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  1. Public roadmap for Excel

    Could you please publish the product roadmap for Excel. Other groups in MS have done so with their products, although I appreciate they are open source. It's really very helpful for the partner community and user community to know what's in the pipeline and in what time frame. Thanks a lot, Mark

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      2 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 9 votes
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        5 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Office documents workbook

        When you create a new workbook, there could be an option to create an 'Office documents' workbook. Then, when you add a new worksheet you would have the option to create non Excel types of worksheet, e.g. a Word document, a PowerPoint slide.

        Ideally these would be linked, so the Word document could link to data on the Excel worksheets. This is already possible (e.g. you can embed an Excel extract into a Word document), but has the problem of the Excel file being stored in a separate location to the Word file. Having all the information stored in a…

        6 votes
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        • Paste unlinked to workbook

          To copy a formula from one book to another identical book you need to copy the formula to the notepad and then copy and paste it to the new workbook. Need to have a choice to paste it linked to the old workbook or not. Paste the formula with an error if sheet in pasted formula doesn't exist

          5 votes
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          • Chart alignment

            Make it possible to select the chart x-axis to auto align or always align to zero or always zoom only on the data somewhere in the y axis.

            4 votes
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              1 comment  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add an option to change the default for "Paste" so that it can be "Formulas" or Values"

              The default for the Paste button is Paste All. This instantly destroys conditional formatting, other formats, and bordering of regions. There are now a good selection of Paste options below the Paste Button and the ability to select any one of these as the "Current Default" would speed up development time considerably. The Paste button image could be changed to show the current default.

              The important ones are to have are "Paste Formulas" and "Paste Values". The best (and simpler) implementation, in my opinion, would be to have the Paste button do Paste Formulas with the button image changed to…

              7 votes
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              • Power Query Data Type Fraction

                Would like to be able to convert text type to fractions. Example: 3-1/2 or 3 1/2 etc to 3.5 and have ability to have leading zero format.

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                  1 comment  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Array formulae should work consistently

                  At present some functions can be used in array formulae and others cannot. And it seems rather hit and miss as to which can and which can. All inbuilt functions should deliver results across ranges which work with array functions

                  8 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Implement SLOPE() in PowerPivot

                    Probably a very niche request, but I would like to be able to use the SLOPE() function in PowerPivot. Working around it in multiple steps is prohibitively resource-intensive.

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                      1 comment  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Include Text orientation for a cell

                      In order to view the text in the cell to display alignment , we need to have a option as orientation for the cell.

                      2 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Search a non-english or any foreign lanuage text

                        Is it possible to find the position of any non-english or foreign language text?

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                        • Align decimal easier

                          It's currently possible to align by decimals but it's very hard to use. The report to a manager could look much better if 10.01 and 1.01 were centered and aligned correctly. Make this easier to implement. I have to do a web search when I need to find how to do this.

                          3 votes
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                          • Special format save

                            Low priority. You make it possible to save a special format but it only saves in that workbook. Make it possible so I can use it in any workbook once saved.

                            3 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • One version of Excel across all platforms

                              Why do we have 'Excel for Android', 'Excel for Mac', 'Excel for ...', etc.? The user experience of Excel should be the same across all platforms.

                              6 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Better working across workbooks

                                Certain functions such as COUNTIF and SUMIF give #VALUE errors if they refer to ranges in closed workbooks where as others such as MATCH work perfectly. This often leads to the need for more complex formulae using, for example, SUMPRODUCT (which does work). This needs fixing.

                                4 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Support new Ribbon controls

                                  Add support for:

                                  Hyperlink macro-free buttons as supported in backstage
                                  Ribbon slider control
                                  A control like the 'styles' gallery
                                  Radio buttons with group behaviour

                                  Screentips that support images or/and video/animated GIFs

                                  3 votes
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                                  • 3 votes
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                                      3 comments  ·  Collaboration and Sharing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Cell becomes text when linked to text

                                      In 2010 if I put a formula linked to a sheet that's correctly formatted as text then the cell I'm working on becomes text and all I see is a formula. Two steps to fix. One is to change number format to general and two to press F2-enter.

                                      2 votes
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                                      • Dealing with spaces in cells consistantly

                                        A small thing but:
                                        Ensure cells with spaces in them are treated consistantly. For example if B4 contains a space and B5 contain 0 then =sum(B4:B5) gives 0 but gives a #VALUE error if the range referred to is on a linked workbook

                                        3 votes
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