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  1. Add Get Parameter button to Power Query and avoid Privacy / Formula.Firewall problems

    It's fantastic that you can pick up named ranges in Excel and pass them to Power Query as parameters. However the process is cumbersome and often results in Formula.Firewall warnings or other issues.

    This leads to having to switch Privacy Levels to "Ignore" or having to write a query within a query rather than nice and clean "parameter" queries.

    It would really simplify things if we could quickly create parameter queries (including a drop down to select parameter type) and that these queries would be immune from the Privacy warnings.

    187 votes
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      3 comments  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Filtering Needs to Work in Co-Authoring

      Say that several people are editing the same workbook. If Tom filters to show only his records, then the other people will only see Tom's records. We need to be able to have each person apply a different filter and see only their records.
      Note that it is fine to require that the workbook can not have SUBTOTAL or AGGREGATE functions in order for independent filtering to work. If you allow these functions, then everyone will have different calculation results which would be problematic.
      It is more important to us to be able to have each person apply a local…

      79 votes
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        5 comments  ·  Collaboration and Sharing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Hello Everyone. We agree with you! The experience you’ve captured here is at the top of our list to address with a future coauthoring feature. I can’t share a timeline for when this will be delivered but wanted to let you know that we do recognize the impact not having this ability has on your coauthoring experience. Stay tuned for more.
        Scott (Microsoft Excel PM)

      • Return share workbook functionality to Excel 2016

        Excel 2016 has recently removed the share workbook functionality and hidden the icon for easily sharing workbooks. It appears that this has not taken into account spreadsheets that are saved on file servers, and aren't uploaded into the cloud (ie the co-authoring functionality). Please return the functionality so that workbooks can be easily shared.

        59 votes
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          11 comments  ·  Collaboration and Sharing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          You’ve provided feedback on the Excel Shared Workbook experience and we would like to know more about how you’ve used this feature and the value it provides. By taking this survey, you can help the Excel team better understand how to prioritize our Collaboration Experiences moving forward.

          Your input is greatly appreciated.
          Thanks

          https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=v4j5cvGGr0GRqy180BHbR3M53G0xM8tHle2rOax4MqNUQ0lOWlM2OFRTTkJNRTVGQU1ZV0hDMTZYSy4u

        • "Power BI Service" as a data source in "Get & Transform"

          It would be awesome if "Power BI Service" is added as a data source under "Get Data" in "Get & Transform Data" in Excel. Though the source availability is already there with "Power BI Publisher Add-in" but it is buggy and hard to deploy on large number of laptops/desktops. Also, it is practically very difficult to educate down the line users about re-enabling this add-in via COM Add-ins in case it disappears from the ribbon which is very frequent in case of this add-in. We have been struggling with this for a long period of time now.

          Considering "Power BI…

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

            Hi Deepak,

            Thanks for logging this issue. I agree this would be quite useful, especially as Power BI is emerging as a hub for business data.

            This request is slightly different than what PBI Desktop does. PBI Desktop essentially provides a Live Connect essentially deferring the model to the service and limiting the experience to visualizations so it’s not importing data into the report. So there’re two possible outcomes you could be looking for:
            1. Allow users to import data into Excel as query tables, just like one can from an external store like SQL Server or Oracle. This provides fine grained data retrieval.
            2. Create a new PivotTable that summarizes data on PBI service.

            The PBI Publisher addin performs #2. Is that what you’re looking for? Or would you rather have #1 if you had to choose?

            Others coming new to this suggestion, please be sure to add your…

          • Allow interaction with Excel while in Power Query

            Please make the Power Query editor window (Get Data) non-model. When building complex queries, we often need to go back to Excel to change a worksheet and look at data. Right now, the Power Query editor window takes control over the application, preventing interaction with Excel.

            The current behaviour makes it very difficult to do things like the following:
            -Mid query, go back and check a worksheet to see exactly what a cell value may be that you want to refer to
            -When we have a static table in Excel and are trying to build a query that lands an…

            168 votes
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              13 comments  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Hi Ken,

              Thanks for logging this suggestion. Yes, this could be quite useful. Others that’re interested in this, please do log your votes so we’ll prioritize this work appropriately.

              thanks

              Ashvini Sharma
              Lead Program Manager
              Excel

            • Make slicers visible "On Demand".

              Allow the user to configure if the slicer is always in view or pops up on-demand. Activation/visibility could be triggered by selecting a visible report filter field or pivot table column header. Alternately, a report filter field could be configured to pop-up a slicer instead of, or in addition to the normal selection box. Another alternate would be to have report filter field style boxes independent of the pivot table range which would pop-up the slicer when selected. Lastly, a slicer selection panel could be added with a list of parameters to choose which would cause the slicer to pop-up

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

                Hmm.. interesting thought, and I can see how useful this could be!

                Hmm.. interesting thought, and I can see how useful this could be!Others that haven’t yet registered their vote for the item, please do so to help us understand the relative value of this item vs. the others on our backlog.

                Hmm.. interesting thought, and I can see how useful this could be!Others that haven’t yet registered their vote for the item, please do so to help us understand the relative value of this item vs. the others on our backlog.Thanks for the suggestion & the votes!

                Hmm.. interesting thought, and I can see how useful this could be!Others that haven’t yet registered their vote for the item, please do so to help us understand the relative value of this item vs. the others on our backlog.Thanks for the suggestion & the votes!Ashvini Sharma
                Lead Program Manager
                Excel

              • Make quick measures like in Power BI available in Excel as well

                In Power BI we can easily create quick measures: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/quick-measures-preview/
                This makes it so much easier for newbies or occasional users to adopt the new technologies, so please add in Excel as well.

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

                  Hi Imke & others,

                  Thanks for logging this suggestion and voting on it. Yes indeed this would be very useful to make it easier and quicker.

                  For those that’d like to get this done, please be sure to register your vote to help us prioritize against out backlog.

                  thanks

                  Ashvini Sharma
                  Lead Program Manager
                  Excel

                • Add Fiscal Month and Fiscal Year to the Query Editor "Add Column " Date Button

                  The Query Editor allows you to easily create Year, Month, Month Name etc, but many people need Fiscal Month Number and Fiscal year

                  28 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Get Tables working on protected sheets (add rows, sort, filter, etc.)

                    I would like to be able to, under the right circumstances, have the ability to add/remove rows of a table which resides on a protected sheet.

                    Currently if you protect a sheet you can't insert/delete rows of a table. Even if you unprotect all cells and allow inserting/deleting of rows on sheet protection, it doesn't matter and is completely ignored.

                    What I am proposing would have to follow specific rules:

                    * Table cells would have to be unprotected
                    * Cells below table would have to be unprotected (truly optional † )
                    * Insert Rows would have to be specified in…

                    457 votes
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                      64 comments  ·  Tables, Sorting and Filtering  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      Thanks for logging this great suggestion, Zack, and to others for voting it up. We’ll prioritize this according to the number of votes, so if there’s more interest, please make sure to register your vote!

                      Thanks

                      Ashvini Sharma
                      Lead Program Manager
                      Excel

                    • 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

                      179 votes
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                        22 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

                      • 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.

                        164 votes
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                          16 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

                        • Make a simple safer version of VLOOKUP and INDEX MATCH

                          The majority of Excel users use VLOOKUP to get exact matches from a row or column, It would be good if they all used INDEX MATCH but it's more complex so how about this simpler version for the masses.

                          =GETMATCH(ReferenceToMatch, MatchColumn/Row, GetColumn/Row, Optional Value if no match)

                          If seen a few other references to updating VLOOKUPS and there are lots of opportunities, but it would be good to address the simple most widely used issue first.

                          572 votes
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                            102 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Thanks for the suggestion Wyn! Thanks also to all the contributors to this thread for the thoughtful discussion and debate.

                            Of the many lookup function requests, this is currently one of the highest ranking on UserVoice. Please keep the votes rolling in if you’d like to see this, it helps us prioritize new feature work.

                            JoeMcD [MS XL]

                          • 887 votes
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                              877 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Adding comment (tool tip) in chart (to various elements of the chart, data points, etc.)

                              To be able to add comments to a specific data labels in a chart (can be bar chart, line chart)

                              26 votes
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                                5 comments  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                Thanks for the feedback. This is an interesting idea that we’ll consider for a future release. Please continue to vote on this feature idea.

                                Thanks,
                                Scott [MSFT]

                              • Linking chart title to a cell on waterfall charts.

                                How can I link a cell as Chart Title for waterfall charts.

                                17 votes
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                                  4 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  This capability is not currently supported on any of our new chart types in O16. However, we are working on plans to support this functionality in the future.

                                  Thanks,
                                  Scott [MSFT]

                                • Restore MDI file handling (open all files in one window); Kill SDI (each spreadsheet opens in a seperate window)

                                  In the good versions of Excel (prior to 2007) one could open multiple workbooks in the same window. Now, one has multiple instances of Excel (and every other Office app) whenever one opens more than one document / spreadsheet. Quite stupid.

                                  (2016-04-27 Dan [MS] - updated title to fix MDI/SDI usage - they were previously being used "backwards")

                                  677 votes
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                                    465 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    Thanks for all of the votes – the team has definitely taken notice of the activity around this issue. We moved to SDI as a result of customer requests, but it looks like we’ve got work to do to really nail the use cases people care about. From a read over the comments, I see a number of cases that we will want to investigate further as we think through MDI vs SDI. We’ll get someone from the team to take a deeper look, and we may reach out to some of you for more clarification as we go. Thanks again for all the voting and passion here!

                                    John, Excel

                                  • Tighter integration with MS Access

                                    Tighter integration with MS Access - improve (expand) object model to provide more powerful and transparent integration between Access, Excel and Word. Make it easier to create visual models using flexibility of Excel column / Row structure using MS Access datasets and VBA code.

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

                                      Thanks for the feedback. We’ll consider this in our future planning. Please continue to vote on this idea.

                                      Thanks,
                                      Scott [MSFT]

                                    • 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.)

                                      16 votes
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                                        3 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]

                                      • Ability to select data on 3D Map by dragging over an area

                                        Once data is charted on map drag the mouse over an area to select just the results in that area. Would be useful for CRM marketing campaigns etc.

                                        4 votes
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                                          1 comment  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          Great feedback. Selection is an area we plan to improve with 3D charts. Please continue voting on this feature idea.

                                          Thanks,
                                          Scott [MSFT]

                                        • Support for Rose charts

                                          Please could we have support for Rose charts. These are a form of Pie chart where the radius of the segment is used to represent an extra value. These are particular common in metrological, demographic, political and healthcare reporting.

                                          For example a hospital may want to report on the number of admissions due to alcohol related violence by day of week. In a standard pie chart each wedge could be a day of the week and the angle of the wedge represents the number for that day of the week as a proportion of the total weekly admissions due to…

                                          11 votes
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