merge & Center by offering it front-and-center on the Home tab. Thus, few people discover the (superior) Center Across Selection option on the Alignment tab of the Format Cells dialog.

    Currently, the Merge & Center…

    867 votes
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    107 comments  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  14. Give us a proper NULL() worksheet function.

    This would make calculations and charts treat a cell containing a formula as a blank cell, not as a cell with a text string ("") or as a zero.

    828 votes
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    133 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for your support for this suggestion. As some of the comments have concluded, there are a few complex technical issues and considerations that have delayed this from being implemented.

    We do think that this suggestion has merit but we don’t think that we’ll be able to devote time to it in the near future.

    One of the primary reasons for this request was to have a better way to handle formula cells in line charts, and this can be accomplished using the option to show #N/A as an empty cell. You can use the NA() function in your formulas as appropriate, and choose the option to “Show cells with #N/A as an empty cell”. To find the option for your chart, go to the Select Data dialog for the chart, and click the Hidden and Empty Cells button.

    We know there are other scenarios where a proper NULL()…

  15. provide an option to set Excel's default paste behavior

    When you do an ordinary paste like Ctrl+V, Excel pastes the cell values, formatting, validation, everything. However, many users usually paste only values when working, and the extra handling to paste special is not productive.

    Word and OneNote have a setting that allow the user to choose the default paste type, and that should also be available in Excel.

    I know there are add-ins to workaround that and also the shortcut AppKey+V to paste values, but I think that should be a native Excel setting.

    812 votes
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    240 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    This is a great suggestion, and we want to keep the interest going. Thanks to everyone who has already voted and commented on the suggestion to have an option for the default paste behavior in Excel.

    Sorry that we’ve been slow to comment and update the status on this one.

    Steve K [Excel]

  16. Unhide multiple worksheets at once

    We can hide several worksheets at once, but we can only show them individually.

    Although the VBA can solve this issue with some lines of code, but it would be a great improvement if you add this capability to Excel as a build in feature.

    757 votes
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    69 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Great news. We have started to rollout the Unhide multiple sheets dialog box improvement! It is currently available on Office Insider Windows- Beta channel build 16.0.13424.10000 and up.

    We are working on rolling this out to a general audience (Current Channel), as well as to Mac and Excel for the web. We will post updates here.

    If you are excited by this change or have comments for us, please share at File→Feedback.

    Thanks, Urmi

  17. Visually show which cells are selected even when another application has focus

    Currently, when I select one or more cells and then switch to another application, the boundary box and shading for the selected cells are not shown. Other Office applications exhibit this behavior as well--selection highlighting is only displayed when the program has focus. Many (most?) non-Office applications show the highlighting at all times.

    It would be far more useful to be able to glance at the spreadsheet and see which cells are selected, even when working in another program.

    625 votes
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    51 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  18. Built-in RegEx / Regular Expressions Functions to Search, Extract, and Replace

    I've constantly found myself installing and re-installing add-ins that add RegEx Functions to Excel. Everyone I introduce them too finds them extremely useful. There's over half a million results in google for the query ["excel" ("regular expression" OR "regex")].

    620 votes
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    39 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  19. Number format thousand separator and no decimals

    Every time (many days a year) I train people in Excel, someone ask why there is no button or shortcut to obtain a number format with "thousand separator and no decimals". At least - in northern Europe - this is the most common used number format. If "button-solution" not possible for Microsoft in order to have common buttons world-wide, at least a shortcut for this has been much appreciated. (Note that the current button for thousand separator and two decimals could not be used, though the alignment in that format are not disired/good and two decimals used).
    Today I teach…

    605 votes
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    108 comments  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for all the support and comments about this request. We don’t have plans to add this format in the near future, but we’ll keep monitoring the votes as we prioritize this suggestion among other requests.

    There are a few ways that you can enable this already, as mentioned in some of the comments.

    1. Set the style used when you click the comma button.
    – This can be done by modifying the cell style called “Comma”, which is used when you click the comma button. See the screen shot in the comments for details, or look at this article to modify the style – https://support.microsoft.com/office/apply-create-or-remove-a-cell-style-472213bf-66bd-40c8-815c-594f0f90cd22.
    – For existing workbooks, you’d need to set the style in each workbook.
    – To make it the default in new workbooks, you can create a new workbook, make the change to the “Comma” style, and then save the workbook as a template…

  20. Allow interaction with Excel while in Power Query

    Please make the Power Query editor window (Get Data) non-model. When building complex queries, we often need to go back to Excel to change a worksheet and look at data. Right now, the Power Query editor window takes control over the application, preventing interaction with Excel.

    The current behaviour makes it very difficult to do things like the following:
    -Mid query, go back and check a worksheet to see exactly what a cell value may be that you want to refer to
    -When we have a static table in Excel and are trying to build a query that lands an…

    605 votes
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    43 comments  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for taking your time to suggest and vote for allowing interaction with Excel while in Power Query Editor window. We do think that this suggestion has merit but we don’t think that we’ll be able to devote time to it in the near future. We’ll continue tracking votes for it.

    Guy Hunkin
    Excel Team

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