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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.

    276 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

    61 votes

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  3. Real time results for formula bar in the cell

    If landed on a cell, the formula bar gets started in select all mode(screenshot) and the result gets displayed in the cell with a different colour (to mention its result of a formula and not a absolute value) rather than displaying the formula itself again(current feature)

    But, any arrow key input navigates the cell and not the formula bar unless its clicked on

    This way, no compromises to the current feature is made and any corrections can be rectified easily.

    4 votes

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  4. "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!

    103 votes

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  5. Sheet View - behavior of Default

    There is a behavior documented here: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/sheet-views-in-excel-0eea3dc5-d7d1-44c5-a953-25ebfbd6c1a6
    and it works like designed: "When you use Sheet View in desktop Excel and save your document, any sorts and filters you have made will appear in the Default view for all users. Sheet Views are not affected."
    But: Why do you then call it "Default" ? It should be like "last applied view"
    It's really very confusing - as if someone opens this excel, anyone else in a "sheet view", modifies the used Filter-Range, it will be modified also in <Default>-View, as this shows the latest change of ANY Filter-adoption in sheet…

    4 votes

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  6. Enable scrolling through Sheets

    For those who create numerous excel sheets below, it would be easier to access sheets, if navigating through scrolling was enabled. Or even a feature to alphabetically arrange sheets for easy navigation. Currently, the process of macro for the alphabetical arrangement of sheets is too technical.

    2 votes

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  7. 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!

    21 votes

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  8. Allow Excel Worksheet tabs to be aligned diagonally or vertically.

    I am designing worksheets with multiple tabs for users pensioners unfamiliar with Excel at anything more than a basic level. Allowing worksheet tabs to be displayed vertically or diagonally would make the spreadsheet user friendly avoiding oversight of worksheets not visible on the ribbon.

    3 votes

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  9. Have the ability to change the input cell format in Excel

    Writing this for the second time: the feint green cell input colour and border thickness is far to difficult to see when moving around and sorting spreadsheets. Notice that all your MS Excel Training videos have a great, black coloured thick, very obvious input box - need to have the ability to change this in defaults or wherever...see attached

    2 votes

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  10. Mouse scroll when choosing sheet

    When you have many sheets and need to choose one, mouse scroll doesn't work (on right-click). Will be very helpful to make this feature available.

    2 votes

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  11. Stop placing your ad for the Office Mobile App whenever we open spreadsheets

    We have Office365 Business premium, you we get a toolbar in the ribbon prompting us to ACCESS OFFICE WHEREVER YOU ARE every day on the desktop workstations and it's annoying.

    1 vote

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  12. Let a long cell be scrollable in the page

    The top of the page shows the top of a cell. If the cell is long because it has many rows of text, it is really hard to view the other cells around it. It would be better if you could just vertically scroll to anywhere in the cell, like you can in a table in Word.

    1 vote

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  13. シートの切り替えをスワイプで行いたい

    シート数が画面に収まりきらないくらい多い場合、シート名のクリックやCtrl+PgDn、三角ボタンのクリックなどでシートを切り替えるのは面倒なので、例えばタッチパッドの三本指や四本指スワイプなどで素早く切り替えられるようにしてほしい。
    Shift+二本指スワイプなどキーとの組み合せ等でも可。

    1 vote

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  14. option to display sheets vertically or horizontally

    Please make it possible for the user to switch between showing the excel sheets horizontally across the bottom, and vertically. It's very frustrating navigating between sheets in a large workbook and would really help if the sheets could be displayed vertically instead of horizontally.

    2 votes

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  15. overlapped spreadsheet spacing

    I would like to be able to adjust the spacing of overlapped spreadsheet windows. I usually open 5 or 6 spreadsheets and would like to keep them on 1/2 of the screen. Having to move them manually slows down my work.

    1 vote

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  16. 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

    4 votes

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  17. Export Spreadsheet As A Full Screen Stand-Alone Application

    I have a spreadsheet full of stock tickers which I occasionally refresh, but the menu bar at the top and the bars at the bottom limit my view of the actual data.

    Also, I no longer need to edit this spreadsheet, so most of the tools built into excel simply slow the program down (with the exception of VBA). The only input I would need to change is the tickers, if ever.

    Additionally, it would be nice to have this as an exported file type so I can share these files with my coworkers and not have them get confused…

    1 vote

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  18. Export Spreadsheet As A Full Screen Stand-Alone Application

    I have a spreadsheet full of stock tickers which I occasionally refresh, but the menu bar at the top and the bars at the bottom limit my view of the actual data.

    Also, I no longer need to edit this spreadsheet, so most of the tools built into excel simply slow the program down (with the exception of VBA). The only input I would need to change is the tickers, if ever.

    Additionally, it would be nice to have this as an exported file type so I can share these files with my coworkers and not have them get confused…

    1 vote

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  19. Make mouse wheel scrolling not jump mutiple rows when scrolling past tall rows.

    When using a mouse wheel to scroll, Excel normally scrolls down 3 rows. This is fine except when you have cells that are very tall because of word-wrapped text.

    Excel needs to detect when user is using mouse wheel to scroll, and if any of the rows it's going to scroll past are over a certain height, it needs to stop after scrolling the first row out of view.

    Maybe go even further and make mouse scrolling more fluid by not scrolling n-rows off the visible area. Simply scroll n-pixels instead and allow rows to be partially visible instead of…

    1 vote

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  20. Setting up bookmark buttons/options that implement different views of a workbook.

    I was preparing a simplified view of my workbook that was hiding columns. I thought i twould be nice if users could set up bookmarks for a worksheet that implement different views can can be quickly toggled on or off. Similar to how Sharepoint list views work.

    1 vote

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