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  1. 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

  2. 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.

    304 votes

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

    Thank you for posting and voting for this idea, but unfortunately we won’t be implementing it. Excel is a tool for a wide set of audience and while this may help to some, it may defintely confuse others. As a workaround, I suggest to use the Customize Ribbon option and add a new tab with you desired set of tools and commands.

    Guy Hunkin
    Program Manager, Excel Team

  3. Show Tables in Power Query when opening an xlsb file

    When using Power Query / Get Data to open .xlsx files and .xlsm files, the Tables present in those files are shown in a list.
    When opening a .xlsb file only Sheets are shown and not any of the Tables present within the file.

    If there is only one table on a sheet, AND it starts in cell A1, then it is relatively easy to still load the data, but where there are multiple tables per sheet, OR the tables don't start in A1, then there is a lot of unnecessary work deleting Rows and or Columns to obtain your…

    100 votes

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    22 comments  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Allow autosave/co-authoring for password protected workbooks

    When using co-authoring with Autosave in latest Excel desktop client, it fails if the workbook is password protected. Allow multiple users to edit a password protected workbook.

    101 votes

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

    Thank you for taking the time to suggest and vote for this feature. We do not have plans to support coauthoring in password protected notebooks, but we are working to support coauthoring with protected documents in desktop clients. See here for more information: https://office365.uservoice.com/forums/928576-microsoft-information-protection-mip/suggestions/19696030-enable-co-authoring-of-protected-documents.

    Thanks,
    Pallavi H [MS Excel]

  5. 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.

    100 votes

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

    The Shared Workbook functionality is a limited experience and did not support usage of many Excel features during co-authoring.  We chose to invest resources in building a full experience of co-authoring in Excel through Office 365.  It is not possible at this time to provide that functionality to on-prem servers.

  6. there is a problem with the clipboard

    "There is a problem with the clipboard, but you can still paste your content within this workbook" August 22, 2017 In Excel, under File/Options/General, please provide a switch so that users who like to be shown this message can see it, and the unhappy people, like myself, can switch this feature off. Almost every time copying is required ....#@&!!

    26 votes

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    23 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for sharing this feedback! If you see this issue, please use the in-app feedback in the File menu to send us more information, and include the steps you took before you saw the issue. That will give us the information we need to further investigate.
    -Sharon

  7. Default pivot table's to default to "Sum" rather than "Count"

    I would like the default on pivot tables to go to "Sum" rather than "Count" or have an option for the user to select what the default is.

    22 votes

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    5 comments  ·  PivotTables and Power Pivot  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    The default is already SUM as long as the data in the field is numeric. It changes to COUNT when there are text values in the data because we cannot SUM non-numeric data. The current behavior is the intended design.

  8. Harmonize Excel.CurrentWorkbook with Excel.Workbook

    Please adjust the M-function "Excel.CurrentWorkbook" so that it returns the same items (in the same structure) than Excel.Workbook (in connection with File.Contents) does:

    Returning a table view of all elements with helpful columns like "Kind".

    But most importantly also returning content from sheets that isn't in a special format like Table or Defined Name but in a simple range.

    There are multiple reasons for letting the source-data untouched but also performing transactions on them and I've come across this request very often. The workarounds are pretty painful (error-prone and need to save file before being able to access data).

    Thanks…

    68 votes

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

    Thank you for posting and voting for this. Unfortunately, changing the implementation of Excel.CurrentWorkbook will break the existing solutions. With this in mind, we are currently not planning to do it.

    Guy Hunkin
    Principal PM
    Excel Team

  9. Bring back the menu instead of the ribbon

    The ribbon is awful and requires a bunch of re-learning every time we upgrade versions. I want the menus from excel 97-2003 back, if only as an option for "power users"

    2 votes

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

    The ribbon is a cross-Office, cross-Microsoft, and now cross-industry paradigm for UI. At this point we will not be switching out the ribbon in Excel for menus/toolbars.

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

  10. 38 votes

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

    This idea is not actionable, so we’re marking it declined to release votes (and prevent more votes).

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

  11. Go to first/last tabs

    In the previous versions of Excel, I was able to go the first/last tab by using the arrow buttons adjacent to the ones that move the tabs left or right. I am using spreadsheets with many tabs and I found this feature quite useful in the past to go to the end or beginning of all the tabs.
    I don't understand why there are now two redundant ways to scroll through the tabs. I have not seen a difference between the left/right arrows and the ellipsis to either side of the tabs. Why don't you bring back the go to…

    91 votes

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    63 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    You can navigate to the first and last sheet in the workbook by holding down the CTRL key while clicking on the Scroll Sheet Left or Right buttons.

    Thanks,
    Eric (MSFT)

  12. Bring VBA into the modern world

    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 langauge.

    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.

    225 votes

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

    I want to thank everyone for weighing in – none of us on the Excel team are surprised that this item is getting a lot of votes, and we have read all of the feedback in this thread. Extensibility in Excel is something that we are passionate about, and while we’ve been focused on other investments over the last few years (primarily around getting Excel onto more devices with versions for Mac, iOS, Android, and Windows 10), this is something we’ve been actively discussing as we figure out how to enable extensibility of those new platforms.

    As it stands, here’s our current position.

    First, VBA is very important to Excel, and we plan to keep it around for the foreseeable future. As we add new features to Windows Desktop and Mac versions of Excel (where VBA is supported), we’ll continue to add object model for those features (see http://dev.office.com/blogs/VBA-improvements-in-Office-2016),…

  13. 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]

  14. Extend VLOOKUP() and HLOOKUP()

    Extend the lookup functions so they can lookup left/up as well as right/down. That will save us having to build and maintain unintuitive formulae combining INDEX() and MATCH().

    82 votes

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

    We think the new XLOOKUP function is the right way to accomplish what you need here. XLOOKUP lets you specify the range to search in separately from the range that contains the value to return. For example, you can look for a value in column C, and return the corresponding value in column A or any other column.

    See here for more information: https://support.microsoft.com/office/xlookup-function-b7fd680e-6d10-43e6-84f9-88eae8bf5929

    Steve [Microsoft Excel]

  15. Allow Excel to undo macro actions

    I understand that not every macro is undoable, but some should be. For example, "Selection.Interior.Color = 255" is not undoable at the moment, but should be since you could do the exact same thing from the Ribbon. This really discourages people from using the macro recorder, or even macros in general.

    28 votes

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

    This VBA integration with the undo stack is not something that we’re planning on doing (see the idea about bringing VBA into the modern world).

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

  16. Formatting Comment default

    I can't SEE the comment in 9 pt font. (heck, I can't see THIS box) PLEASE let me change it !!!!

    Not all your users have "young" eyes, I'm not handicapped, just very nearsighted.

    1 vote

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

    Hi Annette,

    As you noticed in the Mac area of UserVoice, comments use an old technology in Excel that we’re not investing directly in anymore, and instead we’re migrating comments to a new technology that will allow more control over their appearance (and things like fonts).

    In the meantime, a couple of workaround options for you, that you may already be aware of:

    1. You can use Windows Magnifier – click on Start > type “Magnifier”; you can then magnify parts of your screen, including comments.

    2. You can zoom the Excel sheet, which will also zoom comments, and make the text larger. You can find zoom on the View ribbon, or in the lower right corner of the Excel status bar.

    Hope that helps until we can get comments moved to the new platform.

    Dan [MS]

  17. Increase the number of lines we can work with

    Make it possible to have data with more than 1MM lines

    3 votes

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    5 comments  ·  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

  18. Copy and paste

    Please add an option to paste text from outside programs as plain text as the default action. Word has this feature. Currently, when I Ctrl-V after copying text from a browser window, it carries formatting into the cell. I have to right-click, select "paste as" or click on the "keep text" icon. I should be able to Ctrl-V and paste just the text into a cell.

    1 vote

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    declined  ·  1 comment  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  19. Workbook Title should be left-justified

    Workbook titles now bing in the center of the title bar means that I cannot 'layer' (like tiling) my workbooks atop one another in a diagonal fashion and still be able to see (at least the beginning of) the title.
    The quick-launch tool bar should be in the center instead of the title as it's never necessary unless currently using a workbook. The title is necessary to see, however.

    1 vote

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    declined  ·  1 comment  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  20. Hire a designer

    Hire a designer so they can make your products work better.

    1 vote

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