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  1. Visually show which cells are selected even when another application has focus

    Currently, when I select one or more cells and then switch to another application, the boundary box and shading for the selected cells are not shown. Other Office applications exhibit this behavior as well--selection highlighting is only displayed when the program has focus. Many (most?) non-Office applications show the highlighting at all times.

    It would be far more useful to be able to glance at the spreadsheet and see which cells are selected, even when working in another program.

    418 votes
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      22 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Great suggestion E Bow. Thanks for taking the time to tell us about changes you’d like to see – we’re listening. We’ll take a look at this one. As always, folks should keep voting for the things they like the most – we’ll generally be prioritizing things according to the number of votes they get.

      Cheers,
      John [MS XL]

    • Scrolling while writing or editing a formula

      It used to be possible to scroll around the screen using the mouse wheel while writing formulas - to find the cell reference to include in the formula. Now only the scroll bar can be used. This is particularly painful in large sheets as the scroll bars are not sensitive enough to find the right cell easily.
      Thanks for considering

      22 votes
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        11 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Don't Allow Modal Dialogs to Go Behind Excel Windows

        The move in Excel 2013 to use an SDI instead of an MDI has caused some rather serious problems with modal dialogs. There are many ways this can bite you, but the easiest one to describe in this forum is this:

        1. Open Excel 2013 or 2016
        2. Make sure there are two different workbooks open and maximize both their windows.
        3. Go to VBA and in the immediate window type MsgBox "X" and execute it.
        4. The display switches back to the active spreadsheet and there's a "X" in a modal dialog on top of it, as expected.
        5.…

        7 votes
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          3 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Scroll horizontally by pressing Shift+Wheel scroll, or with mice that support side scroll, like Adobe Reader, Chrome, IE...

          Scroll horizontally by pressing Shift+Wheel scroll, or with mice that support side scroll, like in other aplications, like Adobe Reader, Chrome, IE...

          68 votes
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            23 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Dynamic Freeze Panes

            Freeze panes are a really useful way of having some column headings always visible as you scroll around a sheet.

            However, on a sheet with multiple tables or lists of data, the column headings may be different for each table, so can't be included in the freeze pane. As you scroll through the table you then lose sight of the column headings, making the table harder to use and understand.

            It would be great to have dynamic freeze panes in addition to the overall sheet freeze pane. As you're scrolling down a particular table the header row of that table…

            16 votes
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              3 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • A "tree" view like worksheet explorer for grouping worksheet and navigating worksheets. Similar to windows explorer for files/folders n

              A "tree" view of worksheets explorer. For grouping of worksheet and navigation of worksheets. Similar to Windows explorer for files/folders management and navigation. The "tree" worksheet explorer shall appear vertically at the side of the excel software window. This will also speed up the navigation when compare to navigating the worksheets by scrolling the worksheets horizontally

              5 votes
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                1 comment  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • make an option to shade a row/column as you scroll in a large spreadsheet. This is so you know you are in the correct row/column.

                make a option to lightly shade the row and column you are working in so you can not confuse it with another row/column on the worksheet.

                2 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Freeze pane for bottom row(s) of a range

                  It would be good to be able to freeze one or more bottom lines (as well as the headers) of a range or table to be able to keep things like totals in view at all times.
                  Similarly, freezing columns on the right hand side of the sheet would be useful sometimes.

                  22 votes
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                    5 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • When you go to the "move or copy" tab icon, it would be easier if that drop down list included the highlights that I've added to each tab.

                    When you go to the "move or copy" tab icon, it would be easier if that drop down list included the highlights that I've added to each tab.

                    2 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Allow personalized tab display

                      Allow for drag and drop of tabs from standard horizontal view (like Windows Taskbar) to vertical view (kind of like OneNote).

                      My boss is tab happy and I often have to keep selecting move over to see the names. Often, I have to then go back to find what I need. A list display on the right or left would allow me to quickly jump (and it would be a cleaner look).

                      2 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • New Slicers - combo boxes and an option for cascading slicers.

                        Sometimes slicers take up too much screen real estate or have too many members which hinders the UI experience. Searchable combo boxes and a cascading option where slicers only appear if a parent slicer was first selected would help address this and give more option to designers for creating a better experience.

                        4 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Ability to zoom (or set zoom) when embedding a spreadsheet in an iframe

                          When i embed a spreadsheet, that resides in sharepoint, using the <embed> option from O365, I should be able to specify a zoom factor, or make the spread sheet scale with the size of the /iframe

                          4 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Word Processor sheet in a workbook

                            I often have to include extensive notes, or an introduction to explain the use or purpose of a spreadsheet.
                            It would be good if there was a type of worksheet that could be inserted that was basically just a Word document.

                            15 votes
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                              3 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • QAT Spacing

                              The QAT spacing on the 2016 version is impossible to work with and forcing me to look at creating a new tab. I liked the spacing on 2013 which allowed me to view all my written macros and buttons. The new spacing pushed 5 of my buttons to a drop down. Please correct this spacing issue. The spacing does not need to be this large when you don't have a touch screen. I am one of 35 employees in my company that this effects. We have a customized QAT that all employees use.

                              75 votes
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                                33 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Alphabetically sort sheets/worksheets in a workbook

                                When working with large data sets, I often ended up with 50+ sheets of data, and each sheet was named by a given convention. To my knowledge, there isn't a way to sort them alphanumerically without a macro. Giving the user the ability to sort so that a1 is first then a2,b1,b2,etc rather than having to sort by hand or use a macro would be seriously amazing.

                                16 votes
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                                • New Window Maintain Zoom Level

                                  Duplicate the Zoom Level from the active window when I click on New Window. Currently jumps to 100%.

                                  7 votes
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                                  • Ctrl+Tab to switch between worksheets (2)

                                    Re the earlier idea being declined.

                                    Ctrl+ page up/down only cycles sequentially thru sheets.

                                    What was asked for was the ability to toggle between the two last opened sheets, regardless of where they are situated relative to each other.

                                    8 votes
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                                    • Switch to previous tab by clicking currently active one (as an option).

                                      After (temporary) jump to some tab (sheet) in the same workbook, often I would like to return to the previously active sheet. So I need to look for the proper tab and not always it's easy. It would be much easier to activate the previous one just by clicking currently active tab. This feature could be optional.

                                      3 votes
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                                        2 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • freeze heading row

                                        Typical scenario:
                                        - Freeze the heading row of data
                                        - When you scroll down, the only way to see you have moved down is to look at the row indicators. When copying and pasting or updating formulas in a many col spreadsheet, this sometimes leads to silly errors.
                                        - Can the separator below the freezed row (i.e. headings) change to a different colour when you have scrolled down, e.g. blue, or the row ids change color (as they do for a filter).

                                        6 votes
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                                        • A feature to find same text (tag) in a target document (without using hyperlinks) based on selected cell in source sheet

                                          Usually in testing and may be in other areas, we map our test cases (in source workbook) to test conditions ( in target workbook). The available options to give reference or hyperlinks is not only cumbersome but is also error prone if changes are made in target workbook. I created a simple macro today that takes the target file location reference in source file and than based on which cell a user has selected in source sheet, by clicking on macro, it will take me to the cell with same tag name in target sheet. What it means is we…

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