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  1. Pin worksheet tab

    I would like a simple option to allow you to pin worksheets so they are always available in the workbook irrespective of the number of worksheets there are.

    I.e. when you right click the worksheet tab there is an option to pin so you can quickly gain access when you have a large number of worksheets.

    50 votes
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    11 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Restore MDI file handling (open all files in one window); Kill SDI (each spreadsheet opens in a seperate window)

    In the good versions of Excel (prior to 2007) one could open multiple workbooks in the same window. Now, one has multiple instances of Excel (and every other Office app) whenever one opens more than one document / spreadsheet.

    Again, here are the issues:


    1. Stability - I experience ~3X Excel crashes in 2016 (SDI) as compared to 2010 (MDI)

    2. Screen Space / Real Estate - Drastically reduced screen space when each workbook requires its own Ribbon, Quick Access Toolbar and Formula Bar

    3. Toolbar to Workbook Confusion - One Ribbon + Quick Access Toolbar + Formula Bar to control all workbooks…
    1,280 votes
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    999 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for the support and the detailed discussion around this suggestion. We understand that there are some advantages and disadvantages with both MDI (multi-document interface) and SDI (single-document interface), and we currently do not have plans to revert to MDI. We do want to improve the experience with SDI so you can get your work done efficiently, and this post has helped toward that goal.

    Some of the specific issues mentioned are addressed as follows:
    – Stability: This has been a focus over the past several years, and the monthly releases in 2020 have been among the most reliable ever in terms of avoiding crashes.
    - Screen space – while it won’t get all the space back, you can minimize the ribbon to save some space. It only shows when needed.
    - Navigation between workbooks: you can use CTRL+F6, SHIFT+CTRL+F6, CTRL+TAB or SHIFT+CTRL+TAB to switch to the next workbook. …

  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.

    21 votes
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    3 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Display Status Bar of Inactive Window 2016 Excel

    In Excel 2010 we were able to highlight numbers and have their sums displayed in the grey status bar towards the bottom of the sheet. Working with 2 monitors, this feature was very helpful.

    After upgrading to Excel 2016 the status bar of the non active/selected workbook disappears instead of the sum being viewable of the non active workbook.

    The feature was helpful for at least 2 open excel instances where we can view the sum of the non active workbook and it would be great to have back instead of being forced to click in out of each workbook…

    85 votes
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    114 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for taking your time to suggest and vote for this. We do think that this suggestion has merit, but we don’t think that we’ll be able to devote time to it in the near future. We’ll continue tracking votes for it so we know how it ranks among the other suggestions.

  6. Worksheet groupings

    Workbooks with many worksheets can be difficult to navigate. One poster has suggested having multiple levels to the worksheet tabs.

    As an extension to this, we could have worksheet groupings where several worksheets could be contained within a grouping. You could then select a particular grouping (which would look like worksheet tabs and be placed below the actual worksheet tabs) and then have access to all the worksheets in that particular grouping. There would also be an 'All' grouping that contained all the worksheets.

    These grouping could be included in the workbook protection so that you could choose which worksheet…

    110 votes
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    21 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. 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.

    25 votes
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  8. 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.

    21 votes
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    3 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for suggesting this. We do think there is value in this idea, but we don’t think that we’ll be able to devote time to it in the near future. We’ll keep tracking the votes on this.

    -Eric Patterson
    Excel Program Manager

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