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  1. Update Linked Pictures (formerly called the Camera tool)

    Linked pictures give us the ability to switch figures between charts and tables instantly. They allow formulas to determine which icon to display. They allow us to set up visual alerts. And a lot more.

    But linked pictures have a low resolution, which causes small text to be jaggy. They don't have a manual calculation mode. They can mess up data validation. And they can become distorted.

    Please fix these issues.

    65 votes
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      19 comments  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Comments - stop resizing and moving comments

      When hiding and un-hiding rows, or moving rows, or having freeze panes on, the comments on cells for no reason stretch or move far down one's sheet. It would be really nice if the size of the comment stays as is and it doesn't move all over.

      49 votes
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        21 comments  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • I need to be able to include an image/picture/graph -inside- a cell, as cell content and filetype.

        This I need so very often! And so great features would be possible.
        Just to name the most obvious, a sortable list, where one column is for representative images. It would be sortable by the other columns and resize the cells accordingly.

        I know, that pictures are linked with their left top pixel to the respective cell, but that is way too less to be feasible for all the necessary applications.

        24 votes
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          5 comments  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Give users the ability to put the color back in all the Toolbar icons. The October 2018 white/blue icons are impossible to decipher.

          Give users the ability to put the color back in all the Toolbar icons. The October 2018 white/blue icons are impossible to decipher. Huge step backwards.

          19 votes
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            7 comments  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Better compatiity with the Surface Pen

            With the surface pen, users should be able to write in any cell on a spreadsheet and excel will automatically convert the handwriting to digital numbers or letters when the user starts writing in a different cell (or maybe after users draw a special characters like a check mark or something like that to signal to excel that the user is done writing in that cell.)

            19 votes
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              4 comments  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Cool idea. We have been exploring a number of pen ideas like this for Excel. We’ll definitely consider this one in our next round of planning. Please continue to vote on this feature idea.

              Thanks,
              Scott [MSFT]

            • Embed objects and graphics alongside text in a cell

              Embed objects and graphics alongside text in a cell so that the object or graphic can move with the text as edits or links are made to that cell. Also, enable embedded objects and graphics to be defined and changed within the text according to logic arguments.

              14 votes
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                2 comments  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Multiple y axes on xy charts

                Right now, xy charts only supports a primary and a secondary Y axis. It would be great if we would be able to draw multiple lines with different scales, each one with its own Y axis. And when I say multiple, I mean more than just 2, as it is supported right now.

                Attached an example with 4 Y axis.

                13 votes
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                  3 comments  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • The Colors of Excel Cell headers need to be more clearer or more Contrast

                  in an excel page to try where exactly the selected cell through headers and rows is difficult you have to move the cursor to identify the selected cell.... but if the headers and rows was highlighted with a different color (than the current) would be great

                  12 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • More/Custom QAT icons

                    It would be great if we could get more icon choices for our QAT buttons. Excel already has a huge library of 16px icons, yet we only have access to 20-30 of them. Most of the time none of the icons make sense with the macro task I put up there.

                    Get rid of the "Green circle" filler icon and at least let us pick our own icon from the available choices. It is a pain having a bunch of green circle buttons in the QAT at once and defeats the purpose of being able to visually pick out a…

                    12 votes
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                      2 comments  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Colour QAT Icons in Dark Themes

                      Add the colour from the QAT icons available in the 'white' and 'colourful' themes into the QAT icons for 'dark gray' and 'black' themes. This would make the QAT icons much easier to see and access, especially in the 'dark gray' theme.

                      10 votes
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                        7 comments  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • histogram - get the axis correctly labelled

                        The new histogram feature is great and long overdue. It is a shame that it is necessary to then manually edit the axis label in paint. A histogram is a plot of continuous data it should not have category labels but a continuous scale. See for example:
                        http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/maths/statistics/representingdata3hirev3.shtml
                        (For you US bods GCSE is the 16+ standard exams taken in the UK)
                        Also:
                        http://www.uvm.edu/~rsingle/other/JMP-intro/default8.html

                        https://www.tutorialspoint.com/sas/sas_histograms.htm

                        You will notice that in all of these articles the histogramhas a continuous scale. If we put a smoothing spline over it - it must have a continous scale.
                        https://stackoverflow.com/questions/1497539/fitting-a-density-curve-to-a-histogram-in-r

                        I lecture at a University…

                        8 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Fix scroll bug in Excel when using touch screen or track pad - cells glitch and pulled too far - duplicates rows with freeze pane

                          There is a bug when using Excel with my touch screen or trackpad on my windows 10 laptop.

                          The cell grid is allowed to be pulled down from the ribbon bar or to the right of the row numbers bar when scrolling down or right using the screen or trackpad.

                          This is manageable graphic bug for a normal spreadsheet, but when freeze panes are active on the sheet, the scrolling results in the "fixed" cells being pulled from underneath and appearing duplicated (see image attached).

                          When I plug in a USB mouse and scroll, this issue does not appear.

                          I…

                          8 votes
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                            5 comments  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • How about more themes and backgrounds for office 2016?

                            How about more themes and backgrounds for office 2016? A selection of only 3 is very weak. Hello, Microsoft....are you listening?

                            7 votes
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                            • Image Underlay

                              An image underlay for the spreadsheet that can be adjusted and held to a specific size. This way cells on top can be used. Opaque Image overlays (watermarks) stop the use of cells under them, and Backgrounds are very hard to control and they tile across all pages which is very anoying. A background setting that allows adjustment to the size of the image, locking of aspect ratio and having a Tile on off function could suffice.

                              6 votes
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                              • Add a lock symbol on the protected sheet tab

                                A small lock symbol on the protected sheet tab would be a little addition but visually important!

                                6 votes
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                                  2 comments  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Insertion of a picture in a cell comment box

                                  It would be nice to be able to insert a picture in a cell comment box. Currently text is all that is available. For instance, a picture of a part that is being described in a cell. The comment would show up when the pointer is on the cell like the text is now.

                                  Thanks

                                  6 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Default selection color

                                    Would be nice to include the ability to control the default selection color when highlighting cells. This used to be controlled by the windows appearance menu, but it appears that no longer works. I work with a lot of reports that require grey shaded cells and the ability to overlay a different highlight color would be useful.

                                    6 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Crosshair display

                                      A simple display option to easily navigate around larger spreadsheets.

                                      The entire row & column of the cell selected would be highlighted in some way.

                                      I've used the following macro to achieve this:

                                      Sub Worksheet_SelectionChange(ByVal Target As Excel.Range)
                                      'Update 20140318
                                      Static xRow
                                      Static xColumn
                                      If xColumn <> "" Then
                                      With Columns(xColumn).Interior
                                      .ColorIndex = xlNone
                                      End With
                                      With Rows(xRow).Interior
                                      .ColorIndex = xlNone
                                      End With
                                      End If
                                      pRow = Selection.Row
                                      pColumn = Selection.Column
                                      xRow = pRow
                                      xColumn = pColumn
                                      With Columns(pColumn).Interior
                                      .ColorIndex = 6
                                      .Pattern = xlSolid
                                      End With
                                      With Rows(pRow).Interior
                                      .ColorIndex = 6
                                      .Pattern = xlSolid
                                      End With
                                      End Sub

                                      The…

                                      5 votes
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                                      • Stop deleting features from previous versions of Excel in new releases. Features such as customizing the color palette and customizing icons

                                        Features such as customizing the color palette and customizing icons were appreciated especially since the icons now are so poorly designed it is very hard to distinguish what they actually do.

                                        5 votes
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                                          1 comment  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Please improve the candlestick stock chart with multiple charts (candle and line in 1 chart), and dispaly only days with data

                                          The candlestick charts are too basic to have any real value. They are not formatted correctly as they include weekends and holidays. The candles should only be displayed for dates with data. Additionally there should be ability to combine a candlestick chart with a line chart

                                          5 votes
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                                            1 comment  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            Thanks for the feedback. We’ll consider this in a future release.

                                            Thanks,
                                            Scott [MSFT]

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