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  1. 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

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    • 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.

      4 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…

        6 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

          16 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.

            14 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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              • 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.

                15 votes
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                  4 comments  ·  Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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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                  • 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.

                    11 votes
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                      9 comments  ·  Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Options for AutoSave

                      The AutoSave function is a great idea!!
                      Just not in practice...
                      In my business we re-use the same invoices made in excel for the same jobs, however save them as a new file each time in order to keep a record of the previous invoice.
                      The new AutoSave feature is extremely dangerous in this regard.
                      If I, or someone else, does not remember to turn off AutoSave, or save as a new file BEFORE making new changes, we LOSE our previous invoice.

                      Have options for AutoSave, the most important one being, DEFAULT OFF rather than default on.

                      83 votes
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                        21 comments  ·  Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 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!

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                          • CSV outside of the USA

                            The USA uses a comma to separate values in a CSV file. Such a file, when opened on a Windows that is configured for the USA, opens correctly, with the values in the separate columns.
                            Sadly this doesn't work in Europe or any other continent/country where the comma is not the system default separater. That means, every time I open a system generated CSV, which always uses the comma as a separator, I have to click on A (to mark all in A) -> Data -> Text to Columns -> Next -> click on Comma -> Finish. That's 6 clicks…

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                            • Stay at search level I am at whenever closing a book.

                              When I look at a book at a search level of 4 or higher levels it would save much trouble if that level would remain when closing a book instead of returning to the lowest level. I search many books at whatever level I go to.

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                                • The whole Co-author/Share function is ****. Now I can't open my own files created on my laptop with my desktop!

                                  I want to turn of the Co-author/Share functionality in Excel. I transfer files between my laptop and dektop continually. I need the ability to seamlessly work on these spreadsheets without being encumbered by sharing protocols or cloud (One-Drive) BS.

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                                  • Open .tsv in Excel Online

                                    I often work with .tsv files rather than .xlsx files, and when I try to open these files from OneDrive, I get a download link rather than opening them in Excel Online. It would be convenient if I could view them in Excel Online, and share them with collaborators. (This is especially important in data science where the most common data format is .tsv)

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                                      • GET YOUR ******* PRO TIP OUT OF MY FACE

                                        GET YOUR ******* PRO TIP OUT OF MY FACE

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                                        • You really need to enable reopening the files that were open when Excel or Word closes.

                                          It takes time to find files and reopen these days with so much data, particularly when you don't close and restart a Surface all the time! This feature Google Docs inherits by using the browser to reopen the windows. The Office Applications need to do the same, can't be hard, you've got the code in Edge already with some tweaking. This will save loads of time!!!! Office is poorer without it.

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