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  1. Add 'duplicate' or 'repeat' to right-click menu

    To insert a copy of selected rows or columns requires: select - copy (ctrl-c) - right click - insert copied cells.

    How about: select - right click - insert selection above

    5 votes
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  2. Apply button for the Format Cells dialog box

    This would simply be the addition of an 'Apply' button in the format cells dialog box. This way formatting changes can be viewed without having to reopen the dialog box.

    1 vote
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  3. Stop prompting "Complex formatting that is applied... ..may take a while to display."

    I have a chart with just over 4,000 data points. EVERY TIME I draw a chart, I have to click past theis dialog in order to reduce the line style from crayon size to something that looks professional.
    I have a 12-core Xeon box running at 3.5 GHz. Guess what, it doesn't take a while to display.
    Please add a "Never ask me this again" checkbox.

    6 votes
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  4. Find and replace text

    When i am find the text after replace, font styles are affected(changed) in the cell contents.
    Please any idea?
    Thanks.

    4 votes
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  5. Increase/decrease decimal should work regardless of the active cell

    If you have a mix of text and numbers selected, then increase/decrease decimal (in the Home tab) will not work if the active cell is text, but it will work and be applied to all numbers if the active cell is a number.

    This issue comes up when you have a column of all numbers except for the title at the top. Then when you select the whole column and try to increase/decrease decimal, it will fail until you activate a numerical cell.

    2 votes
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  6. Shortcuts for formatting

    Please make the shortcuts the same within Excel!
    Consistency is key :)
    If I want to make a part of a text in a cell superscript, I use Ctrl+Shift+P and the Alt+E to make it superscript. If I want to do the same in a text box (e.g. axis title) in a chart window, I also use Ctrl+Shift+P to get to the formatting, but now I need to press Alt+P to make it superscript.

    1 vote
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  7. 6 votes
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  8. Clear Formats does not clear formatting on characters

    It appears that Clear Formats only works on whole-cell formatting. Formatting on specific characters within the text of a cell is unaffected by Clear Formats, which is probably not what anyone wants.

    My suggestion is to either add another clear option where character formatting is not preserved or change Clear Formats to truly clear all formatting. Which one gets implemented depends on how important the preservation is.

    2 votes
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  9. Change automatic border color

    Black borders are ugly and take attention away from the data in tables. I would like to be able to switch the default border color to gray, but I can’t do that either at the workbook or the sheet level. This means that I have to manually change the border color or paste formatting every time I add borders.

    I’ve tried setting preferences in the Workbook and Worksheet templates in the XLStart folder, but the border preference does not stick.

    This is not to be confused with the default gridline color, which can be set in the Advanced Excel option.

    2 votes
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  10. Formatting comments all at once

    Set the default format for ALL comments instead of going through Windows-->Tools. That doesn't work!!

    I have an old Excel spreadsheet and need to reformat all the Comments at once. That's only possible with a Macro, which for inexperienced users is a royal pain!! Why can't we just set the Comments without three layers of stupid menus and one at a time??!! Who's brain child was that??!!

    3 votes
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  11. Support formatting or rounding to user-specified number of significant figures

    I work in a research organization and it's common for us to need to display values to a pre-specified number of significant figures. If you search the internet for "Excel significant figures" you will see a variety of hacks which work to varying degrees. It would be great to have built in support to display to a user-specified number of sig figs. E.g. 1234, displayed to 2 sigfigs, is 1200. Alternately, a built in function which rounds to a specified number of sigfigs would also get the job done.

    16 votes
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  12. pivot table formatting

    Using "grouping" of numerical data - there are no controls available for formatting the numerical ranges on the left side of the PT. I want to be able to add thousands separation (at a minimum). I would like to be able to change 0 -9999 to 0.0..k - 9.9..k, etc. Data should be pleasantly readable. Maybe some Displayed units similar to Axis formatting on charts.

    2 votes
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  13. Dot/coma problem on numeric keyboard if switch English to another language

    I use few languages in excel. (Mac office 2016/ MAC)
    All languages regional settings on mac are same: decimal=[.]
    But it works OK only for US language. When i switch to another language in excel and type numbers my numeric keyboard type [,] instead of [.]

    2 votes
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  14. Currency format scroll menu (or any scroll menus): a better way to find the one you need

    Searching for currencies in the format menu is a pain, probably because of the sheer amount of options.

    For example, try finding "R$ Portuguese (Brazil)" on that menu. It's really small, so I can only look a small number of entries at a given time. I mean, I generally remember vaguely the name of the format. For instance, with Brazilian Reais I know that there's an R and a $ at the beginning, and also that Brazil and Portuguese appear somewhere in the name. However, if I type R the menu goes to "ROL", and if I type $ it…

    6 votes
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  15. Minimum Row Height

    I can currently set the row height to be automatic or set it to a fixed height. When working with tables which contain text, this often leads to a mishmash where rows are randomly one, two and sometimes three rows of text tall. This looks sloppy. I can manually review and set the row height for each row, but why should I have to.

    I should be able to set the row height to a minimum value. If the row needs to be taller to fully display a cell with wrapped text, then the row height should automagically increase. This…

    6 votes
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  16. Microsoft keyboard shortcuts for in-cell alignment.

    Other Microsoft products allow keyboard shortcuts to align text. Please add these to Excel: Ctrl-E to center a cell's contents, Ctrl-R for right alignment, Ctrl-L for left alignment.

    4 votes
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  17. Do we need 15 decimal places?

    Who needs 15 decimal places? The IEEE round off error were users get, say, 12.3 × E-15 when they expect zero just confuses then and undermines their confidence in Excel and in themselves.

    I cannot see any one in the finance world needing 15 decimal places.

    Few, if any, engineers/scientist work with that sort of precision. Look up physical constants and you will find they are generally known to only 9 significant figures: Planck constant h = 6.626 070 040(81) × 10−34, were (81) is the std dev in the last two decimal places. Albeit some work with atomic masses…

    2 votes
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  18. Add support for Epoch time in Date & Time cell formatting options

    I frequently work with data where date and time are represented in the Epoch time-stamp format, or where it is preferable to use this format for scripting purposes. Please add support for Epoch time-stamps so that intermediate processing of time-stamps is not required when importing the data to excel.

    6 votes
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  19. enable the user to dorce particular cells to use a particular data-type (not format)

    Will you ever have a way to safely preserve numbers with leading zeros, like phone-numbers?

    Currently if stored as a number, the leading zero will be lost. Storing them as text is not a perfect solution, as the software indicates that they are numbers stored as text, and in some operations the data-type is converted to a number, losing the leading zero again. This can be a real pain with long lists of phone numbers or reference numbers.

    It would be great to be able to force particular cells to use a particular data-type at all times (not just the…

    2 votes
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  20. Preserve text colour when using Find/Replace

    Currently using Find/Replace on a cell containing more than one text colour results in all the text becoming the same colour. This is not a desirable default.

    3 votes
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