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  1. Please allow for expansion of all text boxes (e.g. when tracing dependents to another sheet (alt+m+d))

    When tracing dependents to another sheet (alt+m+d), Excel does not allow you to expand the text box so that you can see the whole reference to the cell, making life difficult when tracing dependents.

    And I am sure there are lots of other cases when the same applies, so please can you make this simple update to Excel to expand any text box.

    12 votes
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      1 comment  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • I have a few suggestions with regard to comments boxes.

      I have a few suggestions with regard to comments boxes.

      1. Currently we cannot make one comment box common for two or more cells.

      2. Color of the comment box: Can we have multiple colors (This will help the user assign one color for some category of comments).

      3. Currently we can have only one comment box per cell. Can we have one more - one of each color

      7 votes
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        1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Provide a left-hand 'Column Filter' capability like the very useful 'Row Filter'

        Provide a left-hand 'Column Filter' capability like the very useful 'Row Filter'.

        Also, please consider adding the 'Clear Filter' as a default in your Menu Structure and/or the Quick Access Toolbar. I see way too many professionals make filtering mistakes because they forgot certain filters were active; not to mention that it takes them forever to clear each filter because they fail to realize there's a simple 'Clear Filters' capability.

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          0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Place some indicator in the Row (1,2,3...) or Column (A, B, C...) header that there is data or formula within that entire row or column

          Before I begin to manipulate rows or columns, I check to see if my change will affect the data presentation elsewhere or include unintended information within my formula.

          2 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Connect to a Data Model !

            It would be massively useful to be able to connect to a Data Model in a workbook from a separate one
            So if you were using Power Query one of your data sources could be a data model in a workbook
            This would expose all the tables within the Data Model and let you connect to one as your source

            13 votes
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              3 comments  ·  PivotTables and Power Pivot  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Fix broken charts and dependencies when ForceFullCalculation is turned off

              When ForceFullCalculation is set to TRUE and then set back to FALSE, charts will not update until Excel is completely closed and the document re-opened. In addition, you cannot trace formula dependencies either (until restart).

              Whatever is needed (re-build of the dependency tree?) should occur when this is set to FALSE, so that you may continue working on the document.

              14 votes
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                2 comments  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                Thanks for the input. We’ll consider this in our future planning. Please continue to vote on this feature idea.

                Thanks,
                Scott [MSFT]

              • Apply slicer criteria to drill-to-detail output

                Apply filter criteria entered via slicer to the drill-to-detail output from a pivot table.

                Unless a "sliced" field also exists within the corresponding pivot table, filters applied via slicer do not carry over to drill-to-detail. Confusing for dashboard users and cumbersome and silly to create work arounds.

                Thank you.

                4 votes
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                  4 comments  ·  PivotTables and Power Pivot  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Fix Formula Bar not activating sheet when Find window is open

                  Fix Formula Bar not activating sheet when Find window is open
                  This bug is in 2013&2016: if you open 2 workbooks (side by side) and use the Find window to find items in workbook A and then click the formula bar of workbook B to enter the info you want to xfer into workbook B, the info will actually overwrite the 'found' cell in workbook A. Try it, it is actually kind of funny to see.

                  2 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Application Errors  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Marking values presented more that once in filter window

                    While working with purchase specifications, the same positions in differens rows often appear with different quantities in each row which should be summed up for sending a request. It would be very convenient to have values corresponding with more then one rows marked by font, color, etc. in filter window…

                    15 votes
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                      6 comments  ·  Tables, Sorting and Filtering  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Allow files to load from browser.

                      Before the upgrade to Office 365 (I think) we had Office 2010. I was able to go to the file search window and select the file I wanted to open. A simple double click opened the file in Excel, Word, Power Point, or whatever.

                      Now, the same action opens the application, but there is no file. I have to use the "File" menu within the program and search a second time to find the file and open it the long way.

                      Please correct this error and do an update.

                      Thanks,
                      Kam

                      2 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                          0 comments  ·  PivotTables and Power Pivot  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Sales Invoice Tracker template Improvement

                          Hello Team, This suggestion is for online template for excel. For sales invoice tracker template on the Invoice sheet the mapping for deposits and other fields are interchanged. It needs to be corrected.

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                            1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Allow left and right vertical axes to sync their gridlines

                            Suppose we have a left and a right vertical axis. One axis could have, say, five labels and tick marks, and the other could have seven. But there's no way to synchronize those items so that their gridlines can overlap.

                            To implement this, you could offer a check box that would synchronize the two axes, or you could allow us to specify the number of tick marks on each axis so we could synchronize them ourselves. Better yet, you could offer both options.

                            7 votes
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                              2 comments  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Extend FIND and SEARCH to look for the Nth instance of a subtext in a longer text

                              FIND and SEARCH currently will only find the first instance of a required text within a longer text and they always search from the beginning or to the right of a specified position. These functions would be much more useful if one could for example look for the third comma in a text or (most easily instituted by using negative counts) for the, say, third comma from the end of the text. So instance -1 of "a" in "banana" would yield a position of 6, the last "a" in the word, and instance 2 of "n" would yield 5, the…

                              6 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • multiple case statements in switch function

                                The new switch function is great. It would be even better if multiple case statements could be grouped together. Maybe SWITCH(expression,{value1,value2,value3,...},result1,{value4,value5,...},result2,...) or maybe SWITCH(expression,SWITCHOR(val1,val2,...),result1,...).

                                2 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add conditional TEXTJOIN

                                  There is a popular user defined function publishe on the web called CONCATENATEIF (http://stackoverflow.com/questions/22639868/vba-user-defined-function-for-concatenate-if-by-rows)
                                  It extends TEXTJOIN to include a conditional.

                                  11 votes
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                                    4 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Excel doesn’t register .xltx as a file type it is able to open

                                    Excel 2016 no longer registers .xltx as a file type it is able to open. This is clearly an error.

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                                      0 comments  ·  Application Errors  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Top 10 filter + extra selection of your choice

                                      It is not possible to compare some item in a group with the top x of the that group in the same pivot table. It is useful to give some context to that that item when we produce reports. e.g. top 10 economies by GDP + the GDP of Cameroon.

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                                        0 comments  ·  PivotTables and Power Pivot  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Capability to resize Title bar, Tab names (of masked Ribbon) and Quick Access Toolbar

                                        Hello,

                                        Moving from Excel 2013 to 2016 lead to loose 1+ raw (same zooming) because Title bar, Tabs of masked Ribbon and Quick access bar are higher. This is a problem at least for these reasons :
                                        - Sheets sized to fit a sceen (2013) ... don't fit any longer
                                        - Screens height became smaller with 16/9 (cinema format) pushing us to scroll and scroll...Various bars (Title, Quick Access, Menu..) are now taking more space see hard copy leading us to scroll even more !

                                        It would be great to be able to resize (height, text and icons) these bars…

                                        6 votes
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                                          1 comment  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Make all properties of Excel/Office-Objects changeable even if Window is minimized

                                          At least some properties of Excel/Office-objects cannot be changed when the window is minimized; see Demo.
                                          I didn't test all …
                                          I think that the window state (minimized/maximized) should make no difference whether or not properties can be updated.

                                          Sub Demo()
                                          Dim lcWorksheet As Excel.Worksheet
                                          Workbooks.Add
                                          Set lcWorksheet = ActiveSheet
                                          ActiveWindow.WindowState = xlMaximized
                                          ' AddComment works when maximized
                                          AddComment lcWorksheet.Range("a1")
                                          ActiveWindow.WindowState = xlMinimized
                                          ' AddComment errors when minimized
                                          AddComment lcWorksheet.Range("a2")
                                          End Sub
                                          Sub AddComment(Cell As Excel.Range)
                                          Dim lcTextBox As Excel.TextBox
                                          With Cell.AddComment.Shape
                                          .TextFrame.AutoSize = True ' error when minimized
                                          .Fill.ForeColor.RGB = XlRgbColor.rgbLightPink ' this one works even if minimized :-)) …

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