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  1. Increase the 218 character filename length limit to open files in excel

    Excel can't open files with full path lengths greater than 218 characters as documented in https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/213983. This is still a problem in Office 2016. It seems crazy that Excel can't open a valid file that the filesystem allows. People have been complaining about this since Office 2000. The thread below has over 11 thousand views and there are plenty others. Please fix this. http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/office/forum/office_2013_release-excel/sorry-unable-to-find/595333d0-1463-499f-967e-4da8ac2e2047

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      109 comments  ·  Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Give us a proper NULL() worksheet function.

      This would make calculations and charts treat a cell containing a formula as a blank cell, not as a cell with a text string ("") or as a zero.

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

        Great suggestion – thanks again for taking the time to put it on this site and for the thoughtful followup comments. This is pretty related to some other work we’ve got going and already has a fair number of votes, so we’ll work on getting plans in place now and hope to get started on this soon.

        Thanks,
        John [MS XL]

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

          This is an issue we are working on. We’ll be able to provide more details when we get closer to a release date.

          Thanks,
          Scott [MSFT]

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