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  1. 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.

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

    Good news! We have released a few fixes to Insiders to address this issue. If you are on Insiders, please let us know if the fix has worked for you.

    The fixes should be in build 11809.10000 and onwards.

    -Joe McDaid [Excel Team]

  2. Fix the black and grey boxes that cover the screen when you scroll

    Whenever I scroll too fast in Excel on my PC black and grey boxes appear everywhere and cover what I am working on. This is incredibly frustrating because there is no way to get rid of the boxes.

    This only happens on my external display and it only happens in Excel.

    Please fix this issue.

    https://superuser.com/questions/1053006/excel-grey-and-black-boxes-on-secondary-display

    94 votes
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    94 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for opening this item and the feedback folks! Please provide more info on the type of Display monitors that you experience this issue with. Also continue voting on this which will increase its likelihood of getting prioritized for fixing in the product.

    thanx,
    Prash [MSFT]

  3. What-if Data Table calc should use multi-threading

    Calculation Performance of iterative what-if Data Tables is unnecessarily slow. The reasons seem to be (in priority sequence):
    - each iteration is using single-threaded recalculation rather than multi-threaded
    - the overhead for the whole table calculation looks larger than it should be
    - the process starts with a recalc, then does each iteration, then ends with a recalc: the first recalc is unnecessary
    - if the values to be used in one of the iterations are the same as the start values the recalc for that set of values could be skipped

    79 votes
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    4 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Many thanks to Charles for taking the time to analyze this in such detail and start the discussion about improving the efficiency of data tables. Please vote for this issue if it’s important to you so we can prioritize it appropriately.

    Thanks,
    Steve (MS Excel)

  4. Make undo work per workbook, not for all of Excel. I am commonly working in two workbooks and need to undo something I did in the other work

    Ctrl + Z should work per workbook, not for all of Excel. I commonly have two workbooks open and work in them simultaneously, but when I use the undo shortcut it backs out through all of excel, instead of just the active workbook.

    29 votes
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  5. Excel processor Bug - 99% usage

    There is a bug with the processor usage, which extends up to 99% in some special situations.
    Since the latest version of the semi-annual channel, there is a new bug, which is also in the latest version of monthly channel.
    When you are opening a new excel sheet and copy one or more cells then you can start playing a little "processor-game". On the bottom there is a slide control, when you push it to the verry left (over the table sheets) the processor usage will grow up to 99%, when pushing it back to the right, the usage decreases.…

    25 votes
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  6. Fix window drag lag due to high mouse polling rate

    With high-end mice, having a higher poll rates greater than 200Hz will produce a lag - not fluid - while dragging the window

    23 votes
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  7. Excel 2016 : ClearContents is 3 times slower than Excel2010

    My customers reported me that my product (Excel Addin) becomes slower after they updated Excel from 2010 to 2016.
    By analyzing the problem it turned out that main reason of the slow performance is 'ClearContents'.
    I setup two same hardware condition machine. I installed Win10 into them. Then I installed Excel 2010 on the machine A.
    And I installed Excel 2016 on the machine B.
    By using the following code, I measured the time to ClearContens.

    It takes 2859 ms on Excel2010 (A) . It takes 9719 ms on Excel2016 (B).

    Generally thinking , a customer will expect faser performance…

    21 votes
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  8. 16 votes
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  9. Need a better distinction between "long calculation" and "frozen/crashed"

    There are calculations so large and long that Excel is unresponsive until they are done. It will say something like "Book1 - Excel (Not Responding)" in the title bar. The GUI will not update and will fade if you try to click in it with your "hourglass" cursor.

    If I didn't know any better (and I used to not know any better), I would assume that Excel was frozen and just kill the process and lose all of my saved work. But it isn't frozen. It's just taking a very long time. This should be made clear to the user…

    16 votes
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  10. improve convert to number from right click menu

    When Excel detects a range stored as text it gives a icon that you can click to convert the strings to numbers. This however is incredibly slow when applied to a range, it takes more than 1 sec per entry on my i5 windows machine. For a range of 1000+ this take unbearably long without opportunity to interrupt.

    I wrote a VBA code that simply does a .value = .value and pastes the range back into the sheet. This is 100s of times faster that Excel's built in functionality. Please improve the built-in function's performance

    14 votes
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  11. Excel Open file in multi instance by default

    Hi We need to open a new instance of Excel by deflaut each time we open an excel file. The following solution are not suitable.

    you can start a new Excel instance (process) by doing the following:
    run “Excel /x” (without quotes)
    or the DisableMergeInstance regkey because it works only when you open excel first and then open the file. It does not works double clicking on an excel file. Don't give one of those solution (https://excelgorilla.com/excel/general/open-multiple-instances-excel/) as we need it to be by default as Excel 2010 behavior.

    13 votes
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  12. Better use of my processor's cores.

    When I look at my task manager, Excel is usually only using approximately 14% of my CPU. I work with huge spreadsheets that take a long time to calculate. Why doesn't Excel use my idle processor cores / threads?

    13 votes
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  13. Remove "Translate" from Excel

    Remove "Translate" from Excel, you are ruining keyboard shortcuts. I do not need help translating "2" to "2" -- at least make this an option.

    10 votes
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  14. 9 votes
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  15. Allow user to create multiple customized toolbars

    Excel 2003 and prior had a wonderful feature - they allowed a user to create multiple customized toolbars with custom icons picked from a selection library or created in an image editor.

    Pity Microsoft did away with that feature and replaced it with the disaster that they call a ribbon. It is sub-optimal for a power user and takes up too much screen space on a laptop.

    Bring back the multiple customizable toolbars and keep the Excel 2010 feature that allows you to export the customization to a file and import on another Excel 2010 installation.

    9 votes
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  16. Scrolling is Choppy

    When dragging the scroll bar with medium to large spreadsheets it is very laggy/choppy. This is annoying and the scrolling should be much more fluid.

    8 votes
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  17. Re-order pinned workbooks

    You should be able to rearrange the order of the pinned Excel workbooks.

    8 votes
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  18. Increase performance and responsiviness

    Excel usability could be improved significantly, by improving performance in the following scenarios:
    1) Large file open / save processes should be multi-threaded, since new file format uses threadable compression.
    2) UI responsiviness should be improved (but I think this applies to all XAML/UWP code apps). Excel 2007 with forms is still 3-5 times faster than new ui.
    3) List views, could those use hashed lists and quicksort (yes, this would use more memory, but it would allow handling much larger lists and filters with 100 times faster than currently).

    8 votes
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  19. Implement Nvidia CUDA Parallel processing to decrease processing times on Nvidia powered machines

    I am not entirely sure how this would be preformed but I have seen examples of excel using the processing power of a GPU to massively decrease calculation times when working with functions that can take advantage of the parallel processing that the GPU is capable off.

    8 votes
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  20. Fix the scrolling issue in 365

    Currently when I using a mouse wheel to scroll down any excel charts, the page scrolls down in leaps instead of tiny increments. Changing the scrolling to progress down the page in tinier increments will provide users a much smoother experience. The current scrolling is problematic, because when scrolling through large cells the page appears to 'jump' down or up very quickly and it is hard to keep track of whether you have missed a cell. It is not possible to smoothly scroll from the top of an excel sheet to the bottom because it is so jumpy. This also…

    8 votes
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