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  1. Name Manager comment character limit & "Refers To" height

    2 suggestions here for the Name Manager:

    1. Allow the "Refers To" box to be expandable like the formula bar. The Name Manager is a great place to hide long formulas from the sheet. Formulas are made longer still because every reference is absolute and specifies the sheet name.

    2. Increase the character limit for comments. It is usually not enough room to explain large formulas.

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      0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Cortana assistance with searching for and entering data

      Was a little late to the party posting this in the Excel AMA, so I'm posting it here:
      reddit permalink: https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/3rid26/we_are_the_microsoft_excel_team_ask_us_anything/cwud8f4

      Wanted to share thoughts on how I'm currently using OK Google and how Cortana could enhance this in a more practical desktop experience.

      Probably the most unique application I use OK Google in is when playing Kerbal Space Program and finishing an interplanetary transfer. Here I use the website https://alterbaron.github.io/ksp_aerocalc/[1] to get a rough estimate of my aerobrake maneuver (I now the atmosphere model there is old, but that's besides the point). Anyway while I'm doing other things in…

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      • A Better Back Button

        While Excel does have a back button (it's well hidden), it's not very good.

        In a big multi-sheet workbook, a good Back button would make simple tasks such as copying data between sheets, or anything else where you want to return to those cells you were on a few minutes ago, much easier. Currently this navigation is utterly tedious and breaks the flow of using Excel.

        The current back button only registers that it can go back occasionally, seems to have a tiny memory, and doesn't take you back to individual cells or ranges.

        If you want a good example…

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        • Formulas for Analysis Toolpak Regression tool & similar hard-coded add-in outputs

          The Analysis Toolpak Regression tool outputs some very useful data. However, the outputted values are hard-coded. We cannot tell how each was calculated or precisely what data was used to generate the output sheet. It will also not update to reflect new data.

          There are tutorials online explaining how to reproduce the output using formulas:
          http://www.real-statistics.com/multiple-regression/multiple-regression-analysis/multiple-regression-analysis-excel/
          http://people.clarkson.edu/~wwilcox/ES100/regrint.htm

          However, these would not be necessary if Excel just did it all for us. After all, it knows how it is calculating everything, so it might as well show its work. The same can be said for any other tool in the toolpak…

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            0 comments  ·  Macros and Add-ins  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • negative time

            At work we have time sheets which we must submit every four weeks to track flexi time.They are badly designed so I thought of producing one that is easy to follow. I am an amateur at excel btw. It will not allow me to enter negative time. So if I owe 3hrs and 30mins; I would like to be able to be able to type -3:30:00. Currently you can't do this it seems.

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              3 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Touch Gestures

              Introduce more touch/gesture functionality to desktop Excel. For example the rolling list selection (dropdown) like on phones and tablets.
              Example, drag and drop a selection of cells using fingers rather than the multi step thing.
              When touching the screen make user's finger transparent:) IOW show what's under you finger in a hover box.
              Regards
              Brian

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              • Draggable fields directly on PivotTables

                There is no doubt that PivotTables are powerful summary tools. However, the people that need the summaries are often those with little Excel skill.

                I will also note that PivotTables suffer from combinatorial explosion for possible arrangements of fields. Each field can be placed in 1 of 4 areas (row, column, filter, nowhere), and order matters within the first 2.

                Even though he have filters for each dimension of a PivotTable, we have Slicers to increase user-friendliness.

                In the same light, I suggest adding handles next to each of the fields actually in the PivotTable. Then you drag the field…

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                  0 comments  ·  PivotTables and Power Pivot  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                    0 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Give the ability to connect to Social media and get the data for data analytics

                    Imagine just having data connectors to connect to Social media sites like Facebook/Twitter and configure it.Bang you have the data you want about your business account or client's account to do all the analytics.

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                      0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Paste Special / Multiply, Divide, Add should NOT remove formatting (bug?)

                      This I'd describe as a bug. When you use Paste Special / Multiply (or the other math operations), the formatting in the selected range is lost. There's no reason for that behaviour, the target range's formatting shouldn't change.

                      Also, the feature could use an improvement. Maybe take it out of the paste menu. Allow us to either select a range or input a number with an inputbox. Some more operations.

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                        1 comment  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Include changes to Conditional Formatting in Undo

                        If a user edits or deletes an existing conditional formatting rule, and then wishes to reverse that change (for whatever reason), clicking the Undo button will NOT help as such changes are not logged. Go figure?

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                        • Add floating button

                          with VBA it can be done, but if you can use floating buttons of different shape in your sheets it would look great.

                          Regards
                          Sarvesh Prasad

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                            0 comments  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Combo box dropdown should mouse scroll

                            Currently the combo box for Form and Active X do not allow the mouse scroll feature after selecting the drop down. If you try to use the mouse scroll, it does not scroll through the list items and may even scroll the sheet instead (if mouse hovers out of the list area).

                            6 votes
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                            • replace algorithm

                              I often work with the hyphen separated double serial numbers, that some of which Excel interprets like date by default. I use text cell type for this values.
                              Then I tried to replace this values by means of search and replace function, selected input and output type as text, my value after replacement became the date first, then changed to the numeric equivalent.
                              It would be much better if the result of the replacement operation immediately interpreted in a user-specified type.

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                                0 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Custom sort with UDF as Comparer

                                When using the standard Sort dialog, it would be extremely useful for the 'Sort on' column to accept custom UDFs to implement the comparison of the values in the selected column.

                                So the 'Sort on' values would be:
                                * Values
                                * Cell Color
                                * Font Color
                                * Cell Icon
                                * UDF...

                                Clicking 'UDF...' will bring up a dialog displaying all UDFs implementing the IComparer interface. The user can select which one they want to use.

                                This will enable many scenarios such as sorting by IP addresses, MAC address etc. where standard alpha-numeric sorts don't work - they give incorrect sort…

                                2 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Tables, Sorting and Filtering  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add Conditional Formatting for enumerated values

                                  When a Column or Row contains enumerated string values like ("Large", "Small", "Medium"), or ("Bob", "John", "Anna") it would be useful to automatically assign a color based on the cell contents.
                                  Currently, this requires to add one rule for every possible value of the type 'equals to "..."'.
                                  It suggest to add a Conditional Formatting rule that assigns a unique color per unique value (based on some color set)

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                                    0 comments  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Fix Cntl + Up Arrow when Top Row Frozen

                                    When I freeze the top row in a worksheet and am working further down in the file but want to jump to the top using the Ctrl + Up arrow keyboard shortcut, I am only move to the top of the viewable screen instead of the top of the worksheet (so I have to scroll or drag the scroll bar up). Please adjust so ctrl + up arrow goes to top of worksheet instead of top of screen.

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                                      1 comment  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Enable Vari-wide / MariMekko charts

                                      Hi, I use Vari-wide or Marimekko charts quite frequently and find this to be a major pain in Excel. There are ways to work this in using Area charts and additional rows and formulas for formatting, but it takes a while. Further, it often doesn't allow a linear chart based on my values unless I change the axis to dates, and cheat the formatting to show non date numbers...

                                      It would be great if this could be built in, or at least be made easier (by not having to change the x-axis to dates)

                                      (2015-11-05 Dan [MS] recategorized to Charting)

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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.

                                        Could you also further comment on the specific features of a MariMekko chart that you would like to see?

                                        Thanks,
                                        Scott [MSFT]

                                      • Allow double byte languages in dialogs

                                        Many dialog boxes display gibberish when double-byte languages (kanji/chinese/etc) should be displayed. Some dialog boxes allow these, while others do not. Please enable all programming objects to use/store/display double byte.

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                                          1 comment  ·  Application Errors  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          Hi Dave,

                                          Can you list the dialogs where you see a problem (and the version of Excel that you’re using)?

                                          Thanks,
                                          Dan [MS]

                                        • When loading tab delimited Text

                                          When loading/opening tab delimited Text document that has fields such as 150:10 200:10 it automatically treats them as date fields and adds a trailing :00 to the end so it would look like 200:10:00, this really disrupts the development of my game and I have to keep the excel documents as the master copy.

                                          It would be nice to be able to load the text document as is and not have any "formatting" added automatically.

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