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  1. Here’s an idea – RESPOND TO OUR COMMENTS! PROVIDE AN UPDATE!

    It has been nearly a year since an admin provided an update on the idea, “Restore MDI file handling (open all files in one window); Kill SDI (each spreadsheet opens in a seperate window)”

    Please provide an update. Are you still accepting votes and considering restoration of MDI? Or, should we start looking for alternative products and pirate software to return to a more effective Excel version?

    Again, here are the issues:

    1. Stability
    * I experience ~3X Excel crashes in 2016 (SDI) as compared to 2010 (MDI)
    * Microsoft claims Excel is more stable, but my experience is the…

    93 votes
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      16 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Multiple sheet Unhide option..

      Unhiding multiple sheets is a painful task, you have to go one by one. There should be an option to unhide multiple sheets at once.

      Please bring in this feature.

      Thanks.

      59 votes
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        3 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Single Page Zoom

        When in Page Layout mode, have the option to zoom out on one page. Word has a "One Page" option in the zoom settings. Excel is default to "Multiple Pages" when zooming out and scrolling. Would be nice to see how the document will appear printed out.

        See attached for what is available in Word.

        26 votes
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          4 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Highlite Active row for easier navigation on sheet....

          I work with lots of lines and its tireing to try and track which row im on,
          Please try and Highlight the active row.

          11 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Bring back multiple sheets in one excel instance. 2016 is brutal without it.

            Bring back multiple sheets in one excel instance. 2016 is brutal without it.

            15 votes
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              8 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • KEEP UNFOCUSED WORKBOOK ACTIVE CELLS HIGHLIGHTED

              OPTION TO KEEP ACTIVE CELLS HIGHLIGHTED WHEN UNFOCUSED AND IN ANOTHER APPLICATION

              5 votes
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                2 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Add Context Menu for the "Notes" Feature that Replaced the former "Comments"

                Since you decided to call former Comments "Notes", starting in Dec 2018, the least you could do is provide the same easy access to creating and editing the new Notes. The former Comments could be Inserted into a Cell, or Edited within the cell by Right-Clicking (the Context Menu). Now, to insert a simple "Note", you have to navigate to the REVIEW TAB, click the dropdown arrow under Notes, then choose the desired action - very cumbersome if you put lots of notes in a document and have to edit these notes later. In the meantime, I have put the…

                4 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Scroll by pixel, not by cell.

                  If you have large cells, scrolling becomes impossible. The page always snaps to the top of a cell. Even if my cells are small enough for me to read them fully, scrolling through them leaves me disoriented and I keep loosing track where I am on the sheet. I see no reason not to scroll by pixel instead of by cell.

                  17 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Option to RE-FREEZE PANEs at Current Cell Location

                    I'd like to be able to RE-FREEZE PANES at the current cell location instead of having to UNFREEZE PANES and then having to FREEZE PANES again.

                    4 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • freeze panel

                      Freeze panel location on cells at each horizontal side edges of large data set, scrolling in between. Picture attached

                      3 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Sheets could have tags that we can use to provide a more explicit name and which would appear as a tooltip

                        Sheets could have tags that we can use to provide a more explicit name and which would appear as a tooltip

                        2 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow multiple files to open with one Excel instance.

                          In order to increase productivity, and to improve visual efficiency, please allow multiple files to open in one window (instance) of Excel. The ribbons and menus take up too much display space.

                          21 votes
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                            3 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • When protecting Sheets, allow grouping/ungrouping

                            There is currently no option to allow Grouping/Ungrouping when protecting a Sheet.
                            The only way to do so is with VBA.
                            Since we are sharing a comprehensive document with tons of calculations with multiple people we want to keep it Macro-free.

                            Could you please add this to the list of things you can allow on a sheet?

                            Thanks!

                            3 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Option to show list of sheets sorted by name. Today it's only sorted by index.

                              Option to show list of sheets sorted by name. Today it's only sorted by index.
                              In English:
                              Option to show list of sheets sorted by name. Today it's only sorted by index.
                              When we right click on the navigation arrows (bottom left corner of Excel), Excel shows us a list of the worksheets sorted by index/position in the workbook.

                              Suggestion: add a checkbox or a combobox to that dialog box, with a couple more options, like the attached image:
                              Index Asc
                              Index Desc
                              A to Z
                              Z to A

                              This is not to move the sheets around, this is to…

                              73 votes
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                                7 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Apply color on columns as well when filtering is enabled

                                When a filter is enabled, you cannot always see where the filter is switched on. It also gets very difficult when you work with a lot of filters and data.

                                Please make the column change colour (like the row when a filter is on) so it is easier to see which columns are filtered

                                2 votes
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                                • text box bullet points

                                  The text box feature is useful for posting instructions to users of a Workbook. I would like to see it able to use bullet point formatting. Currently, it seems like the paragraph wrap-around does not work properly after editing.

                                  4 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Show Tab Color of Hidden Tabs

                                    It would be helpful to see the color of the hidden tabs when trying to unhide tabs. For example, if I wanted to unhide all tabs colored RED, I would have to unhide everything and then hide the Non-RED tabs again.

                                    2 votes
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                                    • Cross positional orientation in Excel.

                                      Please create a pointer position (the cross position in the entire row and column) for orientation in Excel. - see picture
                                      Position history with the ability to go back to the previous position in table. Inserting the sum from the status bar into the clipboard.

                                      2 votes
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                                      • cross-hairs style shadow highlighting of the whole row and column for the cell you have selected

                                        Forgive me if this is already a feature I'm not aware of …
                                        I work on large spreadsheets and always lose my row or column position when moving vertically or horizontally non-sequentially around a worksheet. I have to refer back to the highlighted row or column number to try and figure out where I am which is still cumbersome and leads to much human error and rework.
                                        A simple fix for this would be to have Excel highlight the row and column for the cell you have selected at the time (like a cross-hairs). I've mocked up a snapshot to…

                                        2 votes
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                                        • Active cell or line remain highlited when sheet isn't active.

                                          I work off a spread sheet while using another application. I highlite the cell or line to help me keep my place. The minute I click on another app the highlite goes away. This drives me crazy.

                                          3 votes
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