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1. Suggestion: Reconcillion Function

Reconciling Function.

A function that looks at a string of numbers and finds the items that add up to a certain amount.

Example: I have a check from a vendor for (example: \$1210 that mentions payment for 5 items, but In my vendor outstanding invoice list I have 25 items. It would be helpful for excel to search through all permutations and give me suggestions as to which 5 items add up to \$1210.)

In a lot of cases there is only 1 combination, which would have to be the solution (or check breakdown in this case).

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2. Sequence function Numeric Run

Instead of futzing around with things like ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&Len(A1))) and Column and Transpose in order to construct certain array formulas which need runs like 1,2,3,4,...., provide a Seq array function.
Seq(from,to[,step][,Horiz/Vert]). Also make it imply an array function like does sumproduct.
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BRian

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3. Expand the MATCH function - allow range being searched to be 2-dimensional.

Expand the the MATCH function capability to allow the second argument to refer to a two-dimensional range, instead of restricting it to data in a single column or data in a single row.
Microsoft's documentation of the MATCH function (via Excel Help) does not mention this restriction but simply refers to the "range of cells being searched" as if it could be any range.

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4. vlookup for 2nd, 3rd, etc occurrance

How about something like =VLOOKUP(lookup_value,table_array,col_index_num,range_lookup,occurrance) like =VLOOKUP(123,A1:B100,2,FALSE,3) where the 3 means to return the 3rd occurrance of the lookup value. Of course, #N/A if there isn't one.

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5. Array Formula - allow us to type the curly braces instead of CSE (and make them persistent when i edit formula!)

currently we have to use Ctrl-Shift-Enter. What an odd concept. Please make array formulas easy to enter just like any other formula. Either let us type in the curly braces, or add something like ARRAYFORMULA(......). At least, PLEASE make the array formula persistent. Currently if I (or any other user) even looks at the formula, they can easily break it just by pressing enter.

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6. Network functions, like ping() or nslookup()

Handy if you have a column of hostnames or IP addresses.

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Interesting idea, thanks for the suggestion. I’d be interested to know if there are other functions in this area that people also want to see. I’ll check back soon to see how many votes this is getting, so if you like the idea be sure to vote for it.

Cheers,
John [MX XL]

7. TODAY volatility reduction

A function like NOW must be volatile because it changes so often. However, even though TODAY can change while the workbook is open, this occurs much less often.

My suggestion is to track any TODAY-containing cells and recalculate them only when the day changes. This saves on the recalculation of possibly many cells that depend on TODAY (e.g. a "days remaining" column) without having to resort to manual entry in a separate cell. Having a workbook that is fast and requires minimal manual entry are key to user-friendliness.

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8. VLOOKUP with exact match and sorted data

VLOOKUP formulas where you want an exact match are often accused of being slow, especially when the lookup table has a large number of rows and columns. And if you have a lot of VLOOKUP formulas, changing a value in the lookup table can result in an annoying delay while all the VLOOKUP formulas using that table recalculate.

In many cases, the user would be willing to sort the lookup table by the first column--provided that led to a significant improvement in recalc time because of a binary search. The problem is that setting the fourth VLOOKUP parameter to TRUE…

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9. Formula autocomplete - select with Spacebar

Excel's autocomplete on formulae is nice, except that there doesn't appear to be a shortcut key to actually accept the suggested formula. The only way to select it afaics is to pick up the mouse and click on it, which is annoying when your hands are on the keyboard.

Apologies if a shortcut key for this already exists, though I've never found it and I also checked here:
https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Use-Formula-AutoComplete-6d13daa5-e003-4431-abab-9edef51fae6b

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10. Cortana should learn excel syntax so that I don't have to

Cortana should learn excel syntax so that I don't have to. Pretty simple, for users that don't want to learn functions such as left/right, they should simply be able to say "Cortana, take the last 3digits off that column and put them in the next column" "Make me a pie chart with the colors red white and blue"

(2015-11-05 Dan [MS] - added to Formulas and Functions category)

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Thanks for the post. As always, we’ll be looking at ideas in priority order according to the number of votes things have. So please keep voting for things you want to see done sooner!

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John [MS XL]

11. Sum quarters more easily.

A formula function that sums quarters from a year's data series. It is easy to sum the entire year (all 12 columns) for example. But to sum each quarter, its a manual process.

For example, =quarter(full year series,1) result equals sum of 1st 3 columns. Or =quarter(full year series,3) result equals sum of 7th, 8th, 9th column)

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12. In EXCEL 2010 with all updates available installed, the polynomial curve fit otion only works for second power equations no matter the input

in EXCEL 2010 (with all updates installed) the polynomial curve fit option only works for second power equations even if you tell it to fit with higher power polynomials. This used to work perfectly but one of the recent updates must have affected this

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13. MODE function work for text

Could you make the MODE function work for text?
Currently you have to do a crazy index and lookup thing, which could all be made so much easier if mode worked for text. i.e., if you have MODE("a", "b", "c", "a") you would get "a".

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Interesting idea – thanks for the suggestion Tomiam8. We’ll consider this and prioritize by vote, so please keep voting if you want to see the priority raised!

Thanks,
John [MS XL]

14. Suggest formula simplifications to the user

For those without a strong Excel, math, and/or computer science background, formulas can be much more complicated than they need to be. To help them along, Excel could suggest simplifications to commonly used simplifiable expressions. It would be like a spell checker, but for logic.

Here are some simplifications that I've done over the years:
IF(A1=1,"",IF(A1<>1,"s","error")) has an unreachable part "error" and becomes IF(A1=1,"","s").
NOT(A1<B1) becomes A1>=B1.
IF(A1<0,0,A1) becomes MAX(A1,0).
DATE(YEAR(A1),MONTH(A1)+1,1) becomes EDATE(A1,1).
SUMIFS(,,"="&A1) becomes SUMIFS(,,A1).
(A1*B1)+C1 becomes A1*B1+C1.
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and so on.

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15. vlookup should treat the lookup value as it APPEARS

If you VLOOKUP (or HLOOKUP) 123 (or a range containing 123) into a range which clearly has 123 in it, but the latter is formatted as text, it doesn't find it. If it LOOKS right, it should find it!

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16. Track affected cells

Have a tool that allows you to see what cells (or ranges) are changed when a given cell is altered - i.e., the entire dependency tree rooted at that cell. It is much easier than trying to manually do trace precedents etc.

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17. Need a "DELETE" function to work in a formula to automatically delete rows when a certain value exists in a cell

I have seen, over the years, NON-automatic methods for this.

I am asking if MS will please develop a new FUNCTION called 'DELETE ROW' that can and will AUTOMATICALLY delete a certain range of rows, if another cell contains a particular value or character.

Everything I have seen that seems to suggest this functionality won't do it.

And myself and about 98% of MS Excel Users no nothing about VBA (if that's the internal complex programmer's language). I am looking for an honest to goodness automatic Delete Row FUNCTION that will delete rows specified in a formula by itself, if…

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18. Daylight savings time

We should have functions that allow for the conversion of non-DST time to DST and vice versa. To determine the location parameter for DST rules, have a map pop up so that you can choose where you are.

To give you an idea of how complicated this can be from a user's perspective, this is the formula that I use to convert non-DST to DST:

A1+TIME(ABS(A1+WEEKDAY(DATE(B1,3,7))-DATE(B1,7,12)-1/12)<=119,0,0)

where A1 holds the datetime and B1 holds YEAR(A1). This is the shortest formula that I've come across/come up with, and it only applies to Canada, and its derivation is difficult. Surely Excel can…

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19. Function to only use every xth-row or column in another function

Function to only use every xth-row or column in another function

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20. Increase/Decrease value of a numeric cell by 1

Increase numeric value of a cell (which does't have formula) by 1 if we press a key ( lets say Alt + right arrow) and decrease the value by 1 if we press another similar key ( lets say Alt + left arrow). As a modeler/data analyst, this feature would be truly great.

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