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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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      1 comment  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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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      • 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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        • 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.

          11 votes
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          • Add Non-Numeric measure support to Power View

            Non-numeric measure is supported in PowerPivot. However, it isn't supported in Power View. Non-numeric measure will not show up in list of available fields in Power View.

            2 votes
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            • magnify graph Mechanism

              It would be great if Microsoft would create an excel mechanism allowing me to magnify a portion of a chart so I can quickly view small segments of data without having to edit data range.

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              • Allow customising chart colors

                I was making a scatter chart. I wanted to change the colors of the entries (on the graph and in the legend). I went into Chart Tools > Design > Change Colors, but it only gave me options, and did not let me choose my own colors. None of the colors were what I wanted, so my only way to change it is to overlap each dot with a oval from Insert > Shapes. By the way, I have more than 6 entries in the Legend, but I don't want #7 to be a darker or lighter version of #1,…

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                • Creation of custom regions within Excel for 3D Maps by post code

                  A tool within the application to create custom regions in 3D Maps by entering/selecting a list of postcodes/postcode sectors. This will be very valuable to businesses with their own defined services areas not covered by conventional county/other boundaries.

                  Currently we can highlight areas via postcode, but not group them together to show different regions comprised of many postcodes.

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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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                      • ERM Heat Map Display

                        As part of Enterprise Risk Management, four quad visual representation for areas of concern and C-Level acknowledgment is key.

                        The need to inexpensively and dynamically display Enterprise Risk Management Heat maps data using Excel would be very powerful.

                        Many GRC tools can perform this work, but purchasing a COTS solution is prohibitive for SMB's at times..

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                        • Allow error bars or drop lines for single points

                          I'd like to add x- and y- error bars to individual points on a x-y chart to highlight one or two selected points. Using the Minus direction x- and y- error bars with 100% on a singe point would be great for highlighting a point.

                          Currently, error bars are added to every point in a series. This isn't terribly useful when there are many crowded points, or when a single point is to be highlighted. See the left chart in the attached image

                          Currently, an additional series must be added (see attached image) to create the desired drop-down feature. It's…

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                          • Graph's Labels should have an option about indention

                            This will eliminate the labels covering each others.This indention option is very needed on using 2 Axis (Primary & Secondary), even we select that the primary label be in 'Inside Base' while secondary label in 'Outside End', there were still time that the two labels be intersect each other and its hard to read (sample attached).

                            PS: we can manually drag the secondary axis rightward but not advisable on using interactive dashboard because once you moved it, it will stick into that place.

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                            • Improve the graphing capacity of Excel...

                              Excel 2016 is choking up on graphs that have multiple datasets of close to 20,000 points each on a single graph. This problem was also in Excel 2007 or 2010 (I forgot which one) which was then improved in a subsequent release of Excel (2010 or 2013). Did the grapher in Excel get reverted back to an older version of the grapher? It would be very much appreciated if the grapher from Excel 2013 can be brought back which does not have issues with choking up on graphs that have multiple datasets of over 20,000 points each on a single…

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                              • Remove the chart elements, chart styles and chart filters buttons at the top right corner of a chart sheet

                                I believe those buttons are new to Excel 2013. With the limited space on a chart, those buttons, which would be displayed as soon as you click on the chart, unnecessarily block anything a user puts in that corner so one cannot see the text/graphics. It's not an issue when a chart is placed on a worksheet as the buttons are located on the outside of the frame of the chart. However, it's annoying when a chart is on its own chart sheet.

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                                • Add possibility to insert Connectors connected to/between Cells as it is done for Shapes today.

                                  I want to add Connectors and connect them to the Excel cells, which then needs to have connector points at some places like edges and corners. The connector could be from another Shape or between two cells. As example, this would make it more easy to connect activities and more to system phases in a Roadmap. I can see a whole lot of other use if this is enabled. Today I use Shapes in a timeline instead of the cells to make the connectors possible, but then I miss so much functionality that the cells covers.

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                                  • Update Filled Map

                                    Nepal has divided into 7 provinces and 77 districts but still filled map is not updated. Its plotted only for 75 district and 14 zones but not into 7 provinces and 75 districts.

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                                    • Graph Data Labels Disappearing when Filtered

                                      Good Morning,
                                      Below is a post I put into the Microsoft Community Page on an Issue I am having with graphing. The Moderator was able to re-create the issue and told me to post here.
                                      https://answers.microsoft.com/thread/db1ebc99-3e68-4aa2-aeb7-1903fa3d9909
                                      The issue is When you have a bar graph by month, and want to filter out older months, for every month you uncheck, you loose a data label in the later months on the graphs.
                                      I would like to see this issue fixed in a patch if possible. It would prevent me from going back to Excel13 to get my graphs printed each month. …

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                                      • Time dependent chart area visualization

                                        When creating graphs related to spans of time periods (e.g. data on weekly or monthly basis), it would be useful to instruct Excel not to show data if are in the future for specified data series.
                                        For example, if you want to show budget/target vs actual, a chart is much better to view if represents just the budget and dynamically shows the actual, rather than filling the chart areas of a set of zero points. Another scenario is when you want to show some time dependent data, like actual per week. If I want to show the data up to…

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                                        • Make Excel chart leader lines adjustable or at least allow choices for connection ex. top of box, edge of box, bottom of box

                                          Make Excel chart leader lines adjustable or at least allow choices for connection ex. top of box, edge of box, bottom of box

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