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  1. Enable Excel to send a Task to Outlook

    Some users use Excel for tracking of various tasks or operational reviews. At the end, follow-up minutes and tasks will have to be created. It would be great to have a function like in OneNote to create a Task in Outlook. Information about Due Date and Assignee should be embeddable into the cell with a little popup window.
    When in Outlook, you should be able to click the task and go back to the Excel document (and specific cell) stored on the SharePoint.

    24 votes
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      3 comments  ·  Collaboration and Sharing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow brackets in filename or path

      When a person's display name contains a bracket character (such as a departmental suffix) this bracket is included in the folder name of a OneDrive shared folder. When a recipient of that OneDrive shared folder attempts to modify an Excel spreadsheet and save it back to the shared folder, they will see an error that the file could not be saved due to invalid characters in the filename or path. If Excel could support the bracket character in the filename or path this would no longer be an issue. (An alternative solution would be to allow admins an option to…

      35 votes
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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…

        218 votes
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          22 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)

        • Hidden cell protection in Excel fails with copy command

          When you hide a row/column in an excel spreadsheet and lock it with a password, you would still be able to see that hidden content after copy-pasting that whole section. Is is possible to protect that hidden content? This might be really helpful in collaborative sharing so that clients wont be able see any internal comments.

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          • Bring back Notes from the previous build.

            I don't understand why the old Note system was entirely removed. It functioned perfectly as a simplified system of comments. I just need to leave a small amount of additional data which can be viewed quickly by mousing over the cell. The new comment system is cumbersome by comparison, and adds no value for my purposes.

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            • Add the online library for User's custom functions and multi level functions

              It could be very useful if excel could have an online library for custom functions and a many level functions (consists of several functions inside each other) that is used to solve typical tasks. Example: we have Index function and Match function. You can find the info and the description inside excel for each function, separately but there is no info about how to use a combination of these functions, though that combination covers up 90 % of the regular tasks to find the exact value in a certain table. Another example. I have a text line "Apple cost $…

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              • Colaborating in Excel with OneDrive doesn't work - Please fix

                Hi, we tried to use collaboration of Excel file in the desktop app in combination with the file stored on OneDrive for Business. However this is very unreliable. Many times we experienced already the file was saved with an older version, so loosing changes made that day. It looks like it is happening when OneDrive hasn't completly synced yet and another users changes the file in the meantime. There are no pop-ups which inform us of the older versions set back. So this makes it very unreliable and makes us to stop using OneDrive. Do you know this problem?

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                • Expand Excel (and Word) co-authoring to Box/DropBox

                  Please expand Excel (and other Office) co-authoring to other cloud platforms like Box and DropBox - it is a great functionality and would be better if it supported wider platforms.

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                  • Open api to allow desktop app collaboration from service staff like Box

                    Allow collaboration on desktop apps on services like box and Dropbox like you do for share point.

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                      • Add a formula that shows "Date Last Saved" to minimize collaboration issues

                        My agency deals with DropBox and tons of Excel sheets. We have run into countless problems when there are DropBox syncing errors across our various sites, leading to loss of data, losing a day of productivity, and/or people not realizing they're not working in the most recently saved file.

                        Since DropBox (mis)use isn't going to stop anytime soon, it would be VERY helpful for us to have a feature similar to TODAY() to show the most recent save, in the file, to help our employees communicate with less confusion, and help ensure we're all working in the most recently saved…

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                          • Password protect a workbook with password protecting sheets

                            After blocking / protecting cells (with a password) in sheets, so users can only manoeuvre within unprotected cells and enter data there, one should be able to protect the entire workbook again, for subsequent distribution.

                            So, there is a 2nd layer of protection over the 'pre-distributed' version.
                            Optionally with a 2nd password.
                            The method of protection should be the same.

                            So, the idea is to have a 'workbook-protection' (optionally with password) and a 'sheet-password' for all the individual sheets.
                            Passwords not to be the same and the sheet password only for the developer.

                            2 votes
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                            • Multiple users access

                              Is there any way for multiple users to edit and make changes in same spreadsheet in real time through cloud?

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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.

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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

                                • Check boxes

                                  Have the ability to add Check Boxes like in OneNote - be able to simply add a check box into a cell and be able to check it off

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                                  • Make it possible to disable real time coauthoring. It makes it impossible for people to activate different filters at the same time.

                                    Make it possible to disable real time coauthoring. It makes it impossible for people to activate different filters at the same time. Changing the documents at the same time is fine. Seeing real time what the other is doing is not always wanted.

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                                    • 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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                                      • 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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                                        • Please solve the email service aading poor connection problem

                                          microsoft and other email account link option

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