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  1. 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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  2. 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.

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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.

    44 votes
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  9. 1 vote
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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. remove multiple hyperlinks

    If you right-click on a single cell, the option to remove hyperlink is available.
    But if you select more than one cell (all of them containing hyperlinks) and right-click, the remove hyperlink option does not appear.
    There is no way to remove a sheet-full of hyperlinks in one shot.

    8 votes
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  14. Can't empty the clipboard

    Why oh why is Excel throwing up a "Can't empty the clipboard" error for more than a DECADE. Why is it using the clipboard like that at all? It is these idiotic small things that drove me to Google Sheets.

    5 votes
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  15. Military Dating formate

    The military uses a different date format, and excel does not have it available. So if that format could be included it would add functionality for them. the long way to do it would be (Y=year, M=month, D=Day) YYYYMMDD while the short version is YYMMDD.

    7 votes
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  16. Get rid of the "COPY HERE/PASTE HERE/CANCEL drop-down menu

    There's a little drop-down menu that appears unpredictably when I'm trying to get the normal right-click context menu. I'm told it happens if the mouse moves even slightly during the click. Whatever the reason, it serves no useful purpose, and closing it also loses the selection that I wanted to work on. Move and paste are can be done easily using mouse or mouse+ ctrl, so this menu is just a redundant nuisance.

    1 vote
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  17. 13 votes
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  18. Wrap on date formats

    Would be great if wrap could work on a date format; at present it doesn't

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  19. Add rich-text support for Excel

    Excel's handling of in-cell text formatting leaves a lot to be desired.

    For example, if I have something like 30m^2 (30 square meters, where the 2 is superscripted), and I do a search and replace (e.g., changing m to cm), then the 2 ends up not superscripted any more.
    Or if that cell value is concatenated (using a formula like =A1&A2) with another cell value, then the formula does not show the 2 as a superscript.
    And it is not even with "odd" formatting like superscripting. Even if I have some letters (but not all) in a cell marked bold,…

    5 votes
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  20. Paste unlinked to workbook

    To copy a formula from one book to another identical book you need to copy the formula to the notepad and then copy and paste it to the new workbook. Need to have a choice to paste it linked to the old workbook or not. Paste the formula with an error if sheet in pasted formula doesn't exist

    5 votes
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