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  1. 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).

    24 votes

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  2. Display table headers in column headers even with frozen panes

    When active cell is in a table and the table headers aren't into view, the table headers display in the column headers (instead of A, B, C, etc). However this doesn't work anymore when we have frozen panes. It would be handy to also read the table headers in the column headers even with frozen panes.

    1 vote

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  3. View multiple sheets side-by-side

    Having multiple worksheets in one Excel file, it would be nice to view multiple worksheets within Excel at the same time

    3 votes

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  4. index for worksheet

    Option to add an index sheet that lists all sheets in a workbook, and then possible to create columns to customize. This will help to easily navigate to all sheet quickly and keep it organized.

    1 vote

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  5. Allow Outlining (Grouping/Ungrouping) for protected worksheets without the need for VBA

    Excel should allow for outlining (Grouping/Ungrouping) for protected worksheets without the need for VBA. A user should be able to still select the + and - expand/collapse buttons for grouped rows or columns, when a sheet is protected. There is a VBA work around for this, but not all users can have macros enabled on their networks and some users may even struggle to open Macro-enabled workbooks. There should be a select/deselect option when protecting a worksheet, to allow/disallow the clicking of the + or - group buttons. Ultimately, it's only to allow a user to expand these groups from…

    3 votes

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 2 votes

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  15. Managing Sheets in one click

    I have around 20+ sheets in one file. Problem is that I want to select selective 8-10 sheets in a new file. But I can not find any option to do this easily. the only solution I can think of is to right click on a sheet and make it as a copy in another new file. There should be the option to just select numerous selective sheets of own choice and just click "move to" button to move or copy the sheets to another file.

    1 vote

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  16. Excel search box (Ctrl F) window as minimisable (in addition to being closable).

    The search box (Ctrl F) can be very useful, indeed is an essential tool. Could the modeless search box window be minimisable as well as being closable, so that the data on the sheet can be seen by minimising it and search may be easily re-activated when needed by maximising it instead of having to close and open and click in it it again ? Just a small saving in user effort but with a large benefit in comfort and efficiency.

    1 vote

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  17. Shortcut for changing sheets

    There is no shortcut for switching sheets within workbook. Such shortcut would be very useful. I suggest Ctrl+Tab as this is common shortcut for switching tab like controls.

    Actually, Ctrl+Tab for next sheet and Ctrl+Shift+Tab for previous sheet.

    2 votes

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  18. 5 votes

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  19. Keyboard Command Navigation for Fill Color

    I used to be able to use CTRL+H+H+Left Arrow keys to wrap to the right side of the fill color choices. Now, that combo goes to 'No Fill'. Why did that change? Bring back the ability to wrap from the left side to the right side using the left arrow key.

    1 vote

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  20. Allow freezing of Worksheet Tabs when tab Scrolling (like Freeze Panes but for Worksheets)

    We've been using 'Freeze Panes' for years, superb, however if you have a massive Workbook with many Worksheets and wish for one Worksheet (call it 'Summary' as per attached demo spreadsheet) to be frozen so when you scroll across your Worksheets you can always see it for a quick return to this Summary worksheet, that would make navigation nice and quick.
    I know workaround's exist (creating a hyperlink on each page; right click the worksheet navigation arrows and scrolling to the desired worksheet) but this would be far more user friendly.

    1 vote

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