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  1. Have Excel scroll better when there are large cells.

    If there's a really tall or wide cell, Excel jumps to the edge of the cell when scrolling past that area. This is a big pain when, for example:
    - trying to position a shape
    - Trying to grab the edge of the row or column in order to resize it.

    Excel should just scroll normally without jumping.

    3,550 votes
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    I’m happy to let you know that we are in the planning stages to make Excel for Windows scroll without jumping to the edge of the cell so you’ll be able to scroll smoothly. We don’t yet have a target date, but wanted to tell you about our plans.

    We appreciate all the votes and comments supporting this suggestion.

    Thanks – Steve K [Excel]

  2. Comment Facility added to Sheet Tabs

    As workbooks become more complex and more shared, they would benefit from being more clear to both the creator and users that haven't created the workbook. There is already a feature to add comment to cells to explain the contents of the cell. The same feature should be applied to the tabs on each worksheet so that a reader can understand what the tab is there for and what it is trying to achieve, without having to open the tab. It would also make tab names easier to understand. Someone sharing a workbook could then quickly see what sheets are…

    7 votes
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  3. Make the Go To box SCALABLE

    Formulas / Trace Dependents / make the resulting list box SCALABLE.

    It is 100% useless if the full name of the referenced cells cannot be seen in their entirety, which is usually the case.

    I know others have been asking for this for YEARS.

    22 votes
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  4. Status bar change in Excel 2016

    We recently upgraded from Office 2010 to Office 2016 Pro Plus. In Excel 2010 you could highlight a column of cells and it would sum and average them. You could then click on another spreadsheet running on a second screen and the sum and average would still show on the status bar on the first sheet. Now on Office 2016 the sum and average on the non focused spreadsheet disappears. This was very handy for financial folks who wanted to make quick sums to transfer on demand to a new sheet. It would be great if those values stayed visible…

    3 votes
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  5. Show selected cells, rows, columns when window is inactive

    Currently selected cells, rows, and columns are invisible when the Excel window is inactive and another window is in the foreground. I would rather have selected cells in an inactive window be visually highlighted, perhaps with a special inactive color, rather than be invisible. This would help me cross-reference information from other programs with large Excel spreadsheets.

    14 votes
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  6. Tab tree

    It would be extremely helpful if the first "tab" of a workbook was a tree (similar to Windows Explorer) that listed all the tabs in the workbook and also allowed grouping of tabs. The tree could link to all the tabs and if a group of tabs were grouped, then it would expand that group and show the tabl in the group you selected.

    16 votes
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  7. Single Excel window with all workbooks opened in it: please bring it back the quickest!!!

    Single Excel window with all workbooks opened in it: please bring it back the quickest!!!

    When working with large data in many workbooks and sheets, you get lost so easily into the so many opened excel windows!!! I have downgraded from Office 2013 to 2007 because of this missing feature! Please...

    19 votes
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  8. Excel Tabs

    Can we make the tabs on excel move with the arrows when moving from one tab to the other rather than to move the tabs then having to select the desired tab to work on. Like it works for Corel Draw.

    4 votes
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  9. Reduce height of Excel Formula Bar, Heading and Gridlines

    There is a ridiculous waste of height. Reduce the 3.5 mm-high bars between the rows to about 0.5 mm-height and removing 6 bars increases the work area height by almost 2 cms. Reducing the 'cell'-height for the Formula Bar, Heading and Gridlines themselves will also advantageously gain work area height. i.e. revert to 'height-layout' used in previous versions, such as Excel 2010.

    3 votes
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  10. I want to have the row I have selected stay "highlighted" while I work in a different workbook

    I would like to be able to select a row in Workbook A and have it darken the row without changing the colors (light blue becomes slightly darker blue and so forth), while I am working in Workbook B (usually on another screen). I have to visually compare the data in very large pages and loose my place in A when I click on B to make a change.

    6 votes
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  11. Provide the zoom in and zoom out view in the print preview mode

    Provide the zoom in and zoom out view in the print preview mode

    8 votes
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  12. Please stop destroying short cut keys

    This latest update makes reopening a recent file a big pain. I'm a power user who uses short cut keys almost exclusively. After a major bout of tendonitis/mouse-itis, I learned most of the short cut keys (in the 1990's). I'm glad that most of them still work. They are efficient and save so much time and effort. However, every update seems to mess them up. I have 2 files pinned that are huge so I often have to open and close them. I used to just hit Alt F, R, 1 (or 2). One update a while back messed up…

    10 votes
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  13. Scroll to last tab in workbook

    In Excel 2010+, the arrow function that takes the user to the furthest right tab in the workbook was removed. Why? I rely on keyboard shortcuts for 90% of my time in Excel but there ins't one for this function (that I'm aware of) and it slows me down when I'm working on a workbook with over a dozen tabs.

    As I mentioned, I heavily rely on shortcuts so if the solution here is adding a keyboard shortcut then I am all for it.

    2 votes
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  14. Sum total display at the bottom

    In a prior version - when working on two spreadsheets on two monitors, the sum display in the bottom bar (right side) REMAINED when switching to the other screen. Now it disappears as soon as you switch to the other spreadsheet/monitor. WHY take AWAY such a handy function. Now, I have to create a SUM box for each spreadsheet. Don't make it harder - PLEASE make it easier!

    17 votes
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  15. Multiple Level Worksheet Option

    I have workbooks that have 70+ worksheets used for quoting (product, customer, pricing, etc.). It is becoming increasingly difficult to manage this many worksheets. I would love to be able to characterize each worksheet (e.g. under the Product worksheet, there would be sub-worksheets for Product1, Product2, Product3, etc.). Then I could perform functions (hide, un-hide, protect, print, etc.) at either a worksheet level or the sub-worksheet level.

    Related to this, I would love to be able to create a worksheet that would allow the user to specify what worksheets or sub-worksheets are applicable to this quote and all others are…

    15 votes
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  16. Lock rows and columns

    I have data that I would like to keep visible at all times (like grand totals) and with modern screens, it's easier to have it on the left side rather than the top. So what I'd like to see is the ability to truly freeze certain rows and columns, preventing them from scrolling in either direction.

    For example, lock columns A-D and rows 1 and 2. Only cells to the right and below E2 would be able to scroll.

    When I click on a column or row, the context menu would have an option to say lock this column/row

    6 votes
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  17. need option for 2 QAT bars

    Many power users rely on the QAT. I would greatly prefer the option of showing 2 bars rather than clicking on the far right overflow arrow to show the next set of QAT icons.

    3 votes
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  18. Excel to open in a single window

    I'm required to have half a dozen different excel files open through out the day and this new feature where they have there own window clutters the out that screen. Why the was an actual useful feature removed when you have a fuckton of useless options in your advanced section

    7 votes
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  19. Highlight alternative rows to be more accurate in filling the fields

    Highlight alternative rows to be more accurate in filling the fields. See attached file.

    3 votes
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  20. More facilities for Tab sheets

    I use a lot of sheets in my workbooks and I am at a loss in finding what I want quickly. I believe the following organizational facilities would be useful:
    1) Sort the sheets alphabetically
    2) Group many sheets under a SuperTab that could expand or collapse at user will. This would avoid clatter and "group" similar sheets. For example I could have a SuperTab Named 24 Charts, under which would be 3 SuperTabs: 8 ScatterCharts, 6 BarCharts, 10 LineCharts and under all of these the appropriate individual charts,
    3) Facilities in the lettering of the tabs, Bold, Italics, Underline …

    4 votes
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