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  1. Allow single spreadsheet to be opened in multiple windows

    My suggestion is to allow a single workbook to be opened in multiple windows. For example, I have a spreadsheet with two tabs. Formulas on one tab reference cells on a the other tab. If I were able to open each tab simultaneously in its own window, I would be able to much more easily and quickly edit and troubleshoot a spreadsheet. This would be especially useful if one were using two or more monitors.

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  2. New Shortcut to copy the content from previous cell (in the same row)

    For a long time we have Ctrl+d to copy the content from previous cell from the same column, it would be great if we have a similar key to copy the content from the previous cell in the same row

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  3. Protect some cells so that it dosn't accidently change by typing

    Some cells contain data that are final and should not change by accidently pressing a key, for example student's marks in exam.
    after entering such data I would like to be able to protect some cells, and I can unprotect later if I want. like in drawing applications you can lock a shape or layer

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  4. In Excel, when I had to change a word or a number, at the top of the sheet, I could do it, now I have to retype everything in the cell

    Fix Excel, so when you have to change a word, number or sentence within a cell you can do it without retyping all the information in the cell. I used to be able to do it, but it is no longer possible.

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    This is still possible.

    1. Select the cell
    2. Select the part of the content you want to change in the formula bar (above the grid)
    3. Change that part of the content and hit

    Hope that helps,
    Dan [MS]

  5. Smart Selecting

    Excel needs to have a smart select feature. Select All (CTRL-A) should only select rows/columns that have data instead of the entire sheet (through column ZZ?)

    An example of a tasks I am doing. I have say 14 columns of data with 300 rows. I want to be able to select all of those columns and rows to convert them to a table. Select-A would be ideal; however, doing so, selects the entire sheet which therefore converts the entire sheet entire a table (takes a long time to do so). This process warns the individual prior to but would be…

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    This is already supported if selection is in a range of data (within the larger sheet). Ctrl+A will select the continuous range of data the first time you press it, and then if you press it again, it will select the entire sheet.

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

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  7. Please provide a delete special option which enables users to delete only the formats,values,formula or validation.

    Just like the paste special option which enables users to paste the values formula or formats, A delete option for all individual aspects will be really helpful.For example:-If a user just wants to delete a value but not the formula he has to delete the whole thing and retype it again.So this feature can enable them to delete only the aspect they want

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    Hi Praveen,

    This functionality already exists in Excel (but a bit hidden). To take advantage of it, you can:

    1. Select the range you want to delete an aspect of
    2. On the Home Ribbon > in the Editing chunk (right side of the ribbon) > Clear drop down, choose what it is that you want to clear.

    Hope that helps,
    Dan [MS]

  8. paste as text

    excel is missing one important function: PASTE AS TEXT...

    for various reasons pasting with excel intelligent guessing the type of data in the pasted cells do not work well, although there is no error in that (doing unexpected conversions of pasted data)...

    what I need is the functionality to say to excel: paste all data as text into appropriate cells (and I will later edit it and correct and convert data)

    also, convert-text-to-columns should have that functionality... yes, I am aware that I can use that functionality at the column level, but I would also like to be able to…

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    This is already supported, if I understand what you’re looking for. Look for Paste Special > Values (if you copied from Excel) or Paste as Text (if you copied from another app).

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

  9. Circular Errors

    I had to look all over the worksheet headers to find an option that would show the cell being questioned. You get this error when you are about to save and leave a worksheet. I do not usually have time to go hunting for it at that point. Need a quicker way to identify the specific problem cell.

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    Hi,

    This is already supported in Excel.

    Go to the Formulas tab, Error Checking, Circular References. You’ll get a list of cells involved in circular references.

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

  10. Use Office standard of Ctr+Shift+C/V to cut & paste cell style

    Many Office apps allow you to select text style with a Ctrl+Shift+C, and paste it with Ctrl+Shift+V. Implementing this in Excel for the Format Painter would eliminate a relatively slow mouse-heavy operation.

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    Excel already supports this. Simply Ctrl+C to copy the format you want, and then Ctrl+Alt+V, T to paste formatting. (That’s Past Special > Formats)

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

  11. Move command - the ability to select a row or column and insert it automitacally. If anyone remembers Visacalc or SuperCalc, they had this

    Move command - the ability to select a row or column and insert it automitacaly. If anyone remembers Visacalc or SuperCalc, they had this

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    It is already supported to cut > paste, or drag-to-move a range of cells within a spreadhsheet.

    Maybe a bit more detail would let us know if this is a new idea that you have!

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

  12. The replace function has been put into the background where it is harder to locate. Office 2000 was much better.

    Make the replace option much more readily available.(i.e. as a visible option)

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