Make all windows (Dialog Boxes) containing variable-sized content resizable
Too many windows force the user scroll well before the comfortable screen space for the window is exhausted. We also do not want these windows to simply be bigger and potentially take up an unnecessary amount of screen space.
For the best of both worlds, I suggest that a window should be resizable if and only if it contains variable-sized content (e.g. scroll bars, text boxes).
Examples of specific windows are listed in the comments.
This is a great suggestion, but we’re marking it “Not at this time”, because there are many dialogs in Excel and we don’t have a plan to address all of them at one time. If there are specific dialogs you want improved, please vote for specific suggestions about those, or leave comments here. We’ll keep tracking the votes on this one.
There is some good news. We’re working on making the Conditional Formatting dialogs resizable in Excel for Windows.
Here’s more about that –
Steve [Microsoft Excel]
I keep a spreadsheet with invoices etc, whenever I insert a hyperlink to a file, that dialog box is not resizable, please make it so! I find it crazy in 2021 that not all boxes are resizable considering the vast array of screen sizes/resolutions available!
Roger Sereinig commented
One dialog windows that should be sizable is the "insert hyperlink" dialog. It looks about the same since Office 97. thank you
Making the "GoTo" dialogue box resizable would be highly appreciated.
It's such an annoyance to not see the full address when using the window. This is often the case when GoTo is shown after double-clicking on one of the dotted lines showing external precedent or dependent references (shown after using trace precedent or trace dependent).
There's a separate suggestion for the GoTo dialogue: https://excel.uservoice.com/forums/304921-excel-for-windows-desktop-application/suggestions/40989472-make-the-goto-dialog-box-resizable. Please upvote if you support this idea.
What a disappointing response. We know that "there are many dialogs." Just start going through them all an fixing them!
Ben Mcmillan commented
A suggesting dating back 6 years, which was obvious anyhow, and dead easy to implement, and it gets rejected....
That's fine and dandy and all, but seriously, do you really think there will be enough upvotes based on individual dialogs? I really don't think this issue stands alone... from a project management standpoint, it means having the developers systematically go through the ribbon and identify the ones that are not resizable and tackle those. We are in the age of 4K displays, dual (or more) screens, etc. There's really no reason for dialogs to be hard coded to these artificial 300px wide boxes. I mean if it will get you to tackle them, I'll go down the ribbon myself and take notes for you, but seriously, as a dev myself, we both know that the handful of dialogs could be fixed before lunch!
I'm sorry, but I do not understand:
-Kenneth Barbers original idea: 2016 (sixteen!)
-Microsofts answer: A good idea! But 'NO' in 2021 (twenty-one!)?
Has managing the xl-interface been programmed so badly? Maybe the foreseen windows to do that are too small and not rezisable?!
I'm honestly sorry for my negativism. I just loose job satisfaction by the MS-answer.
All right then, my vote:
'Please prioritize making the dialog box for Names/Formulas resizable (incl. soft return)'.
Gary Knott commented
Please prioritize making the dialog box for Formulas, Formula Auditing, Trace Precedents and Trace Dependents, Go To resizable. I mostly cannot clearly see what these are pointing to as they are not large enough and cannot be resized :-(
@Steve [Microsoft Excel] can you please explain a little the effort needed / challenges for making a dialog box resizable. Thanks.
I totally agree with the need to make all dialog boxes resizeable. I currently have some unworkable situations with regard to tracing dependent formulas.
I support this idea of resizable dialogue box
Jon Peltier commented
My "favorite" is the dialog for selecting custom error bar value ranges.
S. Stockton commented
Kenneth Barber is a steely-eyed Human Interface Guidelines man.
This is so simple. Please do this
All dialog windows should be resizeable.
Given content is now in clouds, on networks and not just on local PCs (and even then the paths to resources are often long), would be easier to navigate if windows (and appropriate widgets) could be resizeable to make this easier to navigate.
Similar issue with the Outlook insert link which is crazy small given the current computing environment
Brad Yundt commented
I am publicizing this Excel UserVoice thread in Quora. As of July 25, 2020 there are 245 hits at https://www.quora.com/Despite-massive-changes-to-Excel-over-the-years-why-is-the-goto-dialog-still-not-resizable-Add-your-vote/answer/Brad-Yundt?__nsrc__=4&__snid3__=5953336707
Kevin Osborn commented
users should have the ability to resize every dialogue box!!!!!!
Gary Rosner commented
For the love of G-d, please, after all these years, make all dialog boxes, especially the GoTo dialog box!
For example, it is IMPOSSIBLE to decipher contents in the GoTo dialog box when using longer Excel file and sheet names.
Most programming languages provide simple ways to define resizable dialog boxes (e.g. Resizable: True, Max Height, Max Width, etc.)
If Microsoft would take 1 extra minute to fix this in Excel, I believe it would save users like me hundreds of minutes per year. That would free me up to use even more Microsoft products!
Rahul Vasudevan commented
Currently the dialog box for Macros does not have an option to resize like that of 'save as dialog box'.It would be very nice if this option could be included as it would make it convenient to view more macros.
Please enlarge the EDIT, LINKS window. If you have several links it is **** near impossible to see enough of the path and filename to determine which link does what. It seems that Excel tries to show a limited number of characters and if you have a link to File XYZ.xlsx and File XYZ2.xlsx......the limited size of the window makes it very difficult to pick which is which.