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  1. improve convert to number from right click menu

    When Excel detects a range stored as text it gives a icon that you can click to convert the strings to numbers. This however is incredibly slow when applied to a range, it takes more than 1 sec per entry on my i5 windows machine. For a range of 1000+ this take unbearably long without opportunity to interrupt.

    I wrote a VBA code that simply does a .value = .value and pastes the range back into the sheet. This is 100s of times faster that Excel's built in functionality. Please improve the built-in function's performance

    14 votes
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  2. Put the Share button back. We use tons of shared workbooks and we have no intention of slapping them all on Onedrive.

    Put the Share button back. We use tons of shared workbooks and we have no intention of slapping them all on Onedrive.

    4 votes
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  3. 9 votes
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  4. Long processing of Excel filters on all computers except one

    Good afternoon.

    Tell me, please, on this problem: there are several similar Excel files, the volume of 15-25 MB, containing a large number of tabs and data with formulas. When you try to apply filters, these files are processed very long, regardless of the amount of RAM installed on the workstation. It is logical to assume that the problem is in the files themselves and their volumes, but on one of the computers running Windows 7 64, with the office 2013 32, when you try to start one of these files, the standard message appears "Insufficient resources: Select less data…

    3 votes
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  5. Increase performance and responsiviness

    Excel usability could be improved significantly, by improving performance in the following scenarios:
    1) Large file open / save processes should be multi-threaded, since new file format uses threadable compression.
    2) UI responsiviness should be improved (but I think this applies to all XAML/UWP code apps). Excel 2007 with forms is still 3-5 times faster than new ui.
    3) List views, could those use hashed lists and quicksort (yes, this would use more memory, but it would allow handling much larger lists and filters with 100 times faster than currently).

    8 votes
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  6. Most used currency symbols to be put at top of dropdown! T

    Most used currency symbols to be put at top of dropdown!

    This logic could be applied to many dropdowns but currency seemed a very good one to start with, as the list is ridiculously long when I'm sure the majority of users would use USD/GBP/CHI/EUR (have these ad default on top of list?) and by having it capture most used by each user, it would also benefit the minority that do use the likes of Tibetan currency frequently!

    I have used excel sheets for 50% of my day for the past 10 years and could give along list of improvements…

    7 votes
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  7. Preciso ter excel em português

    Ter excel em português. é uma boa ideia

    2 votes
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  8. Fix the black and grey boxes that cover the screen when you scroll

    Whenever I scroll too fast in Excel on my PC black and grey boxes appear everywhere and cover what I am working on. This is incredibly frustrating because there is no way to get rid of the boxes.

    This only happens on my external display and it only happens in Excel.

    Please fix this issue.

    https://superuser.com/questions/1053006/excel-grey-and-black-boxes-on-secondary-display

    94 votes
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    Thanks for opening this item and the feedback folks! Please provide more info on the type of Display monitors that you experience this issue with. Also continue voting on this which will increase its likelihood of getting prioritized for fixing in the product.

    thanx,
    Prash [MSFT]

  9. vlookup returns formatting of target cell not just data within target cell

    Vlookup currently returns only array data within a looked up cell only into my target cell. I require any cell formatting found in the looked up cell such as colour fill to be returned in the vlookup function to the target cell. If the vlookup did this automatically rather than me having to then create conditional formatting rules for each variable of data returned from the array after vlookup has completed its job returning the data from my array into my workbook it would make the vlookup tool much more powerful.

    2 votes
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  10. Unique Filtering Bug Excel 2013 (extremely slow)

    This is still a problem even with the latest Excel updates.

    I have 2 columns, with 175,000 lines.


    • Column A contains a 5 digit number.

    • Column B contains a value (between -50 and 100).

    Steps to reproduce:

    1) I have cleared all filters, formats, and there are no extra rows / columns on the sheet.

    2) I select Column A and Column B.

    3) I click "Advanced Filter".

    4) I click "Criteria" text entry.

    5) I select Column A.

    6) I select "Unique Records Only".

    Result:

    I then see windows blinking open and closing in Excel, while it takes up…

    3 votes
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  11. 16 votes
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  12. Combine cells, increase command utility

    COMBINING CELLS should offer the possibility of displaying in the new block only the contents of the first cell or the concatenated contents of all cells, without deleting the actual contents of each cell, which will be shown again when the block is undone. This would greatly enhance the performance of the command.

    2 votes
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  13. Background colors for ribbon and QA toolbar

    The QA toolbar and the Ribbon need separate color controls. The themes wipe out all of the colors normally on each icon making them all look the same and hard to distinguish. Only fixable with the White theme but then the ribbon runs into the rest of the document. Needs a contrast!

    6 votes
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  14. please add black office theme in office 2016

    Please do add black theme in office theme for 2016

    5 votes
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  15. Speed up lag

    Keyboard input lag on the newest versions of excel (including 2013) is extreme. Business and power users value speed above flashy looks. Please bring back the snappiness of the old versions.

    4 votes
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  16. Not having services in the background running from Office to waste my ram would be nice.

    Not having services in the background running from Office to waste my ram would be nice. since its always needed to run in the background to run my software faster. which i dislike it running always in the background, even more when i am gaming and i want all my usage focused where it should be and not unwanted running services doing nothing but being spyware.

    4 votes
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  17. Calculate Selection

    If you go to "FORMULAS/Calculation Options/Manual". Once manual is selected, there are only two options for calculations
    1. Calculate Now: For all sheets in a spreadsheet
    2. Calculate Sheet: for a single Sheet

    I suggest "Calculate Selection". This will be a smaller subset than "Calculate Sheet" that will only focus on the cells selected.

    I work with very large files (~40MB+ if saved as xlsb) and very often I have to work on manual calculation mode to be able to handle the data. Once I am ready I use "Calculate Sheet" to speed the process, but speed is an issue…

    4 votes
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  18. swap

    SWAP
    I am frequent user of excel. many time I'll face the problem during changing/ bringing rows front and bottom and vice versa.
    if you provided the swap option it will be very helpful for the quick finish of work.
    and also provide some shortcuts to that, so that it made more accessible.

    2 votes
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  19. Make a noise when long calculations complete

    Make a noise when a long calculation completes. This way we can work in another window while the "Calculating 20 processor(s): % creeps up".

    2 votes
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  20. Implement Nvidia CUDA Parallel processing to decrease processing times on Nvidia powered machines

    I am not entirely sure how this would be preformed but I have seen examples of excel using the processing power of a GPU to massively decrease calculation times when working with functions that can take advantage of the parallel processing that the GPU is capable off.

    8 votes
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