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  1. 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…

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    • Sharable link to specific tab in spreadsheet

      It is common to have multiple tabs in your spreadsheet and only want people you collaborate with to work on a specific tab, or at least focus on one.
      I would like to be able to share a link to an Excel spreadsheet that opens the document on a specific tab.
      I envision the feature to be exposed via a right click on the tab and as an additional option in the Share box which would default to the currently opened tab.

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      • I would like a way that I can let a coworker add to the spread sheet but not delete anything.

        I have noticed some data missing when a spread sheet is shared with a coworker. I would like the coworker to be able to add info to the spreadsheet. I would like to block the coworker from deleting or editing what I have entered.

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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.

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          • Live workbooks - being able to be in it at the same time as someone else

            It would be great if there was a way for 2 or 3 people to be in a workbook at the same time and see live changes whilst they're happening.

            My colleagues and I work near enough solely on Excel and emails due to the line of work we are in. It is very annoying if someone goes in and inputs something and I put in something else or change whatever is already there and it gets over written because the other person saves it before you do or vice versa.

            It would be great it this was an option…

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              • Tracker Mode

                One of the very key use-cases of Excel across organizations is to create trackers and lists. In this use case, Excel is not used for any complex calculations, just basic Sum, and arithmetic operations to calculate how many items in the list and what % of items are open and what % are resolved etc.

                Can Excel offer a separate mode for being used as a tracker, which reduces the calculation functionality, but replaces it with an ability to track changes to content, similar to what is allowed in Word.

                I understand that implementing track changes in a spreadsheet that…

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                • Make 'PERSONAL' macro files easily syncable between multiple computers

                  It would be good if it was easy to have you 'PERSONAL' macro file syncable between two devices. I currently have a work around but it requires two separate other programs to work which is a pain plus if either of them are not running for whatever reason it doesn't work and I can get two files both with new additions making it hard to workout what's what.

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                  • data merge

                    Mail merge is a great feature, but for many applications, its not ideal. For example, I'll create a term sheet in Excel. Once the term sheet is approved, we'll type up the terms in our contract in word. I have used mail merge for this function, but its frustrating as i only need one output, and the formatting is cumbersome.
                    I'd like the ability the bring in data from excel or another form into word (and to a pdf) that is optimized for DATA, and to format the token shee so that its optimized for data, not a mailing, ie,…

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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?

                      2 votes
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                      • 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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                        • Links Between Excel and Word when File Locations are changed

                          In Word 2003 I was able to link to 2003 Excel cell data, and have it update, including when i copied the 2 files (word and excel) to a new directory, and in Word,the source file would change to the location of the new excel file. In Word 2016 that option is not available and this is very crucial to our business. Each of our hundreds of projects has their own file folder and excel file with project specific data. The multiple word documents each of our projects uses links to that one excel file. now with the new 2016…

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                          • Please help the syncing work better, it works great when it does but it keeps coming out of sync.

                            The syncing between two people is horrendous, it doesn't upload sometimes an I lose all my data. I'm trying to keep these spreadsheets up to date and have only two people working on it at the same time, but it constantly goes out of sync. Wifi is working fine. Please make this work better.

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                              • Add spread sheet comparison to business premium 2016

                                Add spread sheet comparison to business premium 2016

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                                • Merge two workbooks into a single file

                                  merge 2,3 different excel files into one

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                                  • Create an icon that you can click and drag into an email to add the file as an attachment.

                                    Create an icon that you can click and drag into an email to add the file as an attachment.

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                                    • entire document needing translation, very disapointing this is not a feature

                                      entire document translation has been requested many times, still can't believe this is not already a feature

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                                      • Only change a file when a change has been made

                                        If I have a file stored on a dropbox area, as soon as a file is opened, dropbox notifies others that a file has changed when it is only viewed. This is can get very annoying. Especially as excel can't compare documents. Not everyone uses onedrive (or wants to use onedrive for documents) !

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                                        • Provide a solid an easy to use interface, to store sheet data in MySQL or Postgress etc.

                                          I now build Multi-User-EXCEL-Systems for more then 10 years, using MS-SQL-Server to store the date. But in These days, user are often not in the Office, but at home ore elsewhere. For this reason, I'd like to have an Interface, wich can easyli create read and update SQL Records on WebDatabases like Postgress MySQL and others.
                                          Please visit this https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/die-beziehungen-von-erp-und-excel-dieter-reimann/ to get Closer to the idea.

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