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  1. under data toolbar, data type is not there.

    data type such as stock , option is not there, kindly add it.

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    0 comments  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you, we really appreciate you taking the time to write up this piece of feedback.

    In order to access data types that link to external sources of data such as Bing, Wolfram Alpha, and more, you must meet these requirements:
    - Have an active Microsoft 365 subscription
    - Have the English editing language added to Office Language Preferences.

    Thank you,
    The Excel Team

  2. Default the Power Query formula bar as on

    In the Power Query editor window the formula bar is defaulted as off. This is the first thing I tell people to turn on as it’s key to avoiding unintended errors and future proofing your code.

    As Gil Raviv says in his book, “ Enabling the formula bar is fundamental to avoid the pitfalls”

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  3. 'Film, TV and Music' 'Data Type'

    I'm not sure if this would be a common use case but I keep a tracking list of the T.V series' and Movies I watch in excel.

    I use it to track the seasons that have been released, which seasons I've watched, when the next season is due, etc.

    A lot of the fields are taken directly from wikipedia or some other website if wikipedia doesn't contain it (rarely the case).

    It would be amazing if I could select these titles as a data type and have all the fields available to me the same way the fields are available…

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    0 comments  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for your feedback! Movie and Music are two new data types coming from the partnership with Wolfram Alpha (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/what-linked-data-types-are-available-in-excel-6510ab58-52f6-4368-ba0f-6a76c0190772).
    Please note that data types from Wolfram Alpha are gradually being rolled out to subscribers. If you want to use them now, you must be in the Beta channel on the Insiders Program.

  4. Option to get old text data import wizard

    The new data import editor has some major flaws:

    First, it takes 100 times longer to import some simple 500 rows of data
    Second, the date format selection for columns (e.g. I want to convert MM/DD/YYYY format to DD.MM.YYYY)

    I understand that the new import editor has some advantages but I do not need any of the new functions it has. The old text data import wizard could do everything I needed it do do.

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  5. Be able to turn off auto-conversion of fractions and words into dates

    When I import data in the format of a fraction #/#, excel automatically converts this into a date. This is unnecessary and should not be a default operation. At least, there should be a simple way to undo this.

    I work with biological data, and there are gene names like "Oct1", and these get converted into dates, causing errors in data analysis.

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    4 comments  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi,
    You can do this already in Excel today – there are two ways:

    1. You can type an apostrophe before the data you enter → ’Oct1, and Excel will then not interpret that as a date (it will interpret it as Text).

    2. If you format the cell as Text before typing the value in the cell, Excel will not interpret it as a date.

    Hope that helps,
    Dan [MS]

  6. SQL query tools integration

    Ability to run SQL queries, being able to select / union select from multiple worksheets

    Using the same SQL tool, updated / insert records in other worksheets ( tabs)

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