Keep offline help for both EXCEL and VBA
Please return offline help like in Excel 2010 (for VBA and Excel)... It is enugh to have just basic offline help without totally up to date informations in 98% cases.
Download somewhat out of date but still useful offline help for VBA here:
And they don’t even need to maintain two systems. Just make a simple UI that can read the help file and make the file available as part of the Excel install.
f you update regularly, you get the latest help updates as well. If you don’t, you still have the default help file available.
Or they can make the help file available and let the community tackle the UI.
It would probably be better, with more options to customize (adding bookmarks, updating/annotating sections, more relevant examples, etc.).
Ideally, MS either devotes resources to making VBA a fully supported system (VS), or they turn it over to the community to create an opensource version that will actually be supported.
Carl Ellis commented
I agree. MS seems to think all things need to be online. Online is NOT acceptable today nor will it be very soon. Yes, I'm sure most all MS pro-grammers like not having both BUT they just have to work at MS, not in the real world, Having to wait on the internet is NOT acceptable, especially when the lookup sucks and takes you to the wrong page and you have to wait again!
Excel Users commented
Agree so, is very impractical to use online help
Appears now at scenario as - paid for software excel - offline version and not online version but surprisingly and conversely excel software cannot perform in full at offline e.g. offline help functions missing - each formula functions details are lacking. Each time prompt to online help. Would you please reasonably restoring offline help into excel - a formula-based computing software ASAP thanks.
Wayne Kaniewski commented
Including context-sensitive VBA help. It was SOOOO useful! I don't bother with Microsoft's offline help...it's too obtuse & too many steps. I just do a Google search, but still not as helpful as quick help for VBA syntax.
David Fairchild commented
My company won't allow me to connect to the internet from an application. Please return the installed version at least as an option as it has been very valuable.
More than true. Although I have Excel 2013 on my travel notebook, I have installed Excel 2010 in parallel in order to get full advantage of the VBA Offline Help. Moreover, quality of VBA Online Help is not acceptable for the time being.
The help button in the Excel VBA editor jumps to a totally useless page online. I would like an offline help too, because unlike Microsoft employees, I do not always have internet (cloud) service. But I would like the help button to link to a good VBA reference manual - I know there is one but it is kept well hidden.
For one, you can give us a stand alone version like 2010. The online help is worthless. All the forums I read talk about the good old days. The more you yokels try to improve things the more they get broken.
Online is not as helpful as the old stand alone help files. When will MS learn that. Seriously!!!!
Rarely does pressing F1 get to any valid help online.
I concur with Mr. Phil Bornemeier. I will encourage people to revert back to Office 2010 and avoid later versions like the plague. It is clear to me that Microsoft does not want to listen to its customers. It wants to impose its own perverse falsehoods. The absence of offline help is just downright horrid.
I have already written to my office about it and the same goes to clients and friends. I'm pretty confident that after narrating the nightmares I've had to endure with this, they would revert to the 2010 version.
Phil Bornemeier commented
Our office recently upgraded from Office 2010 to Office 2016. Many of the features in the new version are wonderful. The removal of local help files is a MAJOR flaw in the rollout. The admin response to a thread in the Word page (which requested bring back offline help) was, "Our product help is now online only in order to allow us to deliver better content faster as new Office features, updates, and improvements are released." I would assume it came from marketing rather than engineering. The lack of local help and the delay in finding useful context sensitive help in the online version of "Help" makes finding answers for problems in the Office 2016 suite tedious and irritating and usually impossible. Having online help does not "allow [Microsoft] to deliver better content faster as new Office features, updates, and improvements are released." New and old content is degraded by lacking extensive quickly responding help and examples for its use. I would much rather have a slower rollout of new features and use the saved developer time to produce local help files as older versions (I am a user since Office 95) possessed. Although I will regret losing some of the interesting features in Excel 2016, I will be uninstalling it and using a prior version. I will recommend that my office halt procurement of the 2016 version and revert to 2010.
Gian Pauletto commented
Please provide offline help for the Office program's, especially Excel 2016. People have to work when there is no internet connection.
Zhaoyang Li commented
it is a must-have feature. still have to work, even if disconnected.
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Doug Jenkins commented
I agree. Often all we need is a quick reminder or example, and connecting to help on-line is slow and not always available.
This particularly applies to VBA help in my opinion.
Also if I press F1 by mistake, waiting for on-line help and then closing it is about 10x more annoying than the same with local help.
Florencio sanchez commented
It is important to have offline help when there is no internet available. For example out of town
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What happened to offline help???? Not everyone is working while connected to cheap/free fast internet all the time.
I run Excel 2010 on on PC and Excel 2013 on the other one, travelling. PLEASE bring back VBA offline help to Excel VBA help...The recently downloaded Excel 2013 Developer Documentation.chm quality is far beyond the Excel 2010 VBA help.