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  1. Protection of worksheets needs refining

    Properly protecting parts of worksheets is a key requirement of good spreadsheet design but it present the options available limit what one can do. I suggest the following additions:
    1/ Expand the range of protection options so add/edit/delete comments is a separate option for example to allow users to add comments to cells where they are not permitted to change values
    2/ Allow addition/deletion of rows within a protected spreadsheet for only a certain range of rows (for instance allow rows to be added within a table, but in the rows above or below)
    3/ Allow addition/deletion of columns within…

    16 votes
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      9 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Include "Compare Files" in all Office 365 plans

      There is a powerful "Compare Files" command in Excel 2013 to see the differences between two workbooks (it's in the "Inquire" ribbon tab). However it only seems to be available in certain Office 365 plans, and I haven't found anywhere that says when you buy plan x you get this functionality and not that.
      It would be great if this could be included in all versions of the product!

      21 votes
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        6 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Fiscal Year

        In options, have the ability to use a fiscal year setting.

        16 votes
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        • Check and X

          Conditional formatting is not good enough. I would like a big X and a big check mark right in the main menu. This would be so usable to so many.

          7 votes
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          • Add rich-text support for Excel

            Excel's handling of in-cell text formatting leaves a lot to be desired.

            For example, if I have something like 30m^2 (30 square meters, where the 2 is superscripted), and I do a search and replace (e.g., changing m to cm), then the 2 ends up not superscripted any more.
            Or if that cell value is concatenated (using a formula like =A1&A2) with another cell value, then the formula does not show the 2 as a superscript.
            And it is not even with "odd" formatting like superscripting. Even if I have some letters (but not all) in a cell marked bold,…

            5 votes
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            • 22 votes
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              • New maths & stats functions

                Like MAXIF, MINIF and SUMPRODUCT that works on Row x Column (currently need to rely on MMULT even for 1 dimensional arrays or use TRANSPOSE)

                14 votes
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                  5 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Formula bar should change colour when not all information is visible

                  If you have a formula that spans more than one row, but the formula bar height is set to one row, then it can be easy to overlook some information in the cell.

                  In such instances, the formula bar could change colour to indicate to the user that there is information in the cell that can't be seen in the formula bar.

                  12 votes
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                  • Circular errors

                    Let's have a better way of tracking circular errors possibly through a diagrammatic representation of cell linkages.

                    13 votes
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                    • Getting cell information without resorting to VBA

                      Some organisations would prefer if we did not use VBA when designing their spreadsheets. It would help therefore if more could be done without it.
                      As a start can the range of information returned by CELL() be expanded to included, for example, the interior colour of the cell and the formula in the cell (as text).
                      As a bigger project, what about ensuring that all in-built Excel VBA formula can be accessed through the worksheet formula without resorting to VBA.

                      15 votes
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                      • Enable Scroll Wheel when select an active Cell eg. an Equation

                        Now, it is not possible to use the scroll wheel when entering an equation. I would like to enable this. By the way, when entering an equation it is not possible to ungroup grouped cell. This is a problem when I intend to refer to an grouped cell. I can not open the grouped cell unless I stop entering the equation.

                        4 votes
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                        • Graphical dialog box for IF statements with many components.

                          Add the first choice, then enter others in a tree structure. The need: IF has a very high error rate. IF in a single line is enormously difficult to understand. Should be much easier to understand and inspect as a tree structure.

                          1 vote
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                          • Make the formula window bigger font

                            I can't see the formula box as I get older so it would be nice if I can choose to make the font bigger. I don't like to edit in cell because I like to double click to find the linked values

                            5 votes
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                            • Improve productivity of the UI

                              The Home Tab needs a re-design - Please focus on Productivity

                              Here it how it should look

                              http://1drv.ms/1S0qSgF

                              2 votes
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                              • Fix Office bugs for existing features in a timely manner. Offer a bug bounty program?

                                Offer a bug bounty program (could be non-monetary e.g. subscription extension, free licenses etc), so users have the incentive to submit reproducible, well documented bugs as soon as discovered. Repro step-by-step instructions with file samples could save the developers quite a lot of time in diagnosing and fixing bugs.

                                11 votes
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                                • Power Query needs to pulls over Dax formulas from Excel Data source

                                  Could not create measure 'Demand'[BOMQty] - 'MRR'[RecvQty] in Power BI DeskTop

                                  3 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • web page

                                    Make it easy to convert Excel to a back end web page so web site users enter information into fields on the web page, calculations are performed on the back end excel sheet and the results are displayed. Then make it possible to save those results intro a database so it can be used in programs like dynamics CRM.

                                    2 votes
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                                    • Add 3D variants of the INDEX and MATCH functions

                                      And generally go through all functions and either extend them or make variants such that they work with 2D and 3D ranges better. E.g. why doesn't CONCATENATE do something useful with range arguments.

                                      13 votes
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                                      • Make it possible to change font size in scroll box

                                        The scroll number box and similar boxes are easy to work with. However the font of the data is only one default size and can't be changed

                                        6 votes
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                                        • Change cell relations in another file even if this file is closed

                                          Problem:
                                          I have 2 Excel files, let’s call them A.xlsx and B.xlsx.
                                          Some of the cells are connected: in file A there might be cell C3 for example like “=[B.xlsm]example!D4” and otherwise round.

                                          If I close file A and add a row in file B that changes the cell names of all following cells, the former cell D4 is now e.g. E4.

                                          Now I open again file A, and the reference in cell C3 still reads “=[B.xlsm]example!D4” … but it should be E4 because the correlated data is now in cell E4!

                                          Result: Cell C3 in file A shows the…

                                          2 votes
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