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  1. 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.

    22 votes
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      4 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.

      33 votes
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        2 comments  ·  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.

        12 votes
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          8 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.

          3 votes
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          • 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.

            13 votes
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              2 comments  ·  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.

              19 votes
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                2 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…

                70 votes
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                  7 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Distinguish Focused Row and Column

                  When I view a row with multiple/many columns, I sometimes find it hard to see which cell in column "T" is of my row.

                  Suggest to find some sort of way to distinguished the row I'm on from the surrounding rows.
                  Best option I can think of is giving it some coloring or enlarging the font.

                  Of course, the coloring/enlarging should take existing coloring/font-pitch.

                  Suggest this will be an option I can turn off/on for either the row or column, and it has to allow user to choose the color/font.

                  Regards,
                  Ayal Telem.

                  4 votes
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                    0 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…

                    2 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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…

                      1 vote
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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.

                        2 votes
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                        • Add an option to disable research pane

                          I know this can be done in vba but it would be great to add an option to disable the research pane permanently from the options menu. I've never met anyone that uses it, it only wastes time having to close it.

                          2 votes
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                          • Multiple sheet in same window at once

                            When working in a single file with multiple sheets quite often is required to view / work multiple of them at same time.

                            But actually there isn't option to arrange all the sheets in the same window.

                            2 votes
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                            • Scroll Worksheet like a web page, not by row height.

                              If I scroll 1/4", I want the worksheet page to scroll 1/4", not 2" due to in-view row height. Currently, if I stop scrolling with the top/bottom portion of a row that is off-screen, Excel jumps to either row top or bottom. This makes it impossible to scroll a large cell's contents. I want Excel to visually preserve my scroll position.

                              Stop making Excel jump to the next/previous logical cell top/bottom postion on screen.

                              2 votes
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                              • Bring back the little "x" to close the worksheet

                                Please bring back the little "x" to close the worksheet / document only and not the application

                                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.

                                  2 votes
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                                  • Change menu option names in current Dutch menu : same word now used for notes and comments

                                    Notes and Comments: the Dutch ribbon menu now shows both under the same name of 'Opmerkingen' (the former name for the 'old' comment. The main ribbon menu item 'Controleren' (Control) now has two sub-blocks both named 'Opmerkingen', the 1rst has 5 optional choices and gives the new 'Notes', the 2nd has one option and gives the 'old' comments. Suggest to give them different names, and in addition to bring back the right-click option to directly insert a comment into a cell (most users will only need that and not the more complicated Notes option as they have no need for…

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                                    • Please add an option for smooth scrolling. This is endlessly frustrating.

                                      Please add an option for smooth scrolling. Scrolling by cell is endlessly frustrating.

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                                      • Allow expanding and collapsing of outline in a protected sheet

                                        When protecting a worksheet there are many options for allowing certain features to still be accessed from the protected sheet. One frustration has always been that when a user protects a sheet, they cannot access to outline buttons for expanding and collapsing rows or columns.

                                        Why not allow an exception for outlines on the protection dialog, that would allow a user to expand and collapse columns and rows using the outline buttons, even when a document is protected?

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                                        • switch between worksheets, supported by an overview similar to "Alt+Tab"

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                                          "The user can switch between worksheets, supported by an overview similar to switching between programs."
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                                          Windows (as-is)
                                          With the keyboard shortcut "Alt+Tab" in Windows, the user sees an overview of the open programs (picture 1 in attached pdf).

                                          Excel (to-be)
                                          With a keyboard shortcut in Excel, the user sees an overview of the worksheets (picture 2 in attached pdf)

                                          2 votes
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