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  1. Sheet creation timestamp, last updated timestamp and last accessed timestamp

    Whenever multiple sheets are created in a file, there should be provision to easily view and update - 1) the sheet creation date and time, 2) the last updated date and time for the sheet, 3) the last accessed date and time for the sheet. This will add more information to the multiple sheets in a file.

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    • Find & Replace: Remove pop-up when Find does not find anything

      When Excel does not Find what you are looking for, a pop-up dialog box interrupts workflow stating "We couldn't find what you were looking for." This requires user to perform a click or Enter on keyboard, which disrupts workflow immensely, especially when performing a few dozen searches.
      Recommendation: Remove pop-up/dialog box, and add a visual indication that does not require user input to verify the message. There's no reason for me to need to do this.

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        • Virtual in-cell dropdowns

          Allow an in-cell dropdown list to be returned from a user-defined function (currently it must refer to a real cell range or literal list).

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          • Fill Handle For Worksheet Copy

            If I have a worksheet called January and I Ctrl+Drag that sheet to make a copy, Excel should automatically call it February. Use the same logic as the Fill Handle (support months, weekdays, and any custom list).

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            • I would like to print set all sprdshts, remove zeros and gridlines in workbook in one step.

              I use spr sheets to record info monthly, each spr sheet in a workbook is one month. I would like to be able to print-set, remove zero values and grid lines all in one step. Perhaps if I could right click on workbook and choose an option that says every spr sheet use same settings (list off settings as options) as sheet 1 in workbook. Also if every spr sheet could have the option to be different from that workbook options that would be great for a summary sheet.

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              • Drag right click to right click on selection

                It would save time if we could drag right click to right click on selection rather than having to drag left click then right click in the selection.

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                • Text Highlight Color in Excel as in Word

                  When a text with a background Highlight Color is copied from Word to Excel the text highlight color behind the character(s) is removed. You could expand in the Excel ribbon with a text highlight color button, which becomes active when a text is edited in a cell.

                  4 votes
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                  • Keyboard Shortcut Mode - to help learn shortcuts

                    Create a mode which would apply to all of Excel. In this mode, all ribbon functions that had Keyboard shortcut alternatives would no longer perform the function, but instead would display the keyboard shortcut. For example, on the Home tab lets say you wanted to Bold your text. When you clicked the B, it would just pop-up "Ctrl + B" in a text box. It would teach users the keyboard shortcuts very quickly and people would naturally start using the program faster.

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                    • Ability to add columns in header and footer

                      In our lab we'd like to add more columns in the header and footer. E.g. we need 4 instead of the just 3 default columns. There seems to be no way to do that right now. (Also: changing the column width would be useful)

                      Thank you!

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                      • Please modify Autocorrect in Excel 2016 to allow formated entries

                        Word 2016 Proofing Autocorrect allows us to replace typed text with formatted text. This allows easy addition of eg, m2, km2 etc with superscripted numbers. In Excel there is no option for this. Though formatted text can be inserted by copying from the Character Map and pasting. Few users would know this. Please fix.

                        It would also be useful if Autocorrect entries in Word could be applied to Excel as I believe was once the case, but now doesn't seem to work.

                        2 votes
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                        • allow equation editor to reference cell values

                          I use equation editor to show students to teach some data science formulas. This would be a great addition for academia and professional work that rely on maths.

                          We can create our functions in Excel that does all the calculations for us. All that equation editor does is reference the values of cells -- so it wouldn't be doing any calculation per say.

                          8 votes
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                          • 工作表下拉时,增加不以单元格上下线作为对齐标准的功能

                            在表格编辑和阅览时,当一屏展示不了当前工作表所有内容,下拉右侧滑块或滚动鼠标翻页时,目前是以一个单元格上下线为标准对齐屏幕的,希望增加一个不以单元格上下线为标准的对齐方式。因为在某些编辑或阅览条件下,自动对齐是件非常头疼得事情。

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                            • Column editing

                              I work for a financial institution and rely on third party reports that get generated for transactions to certain general ledgers for balancing. However recently I the third party reports have been getting generated into a single column instead of multiple so I haven't been able to sort the data accordingly as needed. I think it would be a great idea to have an editing function where I can split data in a single column by dragging a line between the data (numbers, description, time stamp, etc..) creating columns as needed out of that single column so that the data…

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                              • A button for converting formulas into values, instead of the old "copy"-"paste values".

                                I think it is high time for Excel to implement a button, in the "Data" ribbon, for converting formulas into values with one click (and a confirmation dialog). In my opinion, the "copy & paste values" option, has to be declared obsolete.

                                Regards

                                7 votes
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                                • A non-truncated data validation list regardless of the column size

                                  I may have missed something but in Excel 2003, it was possible to create a data validation list that could show the whole (not truncated) label of the list items regardless of the width of the column! If my memory serves me right, the trick was to resize the column before creating the data validation...

                                  Bringing back this feature in the new version of Excel would be great!

                                  Many thanks

                                  3 votes
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                                  • Symbol search

                                    Inserting a symbol is time-consuming. You do not necessarily know which subset your symbol is in, so you end up eyeballing for it in the Symbol window or searching for it on Google. My suggestion is to add a search through all of Unicode to the Symbol window. If a symbol is not available in the selected font, find a match in another font and indicate so.

                                    4 votes
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                                    • Smart quotes

                                      Excel should copy Word's behaviour for AutoCorrecting straight quotes (' ' and " ") into curly quotes (‘ ’ and “ ”). The benefit of this is the same as in Word: the quotation marks look the way that the writer intended.

                                      Exception 1: If a cell value begins with an apostrophe, do not AutoCorrect it, since this is used to force Excel to treat the value as text.

                                      Exception 2: If the cell value begins with "=", do not AutoCorrect quotes, since "=" indicates a formula and would make matching start and end quotes harder.

                                      Alternative to exception 2:…

                                      4 votes
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                                      • Enable Find and Replace in Name Manager

                                        Add a find and replace for part of a named Range. Eg I have a large AFL (football) Template where I have Dozens of Range names with the "AFL" prefix. as I am in the process of adapting this template it would be great if I could say replace all instance of AFL with NRL...

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                                        • I would like to be able to change the color of the highlighted cell so it is easier to see,

                                          When I have different colors in my spreadsheet it is sometimes difficult to see which cell I am in if I have to switch to monitor 2 and then go back to monitor one. It would be nice to have a function to change the colors of the cell that I am working in so it is easier to find.

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