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  1. 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.

    525 votes
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    62 comments  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Add ability to collapse field areas in PivotTable Field and Area Side by Side view

    With the ability/normal experience of creating many DAX measures in Power Pivot, the Values area of the PivotTable design is now too small to use effectively. Since the Values area only shows about 4 rows it's really difficult to organize fields correctly when try to drag fields around if you've got 10 or more fields in your Values area. (not at all uncommon for Power Pivot users, although certainly not restricted to them.)

    With the introduction of slicers, however, we also tend to use the Report Filter area less, and don't usually add as many fields to the row/column areas.

    461 votes
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    12 comments  ·  PivotTables and Power Pivot  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi Ken,

    Thanks for logging this one, and thanks to others for voting this up.. We’ve actually had this on our list to get to for some time and have been balancing doing this against other… The more the community helps us rank it higher, the better the signal on overall importance… so, for those that haven’t voted for this but want it, do vote!

    thanks
    ash [MS XL]

  3. Please Allow Keyboard Shortcut Customizations In Excel.

    Surprisingly Customizations In Keyboard Shortcuts Are Allowed For Excel In Mac And Not Windows Even When Both Excel And Windows Are Microsoft Trademark.
    Please Add Feature To Allow Keyboard Customizations To Excel As In Work For Aiding Ease Of Access To Various Commands As Per User Preferences.
    Thanks.

    394 votes
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    59 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. VLOOKUP function for multiple criteria

    There should be a *VLOOKUPS function (or you name it) alongside VLOOKUP to find data based on multiple criteria. I know there are workarounds like INDEX and MATCH but they are unnecessarily complicated considering COUNTIFS and SUMIFS functions do a neat job at counting and adding multiple criteria. And please make it so it works with unsorted data.

    366 votes
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    15 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for the feedback! We’re seeing a number of different posts about lookup functions – we’ll be taking a close look at this area and thinking it through. We’ll prioritize the asks according to votes along with other requests on the site. So I encourage people to keep voting if it’s something they really want to see the priority raised on.

    Best,
    John [MS XL]

  5. Improve the Conditional Formatting Manager

    So that we can easily manage conditional formatting. While we're at it, the way conditional formatting is treated when cutting / copying and pasting etc could be reconsidered.

    [Following examples added by Dan [MS] for clarity on 10/20/2015]
    * name rules
    * add a comment to rules
    * more easily see what rules apply to what range
    * see which rules can be consolidated b/c they are similar
    * etc.

    357 votes
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    70 comments  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for the suggestion Levi! We’ll be taking a look at this along with some other asks around conditional formatting. It’s a big help to see the things with the most votes, particularly within areas like formatting. So please keep the votes coming for things you want us to do sooner!

    Thanks,
    John [MS XL]

  6. Be able to protect Power Query with password

    Now any user can edit and change Power Query connections, it would be very interesting to be able to protect Power Queries with a password.

    Thanks

    328 votes
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    25 comments  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi Joana & others,

    Thanks for logging this suggestion. Yes, being able to protect your queries would be quite useful indeed for delivering solutions. We’ll prioritize this based on the interest, so if you’re reading this and haven’t voted as yet, please do so.

    thanks

    Ashvini Sharma
    Lead Program Manager
    Excel

  7. Allow us to turn off automatic conversion to date

    Search for "make excel stop converting numbers to dates" and you will see the user demand for this feature. Please for the love of all that is holy let this be at least an advanced user setting.

    327 votes
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    61 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for the suggestion Jessica. We’ve got a few other suggestions on the site that are similar with scientific notation, etc. We’ll take a look at this area, and pay special attention to any cases that get a lot of votes. So please keep the votes coming to help us do a good job at prioritizing asks like this!

    Cheers,
    John [MS XL]

  8. Make it easier to find external links

    Not just break them - help us to find where they are. It's time consuming to look in charts, data validation, conditional formatting, data and shapes.

    319 votes
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    35 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. Translate XLOOKUP and XMATCH to PROCX and CORRESPX in Portuguese

    That's it: PROCX and CORRESPX in Portuguese versions of Excel to keep the same standard of the other functions.

    🇧🇷🇵🇹🇦🇴🇲🇿🇨🇻

    310 votes
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    29 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. IP Address as a datatype.

    I would love to see IP Addresses added as a format option and functions added for validation of the IP addresses..

    For instance InSubnet(Network as IP,Netmask as Integer,address as IP) to determine if an IP is within a Subnet;

    Being able to do addition/subtraction on the field would be awesome as well!

    294 votes
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    40 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for the suggestion Alex, and thanks to those that making their vote heard. This is a pretty interesting ask – take a look at the comment I made. I’d like us to understand a few related things. And as always, please keep voting for the things you care about most.

    Cheers,
    John [MS XL]

  11. Intellisense for User Defined Functions

    Currently User Defined Functions (UDFs) in Excel will not show intellisense to tell the user what arguments need to be supplied. This makes them very difficult to use.

    There's a discussion here:
    http://stackoverflow.com/questions/16903587/the-quest-for-the-excel-custom-function-tooltip

    Whether the future of UDFs is in VBA or something else, the ability to define intellisense is vital.

    280 votes
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    11 comments  ·  Macros and Add-ins  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for the suggestion Nick. We’ve got some related work we’re looking at soon, and we’ll be sure to carefully consider if we can get a fix in for this then. As always, more votes helps – so keep voting for the things you care about most.

    Thanks,
    John [MS XL]

  12. Add a Reporting Ribbon to Excel to consolidate and highlight the amazing capabilities of Power Query and Power Pivot

    Tables, Power Query, Power Pivot and Pivot Tables are amazing tools that will transform the way people build their reports, but only once they know about them!

    Let's SHOUT about how good these things are and how well they work together by putting them onto a single new Ribbon called "Reporting" - something like the attached image.

    279 votes
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    28 comments  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. Add "Run R Script" option to Excel 2016 and Excel 2013 "Power Query" add-in, as it is for Power BI.

    In July 2016, a "Run R Script" option was added to Power BI Desktop. This option would be a huge benefit to have in Excel 2016 and Excel 2013 Power Query add-in also.

    277 votes
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    34 comments  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi folks,

    Thanks for your passion around this. We’ve been discussing this item off and on for some time now and we’d love to get your input.

    The reason we’ve resisted this is because the R runtime & various packages (and updating their versions) aren’t straightforward for other users to install. This limits sharing such queries across a workgroup.

    What do you think?

    For others reading this that’d like us to prioritize this work, please be sure to add your vote since we’re prioritizing our backlog based on these.

    thanks

    Ashvini Sharma
    Lead Program Manager
    Excel

  14. update VBA

    It would have a couple of stages.
    Stage 1: Get Visual Studio features into the VBA development environment.
    Stage 2: Fully integrate VBA into Visual Studio.
    Stage 3: Continually improve VBA until it is a modern language.

    Notes:
    VBA is probably the most used programming language in the world.
    It has so many established users that MS could really get big brownie points by continually improving the experience for users and developers. Why it has stagnated for so long I have never understood.

    I have seen your response for the above posted previously and you are missing a major point.…

    253 votes
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    15 comments  ·  Macros and Add-ins  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  15. Improve Data Validation (make it AutoComplete based on typed characters)

    Data Validation needs an auto complete in the List Option
    It also needs to support Table Structured references directly in the List option without having to wrap it in a Name

    250 votes
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    63 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  16. Invert Filter Selection

    I'd like to see an option to invert filter selections. For example: If i apply a filter in a table i can select some boxes with a tickmark, but if i want to invert my selection i need to unmark selected itens before and mark the others.

    In resume, i'd like to invert itens selected in a filter for the others unmarked.

    248 votes
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    42 comments  ·  Tables, Sorting and Filtering  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  17. Auto resizing of formula bar

    Give us an easily accessible option to have the formula bar resize automatically if a formula spans across multiple rows in the formula bar so the whole formula will be visible.

    233 votes
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    18 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for the suggestion. I think I’ve seen some related requests, I’ll look at merging them to make sure the votes properly reflect the ask. We’ll prioritize this into the execution pipe appropriately based on the number of votes.

    Cheers,
    John [MS XL]

  18. SUMCOLS and SUMROWS functions for Dynamic Arrays

    Create new functions that SUM each column in a dynamic array (SUMCOLS(Ref#)) to produce a row of totals, and SUM each row to produce a column of totals (SUMROWS(Ref#))

    Also COUNTCOLS, COUNTROWS, AVERAGECOLS, AVERAGEROWS, but these are less important than SUMCOLS & SUMROWS.

    232 votes
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  19. Modernize conditional formatting formula editing.

    As of 2013, it conditional formatting formula editing is still inconsistent with the regular application, and makes it harder for users to learn conditional formatting, which is one of the more abstract concepts of the early Excel learning process.

    Arrow keys are still modifying formulas rather than moving the cursor, for example.

    220 votes
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    24 comments  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Great suggestion, thanks David! And thanks to other people who took the time to clarify/comment on this one. There’s definitely room to tighten this experience up in a number of places. We’re getting a lot of traffic on the site, so please keep voting for the things you care about most to help us do a great job of prioritizing.

    Best,
    John [MS XL]

  20. Put the color back in the Quick Access icons. The 2016 icon are impossible to decipher.

    Put the color back in the Quick Access icons. The 2016 icon are impossible to decipher. The white theme is too bright. Please fix this awful problem. I am an accountant and I must use Excel desktop due to the size of my files. Your GIANT step backwards in icons is incomprehensible. Please give us a theme with the 2010 Excel colors and excellent definition.

    214 votes
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