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  1. Power Excel

    Rename and rebrand Excel to become 'Power Excel'
    This would reflect its modernity, point towards closer integration into Power BI and truly distinguish the product from old Excel
    Modern Excel with all the new functionalities therein represents a tremendous analytic arsenal at your disposal yet most users are unaware of this
    A product name change would immediately change perceptions and promote awareness
    Office 2017 Pro Plus comprising Word, Access, Outlook, Power Excel

    2 votes

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    2 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi Anthony,

    While I personally love the implications of renaming Excel to Power Excel, this isn’t something we’re going to do at this point in time. The (Microsoft) Excel brand is already a well-known brand, and we’re going to look for ways to drive awareness of the new functionalities in that brand rather than change the brand itself.

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

  2. Color Palette Customization

    This would allow the user to customize the palette beyond the ten primary theme colors

    Back in Excel 2003, the user could customize 56 colors, 40 for a worksheet and 16 for charts. This was replaced with themes, which only allow you to customize the top ten theme colors, and then automatically select shades.

    I’m proposing to allow the user to replace those automatically selected shades with their own colors, and then save that color palette selection with the theme. This would be particularly helpful if the user has more than one color palette they use for charts, or if…

    2 votes

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    0 comments  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    declined  ·  Jeff Zhang (MSFT) responded

    Dear Excel User

    Thank you very much for your time and passion in submitting this feature request. We are doing our best to respond to suggestions that get at least 20 votes. However, we are closing ideas with fewer than 5 supporters that have had no activity for more than 60 days, with the intention of freeing up your votes. Please resubmit your idea if you think it’s super important.

    Thanks,
    Microsoft Excel Team

  3. Allow the ribbon to be "unpinned" and the float on top of the workbook

    This could work similar to action panes and custom panes, which can be docked or undocked. You could then move the "Ribbon pane" onto a second monitor, or let it float on top of the workbook.

    2 votes

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    declined  ·  1 comment  ·  Product Setup and Activation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Let us vote for more than 10 ideas

    I can understand why votes per idea should be limited, but why only 10 votes across all ideas?

    Please give us unlimited votes so that we can vote for all the ideas that we think are worth voting for, not just the first 10 that we see.

    2 votes

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    declined  ·  9 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. To improve the voice functionality in order to "talk" with Excel

    It would be great to talk with Excel in a more efficient way than now, in order to use voice as a keyboard short cut.

    2 votes

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    declined  ·  Jeff Zhang (MSFT) responded

    Dear Excel User

    Thank you very much for your time and passion in submitting this feature request. We are doing our best to respond to suggestions that get at least 20 votes. However, we are closing ideas with fewer than 5 supporters that have had no activity for more than 60 days, with the intention of freeing up your votes. Please resubmit your idea if you think it’s super important. 

    Thanks,
    Microsoft Excel Team

  6. Adding accounts to Microsoft Excel Money

    I'd like to know if you could manually (by routing and account number) be able to add banking accounts to the spreadsheet and therefore automatically be able to import transactions. My bank accounts are not associated with Plaid and its really annoying.

    1 vote

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    0 comments  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello,

    Thank you for sending Microsoft feedback.

    Currently, Money In Excel supports financial institutions via Plaid. We appreciate your valuable feedback and we understand that providing the functionality to add accounts manually would be a great addition.

    We will pass-on this feedback to our concerned team.

    Best,

    Vipin V Nair
    The Microsoft Team

  7. Money for excel. I need my expenses to be reported from January 1, 2020. I am using this for tax purposes

    I need all my information with Excel Moneyto give me expenss back to January 1, 2020, not 3 months back from current date. This program is useless without having my expenses for the whole year. I am using this program for tax purposes.

    1 vote

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    0 comments  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello,

    Thank you for sharing your valuable feedback about using Money in Excel. Currently, Money in Excel template supports transactions back dated up-to 90 days from the day you first connect your account. We agree that importing transactions for the whole year would be a great feature, hence we will share this feedback to our apt team for review.

    Regards,

    Vipin Nair
    The Microsoft Team

  8. Stock data type, Expense Ratio column

    First of all, love the new Stock data type and can see this new feature getting better and better as time goes on.

    One thing I noticed right off the bat is that the Expense Ratio column seems to be locked at 2 decimal places. ***.XX% for example. Checking one particular index fund from Vanguard (VINIX), they have the expense ratio listed for this fund as 0.035% but the Excel column brings it in at 0.040%.

    It looks like their is either some rounding issue going on or the data source Excel is basing this off of has it saved…

    1 vote

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    1 comment  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for posting! I’m seeing that this is actually a bug in the data source and doesn’t have to do with a limit on the precision in the expense ratio field.

    You can verify yourself that the incorrect data is replicated on Morningstar here: https://www.morningstar.com/funds/xnas/vinix/quote.html

    Since this isn’t a feature request, I’m going to close this request as “declined”, and we will follow up with Morningstar about getting this fixed. For future reference you can report issues like this through the Excel “Send a smile” button in the top right of your Excel window.

  9. Test

    Test, please ignore

    1 vote

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    2 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. Axel - Combining Access and Excel into 1 excellent product

    Hello,

    I have been developing with Access and Excel for the last 17 years, it is my bread and butter and while I use VBA to communicate between the two I had the following thought...

    Wouldn't it be great if a new product came to market that contained both Access and Excel objects?

    Viewing Form tabs alongside Excel Worksheets in the same development window, showing sheets as objects in the same pane as tables and queries etc.

    A benefit of both data storage and calculations plus it would certainly be faster.

    You could call it Excess or Axel

    It would…

    1 vote

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    0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi,

    While we won’t be merging Excel and Access into a single product, we have been doing a lot of work in Excel to make it work better with data. Power Pivot, Power Query, and the Data Model are all tools that let you pull data from multiple sources, join and manipulate that data, and then do all of the ad-hoc reporting on it that you are used to doing in Excel.

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

  11. please add persian calendar (hijri shamsi) in excel 2013 (as like as 2016 version)

    Some people who use Persian calendar in excel, need to do calculation on date; some apps help them in this way but these are not perfect and they affect on other procedures... this problem is solved by Microsoft in 2016 version... So if it is possible, please add Persian calendar (hijri shamsi) in excel 2013 too.
    I am looking forward to see it in your next updates... thank you very much.

    1 vote

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    1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi,

    We’re unlikely to add this in previous versions of Excel, as we don’t have regular updates of those versions, as we do with OFfice 2016.

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

  12. Remove gross Yellow Smiley faces from all office applications

    I've tried registry edits nothing works it looks unprofessional and is a big distraction.

    1 vote

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    2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi,

    The yellow smiley faces are a paradigm that we’ve used across Office for sending feedback to Office engineers for things that are great (Smile) or not so great (Frown).

    They’ve been there for years, and aren’t something that we “control” on the Excel team, so they aren’t something that we’re going to remove.

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

  13. Ability to Cut without adding to clipboard

    Sometimes I have to remove a graphic and replace it with a newer version.
    To do this currently I use CUT and then have to copy the new graphic and paste it.
    I'd like to be able to simply CUT the old graphic then PASTE pasting the new graphic (currently the way it works, it would just re-paste the graphic I just cut)

    1 vote

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    5 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    The paradigm of placing “Cut” content onto the clipboard is something that is consistent across Windows, Mac, and mobile platforms. As such, we’re very unlikely to change it within just Excel.

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

  14. VBA formulas same as excel formulas

    I would like to see the abiltiy to use any excel formula used in VBA, with the same syntax.

    For example-Range("A1").value = ExcelFormula.=countif(B2:B30),testing

    Something like that to signfiy to vba that an excel formula in the exact same way that it is used in VBA, so you could even cut and paste any formula between excel and VBA.

    1 vote

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    2 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi,

    We have no plans to structurally update the VBA environment (see “Bring VBA into the modern world”). However, you can work with Excel functions in VBA already, using the WorkbookFunction object. The syntax is still VBA-like instead of Excel-like, but the functionality is there.

    Alternatively, you can use Evaluate, as Kenneth suggested:
    Dim x As Double
    x = Evaluate(”SUM(A1,A2)”) ‘Evaluate function
    x = [SUM] ‘Shortcut

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

  15. Expand possible locations in "Add a Place"

    Add a Place allows us to choose from iCloud Drive, Office 365 SharePoint and OneDrive.
    Could we add the choice to connect to other location such as a G Suite account in order to be able to save or save as in Drive.

    The only way around so far is to install the third party add in "Google Drive".

    1 vote

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    2 comments  ·  Collaboration and Sharing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi,

    This list can be customized, but only via add-ins as you’ve already noticed. The reason for that is that Office needs to know how to communicate with those storage locations, and each works differently – that’s what the add-in does.

    There’s no way for Office to allow you to enter a URL and have things “just work,” unfortunately.

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

  16. Manage SQL Server table content

    I wish there was a simple way to manage data in an SQL Server table using Excel. We can read the data with current tools, but I hope we could also insert and update data using Excel.

    1 vote

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    0 comments  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi,

    This is an interesting idea, but one that we’re not going to integrate into the Excel product. Excel is really about connecting to, cleaning, and analyzing your data – it’s not about schema management or SQL Server management.

    A better tool to do that management is Access, or the free Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio.

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

  17. Allow indirect conditional formatting to adjust when columns are inserted

    Right now, if you use indirect conditional formatting, and a column is inserted between the formatted cell/column and the cell/column that drives the formatting, the indirect reference does not adjust.

    1 vote

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    0 comments  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    INDIRECT uses strings to generate references. There is no way for Excel to know if the strings in INDIRECT should be adjusted or not – so they never are (in regular cell formulas or CF).

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

  18. A spread sheet for farmers to keep track of their CCA

    I would like to see an excel spreadsheet set up for farmers to track their CCA class, asset descriptions, market and purchase value of equipment, trade in values etc Right now I have to try and set it all up myself. would be handy to have a sheet all set up

    1 vote

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    0 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    There is no good way for us to know (with certainty) when a user is actively working in a workbook vs. just has left Excel open. As such, we are unlikely to do this feature, as it would be “wrong” at least as often (probably moreso) than it would be “right.” As an example – a user could be reading or transcribing numbers from an open sheet – so it would look to Excel like there was no activity, but if you asked the user, they would say “of course I was using Excel.”

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

  20. numbers and not formulas in the cell

    in a formula, add the possibility to write a symbol after = to say that you want to write just the result, and not the formula, in the cell

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    0 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Formulas are a key part of Excel, so we won’t be auto-converting them to values on entry. However, you can convert them to values by selecting the cell after you’ve entered the formula and copying it (Ctrl+C); then Paste Special (Ctrl+Alt+V) and choose Values.

    That will leave the number in the cell, rather than leaving the formula there.

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

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