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  1. Turn OFF AutoSave feature permanently

    I'm frequently using saved files as templates. With the new AutoSave function my old files get overwritten as soon as I start editing the file. I have to save the new one immediately with another name otherwise I'll loose the old one. This is annoying.
    Pleas allow to deactivate AutoSave function in the Option settings.

    11 votes
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    • Stop asking to save changes if nothing has changed

      You open and Excel file and look at it for a moment then click Close. Excel pops up a dialog "Want to save your changes?". I didn't change anything! Please stop asking to save changes when nothing has changed. It confuses the user.

      This is made worse if I've has that spreadsheet open for a long time and I don't remember if I changed it or not. Or worse, there may be other people working on the same file and if I say "Save", I overwrite their changes.

      I heard that this has to do with Excel saving the current…

      10 votes
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      • I need to open documents that have numbers starting with zeros without Excel dropping the zeros

        open documents that have numbers starting with zeros without Excel dropping the zeros

        12 votes
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        • Open multiple files with the same file name

          Allow excel to open files with the same name but different location at the same time

          22 votes
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          • Make file browsing consistent between local drives and OneDrive/SharePoint locations

            When opening files in Excel (or other Office programs) the browsing behaviour between local drives and SharePoint/OneDrive locations is different.

            When opening a file from a local drive the file browsing works like in File Explorer:
            - single clicking a file results in a highlight/select the file
            - typing characters allows you to position yourself in potentially long lists
            - double-click opens the file

            When browsing through the OneDrive or SharePoint locations the behaviour is different:
            - single clicking results in immediately opening the file
            - using the keyboard to position or search for filenames in the list is impossible

            3 votes
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            • Remove the unused space in the File Open Recent dialog to allow long file names

              The File Open (Recent) dialog shows :

              - a vertical scroll bar and
              - an empty/unused space on the right hand

              The scroll bar has a fixed position.
              Therefore long file names are truncated.

              So far no-one can tall what this empty space is being used for.

              My suggestion is to
              either
              - allow users to move the vertical scroll bar more to the right
              or
              - better, to remove the empty space.

              4 votes
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              • Save Changes

                The new Save changes dialog that appears when you close without saving, add more location options. You've added an additional click through to get the typical save dialog. This is in-efficient.

                Dont mind the new style but would like more locations options. Would like any options that are generally available below the "This PC" on the typical explorer save dialog. Bonus points for being able to pin a location to the menu for frequent use.

                3 votes
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                • Eliminate 2 step process to opening files

                  Eliminate 2 step process to opening files. file open should bring you directly to folder path without having to also press browse.

                  2 votes
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                  • Restore MDI

                    Please bring Excel back to how it was prior to the 2016 version. Open only one instance of Excel for all spreadsheets. Have one Ribbon for all of them. Open all windows the same size of all others. Make split view work again. Enough of the 1,000 clicks we have to do more each day because of this SDI very bad idea.

                    20 votes
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                    • Increase the file path length to more than 218 characters

                      Incresaing the character count in the file path matching with Excel online would be fitting. Or even more. It seems crazy that Excel can't open a valid file that the filesystem allows. People have been complaining about this since Office 2000. The thread below has over 11 thousand views and there are plenty others. Please fix this.

                      16 votes
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                      • 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.

                        26 votes
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                        • Show all file types in the open file screen (text, csv, tsv)

                          Show all file types in the open file window.

                          Currently only xls xlsx are shown.

                          2 votes
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                          • Work file Autosave option to desktop

                            Introduce work file auto save option to desktop preferred location

                            2 votes
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                            • Fix Path/Filename Length Restrictions (Office, OneDrive, SharePoint, etc.)

                              Please fix length limitations on the path/filenames in Office, OneDrive, SharePoint etc!! This has been a problem for many years. Not only is the limitation too small --- but it is inconsistent across the MS Suite of products.

                              In some places I can save a specific path and filename and others I cannot (e.g., SAVE AS functionality seems to have one limitation and file moves or copies have a different limitation).

                              I recently starting using OneDrive to keep my files backed up as I work. The issue is that when I try to build some organization into my folder structure,…

                              3 votes
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                              • Can you please add a OneNote icon to Excel in the Ribbon to bring up the OneNote box to save the excel file directly into OneNote.

                                Saving an Excel file Directly into OneNote.

                                Can you please add a OneNote icon to Excel, in the Ribbon area, to bring up the OneNote box to choose the location and save the excel file directly into OneNote. Right now only Word and Powerpoint have the option. Without this option, we have to save the file to another location, like the desktop and then drag it or copy and paste it to add it to OneNote. See the image attached.

                                Thank you.

                                1 vote
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                                • Stop ramming OneDrive down my throat after you throttled back the size of the drive.

                                  Don't force me to use OneDrive if I want to have autosave on. Why can't I configure my autosave to go where I want?

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                                  • search file in excel

                                    Hi, I think it would be very intersting and efficient to have a search (files) box on the "open page" of excel .This would launch a search first in the recent files then sequentially eg (cfr attached) in one drive then on pc (following the personal and other locations defined by user on this page
                                    Dr JM Marnette

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                                    • Bring back tiling excel spreadsheets in same instance of excel (excel 2010). The new way takes up too much room.

                                      Bring back tiling excel spreadsheets in same instance of excel (excel 2010). The new way takes up too much room.

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                                      • Start Excel with the last document it was closed or at least make it an option

                                        Every time I start Excel I have to click on the name of the only document I have and use instead of Excel to open it automatically because there are no other documents except this one and it is very annoying. Excel should be smarter than this dumb behavior which waits for me to choose a document even if there is only one to choose from.

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                                        • A new clean, readable, rich and text-only file format

                                          Microsoft's mission is to enpower developers, but these developers have a lot of throuble saving their work on Excel using Version Control Systems like GIT.

                                          So it would be really really really nice to have a new file format respecting these constraints:
                                          - Text file (for the reasons listed below)
                                          - Human readable (with data aligned horizontally)
                                          - VCS friendly (the main purpose for a new file is to add commit it in git repositories, so small changes should result in small DIFFs)
                                          - Clean (just output the verbosity of the 1001 Excel features if the workbook uses each feature) …

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