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  1. Excel Misinterpreting CSV as SYLK file.

    When opening a CSV file in Excel where the first field is "ID", Excel gives a dialog saying the extension does not match the file type (Excel assuming the file type to be SYLK). I have had to make a change to my codebase to change "ID" to "_ID" specifically for users who utilize Excel. I would appreciate a fix ASAP.

    10 votes
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    • What version of Excel am I using?

      I use different versions of Excel when working at home, at the office or at client's workplaces.
      I would just like to know, quickly, what version of Excel I am working on. This used to be under the Help Menu in a pop-up dialogue box called "About", if my memory serves me. But I cannot find this in the latest version I have at home (part of Office 365), so I don't actually know which version I am using.

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      • Please remove autosave!

        I use excel for 90% of my job and am seriously debating leaving the MSOffice ecosystem entirely, purely due to auto-save destroying my files. This is the WORST idea Microsoft has come up with and has cost my company hundreds of hours

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        • AutoSave is causing Havoc.

          Remove AutoSave and let user add it from Settings by choice

          10 votes
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          • PROTECTED MODE CONVERTS FORMULAS TO REF

            When files are opened from Network, it is opened in Protected View Mode. If I have two files with cross links with Each Other, If I open file while other file is open, New file is opened in Protected View so all links to newly opened file is converted to "Ref error". Even after clicking Enable Editing on newly opened file those errors are not restored to original formulas. There is no option to solve this.

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            • put back:Excel openworkbook in first instance

              Existing workbook opens up in random instance of excel.exe when there are more than one instance of excel.exe 2016 running.

              This was not the case with excel 2010 where every workbook was opening up in first launched instance of excel.exe when there were more than 1 instance of excel.exe

              Can this be fixed and let the workbook use the first instance of excel.exe when there are multiple instances running?

              2 votes
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              • Add 'don't show this dialog again' when I save .ods instead of .xlsx

                Every time I save an .ods I have to click OK for the dialog that tells you about the incompatibilities. I understand the consequences and I would like to not see that dialog again. Why click OK every time I save?

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                • Allow workbooks to open at individual sized windows

                  Various excel workbooks can be resized to display a window necessary to display and manipulate forms. It is annoying when opening an excel workbook, it remembers the size option of the last workbook opened.
                  I'd like to see each saved workbook open in it's own sized window, set when it was saved. This way, when one opens a workbook the last window size it was saved as - is the size it opens up to. Each workbook having it's own individual size. New workbooks can be full screen, until resized and saved.

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                  • Give us the option to turn off autosave permantly.

                    Provide an easy option to turn off autosave throughout, not just on the one file

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                    • Make change to Autosave last

                      It would be convenient if Autosave were optional rather than having to turn it off each time.
                      Using the save date in my folder to find relevant files is an important and effective way for me to find what I need to find.
                      Having Autosave update and change those old files upends my system.
                      I understand if the default is Autosave to allow people to use it, as it's a newer function and you want people to see its power. But I think if one manually switches it off, that that chosen method should stick rather than continuously resetting.

                      Thanks…

                      4 votes
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                      • I don't like to have always turn off autosave on my excel files. Can't you please give us the option do NOT have that as a default?

                        I don't like to have always turn off autosave on my excel files. Can't you please give us the option do NOT have that as a default?

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                        • Stop overcomplicating Excel

                          I've worked with Excel multiple years and had never had any issue with files missing. In today's Excel, the simple act of saving a file needs a workflow with a barrage of questions. There are now Save a Copy, do you want the changes on both the original and updated one, do you want to the cloud, your computer, etc. I just want to SAVE what I see on my screen to the same place where I retrieved it with a different file name so I have the original and revised copy. That's all.
                          I don't really want to have…

                          4 votes
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                          • Can Document Recovery please provide file sizes to help with the decision of which version to keep?

                            Can Document Recovery please provide file sizes to help with the decision of which version to keep?

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                            • You have GOT to allow me to turn off Auto Save as a default!

                              You have GOT to allow me to turn off Auto Save as a default! I am going to cancel my Office subscriptions and use Google Docs soon if you don't!

                              3 votes
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                              • make it possible to unprotect saved files when you are locked out due to no password being available.

                                i need to change a file i saved, but it won't let me unprotect it because i have no password or ever had a password. when i read your instructions, you say that you are unable to retrieve a password. how am i supposed to use your program if i can't change documents i save?

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                                • Allowing Excel to save xlsx into parquet format

                                  I am doing a lot of data science and I use a lot of csv in data lakes. Problem is processing csv and xlsx takes a long time. Saving in columnar format will make processing a lot faster

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                                  • Add Document Recovery pane to the View ribbon

                                    When I open Excel, I usually have something I need to do. I close the Document Recovery pane, opting to view the files later. When I am ready to view them, the only way to restore the recovery pane is to close all workbooks and reopen Excel. I am asking to be able to turn that pane on and off from the View ribbon like any other pane.

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                                      • change colour of save icon when in need of saving (a la' Bluebeam)

                                        change colour of 'save' icon when in need of saving (a la' Bluebeam)

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                                        • The new Autosave "feature" in Excel is awful - I want to shut if off permanantly

                                          Autosave being on by default causes more problems in my user community than it's worth. We need to be able to disable this so-called feature.

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