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  1. Hire a designer

    Hire a designer so they can make your products work better.

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    declined  ·  0 comments  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Selecting an area, mark the info in cells with another colour (default: light grey), just like in previous versions

    I know many people do not like the idea of 'supporting columns' integrated in the worksheet for the user. But I'm all for it. Font in same colour as background colour so no one sees it. If I'd like to quickly check what value the formula returns, I'd only need to select an area incl. that cell. The darker grey colour, to mark the selection, is of another shade of colur than the font.

    At least until Excel 2010 this was always standard in excel. In the Mac version it still is the case! Please guys, would you consider going…

    4 votes
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    3 comments  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi Maarten,

    We aren’t going to be changing the selection color in order to make “hidden text” show up more easily because we don’t think that “hidden text” is a good thing in spreadsheets (generally).

    Have you considered adding column to your sheet and simply toggling the hidden/visibility of that column (hide/show) based on whether you want to see the notes?

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

  3. Include image of new charts

    Excel 2016 would make ooxml more attractive if it included an image of the new chart types.

    Word and Powerpoint include this image of new chart types (e.g. word/media/image1.png) , but Excel does not. This means that implementers of ooxml interpreters have to interpret the new chart data, styles, etc. right away.

    16 votes
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    3 comments  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We are not planning to include an image of the chart in the file format in Excel because charts tend to be positioned next to the data that they represent. In backcompat situations, if an image was shown of the chart, it would not update if the chart data was changed. This would create a misleading situation. If there are other scenarios, where providing a chart image in Excel’s file format would be necessary and appropriate, please open a new feature request with those details.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  4. Data Labels in Power View Map

    When clicking on "Data Labels" in the Power View Map, can we get the numbers instead of the State names or abbreviations?

    1 vote
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    0 comments  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi,

    We aren’t making updates to Power View at this time so I’m declining this idea (and giving your votes back).

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

  5. Adding picture to the ideas posted on this forum

    It would be nice to have a chance to add a picture describing better ideas posted on this forum.
    There is a sentence that pictures says more than 1000 words and often ideas may be misunderstood if there in a chance to draw the idea. .

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  6. Where to find information on how to make a timeline, starting from scratch?

    I like to make a timeline which is similar to the template 'Timeline with milestones'. This template blocks when it is adjusted. Where to find information on how to make such timeline, starting from scratch? 

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  7. Bring back the chart wizzard

    The chart wizard made it much easier to pick chart area and to chart data transposed. I'm sure it's possible to chart transposed but I no longer know how to do it.

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