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  1. Cross-hairs

    It would be extremely useful to have a button that would toggle cross-hairs on and off like in AutoCAD. I often find it is difficult to tell where cells are in relation to one another in a large spreadsheet. If a faint line ran horizontally and vertically through all of the cells, this would be a huge usability aid. Have a default color, dashed dotted, etc, but give the user the ability to change this.

    5 votes
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  2. Add More Shapes

    I'd like to see the ability to draw a shape and then save it to the available shape file (user defined shape / reusable)

    3 votes
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  3. Colour QAT Icons in Dark Themes

    Add the colour from the QAT icons available in the 'white' and 'colourful' themes into the QAT icons for 'dark gray' and 'black' themes. This would make the QAT icons much easier to see and access, especially in the 'dark gray' theme.

    11 votes
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  4. Use a contrasting colour to indicate hidden rows/columns

    It is very hard to notice where hidden columns are at a quick glance. The boundary between the column labels where the hidden column is doesn't stand out. Please make this boundary stand out more, perhaps by using a contrasting colour. The same goes for hidden rows. This would help avoid silly mistakes involving deletion of row/column ranges that appear to be empty.

    6 votes
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  5. Better compatiity with the Surface Pen

    With the surface pen, users should be able to write in any cell on a spreadsheet and excel will automatically convert the handwriting to digital numbers or letters when the user starts writing in a different cell (or maybe after users draw a special characters like a check mark or something like that to signal to excel that the user is done writing in that cell.)

    22 votes
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    4 comments  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Cool idea. We have been exploring a number of pen ideas like this for Excel. We’ll definitely consider this one in our next round of planning. Please continue to vote on this feature idea.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  6. Histogram display needs improvement

    Histogram display is not very useful in its current form. It needs to support more labeling options for the horizontal axis; needs to be integrated into Quick Analysis and PivotCharts; needs to support the option to display user-defined vertical lines (what are commonly called targets or spec limits).

    5 votes
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  7. Please improve the candlestick stock chart with multiple charts (candle and line in 1 chart), and dispaly only days with data

    The candlestick charts are too basic to have any real value. They are not formatted correctly as they include weekends and holidays. The candles should only be displayed for dates with data. Additionally there should be ability to combine a candlestick chart with a line chart

    6 votes
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    Thanks for the feedback. We’ll consider this in a future release.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  8. I need to be able to include an image/picture/graph -inside- a cell, as cell content and filetype.

    This I need so very often! And so great features would be possible.
    Just to name the most obvious, a sortable list, where one column is for representative images. It would be sortable by the other columns and resize the cells accordingly.

    I know, that pictures are linked with their left top pixel to the respective cell, but that is way too less to be feasible for all the necessary applications.

    30 votes
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  9. View the data in a large graph by more easily shifting ranges and scales

    A common task is to scan a large x-y graph for interesting changes in y. I now do this by manually changing the axis limits. This is tedious when a function shows many interesting regions and many scales of variation. The problem is akin to panning and zooming a photo. Excel should have the equivalent functionality when looking at plots of numbers. To a degree, this functionality is already there with View>Zoom, but this is simply a graphical zoom, roughly equivalent to a "digital" zoom on a camera. Better to have an "optical" zoom, with panning by dragging the mouse.…

    2 votes
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  10. Calendar

    A great feature could be, User being be able to convert an existing table with date field into calendar view like in sharepoint

    5 votes
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  11. Make the Default Alignment of Shapes Middle-Center

    When a shape is drawn in other Office apps, the text is centered both horizontally and vertically. But in Excel it's aligned to the Top-Left. Please make it Middle-Center instead.

    2 votes
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  12. Preview Office Background & Office Theme

    When I choose an Office Background or Office Theme from File > Options, I do not know what it looks like until I click OK. This is a pain if I am trying out each one to see which one looks best.

    My suggestion is that once an option is chosen from the dropdown menus, the GUI should update immediately. The changes should only be permanent if the user chooses OK.

    4 votes
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  13. More/Custom QAT icons

    It would be great if we could get more icon choices for our QAT buttons. Excel already has a huge library of 16px icons, yet we only have access to 20-30 of them. Most of the time none of the icons make sense with the macro task I put up there.

    Get rid of the "Green circle" filler icon and at least let us pick our own icon from the available choices. It is a pain having a bunch of green circle buttons in the QAT at once and defeats the purpose of being able to visually pick out a…

    15 votes
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  14. Screen does not update while running a macro in Excel 2013

    In Excel 2010, you could control whether or not the screen updates while a macro is running by setting Application.ScreenUpdating to True or False. In Excel 2013, screen updating cannot be controlled in this way.

    Screen updating is especially important for long-running macros (e.g. interactive macros, long calculations) to let the user know that the macro is still running and that Excel has not crashed.

    Here are some links to people who have also noticed this problem:
    http://www.vbforums.com/showthread.php?791577-Application-ScreenUpdating-not-working-in-Excel-2013
    http://stackoverflow.com/questions/25173393/screenupdating-doesnt-update-screen-in-excel-2013
    https://www.reddit.com/r/excel/comments/3hhgi4/applicationscreenupdatingisresettinginexcel/
    http://www.mrexcel.com/forum/excel-questions/746844-application-screenupdating-%3D-false-creating-problems-excel-2013-a.html

    To test the difference in screen updating, try running the one-and-only macros in these files: …

    4 votes
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  15. Insert an image directly from a scanner

    In order to insert an image from hardcopy material it is necessary to scan the material to a graphic file and then insert the graphic. It would save time and effort to insert an image directly from a scanner. For example, I scan invoices and cash register receipts from individuals to insert into a voucher for authorization to cut a check for reimbursement to the individual.

    5 votes
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    This is an interesting idea. We will definitely consider it while planning our next round of features. Please continue to vote on this feature idea.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  16. Have Excel and word connect to Office Lens automatically

    On the insert tab have a button to add from Office Lens. You then take your pic, and it is inserted automatically.

    2 votes
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  17. 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?

    7 votes
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  18. 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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  19. 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.

    2 votes
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  20. Align Shapes like Powerpoint

    Have the alignment arrows appear as they do in Powerpoint so when moving a shape on a sheet, the dotted line appears when shape is aligned or locked to another shape.

    2 votes
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