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  1. Display online status, "Connected to: OneDrive" just like "Connected to: Exchange" status in Outlook

    Too many times when saving a document to my OneDrive from Excel (appl) I receive this error: "UPLOAD FAILED We're sorry.."
    Same result when I try again. I have checked my network connection by checking my exchange connection: "Connected to: Microsoft Exchange". I am successfully connected from home office via "MSIT AutoVPN: Conencted"
    In the buttom line of Excel status is displayed: "Upload Failed"! Instead I would like to suggest that a status of connection to OneDrive is diaplayed to share with the user if Excel acknowledge a valid connection to OneDrive at this time! Thanks.

    1 vote
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  2. Expand the new "Shared with Me" option

    While I appreciate the new "Shared with Me" option when opening a file (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), it only shows documents. It would be great to see folders that were shared with me as well and browse to the file that I want to open within the shared folder.

    1 vote
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  3. Allow me to pin more than 11 files to the task bar

    If I pin more than 10 files, the last ones don't show up unless I unpin some others. The recent files no longer show up at all unless you have less than 10 items pinned. I work with several files, plus have others that I don't use all the time but may have worked on today and want to go back to.

    3 votes
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  4. Knowhow livedrive cloud

    would like to see, knowhow cloud (livedrive) work

    1 vote
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  5. Read-only recommended --- replace Yes/No buttons with Read-Only/Edit buttons

    Relabel the two buttons upon opening a Read-Only recommended file. Instead of "Yes" and "No", use "Read Only" and "Edit"
    Even though the text is clear enough for those that bother reading the instructions, this solution would largely prevent someone from editing the Read-Only version, then saving without the Read-Only Recommended option.

    2 votes
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  6. xls and xlsx files are not defaulted as Excel files in Windows 10

    In Windows 10, xls and xlsx files are not automatically associated to Excel. If you try to open an xls or xlsx file from windows explorer, it open a save as windo rather than booting and opening in Excel.

    17 votes
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  7. Add "most used" along of "recent"

    The open -> recent pane takes up the whole screen, and, past a point, gives irrelevant choices.

    What about sharing this pane with "n most used ever" (able to manually delete files from this list).

    3 votes
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  8. Message when trying to open a file that is already open..

    So I sometimes make the mistake of right clicking on the Excel in the taskbar and open a file that is actually already open. It then shows me a message that that file is already open and then i have to go back to hover over the excel icon in taskbar and find that file and go in to the file. Why cant it just go directly to the file you have open. Why have that message pop up that u have to close and then do other steps? This is a pet peeve of mine. Can you just make…

    1 vote
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  9. In excel for large data use seperate database in excel & save as database file attach to same excel file for save time & space of proecssing

    above suggestion is given because i always face & can not handle this error "excel cannot complete this task with available resources" for large database while processing & saving

    2 votes
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  10. 1 vote
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  11. Be able to select template for a new workbook with the keyboard or at least have them displayed as a list rather than as thumbnails

    I have dozens of templates and I know their names, but because the templates are only displayed as thumbnails arranged alphabetically, to use the ones that start with letters like "U" takes multiple mouse clicks. Like it was in previous versions, I would like to be able to start typing the name and get a very limited list of templates (eventually down to one) to select.

    4 votes
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  12. Having to click the 'Enable content' button every time I open a worksheet is driving me bonkers! How do we turn it OFF?

    This just seems to be a big waste of time and I don't need this feature. I want to be able to disable it.

    2 votes
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  13. DropBox missing from "Add a Place in Office 2016

    In Office 2013 users had the ability to add non-Microsoft cloud storage providers (DropBox Google) to "Add a Place". This interoperability was a valuable asset to the user trying to use Office applications. In Office 2016 the ability to add DropBox is no longer available in the UI. The only options are Microsoft cloud stores.

    11 votes
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  14. Easy Method to Export Single Worksheets (rather than copy into new notebook)

    Single-click on worksheet tab to save to a new workbook file. Many sheets that need to distribute single sheets to different people, without having to copy sheet to a new book and then saving.

    4 votes
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  15. 3 votes
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  16. Please, improve the protection of Excel spreadsheets

    I have found that OpenOffice and LibreOffice can open Excel spreadsheets with password very easily. This seems like a pretty serious problem. I hope you will correct soon. Thank you

    3 votes
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  17. Need to bring back Recent Items folder originally available under Win 7 favorites. New file access within Apps is anti productivity

    May Recent Items folder available to Quick Access that shows up in open and save option in Windows Office Apps

    8 votes
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  18. file explorer and the "save" and "save as" etc boxes should be larger and have larger default fonts.

    Bigger box and bigger fonts when being asked to name, rename, save as file commands

    2 votes
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  19. In Office 365, fix the 'reopen after closing' bug

    In Office 365, both Excel and Word always try to reopen after I've closed them. This has been reported by many people, but nothing seems to have been done to fix it, even with the regular updates.

    2 votes
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  20. Saving a workspace includes the path of all workbooks.

    This is just plain awkward and non-transparent to the user. When I save my workspace Excel thinks it knows best by including the full path in the resulting .xlw file. If I make a copy of the workspace and all files in a new folder the workspace continues to "point" to the original location and opens those instead.
    There must be some means of making this information available and editable by the user.

    2 votes
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