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  1. Remove Hidden Names

    Make it easier to remove "Hidden Names" from a file in preparation for sharing.

    Here is what happens today if I inspect a document prior to sharing with a third party:

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    1) It says "Hidden Names" were found. I click for "More Info".

    2) The "More Info" dialog informs me that it can't remove these names for me. I need to run a macro, and there is a link to "Macro to Remove Hidden Names". I click on this.

    3) I am taken to an example macro, which "assumes I am familiar with the programming language…

    4 votes
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  2. If you are in a Named Cell, Display the name somewhere

    I am using a spreadsheet that makes rocket science look simple. This workbook has hundreds of named cells, but unless I go look in the Name Manager I have no idea a cell is named.

    It would be nice if up at the top you displayed the name 'Name: Calc1' or something.

    4 votes
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  3. 2 votes
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  4. email collaborators

    From within Office, you can share a doc with someone new, but not email anyone who already has access (for example, if you want to notify them that you updated the doc). I want to be able to email collaborators without having to manually open an email message in Outlook, find the sharing link on SharePoint, and lookup the emails of everyone who has access to the doc.

    3 votes
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  5. Unwanted "Copy of " profix added to file names

    When I am sent a file via email, and I save it to my computer, it always adds "Copy of " to every fine name. It is very annoying to have to delete this every time. Is there a way to turn this feature off? I have searched online but not found solutions that are usable for non-programmers.

    3 votes
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  6. Sending selected worksheet over an email without any other sheets

    I work on excel file with multiple sheets whenever i want to send my working i need to copy it to new excel and send it. Can we have option of sending the selected worksheet over an email as new excel file with the name as your worksheet.

    This will reduce lot of time and data for not saving in multiple files. Helps user to check in single file.

    7 votes
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  7. Change "Update Links on Save" to not change SharePoint Online URLs

    I have a document with a full URL to another SharePoint Online document. If you open that Excel document stored in SharePoint Online and edit with Excel desktop it by default changes the full https://tenant.sharepoint.com URL to a relative path "../_layouts/15/guestaccess.aspx?"

    This results in the hyperlink no longer working when the Excel doc is viewed in Excel Online or after download and open for viewing in the desktop app.

    The Update Links on Save feature should not alter SharePoint Online URLs.

    2 votes
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  8. Compile excel files similar to powerpoint show

    I would like the ability to 'compile' workbooks into a more secure file format similar to how you can save a powerpoint show. Something like .xlcx or .xlcm for compiled files.

    User still need excel to open such files, but when they open it, there is a 'landing sheet/form', the ribbon bar is hidden completely, right-click menus disabled by default, and the users cannot maintain formulas or access the Visual Basic editor. For added security the VBA code in the worksheets and modules can be encrypted or for enhanced performance it can be compiled into lower level code?

    Basically the…

    2 votes
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  9. Set up notifications for file changes from within Excel

    In Office 365 we can now subscribe to file changes. It would be nice to set up these subscriptions/notifications within Office apps instead of having to open the browser and find the file we are currently in to set it up. Even if there is just a single button in Excel to take us directly to that file on the web and set up the notification. It would save a ton of clicks getting there.

    Just opening "File Location" from the File menu isn't quite good enough if there are dozens/hundreds of files in a folder.

    3 votes
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  10. Enable user to choose what Workbook Structure options they want protected

    When you protect the workbook structure, it prevents anyone from inserting, deleting, hiding, unhiding, moving or copying the sheets and even stops them from changing the tab colour. It would be nice if we could choose WHAT to protect (eg only deleting and unhiding sheets).

    4 votes
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  11. Create method to link Excel into MS Healthvault

    Create method to link Excel into MS Healthvault. This would allow users to use spreadsheets inside of MS Healthvault for dynamic data analysis.

    1 vote
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  12. quick view how to use everything it has to offer

    There are those that are naturally talented on a excel and can find his way around with ease, then there is 30% that has no clue how it all works, those are the 60's generation, you would get a lot more people buying excel if there was some explanation short training video what the benefits are and how to use it to making their life a little more organized

    1 vote
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  13. FIX dropdowns across versions

    Quite often when you send an Excel file to someone who does not have the same version as the originator, the dropdowns don't work.

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  14. Why not have the slider appear at the top of the embeded form so that it's not necessary to scrol it up to start reading.

    Why not have the slider appear at the top of the embeded form so that it's not necessary to scroll up to start reading.

    2 votes
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  15. Allow full functionality with shared workbooks.

    With the shared worked book i would like to see if i can now merged and actually change things besides just adding rows and columns. i would like to merge,and cells and etc while also tracking what someone else is doing in the same workbook. Same goes for excel online, i like to track what the other person on the workbook is doing.

    7 votes
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  16. 3 votes
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