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  1. Disributed calculation (with colleagues computers)

    I'm sure that Microsoft's experts will be able to optimize the Power Query code. However, almost certainly there will be users with very massive models that update very long. Please add the possibility of using distributed computing to process Power query queries.
    It would be very cool if we will be able to configure in a simple interface wich of colleagues computers in the local network (and maybe on the Internet), whose resources, can be used to speed up the calculation. And when processing queries, use avialable resources together.
    In addition, the use of distributed computing in a local network…

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    • Filtering Needs to Work in Co-Authoring

      Say that several people are editing the same workbook. If Tom filters to show only his records, then the other people will only see Tom's records. We need to be able to have each person apply a different filter and see only their records.
      Note that it is fine to require that the workbook can not have SUBTOTAL or AGGREGATE functions in order for independent filtering to work. If you allow these functions, then everyone will have different calculation results which would be problematic.
      It is more important to us to be able to have each person apply a local…

      59 votes
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        5 comments  ·  Collaboration and Sharing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Hello Everyone. We agree with you! The experience you’ve captured here is at the top of our list to address with a future coauthoring feature. I can’t share a timeline for when this will be delivered but wanted to let you know that we do recognize the impact not having this ability has on your coauthoring experience. Stay tuned for more.
        Scott (Microsoft Excel PM)

      • Share individual worksheet

        It would be useful if it was possible to share individual worksheets in an Excel workbook. I would like to be able to create a workbook with multiple sheets and share just one of those sheets with others Office 365 users.

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        • Team Chat

          Small chat windows for users currently editing a document to chat in. Windows would be on a document by document basis and visible to all users editing the document

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          • Re-introduce single user at a time write access to workbook.

            In older versions a second user opening a workbook would be prompted to open a read only copy or be notified when the file was available for write access. This was ideal for many users who do not need co-author and where legacy does not work or is to complicated

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            • Exact arithmetic

              I developed an algorithm for exact decimal arithmetic (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) that works with numbers in the int and double (IEEE754) format without involving library functions. The algorithm performs calculations with the same accuracy, as if the calculations were performed manually. As an example, an 18-bit calculator was implemented programmatically. The Preliminary application was submitted to USPTO.
              The program was launched on the processor Intel (R) Core (TM) i3-4330 CPU@3.50GHz 3.50 GHz. The RAM is 8.0 GB. System Type: 64-bit. The speed was equal to multiplication ≈ 2.4 * 10 ^ 6 per second.
              Interested in selling a license. …

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              • Paste tables from word / outlook without splitting multiline cells into multiple rows

                let users paste a table from Word / Outlook to excel without introducing new rows... (just ignore the line breaks so that multiple lines of text from a cell in WORD is still just one cell in EXCEL.

                these tables in word or outlook are probably pasted from Excel to word/outlook in the first place :)

                copying tables back should be the same... or maybe a PASTE SPECIAL option "paste from table"...

                Without this feature, your users have been for the past decade using workarounds like:
                * paste in to google sheets and moving that file back...
                * replace newline…

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                • Voice recording in Add/Edit Comment

                  When inserting comments in Excel, recording a voice comment would be a significant improvement for promulgating ideas and documentation--very helpful for training.

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                  • The ability to have multiple people edit one spreadsheet at the same time

                    The ability to add different people to a spreadsheet, that is stored in the cloud, and they can all edit it at the same time, and it automatically updates as soon as they edit it.

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                    • gmail account

                      have it so i can click a gmail logo and it will send me to my gmail account with the attached form in the new email......

                      or have it like google docs i can see other people edit it at the same time as me

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                      • Set default date format independent of User & native settings

                        We have strict date format rules for documenting R&D work. It would be nice to set that to default date format no matter who opens the file (internal, external, US, UK, etc.). Currently, the only open is to change each date using Custom Date format and copying and pasting the format, which is tedious. I'm not sure if enabling in the Options would be the solution.

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                        • 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.

                          52 votes
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                            11 comments  ·  Collaboration and Sharing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            You’ve provided feedback on the Excel Shared Workbook experience and we would like to know more about how you’ve used this feature and the value it provides. By taking this survey, you can help the Excel team better understand how to prioritize our Collaboration Experiences moving forward.

                            Your input is greatly appreciated.
                            Thanks

                            https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=v4j5cvGGr0GRqy180BHbR3M53G0xM8tHle2rOax4MqNUQ0lOWlM2OFRTTkJNRTVGQU1ZV0hDMTZYSy4u

                          • E-transmit for Excel's Get&Transform

                            You are probably familiar with the etransmit command in AutoCAD. It gives the option to automatically group all linked files (when you work with references) and create a zip file, ready to be sent to people you work with. Also these people need not to know how to re-link files at their own personal computers, as after un-zipping the file, the links work locally - the file paths start from the un-zipped folder.
                            I recently started linking files in Excel - this option is GREAT, it saves computing resources, keeps the files small and errors are easily found. The only…

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                            • Lock and unlock worksheets

                              As owner of a workbook I don't want other users to amend formulas. I do however reserve the right to amend them myself. This functionality would allow me to make edits remotely without losing my control over the integrity of the calculations in the workbook.

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                              • Add Send to Email for sheet or selection like OneNote

                                Lets say I build a report based on data numbers and charts that I send out monthly. I want to keep the same formatting, colors, template, charts, all that changes are a few numbers and data in the charts...Copying the range and pasting into Outlook is not clean. Colors change, sizes of the charts change as well as the positions. If we had a Send to Mail feature it could create a new mail, include the data and charts in the current format without having to tweak things again.

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                                • unique user view of filtered data in shared worksheet

                                  allow users of shared worksheets to filter their view of the data without affecting the view of others who are also using the same spreadsheet even when saving the document.

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                                  • Email collaborators

                                    Have a feature in Excel that says "email collaborators" or "email shared contacts" so that in one quick button you can email everyone, advise them you've updated the doc, and automatically include a link to the shared file. This seems so intuitive and it does not exist.

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                                    • Add UNC Path Option in When Sharing

                                      When you are editing a file on a shared drive, you should allow the user to "attach" a UNC link to the file in the same way you provide Sharepoint/OneDrive links.

                                      As extra credit, you should check to make sure that the recipients have access to the file (at the very least, you should warn if sending to external email addresses).

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                                      • 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.

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                                        • Currency conversion

                                          Simple option analogues to "find and replace" can be added.
                                          Step 1- Select the cells you want to apply currency conversion
                                          Step 2- Either excel automatically detects what currency it is or you can select what currency it is on the cell
                                          Step 3- select the currency you want to convert to? select the exchange rate(users should have options to use real time rated or predefined at that moment)
                                          Step 4- Your cell have been converted to desired currency.

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