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.
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.
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Horizon Solutions commented
Is anyone using a third party's Excel alternatives, add-ins successfully to do the same thing? Any success reverting back to older versions of Excel?
Absolute oversight on MS side. Users should have the option to use co-authing not be forced down the route.
Let us store our files on our network not in the cloud.
We don't want to use Cloud services for certain things and this is one of them. We should have a choice and the ability to change that of our own free accord. Not be forced.
On a previous version of Excel it was possible to select share, so multiple users could work with the same spreadsheet with not need to go cloud. I really miss this feature as we strongly need it.
i think you can return share workbook to review. because your new function want to share workbook is too trouble for me. why don't make a simple share workbook dock to review?
Bring back the "share workbook" feature.
We have proprietary data we can't share outside the company. We also have ITAR data that legally can't be available even to sever maintenance technicians outside the country, so multi site/multi country redundancy eliminates the cloud.
We still have files that need multiple users at once.
I also need this feature! Do not delete this nice feature！！！
And then one day the ability to add the button back is removed. When you own a version of software, you are certain that used and liked features are locked. A subscription model does not allow such control. This is one of many examples. Adding new features is fine, but removing features used for decades is NOT.
Tim Mann commented
This is major oversight in my opinion. I have several users who now unable to change existing shared workbooks, nor can these files be "copied up" to OneDrive for Co-Authoring. Please revert feature back, or at least brink back the Legacy workbook sharing option.
Tim Mann commented
I second this request. It is a little presumptuous of Microsoft to assume all workbook sharing can take place in the cloud. it can't. Provide the both on-prem and cloud methods if MS wants users to continue to use this function.
Josie Howard commented
Need the Shared Workbook to send an alert to the user that has it open to that someone is waiting for the file. The notify when available doesn't help when they forget to close the file, which happens all the time holding up productivity.....It should be similar to the calendar reminder that pops up until you dismiss it...Thank you!
I see that sharing workbooks has been removed and is now tagged as "legacy." I don't care if it's called co-authoring, but I will not move my documents to the cloud. Give us the ability to share OUR documents over OUR network. I had to dig for this command, create my "custom" button and put it back under the Review tab.
Please return "Share workbook" back!
We will not use OneDrive and any other cloud storage according to our corporate security policy and Federal Law that protect personal and medical data!
P.S. It's also impossible to unprotect existing worksheets for already shared files!!!