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  1. Improve the "Vary colors by point" option

    The current version of the "Vary colors by point" option is of limited use and indeed contrary to accepted data visualization best practices, since it randomly assigns different colors to bars. The user should have the option to apply conditional color encoding by assigning colors based on some data, creating a color scale (ramp or categorical). As a practical example, a bar chart displaying population by country could use population density to generate a color ramp for bars or variation by category (continents).

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    • Intelligent Chart Axis Numberformat Would Eat Decimal Points

      Charts default the numberformat for the axis to the numberformat of the first series. It would be better design (easier for the reader to understand) if the default minimized the number of decimal places. For example, if the y-values are between 2 and 8, I might show 2 or 3 decimal places in the raw data--but I want the chart axis to show whole numbers. I think of this as the chart axis should eat the decimal places where possible. That would be how a professional designer would build the chart, and it should also be the way the Excel…

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      • Horizontal Box and Whisker Plots

        Schools use box and whisker plots horizontally. As of current I have only seen Excel do them vertically. This is extremely frustrating.

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        • Complete editing data table in chart

          Option of complete editing data table in chart, for example:
          - font size, color etc.
          - background color
          - border type
          - number format (currency, custom, linked or not with source)
          - aligning (espiecially to the right)
          - ordering data series (for example descending, custom)
          - option show/hide horizontal axis lables (now it's doubled)
          - changing size, position of table

          3 votes
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          • Please add a "number of decimal places" box to the graph interface

            Add a "number of decimal places" selection box under Graph > Axis Options > Number > Decimal places.
            Currently one must select the current number then type over it with the new number of decimal places desired, then click outside the dialog box. Far easier to simply bump the number of decimal places up or down by clicking with a mouse.

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            • banded chart area for gridlines

              Current gridlines are only lines. Please add the option to format the chart area with alternating bands (similar to table formatting) on the horizontal or vertical axes.

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              • Show the last 3 months in charts.

                To view the last 3 months / 6 months in charts, there should be a choice in Format Axis.This is available (Axis Options, Axis Type, Option 1. Automatically select based on data), (Option 2. Text Axis), (Option 3. Data Axis) New options can be added. Option 4. Today select days (minus 90 days) or mnd (minus 3 months) This offset formula is too complicated when it has 6 measurements a day, some measurements are missing and one must create SPC. In the offset formula, it is entered - 3 to display the last 3 months, but it actually shows 3…

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                • Congressional Districts

                  Just like there are maps by state and city, there should be capabilities for charting and creating maps by U.S. Congressional Districts.

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                  • Total Row in Charts Data Table

                    Data Tables of Charts do not include a Total row. They should if the data selected/used includes total values.

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                    • Include excels for work allocations for employees

                      Would like an excel template which would help tracking work allocations to employees on different tasks. Template can be at week wise or month wise allocations. Today there is standard template for projects, plan vs actual and deviations.Would slightly different for tracking resources. this would be good idea for many organizations.

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                      • Dynamic titles for maps

                        normal line charts allow users to create dynamic titles. Maps currently do not. Please enable this for maps.

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                          • Allow chart labels to have an interval of greater than 255

                            I am plotting 1 second data over 24 hours, see jpg attached. I can put a tick mark using intervals of anything up to 31999, so 3600 is every hour. However the label interval limit is 255, which makes for really messy and hard to read formatting of the x-axis. Please allow for spacing of labels at greater intervals to match the tick mark spacing.

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                            • For the Project function ( Gant) it would help if you will enter the predecessors task so we can build a simple gant chart

                              For the Project function ( Gant) it would help if you will enter the predecessors task so we can build a simple gant chart

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                              • Add a 'Source Box' chart element

                                You should be able to have a text line at the bottom corner of the chart in which to put the source for the data. Would surely be very simple to add.

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                                • Introduce support for x (horizontal) error bars in ODS format files

                                  Introduce Excel support for x (horizontal) errors bars in ODS format files. Currently x error bars are possible using Excel in XLSX format files, and using Libre Office in ODS format files, but they are lost when opening or saving an ODS file in Excel.

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                                  • Change go to box width

                                    When using the go to box (opened after using F5 command or trace dependents) the list of linked cells is not wide enough. The navigation would be easier if we could see the complete address.

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                                    • I need to be able to hyperlink each state on an Excel map. Is this supported.

                                      I have a US map in Excel 2016. I need to be able to hyperlink each state to a different hyperlink destination for each state.

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                                      • add the functionality for markers in sparklines (first, last, negative, etc) to chart design ribbon

                                        The Sparklines have the ability to hide/show/edit certain markers in the series, i.e. first, last, min, max, negative. Please add this ability to charts.

                                        Sometimes you simply want a marker at the end of a series (with a data label), or only the first and last values in a data series. This would make the charting in Excel generally more clean in its design.

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                                        • Add ability to use cell references or formulas in all chart format options

                                          When creating a number of related charts, it's often useful to set the minima and maxima of the chart axes to the same values on all charts. Currently, if the min/max you wish to show changes because cell values change, this involves clicking each chart and changing the values in the axis options individually. This is tedious and prone to error when large numbers of charts are involved.

                                          It would be advantageous to be able to tie these axis properties to cell values (or even to define a formula for them). That way, a user could update a single value…

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