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How can we improve Excel for Windows (Desktop Application)?

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 being so limited is starting to become a major issue.

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completed  ·  Dan Battagin [MS XL] responded  · 

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]

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  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I see that this update is currently only for Excel 2016 Click-to-Run.
    Will the update eventually also be available for Excel 2016 MSI and Excel 2013?

  • Prash MSFT commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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

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