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  1. Better testing with large, complex workbooks

    I work with a large, complex workbook (several MBytes, about 150 worksheets). Excel crashes several times per day, and even crashes Windows 10 regularly with a stack overflow. Simple VBA code that works with small workbooks will regularly crash Excel (e.g., For Each ws In wb.Worksheets; do something simple; next ws). I suspect that the problems are memory or stack related, but my real request is for the testers to specifically create test cases based on huge workbooks, then see what happens.

    21 votes

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    1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Over the last few years, we’ve improved our ability to detect and fix performance issues significantly, and as a result we’ve seen performance improvements for users as well.

    We intend to continue working on performance, but we’re marking this suggestion as completed.

    Steve [Excel team]

  2. 12 votes

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    1 comment  ·  PivotTables and Power Pivot  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Update (July 25)

    Hi again Erik,

    This issues should be fixed in our August 2nd update.

    If it isn’t, pls reach out to me directly at myfirstname dot mylastname at microsoft dot com.

    Thanks again for raising it.
    ash

    Program Manager
    Excel

    Hi Erik,

    Boy, you’ve been having quite a saga here. Even though this site is for new requests, appreciate finding out about this. I’m reaching out to Brian to understand what’s happening so far.

    thanks
    ash [Microsoft Excel]

  3. Kindly make power pivot option as a standard in excel 2016

    The use of pivot has increased over the period of time. Currently power pivot is provided as add-in and is not part of standard excel. Request you to make power pivot as a standard option in next release of excel i.e. Excel 2016

    12 votes

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    9 comments  ·  PivotTables and Power Pivot  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. STOP turning the AutoSave back on when users turn it off!

    STOP turning the AutoSave back on! AutoSave falsely represents users as updating the file AND creates unnecessary versions. Users turn it off and after Microsoft updates are pushed into the environment - it comes back on. Bad idea!

    11 votes

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

    Changes to AutoSave settings should not change on update. This issue was raised when the changes to AutoSave were made. This should no longer be a problem. If you experience further issues go to File > Feedback and send us more information.

  5. Disable time grouping

    The new automatic time grouping in PivotTables should be an option within Excel. Users should not need to make a registry edit to disable this feature, and the time grouping should not be on by default.

    10 votes

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    completed  ·  80 comments  ·  PivotTables and Power Pivot  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  6. Add User Voice Button to Excel interface

    To add a button to reach this page directly when there is a new idea to work on ... Ideas will come more fresh and easier to describe..

    10 votes

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    3 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. Increase usable memory or switch to 64-bit Excel as recommended version.

    Being limited to 2 GB of memory usage for Excel seems ridiculous in this day and age. Large files are more and more common, and the newer versions of excel (2013 and 2016), particularly VBA-containing sheets, seem to experience major performance changes based on how many files are open. Being forced to close all other sheets just to run VBA code in one is annoying.

    Can you either make changes to increase the usable memory or make whatever shifts are necessary to be able to recommend the 64-bit version of excel as standard? At this point the performance impact of…

    9 votes

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

    Hi all, great news!

    32-bit Excel 2016 build 16.0.6868.2060 onwards is enabled for Large Address Aware. This will allow 32-bit Excel 2016 to consume beyond 2 GB virtual memory… up to 3 GB on x86 Windows and 4 GB on x64 Windows. We believe this should help alleviate some of the out-of-memory related errors seen before when memory is constrained for 32-bit Excel, for more details see KB3160741 here https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3160741

    Also – I should note that this idea covered two topics – more memory for 32-bit Excel, as well as making 64-bit Excel the default/standard. I’ve created another idea on UserVoice that you can vote on if you’d like to see 64-bit Excel as the standard: https://excel.uservoice.com/forums/304921-excel-for-windows-desktop-application/suggestions/13795662-create-a-64-bit-version-of-excel

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

  8. Worksheet Undocking.

    Undocking a worksheet. I would love to be able to undock a worksheet or two while working in a workbook. When creating formulas that cross reference other workbooks it becomes very time consuming to keep selecting another tab. It also disables the use of show precedent or dependent options. I use another bit of software called plan-swift that more or less runs on an excel type platform and it has this undocking option so I can put each worksheet on a separate screen It save lots of time and helps me be more accurate.

    Currently I save copies of a…

    9 votes

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    3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi all,

    The ability to “keep a sheet on top or in a separate window” is available today. To accomplish this, head on over to the View ribbon and select “New Window.”

    That will give you a second (or third, fourth, etc.) window that displays the same workbook, and you can independently navigate sheets, etc. to keep those you want ‘always visible’ available.

    It’s a bit different interaction paradigm than the browser or IDE (SSL Mgmt Studio) where you “drag a tab”, but it accomplishes the same result.

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

  9. Add a select case function

    =Selectcase(A1>89,"A",A1>79,"B",>69,"C",A1>"59,"D","F")

    7 votes

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    7 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. Someone from the Office development team should respond to some of these issues.

    Lots of people have taken the trouble to contribute ideas and issues about Microsoft products, but I haven't seen a single response from a Microsoft staff member on these forums. Are we just venting our anger here, or does Microsoft actually care about its customers?

    7 votes

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    11 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for your feedback! Just a note to let you know that we’re working to promote the usage of Excel User Voice sites through customer connection channels. If you hear someone asks “Will [feature x] ever be built in Excel? I really need it”, please immediately send them to http://excel.uservoice.com/ and ask them to submit their idea or else vote on it, if it already exists.

  11. Excel 2016 crashes with large sheets and filtering

    When opening a large file and start filtering, work with that filter, use a second filter dn remove one of the filters Excel crashes

    6 votes

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    99 comments  ·  Tables, Sorting and Filtering  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi all, the original issue reported in this thread was due to Win10 changes in Accessibility. The fixes for this have been released for Excel 2013, Excel 2016 and Office 365 subscribers in March.

    For more information, this thread has the discussion: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/office/forum/office_2013_release-excel/excel-filtering-problemmatic-after-windows-10/f6f34982-d4e0-47b3-bd37-772fd51e0ff3.

    thanks
    ash

    Ashvini Sharma [MS]
    Excel

  12. Optimize Performance with Excel reports connected to SSAS

    Customers complain about poor performance when Excel is connected to SSAS. Please look at support case REG:115011912292884 for more details. Besides other things, we need to make MD perform equally well with PreferredQueryPatterns = 1. Also, in some cases Excel takes forever to refresh the metadata after clicking the Refresh button. This usually happens when there are a lot of calculations in the model, a new calculation is added, and Refresh is clicked. There are no pending queries to SSAS.

    6 votes

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    0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    2016-07-01 ====

    Good news – as of the June release, we’ve completed work on this feature.

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

    == November 2015 ==

    Hi Teo,

    Thanks for logging this request. We’ve started working on several items to improve performance of Excel with SSAS, can’t wait to release them and get your feedback!

    ash

  13. I want "JOIN(range, delimiter)" function

    To concatenate multiple cells, I can use CONCATENATE() function or simply join by "&". But as a range, there seems to be no handy function.

    I want a "JOIN()" function.
    USAGE:
    JOIN(<RANGE>, <DELIMITER>)
    ie, for joining from A1 cell to AX1 cell with a delimiter ",", =JOIN(A1:AX1, ",")

    5 votes

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    2 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  14. Allow Charts to use data from hidden cells

    As of now, if you group and/or hide cells that contain data going to a visualization, the visualization goes blank. I'd like to be able to hide data without losing the corresponding visual.

    5 votes

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

    We actually support this feature in versions of Excel back to XL 2007. Here are the steps.

    1) Select the chart
    2) from the chart “Design” tab in the ribbon click on the button “Select Data”
    3) In the dialog, click on the button called “Hidden and Empty Cells”
    4) In the dialog, check the box called “Show data in hidden rows and columns”

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  15. Excel Ink Broken in NEW ways

    Fix The Pen, Now. I spent $$$$$$ on the Surface Book, and now the main purpose of buying it is DEAD.

    Specifically, Excel sporadically chooses when and when not to allow pen for inking. Sometimes there is an invisible box where writing isn't allowed. Sometimes it works okay, but I am literally in the cold sweat mode hoping it works each time. Maybe I need counseling?

    By the way, I have an audience of 50-100 future business managers every day, watching me use this. I get a new group every 3-4 months. Guess what I complain about!?

    Fix it. Then…

    3 votes

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  16. 3 votes

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

    Black theme is back. Update to the latest update for Office 2016, and you can choose Black Theme as one of the options.

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

  17. HTML formatted files (with an XLS extension) no longer opened

    Since a recent update HTML formatted files with .xls extension are no longer opened. When downloading such a file Excel opens but does not open the file anymore, it just shows a blank screen, no error message. This used to work for years and was very easy to create reports from our intranet by just sending HTML files with Excel headers out. Because of this we now have to re-engineer all reports, please bring the functionality back.

    2 votes

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    4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi all,

    We’ve released a fix for this issue. I’m copying the official release notes for it here, as this is part of several different updates to several different versions of Office:


    The Excel team has released a change in behavior in today’s security update for Excel 2010, 2013, and 2016. Excel will warn about the mismatch between the file extension and HTML content, but will now open the workbook in Protected View as an additional layer of security. If you trust the workbook, you can then enable editing. The behavior of .xla and .xlam files will remain the same.

    How do I get the update? It depends on which version of Office you have.
    • Office 365 subscription (Click-to-Run)—install the latest updates
    • Windows Installer version (MSI)—you could wait about a week for the next security update for MSI, and it will update automatically. Or, to…

  18. Combine RAND and RANDBETWEEN

    RAND returns a real number between 0 and 1.
    RANDBETWEEN returns an integer between 2 user-chosen numbers.

    We should have a single function that lets you choose the number range and lets you choose whether the value returned is an integer or real number.

    To do this, either modify RAND() to take 3 optional parameters or add an optional "number set" parameter to RANDBETWEEN. The function that is not modified becomes a compatibility function.

    2 votes

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    0 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  19. I would like to not have to select a range in VBA in order to to apply a Border. How to do it now: Range("J44:M44").Select With Selection.Bo

    I would like to not have to select a range in VBA in order to to apply a Border.
    How to do it now:
    Range("J44:M44").Select
    With Selection.Borders(xlEdgeTop)
    .Weight = xlMedium
    End With

    Change to, no selection :
    Range("J44:M44").Borders(xlEdgeTop).Weight = xlMedium
    Thanks, David

    2 votes

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    2 comments  ·  Macros and Add-ins  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Great news, that exact line of code you have there works just fine to apply borders, so you should be good to go.

    Range(“J44:M44”).Borders(xlEdgeTop).Weight = xlMedium

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

  20. Multiple charts when using Pivot charts that dont automatically update when Pivot table is changed

    Currently when using pivot charts you can only have one chart, as when you make one chart from the select pivot data and then go to make another the first chart will change with e new pivot table options, so currently you have to make multiple pivot tables of the same data to have more than one chart, it would be better if you could have a option to stop the charts from updating automatically.

    2 votes

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    0 comments  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    In Excel 2013, we introduced the ability for you to create a PivotChart independent of a PivotTable. Please give that a try and see if it meets your needs.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

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