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  1. When copying tabs, somtimes we have to cycle through 100s of "Yes" or "No" to the "Name already exists warning" Can we add Yes to All option

    This is a major productivity killer for power users such as finance teams, and current UX does not help exit this state efficiently.

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      19 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Please Please Please Bring Back MDI. SDI simply doesn't support the types of applications I have spent my career developing in Excel

      Please bring back MDI for Excel. SDI is really slow, and crashes when I run the apps I've developed over my career that rely on multiple workbooks loaded simultaneously. Or re release 2010 and just call it the version for the folks who rely on MDI and there are a lot of us!!!!!!

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      • Allow for a transparent Manual vs. Automatic Calculation setting by workbook vs. a global setting.

        When you have one calculation-heavy workbook and distribute it to other people, it would be best if you could turn off calculation for only that workbook, without affecting the other workbooks these users are working on. It is confusing and outright dangerous in potential consequences that suddenly their workbooks do not calculate anymore. On the other hand, if the calculation is on, their whole excel freezes for a considerable amount of time every few keystrokes.

        Suggestion: Allow for a transparent Manual vs. Automatic Calculation setting by workbook vs. a global setting.
        There should be a popup when you open the…

        18 votes
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          2 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Excel processor Bug - 99% usage

          There is a bug with the processor usage, which extends up to 99% in some special situations.
          Since the latest version of the semi-annual channel, there is a new bug, which is also in the latest version of monthly channel.
          When you are opening a new excel sheet and copy one or more cells then you can start playing a little "processor-game". On the bottom there is a slide control, when you push it to the verry left (over the table sheets) the processor usage will grow up to 99%, when pushing it back to the right, the usage decreases.…

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            9 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • allow break [Ctrl-Break or similar] of long-running opeartions/calculations that lock Excel

            Well-written VBA code may still (in some cases) take a long time to run, and (again, if well written) can be paused or stopped using Ctrl-break.

            There are a multitude of ways users can intentionally or unintentionally trigger long-running, CPU intensive Excel (worksheet) operations, with no apparent recourse to pause or stop, either because the action was an accident (auto filling a complex formula across a very large data set), or the user has some other task that comes up and needs to take priority.

            AFAIK, the only option is to either wait for Excel to finish the activity, or…

            3 votes
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            • bring back performance for calculations, filters and conditionnal formatting

              Overall performance of calculations, conditionnal cell formatting and auto filters have suffered a lot in the last two versions of Excel.
              We use to put formulas everywhere. Now I must recommend users to use them with caution because it might freeze their Excel and changes will be lost if it crashes.
              Now I must make sure those formulas are taken care of by SQL queries so Excel does not have to bother about it. But that puts a lot of pressure on my team which we had not when formulas were running like lightning.
              Also, display of formatting with an…

              2 votes
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              • Make is easier to download onto chromebook

                maybe one app thaty would download the whole windows package with all apps included......

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                • STOP BOBBLING THE ******* SCREEN UP AND DOWN WHEN I SCROLL THE MOUSE. ********.

                  STOP BOBBLING THE ******* SCREEN UP AND DOWN WHEN I SCROLL THE MOUSE. ********.

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                  • Add save capability in Power Query

                    While working in Power Query the save option is not available and the autosave feature is disabled, thus we need to "close and load" the query, wait for the query to load and then we can save.
                    When sometimes the application or computer crashes, we can lose hours of works.
                    The possibility of saving the workbook while working in Power Query would be good

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                    • Allow for manual refresh for camera function.

                      I love the camera function and I use it a lot for work. However, b/c it is set to auto refresh it really slows excel down after I have taken more than a few "pictures." Sometimes excel just freezes and I have to restart the file. It seems like a simple and easy solution would be to allow the user to control the refresh rate. Which, as far as I can tell is not an option. I don't need it to constantly refresh while I am building something out.

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                      • Avoir l'option de la taille qui apparaît lorsque nous configurons une liste déroulante sans devoir programmer un agrandissement automatique

                        Avoir l'option de la taille qui apparaît lorsque nous configurons une liste déroulante sans devoir programmer un agrandissement automatique. Cette option est agacante car le zoom se réajuste toujours et on a de la difficulté a suivre l'endroit ou nous sommes rendus

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                        • Scrolling is Choppy

                          When dragging the scroll bar with medium to large spreadsheets it is very laggy/choppy. This is annoying and the scrolling should be much more fluid.

                          3 votes
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                            • Enable multi CPU threads/cores for sorting

                              Enable multi CPU threads/cores for sorting

                              Currently sorting and may other calculations are still single cpu core thread (even when the multi core is selected in the options) causing large spreadsheets to freeze "not responding" for several minutes at a time. All modern systems have multiple CPU cores and threads. It is time Excel have an upgrade to take advantage of multi core CPUs

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                              • THE NEW RIBBON IS TOO TALL AND TAKES UP TOO MUCH OF THE SCREEN!!

                                All of a sudden the ribbon has become taller. Why?

                                This is not an "Idea" - it is a complaint. Apparently Microsoft doesn't allow complaints.

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                                • Add rows across all sheets

                                  Why is it so difficult to add a row and have it add across all sheets? I an inventory sheet for every month and sometimes we add new products. When I add a new product in Feb I do not want to have to manually copy that row into Mar-Dec and I do not want to have to deal with VBA coding (whatever that means) I have spent hours trying to figure this out and chatted with customer service who could not help me with this. It seems like it should be very simple, there should be a button when…

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                                    • Alt Shortcut Ribbon Speed Issue - CPU priority while on battery

                                      Hi,

                                      There are many users that experience a slowdown in the appearance of the Alt shortcut ribbon. A commonly suggested solution is to disable hardware acceleration, however, there is another reason for laptop users that come from battery power management. The alt shortcut ribbon slows down excessively while on battery compared to while plugged in.

                                      I had the opportunity to test this on multiple instances of excel on different laptops, and even with no battery saving settings set system-wide the alt shortcut ribbons slows down instantly, and continues to slow down the more the excel instance is open. It seems…

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                                      • Excel note card

                                        Allow for a excel note card to be displayed in separate window from excel doc. The note card can display information from selected cells (ideally cells from different documents). The window should close separate from the doc. Could give an overview of important info on screen even when documents are not open.

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                                        • I have paid for this product year after year... why do I have to prove it every time I use my **** computer

                                          I spend more time trying to use this stupid product than I actually spend using it,,,, I pay for this every year and have to prove it over and over every time I open my computer... this is ********...

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