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  1. Clear all unprotected cells

    Protect all cells in a worksheet that contain formulas, leaving cells that contain data unprotected. Then, while the worksheet is protected, have a function that, when selected, will clear all the unprotected cells of their data.

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    • Possibility to move the formula bar on the side

      Hi,
      I've been using spreadsheets since early 80's. Over the years, I've designed some very complex spreadsheets for work and personal projects. Often I have very long formulas that I break them down on several lines to make it easy to understand and troubleshoot.

      When I have a very long formula and I stretch the formula bar to try to see it completely, or at least most of it, I only have a few lines visible of my spreadsheet which makes it a little difficult to manage/design.

      It would be useful if the formula bar could be moved and park…

      3 votes
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      • Be able to protect Power Pivot data model and measures with password

        When you create a data model and measures in PowerPivot with PRO versions, users can modify and edit both.

        Users and customers that have no idea on how the model has been build can make a lot of damage and dysfunction.

        As well as VBA has it would be very interesting that Power Pivot has the option to be able to protect data model and measures with a password.

        105 votes
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        • Strikethrough as an option on the Home ribbon

          By default, it would be nice to have the strikethrough option available on the Home ribbon under Font. It seems like an option used quite frequently and would help not to always have to go into the Font expanded window just to select it.

          9 votes
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          • Stop Excel from changing large "numbers" (actually text values) to scientific notation.

            Prevent Excel from changing large "numbers" (actually text values) to scientific notation.

            1,528 votes
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              465 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Thanks very much for your votes. And to those who took the time to fill in the survey, thank you! This is a brief update to let y’all know that we’ve started work on this feature request.

              - Urmi [Msft]

            • I would like to be able to see multiple worksheets from the same workbook on screen side-by-side

              If often work with multiple, related worksheets in the same workbook. It would be good to be able to see more than one worksheet at a time, instead of having to switch between worksheets all the time.

              4 votes
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              • 'Select Visible Cells' adding to quick access toolbar? 2016

                Has this shortcut been removed on Excel 2016? Can it be added again?

                5 votes
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                • Maintain leading zeroes when entering values in cells

                  There should be an application setting OR paste recovery option OR cell format to retain leading zeroes when entering values in cells (either manually or through another means like CSV import).

                  (2015-11-05 Dan [MS] Updated idea title and description to broaden this issue from maintaining leading zeros on CSV data import to maintaining them on any cell entry.)

                  1,288 votes
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                    70 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    Thanks very much for your votes. And to those who took the time to fill in the survey, thank you! This is a brief update to let y’all know that we’ve started work on this feature request along with the one on changing numbers to scientific notation.

                    - Urmi [Msft]

                  • Fix Excel 2016 to have same features of Excel 2010. Ctrl -Z- Undo causes problems when more than 1 workbook is opened.

                    In Excel 2016 using undo Ctrl -z- with more than 1 workbook open generates many problems. In 2010 version each workbook maintained it's own library of undo instances and bouncing from one workbook to another and doing undo would only undo the changes to the workbook you are looking at. I would not say the Excel 2016 version undo button is a feature. It is a problem and needs to be fixed.

                    2 votes
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                    • More Unicode Characters for Insert Symbol

                      The Insert Symbol feature is not keeping up with the available extended Unicode Symbols like emojis, emoticons, etc. Although these symbols may not be supported in all versions of Excel or all browsers, my experimentation is showing that Excel supports a LOT more Unicode symbols than it currently includes in its Insert Symbol tool.

                      I created the following page so that I could copy/paste the symbols easily into Excel to test whether the symbols appear in different versions of Excel. They work well in Excel Online (depending on the browser) and they also work great in the mobile Excel apps…

                      9 votes
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                      • Will be nice to have the Microsoft Word Change Case button in the Font

                        Will be nice to have the Microsoft Word - Change Case button in the Font. It will allow for lower and uppercase, etc.

                        7 votes
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                        • Make Undo stacks track per workbook instead of globally

                          Undo stacks are currently global between all workbooks that are open at a given time, so pressing undo on one workbook might undo a change in a different workbook. As someone who frequently has multiple workbooks open at a time, it would be much more helpful to be able to step through the edits made on each individual workbook.

                          808 votes
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                            152 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Thanks again for all the passion on this issue – we hear you and we’ll get someone on the team to dig in to the issue. I’ve seen a few related sub-issues while scanning over the comment section for this one, so we may reach out to a few of you for clarifications. Thanks again for all the votes, and keep them coming for the issues you care about!

                            John, Excel

                          • "Rename file" button

                            If there were a Rename File button, we wouldn't have to spend so much time closing the file, renaming it in File Explorer and opening it again.

                            6 votes
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                            • Please add back the ability to insert photos in comment box. This is a function that I use a lot and now I will have to use an older versio

                              Please add back the ability to insert photos in comment box. This is a function that I use a lot and now I will have to use an older version to access it.

                              2 votes
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                              • Triple click the left mouse button in a cell or the formula bar to select all text

                                When a cell or the text within a cell is triple clicked with the left mouse button, it should select all the text within the cell. This applies the the formula bar too.

                                10 votes
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                                • Move or copy sheet

                                  I often copy Excel sheets within a workbook or to a new workbook. I never or almost never wish to delete the sheet I am moving. It would therefore be better if Excel would allow us to keep the "Create a copy" check box selected by default, ie, perhaps by remembering our last action.

                                  2 votes
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                                  • LET ME OPEN SEVERAL XL FILES IN A SINGLE WINDOWS

                                    Just want to compare 3 files at a glance
                                    Impossible with that boring ribbon
                                    And "arranging the display" rearrange XL... and other running app.

                                    3 votes
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                                    • Please return the split screen tool, that was easily accessible from the right hand of the screen.

                                      Please Please Please return the split screen tool, that was easily accessible from the right hand of the screen. It was a small horizontal line located on top of the scroll bar.

                                      6 votes
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                                      • Add the Uppercase/Lowercase/ProperName for a cell in Excel as it works on MS Word

                                        On Microsoft Word when you select a text, there is a button on the Home Menu to change the format of that text to Uppercase, Lowercase o Proper. If users could do that on a cell in Excel I think teh will love it.

                                        5 votes
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                                        • Up max length text in one cell

                                          https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Excel-specifications-and-limits-16c69c74-3d6a-4aaf-ba35-e6eb276e8eaa
                                          >>> Total number of characters that a cell can contain: 32,767 characters

                                          Hi, Guys! May I hope in my Excel 2007 up limits text length on cells from 32767 characters to much more in 2016?) So much needed.

                                          As example I think really good up this limit from 2^15 to 2^20.

                                          10 votes
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