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  1. 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.

    950 votes
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    96 comments  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Conditional formatting in charts

    Add Conditional formatting in charts to control the colour of e.g. a bar or line, depending on the value or content of the data labels. Green if appels, Yellow if bananas and so on.

    128 votes
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  3. Allow users to control the order of items in the sunburst chart.

    I'm using a sunburst chart to convey status, and visually it would be nice to have the chart in the same order as the items I want to talk about them, so the discussion flows clockwise around the wheel. Having an option for the layout to follow the order in the excel list would be wonderful

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

    Thanks for the feedback. This is an interesting idea. We’ll consider it in our next round of planning. Please continue to vote on this feature idea.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  4. Allow new chart types (treemap, sunburst, etc) to also be used as pivot charts.

    The new chart types are really interesting, however; they would be much more useful if they could also be tied to a pivot table. This would make them much more dynamic in nature.

    Along the same line, it would be very beneficial to allow the interactivity on the charts to cross filter objects tied to the same data source. For example, if I click on a department in my treemap chart it would then filter the pivot table below to only the department I clicked on.

    119 votes
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    15 comments  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. Remember the chart type, chart formatting (and template) on Pivot Charts

    When you're charting a pivot table and have a combo chart - say stacked bar chart with a line chart - and you filter your pivot table so that one of the stacked bar elements disappears, the chart replaces the missing element from the line chart. Remove the filter and your line chart is still part of the stacked bar chart.

    I'd like the pivot chart elements to remain in their place even when there's nothing to show because of the filter.

    Additionally, any formatting applied via Chart Templates to Pivot Charts is lost on Pivoting, etc. - this formatting…

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

    Thanks for the feedback. This is a known issue which we have concrete plans to fix. However, please continue to vote on this issue.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  6. Creation of PPT slides directly from excel Sheet

    Hi All,

    I would like to see a new feature in excel, where from just one click we can export the excel sheet , charts ,objects in powerpoint slides.

    Regards,
    Rajender

    89 votes
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    16 comments  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  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]

  7. Sensible date formatting on X-axis of XY-scatter charts

    If the X-axis of an XY-scatter chart is DATES, then it would be great to have the option to select the x-axis category labels to be spaced by (eg) months, years, etc like you can do for a line-chart. The advantage of being able to use an XY-scatter chart with this proposed functionality is that not all plotted series have to share the same x-series. Thank you!

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

    Thanks for the feedback. This is a great suggestion. We’ll definitely consider it as we plan the next round of features. Please continue voting on this feature request which will increase its likelihood of getting in the product.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  8. Do not chart null values

    Chart defaults to plotting null or ' values as zero. The default should be to not plot null values

    65 votes
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  9. Chart series formatting - UI overhaul

    Formatting chart series is currently very cumbersome, particularly on a chart with many series.

    SUGGESTION: make a *series formatting window* open up for a given chart.
    -The window displays all series simultaneously (each series is one row). Each column is an attribute (e.g. line type, line width, marker type, marker line color, etc. etc.). All attributes are also shown simultaneously.
    -It should be possible to easily copy attributes (only some, or all) from one series to another, or to multiple others simultaneously.
    -It should be possible to define and save attribute sets for a series that can then be selected…

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

    We are looking at several ways to make formatting easier. This is an interesting approach that we will consider.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  10. Add a zoom feature to charts

    In any line chart sometimes the lines are so close that we can not see the differences. Especially when we add one (or more) trend lines.

    At this point we need to zoom into the chart.

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

    This is great feedback. We are looking into the details of this. Please continue to vote on feature ideas which will increase their likelihood of getting in the product.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  11. Rotate sunburst chart (& other controls)

    LOVE THE NEW SUNBURST. Great work, guys - please keep it up. Would like ability to rotate the sunburst chart (just like we can with the regular pie chart) and have much more control over the final product, such as: ability to turn visibility on or off for any segment (sometimes really important segments are not labelled because they are relatively small - please give us control), more control over colors of segments and sub-segments, better font size & text rotation of labels, more data label options such as pop-out / data callout and other options found on pie chart.

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

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

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  12. Add vertical waterfall chart in Excel 2016

    Add vertical waterfall chart in Excel 2016 (labels in Y axis) in addition to the existing horizontal type (labels in X axis)

    Add optional lines between bar gap

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

    This is an interesting idea. Could you provide an example of the layout that is of interest? Is it simply a 90 deg. rotation of what we have in XL 2016?

    7/26/16
    Thank you for the further details in your comments. We are using this forum to gauge the relative importance of feature requests. The number of potential feature improvements is very broad so we need to focus our resources on the most important ones.

    Please continue to vote on this feature idea which will increase its likelihood of getting implemented.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  13. Conditional format coloring for Treemap chart

    I noticed that the new charts for 2016 have a treemap chart that looks great but is missing other options to have changes in color as oppose to one solid color for different category. Looking to have something that would change color due to changes in value (ie. from negative (red) to positive (green) with an optional midpoint color (black))

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

    Thanks for the feedback. This is something we are considering for a future release. However, please keep voting on this feature idea.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  14. Embed 3D maps in worksheets

    Add the ability to embed 3D maps within an excel sheet. If you are making an excel-based dashboard, it would be great to have the capability to showcase the map right within the sheet instead of as a pop-out visual.

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

    Thanks for the input. We’ll consider this in our future planning efforts. Please continue to vote on this idea.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  15. SVG

    Export to SVG:

    One of the features we heavily use today is exporting Excel files to SVG. Unfortunately, the process to achieve this is quite a few steps: 1 export to pdf, 2.use inkscape to convert pdf to svg, 3. clear any formatting issues and save to SVG. It would be really awesome to be able to export directly from Excel to SVG. Since excel supports export to PDF, and PDF is vector based, I would hope an export to SVG would be pretty easy to add. Happy to provide examples of what we are doing.

    39 votes
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    3 comments  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  16. Open-source the visualizations engine in Excel like you've done with PowerBI.

    I'm going to paraphrase Chris Campbell from Blue Granite because he sets it out far more eloquently than I ever could:

    The trend for the past several years has been for customers to want to leverage out-of-the-box capabilities of their BI tool to support reporting and analysis. But software companies simply can't keep up with new innovations in visualization.

    Open sourcing visuals in Excel means they would become drag-n-drop objects just like all the other built in options. The ability to extend the capabilities of the product with an easily accessible, open source interface opens up tons of possibilities, and…

    38 votes
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  17. Excel 2016 Waterfall Chart ...Enable Save as Template setting

    Enable the Save chart changes (e.g. Colurs on Waterfall) as Template for Waterfall. This is enabled for other Chart Types but not for Waterfall.

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

    Thanks for your input. This limitation is true for all of the new chart types released in Office 2016; e.g. waterfall, histogram, treemap, etc. This is functionality we are assessing to enable for the new chart types. Please continue to vote on this feature idea.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  18. Adding comment (tool tip) in chart (to various elements of the chart, data points, etc.)

    To be able to add comments to a specific data labels in a chart (can be bar chart, line chart)

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

    Thanks for the feedback. This is an interesting idea that we’ll consider for a future release. Please continue to vote on this feature idea.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  19. Scatter Charts with Group-By from third data series

    This is a basic charting function that falls in the gap between regular Scatter charts and also Pivot Charts. You should be able to plot Y against X while grouping by a third column of categories. This might be helpful in other chart types too, though is particularly vital for scatter charts.

    The question was asked here on SuperUser:
    http://superuser.com/questions/750353/excel-scatter-plot-with-multiple-series-from-1-table

    I believe it would work better for this functionality to be brought into Pivot Charts in preference to regular charts - regular charts break too easily when data changes, while Pivot charts are quick to set up and have most…

    36 votes
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  20. Drag and Drop Chart Elements

    Rather than fiddling around with various settings in a chart (such as moving the chart axis from the top to the bottom after reversing category order on a bar chart, or repositioning the chart title, or moving a legend, or changing the order of legend entries, etc.), why not give us a drag-and-drop UI for chart elements?

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

    Cool idea. We’ll consider this in a future planning session.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

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