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  1. Eyedropper fill

    Excel does not seem to have the eyedropper fill. PowerPoint on the same Office licence does.

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    • Image Underlay

      An image underlay for the spreadsheet that can be adjusted and held to a specific size. This way cells on top can be used. Opaque Image overlays (watermarks) stop the use of cells under them, and Backgrounds are very hard to control and they tile across all pages which is very anoying. A background setting that allows adjustment to the size of the image, locking of aspect ratio and having a Tile on off function could suffice.

      6 votes
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      • Provide an ortho feature for inserting straight lines that are vertical and horizontal

        We combine spreadsheet calculations and graphics on the same worksheet. Provide an orthogonal line function (insert > shapes > line) like in AutoCad to make it easier to draw lines that are perfectly horizontal and vertical. As it is it is very difficult to draw vertical and horizontal lines.

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        • Add a lock symbol on the protected sheet tab

          A small lock symbol on the protected sheet tab would be a little addition but visually important!

          6 votes
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          • Embed objects and graphics alongside text in a cell

            Embed objects and graphics alongside text in a cell so that the object or graphic can move with the text as edits or links are made to that cell. Also, enable embedded objects and graphics to be defined and changed within the text according to logic arguments.

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            • Ability to add upper and lower conformance/control limits to graphs without having to create new tables/colums/rows of data.

              Ability to add upper and lower conformance limits to graphs without having to create new tables/colums/rows of data.

              in the example that i have provided. We should not have to create columns C and D for the upper and lower conformance limits.

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              • copy as picture fails when you increase the size the apps in Windows 10

                In Windows 10, when you go to display settings and increase the size of text, apps and other items to let's say 150% (sometimes it happens with 125% as well), and you select a range in Excel and use the copy as picture function, it copies more than what's selected. Really annoying, please fix!

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                • Update Linked Pictures (formerly called the Camera tool)

                  Linked pictures give us the ability to switch figures between charts and tables instantly. They allow formulas to determine which icon to display. They allow us to set up visual alerts. And a lot more.

                  But linked pictures have a low resolution, which causes small text to be jaggy. They don't have a manual calculation mode. They can mess up data validation. And they can become distorted.

                  Please fix these issues.

                  59 votes
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                  • Save custom shapes for use in multiple files.

                    Have a "My Shapes" area available to save custom shapes.

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                    • Userform resizing bug in Excel 2016

                      In Excel 2016, if the userform size is modified with vba codes during initializing, the the visual size differences are approximately 7 twips smaller (top, left, height, width) than actual assigned size.

                      By testing and comparing userform size with Excel 2013 and 2016.

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                      • To reinstate the auto size function on Excel chart after manually resizing the plot area

                        After I manually resize the plot area, the function is gone. For example, the plot area was able to auto fit the chart area after adding/removing a chart title if the plot are was not resized. After manually resize the plot area, the size of plot area will stay the same, instead of instead of auto-resizing the plot area to fit the chart area.

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                        • New color border when cutting

                          When using both CTRL+C and CTRL+X, the highlighted cells have an animated green border to show what you will be copying or cutting. I think that the cutting border should be a DIFFERENT color, to make it easier to differentiate whether or not you are about to cut or copy. Too frequently, I make the mistake of hitting ctrl+x when I meant to hit ctrl+c, accidentally cutting the cells instead of copying them.

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                          • How about more themes and backgrounds for office 2016?

                            How about more themes and backgrounds for office 2016? A selection of only 3 is very weak. Hello, Microsoft....are you listening?

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                            • turn of the highlighted cells after copying

                              Turn off the moving highlighted cells after copying and pasting. Its super annoying trying to work on a doc with a line constantly circling what i just copied non stop. It used to go away after double clicking another cell. Please Fix

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                                • Add option for drop drown arrow on list to be permanent

                                  When creating a list, (Data Validation>List), I suggest an option or checkbox to make the drop down arrow permanently visible. It would make it easier to signal to clients that they have an input option.

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                                  • Office background & Office Theme should be more choice with colorful & more atractive...

                                    MS office 2016 is an outstanding. but little need improvement in Office background & Office Theme should be more choice with colorful & more attractive. Thanks

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                                    • in a graph why no an option for dates at the botom with a 0 line where ever 0 falls.

                                      Whith a time series graph where the data varied from positive to negative Excel puts the dates under the zero line and one canot read the data well and it looks a mess so I change the axis line so that it is at some large negative number and the dates go to the bottom, but then he zero line vanishes and I either have to clutter up my graph with a lot of horizontal lines or draw one in by hand. Why not have a zero line optioption?

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                                      • Insertion of a picture in a cell comment box

                                        It would be nice to be able to insert a picture in a cell comment box. Currently text is all that is available. For instance, a picture of a part that is being described in a cell. The comment would show up when the pointer is on the cell like the text is now.

                                        Thanks

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                                        • Link copied graph with copied data not the original graph data

                                          I have created a graph for company A using data for company A.
                                          I want to create the same graph for company B by copying the Company A graph and data and then linking the data to Company B figures. But when I copy the Company A graph and the data (in one copy-paste operation), the new graph is linked to the original Company A data. I then have to manually amend all the graph links which is time consuming. I think it would be great if in this case (one copy-paste operation: graph AND data) that the copied graph…

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