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  1. Ctrl+Tab to switch between worksheets

    Just as we use Alt+Tab to switch between two workbooks, let Ctrl+Tab switch between two worksheets in a workbook.

    65 votes
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    31 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for the feedback folks. Good news – Ctrl+ page up/down already does this. Ctrl+tab will switch between active books. So I’m going to close this one out under the assumption that people weren’t familiar with the existing shortcuts.

    Cheers,
    John [MS XL]

  2. Bring back the Split Box

    You used to have a split box above/to the side of the scroll bars. This went in 2013 for some reason - there was no justification:
    https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Discontinued-features-and-changed-functionality-in-Excel-2013-c417e377-26c6-4f43-be6d-16718dd75ffa#__toc342560933

    Please can we have this back?

    9 votes
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    4 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    While the split control is no longer above the scroll bars, it is still available in Excel. To add it to your Ribbon or QAT, you can:

    1. Start Excel
    2. File > Options > Customize (QAT or Ribbon)
    3. Choose commands from “All Commands”
    4. Find the “Split Window” command
    5. Add it to your QAT (or to the ribbon).

    Hope that helps!

    Dan [MS]

  3. Find something - info in which cell is searched string

    If user use Find and Replace window Excel is moving sheet to place where it find what user search for. But for user is hard to find in which cell is searched string. Excel only give green box to inform user about cell. Can next to "Find what:" show user cell name where the searched string is f.i. "C41"

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    2 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi,

    To see the locations where the info you wanted to find exists, you can try these two things:

    If you just want to look for one cell, then the upper left corner of the app (to the left of the formula bar) will show you where the value was found in the grid (C41) for instance.

    If you want to see a list of locations where the value you are looking for exists, press Find All instead of just Find. Excel will show you a list of all the locations that contain the value you searched for.

    In the future, the Excel Tech Community is a great place to ask questions like this.

    Hope that helps
    Dan [MS]

  4. Reduce the wasted space above the spreadsheet!

    Reduce the wasted space in the spreadsheet. Referring to the ribbons and spaces above the actual spreadsheet. Especially when viewing multiple files in horizontal arrangement, where there are groupings, the actual viewable spreadsheet real estate is tiny. Very annoying and unproductive having to constant scroll up/down the multiple files. In the past, it was possible to lessen the wasted space but somehow with the new ribbon design, you forgot why people use spreadsheets in the first place, which is to look at data not view the scenary.

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    0 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. desired cells are to be visible in a flooting window over excel sheet to monitor changes during modifying the data entered

    while modifying / entering data, related cells values will be changed at bottom/top/righ/left of the table and desired cell values required to be monitor by scrolling top/bottom/left/righ. for easy facilitate arrange desired cells in flooting window over excel sheet to observe the changes while modifying / entering data.

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    0 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi,

    This functionality is already supported in Excel through something called the “Watch Window.” To use it:

    1. On the Formulas ribbon, click “Watch Window”
    2. Click the “Add Watch” button
    3. Select the cell you want to watch the value of
    (repeat 2 and 3 if you’d like)

    Now, whenever cells you are watching change values, you’ll see those updated values in the Watch Window.

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

  6. Grouping/Outlining [-] Button should be at the top (or both bottom and top)

    Currently, when you group rows using the grouping and outlining feature, the [-] toggle for the group shows up only at the last row of the group. This means that after you click on the [+] button, the [-] doesn't replace the [+] button but shows up at the bottom of the list. This requires the user to scroll down to find the bottom row of the group and click on [-]. And then scroll back up to find the top row again.

    When quickly expanding and contracting groups, it would require a lot less mouse movement and scrolling if…

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    4 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    This is already doable using the outlining options. Additionally – you can click anywhere on the outlining line to expand/collapse.

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

  7. Ability to open multiple instances of Excel instead of opening just new window in the same instance (enable SDI)

    In Excel 2010 I was able to open a new instance of excel when one instance was busy running VBA macros which take a long time. In this new instance I was able to open other spreadsheets without a problem and work with them while the other instance was busy running VBA macros. Now in excel 2016 if I open a new excel while one of them is running I only get a new windows in the same instance and this window is also busy and I'm not able to open a new spreadsheet to work in while the other…

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    10 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi Borut,

    This is already supported – you can start a new Excel instance (process) by doing the following:

    1. Click Start (or Windows Key+R)
    2. Type “Excel /x” (without quotes)
    3. (or Run)

    That should start up a new instance of Excel. You can use it to open a second file that won’t “block” on already open workbooks.

    Cheers
    ,Dan [MS]

  8. Open new excel documents in new windows so that window management actually works

    Opening a document will not create a new window, and navigating multiple excel sheets is a pain. Please add an option to open all new documents as separate windows.

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    7 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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