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  1. find replace Text Box

    I would love to find and replace text on Text box. When I need to replace text I have to go to every single text box to it.
    I wonder if if possible to include a "tick" box under the Replacement pop-up window to do this.

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    • Number Pad ENTER Key Disabled while typing in Text Boxes

      If you are typing within a text box or shape, you cannot use the ENTER key on the 9-digit number pad to create a new line of text. Only the ENTER key above the SHIFT button works.

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      • Dates prior to 1900

        Microsoft Excel date formulas can only use dates entered between 1/1/1900 and 12/31/9999. The upper bound seems to be very far and the lower bound is certainly very near.
        Allow Excel date formulas to work with dates prior to 1900, at least till around the year 1600.

        20 votes
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        • Stop text from overflowing/spilling into specific columns

          Text entered into a cell continues to be displayed into the next cell if it is blank - which is normally a very good thing. For eg, text in cell A1 will continue into cell B1 and beyond if they are empty.

          But it tends to confuse things somewhat if in a particular column, some cells are filled and some are not. Thus if in column E, cells E3,E5, and E8 are filled, the text entered in column A will continue into column E in rows 1,2,4,6 & 7 and not in rows 3,5,8 making it a very difficult view.

          3 votes
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          • Copy Comments

            Add that a Comments can be copied and passed in to cells. Not only the content of a comment, but the whole Comments

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            • Under format cells, for the 'text' category allow for a Rich-Text type

              The Rich-Text type would allow the cell to have MS Word like features (cursor around within the cell, turn on bulleting, allow for hyperlinking a sub-section of text within the cell (instead of turning the entire cell into a hyperlink), etc.)

              2 votes
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              • negative time

                At work we have time sheets which we must submit every four weeks to track flexi time.They are badly designed so I thought of producing one that is easy to follow. I am an amateur at excel btw. It will not allow me to enter negative time. So if I owe 3hrs and 30mins; I would like to be able to be able to type -3:30:00. Currently you can't do this it seems.

                3 votes
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                • Paste Special / Multiply, Divide, Add should NOT remove formatting (bug?)

                  This I'd describe as a bug. When you use Paste Special / Multiply (or the other math operations), the formatting in the selected range is lost. There's no reason for that behaviour, the target range's formatting shouldn't change.

                  Also, the feature could use an improvement. Maybe take it out of the paste menu. Allow us to either select a range or input a number with an inputbox. Some more operations.

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                  • replace algorithm

                    I often work with the hyphen separated double serial numbers, that some of which Excel interprets like date by default. I use text cell type for this values.
                    Then I tried to replace this values by means of search and replace function, selected input and output type as text, my value after replacement became the date first, then changed to the numeric equivalent.
                    It would be much better if the result of the replacement operation immediately interpreted in a user-specified type.

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                    • Creating alert fo Excel file that contains hidden columns or lines

                      Whenever you open an Excel file that has hidden columns/lines, an alert informs "Attention: this workbook has hidden columns/lines."
                      This will prevent to share a file with sensible information.

                      2 votes
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                      • Use all Excel features in any document type

                        I don't mind if Excel reminds me that I can't save my Pivot Tables as a txt or csv file but if I'm working on a document in Excel I'd like to be able to use all the Excel features without having to save the document as an Excel file first (and often times having to reopen the file after that).

                        Often I'm just doing a quick check on a report I'm getting from QlikView and I have no use saving it but Excel won't let me do this because the data type is not a real Excel workbook.

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                        • Give user option to NOT take selected/all Defined Names to new workbook when copying worksheet

                          If you copy a worksheet from one workbook to another, Excel currently also automatically copies ALL Defined Names (even if there is no range in the source workbook to which these refer!). It will also copy without warning names with a different scope to an existing name in the target workbook (i.e. If an existing name has Workbook scope, a copied Sheet scoped name will be copied without an warning of the duplication!). This can result in a huge number of redundant or conflicting Names in the target workbook.

                          43 votes
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                          • Prominent Manual Calculation Mode warning

                            Given the great danger of not realising that calculation mode is set to Manual, it would be very beneficial if a "Manual Calculation Mode" indicator (in bright fire-engine red!) was displayed (and visibility maintained until calc mode is switched back to non-manual) in a prominent location - such as in the Title Bar to the left of the Minimize button.

                            30 votes
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                              • Feature Request: Automatic Significant figures.

                                Problem: When I put a set of data in excel, lets say a an X and Y column each with 30 rows, and I do several calculations and calculations with the results of those calculations I then have to go through and check each cell for the proper number of sig figs( many times they are not the same with in a row or column).

                                Solution: I want a automatic sig fig feature that can be applied to the cells which displays the proper number of sig figs.

                                15 votes
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                                • Remove unused styles

                                  Remove unused styles from workbooks (likely copied in from legacy worksheets) which cause bloat and destroy the cell styles interface functionality. This could happen automatically upon save or as extra functionality under the review tab.

                                  13 votes
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                                  • Allow inside borders within merged cells.

                                    Many reports have an area for people to make comments. If the comments are long, chances are the report will be set up to use merged cells, and probably Wrap Text also.

                                    But being able to have borders display to separate lines of text will make long comments much more readable. (for example xlDot, but then functionality to add/edit/delete borders should be available from the front end UI as well as VBA)

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                                    • Allow direct editing in cells

                                      Please make an icon in the ribbon for de/activating direct editing in cells.

                                      2 votes
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                                      • Editing a formula in a cell should not overlap the neighbouring left and right cell

                                        When you type a formula in a cell, the full formula is displayed in the grid. If the formula is long, is starts overlapping with cells on the left and right of the edited cell. But it then means you cannot insert the coordinate of these overlaped cells in the formula by clicking on them because what you actually do is click on the formula. When editing a formula in a cell, the display of the formula must be constrained to its cell borders to allow neighbouring cells to be accessible for the click.

                                        7 votes
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                                        • Improve Data Validation (make it AutoComplete based on typed characters)

                                          Data Validation needs an auto complete in the List Option
                                          It also needs to support Table Structured references directly in the List option without having to wrap it in a Name

                                          148 votes
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