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  1. True Dark Mode

    Actually make the dark mode for Excel change the working document's background colour black/dark without needing to format.

    221 votes

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  2. Make Excel obey the "scroll inactive windows" setting in Windows 10 (resubmitted Aug 2020)

    Make Excel obey the "scroll inactive windows" setting in Windows 10. Currently Excel will scroll when it is an inactive window, but it will not allow other windows to scroll when it is the active window. This makes transcribing data from a source that needs to be scrolled difficult.

    This idea was apparently fixed in 2018 (link below) but perhaps something broke it, as it is present at this time, evidenced also by the long comment thread in the "completed" item.

    Please fix this again.

    Link to item marked as "completed":
    https://excel.uservoice.com/forums/304921-excel-for-windows-desktop-application/suggestions/16030891-make-excel-obey-the-scroll-inactive-windows-sett

    52 votes

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    10 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. "Worksheet Sorter" for Excel

    A useful tool in PowerPoint is the "Slide Sorter" which allows you to quickly view, navigate and rearrange many slides. I think adding a "Worksheet Sorter" in Excel's "View" tab would be just as useful, and would make navigating 20+ worksheets much, much easier. If you agree with me please vote!

    98 votes

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  4. Give users option to display multiple workbooks in a single window like pages in a web browser

    In edge, chrome, firefox, etc a user can open 1, 2, 3, or 100 pages inside one browser window, then easily switch between them. Let's bring that same simplicity to excel!

    20 votes

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  5. Goto Sheet option in Excel Workbooks

    When we are working with a workbook with large number of sheets, it is a challenge navigating between different sheets.

    It would be great if you can introduce a GoTo <sheet #> option which can assist in navigation better

    1 vote

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  6. Shift Mouse Scroll (Horizontal Scroll)

    Please allow us users to navigate through the excel sheet left and right with Shift + Mouse Scroll.
    Thank you.

    16 votes

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  7. Allow users to unhide more than just 1 sheet at a time

    Having to unhide sheets one by one is obnoxious, feels like this could be an easy feature to add

    2 votes

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  8. Reinstate original freeze panes options

    Please reinstate all original freeze panes options:
    Freeze pane rows above selected row (toggle with "Unfreeze pane rows...")
    Freeze pane columns to the right of the selected column (toggle with "Unfreeze pane columns...")
    Unfreeze all panes

    3 votes

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  9. Reinstate original freeze panes options

    Please reinstate all original freeze panes options:
    Freeze pane rows above selected row (toggle with "Unfreeze pane rows...")
    Freeze pane columns to the right of the selected column (toggle with "Unfreeze pane columns...")
    Unfreeze all panes

    3 votes

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  10. Active Cell auto-highlights cell row and column

    I believe it would be useful to automatically highlight (in a colour chosen by the user but a default lightly-noticeable colour e.g. lightgrey would be good) the row and column associated with the active cell(s)

    3 votes

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  11. User usage tracking

    Would be great to have a way to monitor the usage of an Excel File. working in Finance, many of the reports we produce can be used or not used. having a mechanism for a file author to get usage statistics would be super helpful. for example each time the report is being opened it pings the server and let the author know through a report sent weekly or daily (customizable).

    23 votes

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  12. Add display setting to easily change the color of all cells in workbook.

    Add a display setting to allow the change of all cell colors. All white cells are ******* the eyes for long periods of time. There is already a display setting that allows for the selection of grid line color. Please add a similar setting for choosing dimmer colors than just white for the default cell color.

    1 vote

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  13. Hacer el modo oscuro consistente

    Algo como en word. el blanco de las hojas de calculo contrasta horripilantemente con el modo oscuro de la app.

    1 vote

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  14. Having a Workbook inside a Workbook (Sheets in Layers)

    Have the Ability to to not just create more Sheets, but to create depths of sheets. Example:

    Say you have a Construction Project that keeps multiple workbooks that need to be updated consistently, Payments, Materials, Testing, Property Owner Agreements, Etc.

    You could put them all in one file with over 100 sheets, which would be hard to keep track of.

    Or you could have a workbook, where the tabs at the bottom is each workbook that was mentioned. You select a Tab(lets say Materials), and it contains a summary of what information is in that section. Then there is an…

    1 vote

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  15. Sheet View -- should apply to hide/unhide columns/rows, freeze panes, not just filter/sort

    While co-authoring, need the ability to see my view, while others have their own view. This feature MUST extend beyond filter/sort and apply to hide/unhide columns and rows, freeze panes.

    1 vote

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  16. Highlighting of row & column of a selected cell / current cell position

    When highlights entire row & column with respect to selected to cell or current cell for easy focus on corresponding data and as well is it increase productivity when working with sizable data work sheet.

    2 votes

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  17. Selecting multiple dates should display min, max and range/span/duration instead of average and sum

    When I select multiple cells containing numbers, it shows me the average, count and sum in the lower right hand side. These are all very handy for numbers. When I select multiple cells containing dates, average and sum become a lot less useful. I would prefer to see the earliest (min) date, latest (max) date, and the time range. So for example, if earliest date in the selection happened to be 1/1/2021 05:00:00, and latest date in the selection happened to be 1/2/2021 07:23:45, then I would expect to see the time range expressed as a time duration, such as…

    1 vote

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  18. rearrange sheets by right-clicking

    Please add the ability to re-arrange the sheet order while I'm viewing the list of sheets. And provide a larger pane to view all the sheets when I right-click the Sheet Tab Scrolling buttons.

    This will make it easier to move a sheet from the beginning of the workbook to the end.

    1 vote

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  19. Cursor should be much more highlighted (thicker line, brighter color)

    Ability to customize cursor in Excel: It is very difficult to find the cursor in Excel. The border is too thin and the color does not stand out. As a bare minimum, at least make the border of the current cursor much heavier and have a brighter color around it (bright red, bright blue). Even better would be the ability for the user to customize the cursor (widrh of the line around the cell, color of this line, background color).

    1 vote

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  20. Can we have a function without any parameters to get the number of sheets in workbook along with sheet code which we can see in VBE window

    If we get the function to get the list of available sheets along with the respective code name then this will help alot in creating a dynamic hyperlink and also we can utilize in VBA

    1 vote

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