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  1. Show Recently Used Folders as the Default for Save As Function

    Excel used to default to Recently Used Folders when using the Save As function. Please return that option to the Save As Function.

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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.

      7 votes
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      • Finding old copies of saved file

        I saved a file then found out that I needed some of the information that I had deleted and closed the program. It would have beneficial to me if I could get the old copy back. My suggestion is to make Manage Workbook(under info) able to show last saved places as well as the auto recovery files

        4 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

          7 votes
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          • Offline corrupt edb files and move it to live exchange server

            EDB to PST Converter software has been proved as an excellent utility which recovers all types of data on Exchange Server such as attachments, messages, calendars, contacts, drafts, tasks, notes, journals, distribution lists, appointments, sent items, completely deleted emails, sub-folders, directories and etc.

            It also provide to save all corrupt EDB File them in various formats like PST, MSG, EML, HTML, TXT and RTF files format.It solves issues by removing errors from inaccessible Exchange server and makes entire enclosed data readable again.Using this software, you can easily recover corrupted or damaged Exchange server files and saved it into a new…

            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.

              8 votes
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              • When I select a cell to copy the contents for pasting elsewhere, and then paste the info into the new cell; the selected cell remains highli

                When I select a cell to copy the contents for pasting elsewhere, and then paste the info into the new cell; the selected cell remains highlighted with those circulating green lines regardless of where I click next. What's up with that ?

                I WANT TO TURN OFF THIS FEATURE.

                4 votes
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                • STOP turning the AutoSave back on when users turn it off!

                  STOP turning the AutoSave back on! AutoSave falsely represents users as updating the file AND creates unnecessary versions. Users turn it off and after Microsoft updates are pushed into the environment - it comes back on. Bad idea!

                  6 votes
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                  • Alert for hide row or columns

                    Dear Excel team

                    The basic of the idea is to add an small alert when i open or colse the application to remind me if its there a hidden row or columns

                    Thank you in advance 🙏❤️

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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.

                      18 votes
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                      • The Export, Publish and Save As menus are for similar actions and should be rationalised

                        The Export, Publish and Save As (filetype) menus are for similar actions and could be rationalised.

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                        • In the most recent update, I can't save files to the folder they were opened from. I need to click on numerous folders to save them.

                          With the most recent update, I can no longer quickly save files back to the folder they were originally opened from. I need to click on numerous folders to save the file. This is a time consuming process. Please bring back the old way of saving files/documents.

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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.

                            10 votes
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                            • Saving Files

                              Have the ability to save a file in two locations automatically.

                              3 votes
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                              • PLEASE allow adding "recent" files button to the Quick Access toolbar.

                                PLEASE allow adding "recent" files button to the Quick Access toolbar.

                                4 votes
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                                • Poder seguir editando el documento A mientras se guarda el documento B.

                                  Normalmente utilizo archivos en intranet compartidos entre equipos.

                                  Cuando edito alguno de ellos lo guardo y me paso al siguiente archivo, pero el problema viene cuando intento pasar del archivo B (el que se esta guardando) al archivo A, no puedo editarlo hasta que se termine de guardar el archivo B.

                                  2 votes
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                                  • Enable different view list of templates (list instead of thumbnails)

                                    When looking at templates in Excel 2016 (and maybe newer versions), they are displayed as large generic thumbnails. The full template names are often not visible and the thumbnails take up a lot of space without any apparent benefit.
                                    Please replace with or offer option to have a list of templates with full file names visible.

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                                      • save sheet as jpeg

                                        save sheet as jpeg

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                                        • Have new windows open on the desktop instead of part of them hanging off the screen.

                                          New instances of Excel should not open with the bottom of the window hanging off your desktop screen. Happens one in three times. Very annoying to have to drag the thing back on to the desktop.

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