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  1. Reducing/disabling popups for saving and then closing a csv/tex files

    Imagine I want to save an existing file and the close it. How many popups would you expect? If it's and xlsx file you get 0. If it's a CSV you get 2 maybe 3. After hitting save you get a "some features might be lost warning" I don't care it's a csv. On closing you get a "want to save your changes" question, WTF? I literally just saved the file, didn't I? Oh maybe not, better save it again! If you do save it again you get the first pop up a second time. Can we have the option…

    3 votes
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  2. 1 vote
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  3. Turn off calculations option/text only.

    In my line of work (software testing), we use Excel to write test cases. In some cases, the files can become quite large (300-600 rows), and even though there is only text in the cells, Excel can become quite resource-laden and will sometimes become wholly unresponsive.

    Maybe there should be an option to create workbooks without calculations and only textual values in the cells, or to turn calculations off and only display the entered value in cells. I can envision this helping with developing templates or other "Spreadsheet" or list-creating activities. Then provide the option to turn on calculations if…

    2 votes
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  4. More difficult to find the recent files

    Bring back the Recent options from the file menu. Now I have to go to the Open Menu

    2 votes
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  5. 1 vote
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  6. Open new excel window in the same size as previous.

    Open new excel window in the same size as previous. It is very annoying to resize every new window!

    2 votes
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  7. shared excel workbook timer - a pop up that asks if you are still working

    We have a shared workbook that several people in the company use regularly. However, often it will happen that someone will open the workbook to look something up or change something, and then forget to save and close. Then everyone else is waiting to get in to it to make their changes. It would be nice if after a set amount of time, a pop up would ask if you are still working in this spread sheet.

    1 vote
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  8. 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.

    4 votes
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  9. Often we would like to open a workbook as read only to avoid making any changes. Could the option be added from the recent or pinned list w

    Often we would like to open a workbook as read only to avoid making any changes unintentionally. Could the option to open "Read Only" be added from the recent and pinned list when I select file -> open? Just another option along with the already available "Open a copy".

    2 votes
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  10. Make recent files dialog available on taskbar

    When one right-clicks excel or word icon on taskbar, several recent files are listed. If the one you want is not there, you have to open the program (getting a blank doc you don't need) in order to access the recent files dialog. Please make it possible to open the recent files dialog from this right-click dropdown.

    1 vote
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  11. recent files: move 'back' button to title bar

    if one scrolls down the recent files list, and desired file is not there, one has to scroll back up to the top to hit the "back" arrow. Moving this button to the window's title bar would make it always accessible.

    1 vote
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  12. Open multiple files with the same file name

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

    23 votes
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  13. caps lock warning

    When opening a protected worksheet with a password, why is there not a warning if your Caps Lock is on? It is annoying to type in your password 2 or 3 times only to realize your caps lock was on.

    And why do we have to start all over if the password is wrong. At least give another attempt.

    1 vote
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  14. 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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  15. Capability to sort pinned files in Excel 2016 alphabetically by filename instead of just by date and time.

    Excel 2016 for Windows should have the capability to sort pinned files alphabetically by filename instead of just by date and time.

    7 votes
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  16. Have a Save AS/Convert to PDF button On The Ribbon

    Create an icon that allows you to click and save your file as a pdf format automatically in the same folder as the Excel file is being saved. It would be an efficiency gain for all users who save their files in both excel and pdf formats.

    1 vote
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  17. Open File in Quick Access

    "Open File" on the "Quick Access", should go directly to the "Current Directory", like the "Save As", Rather than sending to "Back Stage" then to "Browse", to open a file. As was the case in older versions of Excel.

    1 vote
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  18. Refresh option for Read Only Office Files

    Why can't we use a "Refresh" button for data to get updated while we have a file open in read-only mode?

    2 votes
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  19. 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.

    24 votes
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  20. 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.

    19 votes
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