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  1. Want the Pen (electronic stylus on Surface Pro 4) in Excel to be able to make an "X"

    Want to be able to tap the face of the touch screen on the SP4 in any particular cell and to have that tap enter a programmable character, like an X into the tapped cell. This has huge applications for a variety of Excel templates for various inspection situations for inventories, and other applications where Users have developed Excel templates for use on MS tablets for field use where you don't really want to be typing and just want to input an X in a predetermined blank. But this means that both Excel and the electronic pen need to be…

    3 votes
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      1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • FIX: Changing formats for one data label/callout impacts other lables/callouts in the same series

      As is (in Excel 2013), when you want to change a label, often times, you end up also resetting the other labels as well.

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        0 comments  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • "Comment" window double as container for Chart or visual data Analytics object

        The cell 'comments' window should double as a container for 'simple? ' visual data analytics objects, charts, or BI visuals. For example if I had a column or row of numbers
        row 1 - 3, 5, 6, 7
        row 2 - 4, 6, 9,10
        I would like to click in an area in either of the last numbers of either ranged row of numbers and a pop-up visual chart view of the data would appear. Chart Labels could be created in the Data Validation window just as lists are made.

        2 votes
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          1 comment  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Interesting idea. Thanks for the feedback. We’ll consider this for a future release. Please continue to vote on this feature request which will increase its likelihood of getting in the product.

          Thanks,
          Scott [MSFT]

        • Show intermediate values in formulas for troubleshooting.

          Show intermediate values in formulas. Add the ability to highlight a portion of a formula to see a tooltip showing the value... for example a value of 7 in A3 and a formula elsewhere with if(A3+4/2,"yes","no") highlighting the "A3+4/2" would show a tooltip of 9. Obviously a simple example, but it would help avoid disassembling complex formulas to troubleshoot.

          8 votes
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            10 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Allow Decimal Indent Formatting and on Both Ends Simultaneously

            The current indent formatting uses only whole numbers. I use it often when cells contain a block of text because having the text hit both the left and right cell borders makes it harder to read.

            Unfortunately, I can only apply the indent to one edge of the cell (usually the left) and an indent of 1 is too big.

            In a better world, I would left indent the chunk of text and apply two decimal values to provide white space along the left and right edges of the cell. The result would look better and be easier to read.

            2 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • prevent merged cells from splitting when printing

              When you print a document in excel, have the option to prevent merged cells from splitting across pages (automatic feature, not by manually adjusting page breaks).

              7 votes
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                2 comments  ·  Printing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Custom Lists - list should be saved with file

                when i create a custom list (from a range, for example), it is saved to my excel application, but the custom list does not go with the file, so another user does not have the same list, so cannot use it for sorting, etc.

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                  1 comment  ·  Collaboration and Sharing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Preserve text colour when using Find/Replace

                  Currently using Find/Replace on a cell containing more than one text colour results in all the text becoming the same colour. This is not a desirable default.

                  3 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 1 vote
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                      1 comment  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Copy Comments

                      Add that a Comments can be copied and passed in to cells. Not only the content of a comment, but the whole Comments

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                        1 comment  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Vertical text in the footer/header as in Word

                        Make it possible to add vertical text on the page margin in the footer/header. For example, to have the path and file name standing along the edge of the paper while printing.

                        2 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Filter in the Data Table below a chart

                          Make it able to hide rows/columns with a filter option in the "Data Table" with chart data that can be added to a chart.

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                            1 comment  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Thanks for the further details. We’ll evaluate this for a future release. Please continue to vote on this idea.

                            Thanks,
                            Scott [MSFT]

                          • Allow pasting of criteria in auto filter

                            Currently, the ability to paste into auto filter with keystrokes is possible, but it would be a great time saver to be able to paste with a right click of the mouse.

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                              1 comment  ·  Tables, Sorting and Filtering  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Remove folder depth limitation when saving

                              Excel can open files from anywhere, but has an arbitrary limit on the folder depth/number of characters in path, forcing you to save to an intermediate temporary location.

                              2 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Under format cells, for the 'text' category allow for a Rich-Text type

                                The Rich-Text type would allow the cell to have MS Word like features (cursor around within the cell, turn on bulleting, allow for hyperlinking a sub-section of text within the cell (instead of turning the entire cell into a hyperlink), etc.)

                                2 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Mirroring Worksheets

                                  Sometimes I want to present some information to a client, but not all. Linking doesn't always work due to the possibility of inserting new columns or rows into the data. I would like to clone a worksheet and designate the original as the master worksheet. In the clone, I'd like to change formatting, hide cells, or add information, while mirroring the master data so I can keep my master data and still generate reports for others from the clone.

                                  3 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • When altering a graph have an option to see the updated graph only after the settings window you had open is closed.

                                    For example when adding multiple data series to a scatter plot the graph is updated after each series is added. It can take a long time to add a new series after a few have been added, when using large amounts of data points. I suggest something like what photoshop does which allows you to disable updates until the current settings window is closed.

                                    I have found a work around. If you place the graph in excel so you can't see it and click "Format-select data" you can plot as many series as you like without lag since it is…

                                    3 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      Thanks for the feedback. We’ll consider this for a future release. Please continue to vote on this feature request which will increase its likelihood of getting in the product.

                                      Thanks,
                                      Scott [MSFT]

                                    • Bulk selection from file directory to classify the document (excel , word,ppt , etc)

                                      We have so many excel files to create and use every day but do not want to classify the file in bulk at directory. How can we do that ? Hence, we have our own Add-In icon to classify the file.

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                                        3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Allow date literals in functions

                                        Many functions like VLOOKUP, SUMPRODUCT, and IF allow dates as inputs, but you need to know the tricks for doing so. The result is a never-ending series of questions in help forums from newbies who just don't understand why their formula isn't working.

                                        If you enter 1/15/2015 in a formula, it is treated as the small number resulting from two successive divisions instead of a date. If you enter Jan 15, 2015 in a formula, it results in an error--and if you encapsulate it in double quotes "Jan 15, 2015" if is treated as a text literal. My current workaround…

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                                          1 comment  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Convert freeform shape to plot via x,y points

                                          I would like to draw a freeform shape using the drawing tools, and then apply a tool or function that allows me to replicate the shape in an x-y plot. I found some VBA code online that lets me find the vertices of said shape, and I can plot those vertices in an x-y plot, but it comes out as some sort of weird approximation. It reminds me of when you use Google translate for a phrase into one language, and then you translate it back.

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                                            0 comments  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            Cool idea. We will definitely consider it while planning our next round of features. Please continue to vote on this feature idea.

                                            Thanks,
                                            Scott [MSFT]

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