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  1. 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.

    4 votes
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  2. 1 File name in bold and highlighted on top of file.

    Note I am a long term user of MS Office, low vision for the last 5 years, but still working in a demanding analytical job. Many improvements for low vision, help everyone.


    1. Upgrade the treatment of the file name. It is the passport in hostile waters - the only thing that provides stability. Consider the situation where text or numerical results are being compared from similar files all open at once. Specifics:
      a. File name at top of open file: Put in bold with highlight.
      b. In tray at bottom of screen, file name should be in bold black against…
    4 votes
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  3. Save custom shapes for use in multiple files.

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

    2 votes
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  4. X-axis format for dates

    If you have a graph that has an x-axis containing dates, when you try to format that axis, the min and max look like this: 42153 and 42369 that I take correspond to the number of days elapsed since "the big bang or something I guess". It would be nice if we could actually have for these a date picker so that I can select min at "10th Nov 2017" and max at "29th Jan 2018"

    5 votes
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  5. 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.

    3 votes
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  6. Allow setting default properties for Chart Area

    By default Chart Area property is set to "Move and Size with cells".
    Every time i create a graph, i have to change the property value manually (e.g. select "Move but don't size with cells).

    Why not allow a user setting a default property value in Options?

    4 votes
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  7. 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

    2 votes
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  8. Allow pictures/images/graphic as a pop up when hovered over. Link images. Embed Images

    Similar to the current comments, allow images the ability to pop up when hovering over a cell.

    This would have a similar problem to comments however; comments remained fixed to cell even if data is moved.

    It would be great if cell images also moved with the cell data.

    For example; I have created a spread sheet that will import data from my invoice and place that data into a stock list. I would very much like images to be linked and embed to an item code or item description, and for those linked images to move with my stock…

    3 votes
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  9. Inserting Multiple Pictures is Broken - only one picture treated as picture

    If you insert multiple pictures all at once into Excel, only the last inserted picture is treated as a picture (e.g. the Picture Tools tab is activated). All the other pictures are treated as objects, and some options are not available (such as the Picture tools tab and the contextual menu item "Size and Properties").

    Furthermore "picture pictures" can only be grouped with other "picture pictures", and "picture objects" can only be grouped with other "picture objects". Neither can be grouped with drawing objects.

    See attachment "PictureObject.PNG" for a picture that was treated as an object, and attachment "PicturePicture.PNG" for…

    4 votes
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  10. Change all the gray fonts back to black

    The right click menus are hard to read. But what especially gets me is the "quick numbers" on the bottom right being in gray - those are unique numbers to every situation so you have to really be able to read them well (not just memorize where "insert" is on the right click menu, but you actually need to SEE these numbers). None of the color scheme options gives us what we had, which used to be LEGIBLE. Please go ahead and make an update now rather than waiting until the next version. Please oh please oh please. It just…

    4 votes
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  11. Zooming changes the size of shapes. E.g. a circle turns into a slight oval as the zoom factor is not 100%, 200%, 300%, or 400%.

    When you create a shape and change the zoom factor it appears that height and width vary. This makes it difficult to create exact graphics.

    Also, when the angle is not 0°, the zoom factor changes the position of shapes. When two shapes at say 45° are exactly in line with 100% zoom, they are changeing to steps at different zoom factors.

    3 votes
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  12. Fix scroll bug in Excel when using touch screen or track pad - cells glitch and pulled too far - duplicates rows with freeze pane

    There is a bug when using Excel with my touch screen or trackpad on my windows 10 laptop.

    The cell grid is allowed to be pulled down from the ribbon bar or to the right of the row numbers bar when scrolling down or right using the screen or trackpad.

    This is manageable graphic bug for a normal spreadsheet, but when freeze panes are active on the sheet, the scrolling results in the "fixed" cells being pulled from underneath and appearing duplicated (see image attached).

    When I plug in a USB mouse and scroll, this issue does not appear.

    I…

    14 votes
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  13. Make info on Statusbar visible! If the status bar is green, show the text in white.

    In Excel 2016 (stand alone) I can't use the info on the status bar anymore. Black text on dark green ins't readable!
    So: Make info on Statusbar visible!
    If the status bar is green, show the text in white (Like this header!)

    4 votes
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  14. Excel and Word drawing program

    In the drawing program in Excel and Word when Edit Points is selected allow position adjustment of points by using the up-down and left-right keys. It is often difficult to position the points accurately by manual means even when full zoom is used.

    3 votes
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  15. Make the window adjustable when analysing dependents (excel)

    When tracking dependents and precedents, the window is not adjustable. Thus, you cannot not see the entire source of each line. This would be a far better tool, if the window could be adjusted manually.

    3 votes
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  16. 2 votes
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  17. Stop deleting features from previous versions of Excel in new releases. Features such as customizing the color palette and customizing icons

    Features such as customizing the color palette and customizing icons were appreciated especially since the icons now are so poorly designed it is very hard to distinguish what they actually do.

    8 votes
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  18. Crosshair display

    A simple display option to easily navigate around larger spreadsheets.

    The entire row & column of the cell selected would be highlighted in some way.

    I've used the following macro to achieve this:

    Sub Worksheet_SelectionChange(ByVal Target As Excel.Range)
    'Update 20140318
    Static xRow
    Static xColumn
    If xColumn <> "" Then

    With Columns(xColumn).Interior
    
    .ColorIndex = xlNone
    End With
    With Rows(xRow).Interior
    .ColorIndex = xlNone
    End With

    End If
    pRow = Selection.Row
    pColumn = Selection.Column
    xRow = pRow
    xColumn = pColumn
    With Columns(pColumn).Interior

    .ColorIndex = 6
    
    .Pattern = xlSolid

    End With
    With Rows(pRow).Interior

    .ColorIndex = 6
    
    .Pattern = xlSolid

    End With
    End Sub

    The…

    6 votes
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  19. The Colors of Excel Cell headers need to be more clearer or more Contrast

    in an excel page to try where exactly the selected cell through headers and rows is difficult you have to move the cursor to identify the selected cell.... but if the headers and rows was highlighted with a different color (than the current) would be great

    13 votes
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  20. Default selection color

    Would be nice to include the ability to control the default selection color when highlighting cells. This used to be controlled by the windows appearance menu, but it appears that no longer works. I work with a lot of reports that require grey shaded cells and the ability to overlay a different highlight color would be useful.

    8 votes
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