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  1. Editing calculated fields from the PivotTable Fields pane & renaming calculated fields

    It has always confused me that I can see my calculated fields in the PivotTable Fields pane but cannot edit them from there. Instead, I have to go "Analyze" tab, "Fields, Items, & Sets", "Calculated Field", and choose the calculated field from the dropdown list. We should be able to add, modify, and delete calculated fields from the PivotTable Fields pane, perhaps through a right-click menu.

    We should also be able to rename a calculated field. Currently, if you "rename" a calculated field, the "Modify" button becomes "Add". In other words, to rename a calculated field, you have to add…

    2 votes
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      0 comments  ·  PivotTables and Power Pivot  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow deletion of only filtered table rows

      When a table is not filtered, you can delete a row in only the table. However, when a filter is applied, your only option is to delete the entire sheet row.

      This is quite a pain if you are filtering for invalid values that you want to delete. The current workaround is to change the cell colour of rows to delete, then unfilter, sort by colour, and delete the rows. If sorting should be avoided, then you have no choice but to move the table or everything beside it such that nothing is beside the table.

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        1 comment  ·  Tables, Sorting and Filtering  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • date

        It would be a great improvement if DATES were handled according to the system settings, not based on the assumption that everyone uses the mm/dd/yyyy format.
        This assumption is embedded in VBA and CSV translation, and causes significant frustration for users outside USA who have a different date format. In Australia, where I am, we use dd/mm/yyyy!

        8 votes
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          2 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Make Freeze Panes, Unfreeze Panes, and Split Undo-able

          As far as anyone is concerned, freezing or unfreezing panes or using "Split" are non-trivial, infrequent edits to the file, so they should be Undo-able.

          Since they are not Undo-able, they are currently lumped in the same category as trivial, frequent edits like scrolling or changing selection/activation of cells/sheets/objects, which makes no sense.

          2 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Cell("path")

            Instead of =LEFT(CELL("filename"),FIND("[",CELL("filename"))-1) return path of current worksheet.

            Also: Make arguments universal between different language packs

            2 votes
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              2 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • like in previous version have the possibility to open a visio add-in in full visio version and not only edit version.

              In prvious Visio version you could open a visio add-in in excell with richt mouse click and choise to edit or open the add in. For ower needs it is imported to open the visio add)-inn in full version to have a full screen and all the options. We need this fast. Please implement.
              Thanks

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

                Add Excel REPL - code and see results in place:

                1. modify/create sheets
                2. modify/create charts
                3. import/export data
                4. integration with macros
                5. html output window
                6. widgets

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                  1 comment  ·  Macros and Add-ins  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add a 'Series Description' option when creating a series for a chart.

                  Add a 'series description' option when creating a series. Then when adding the legend you can select to use the series name or series description as the legend. Would be useful when using data labels that need the series name shortening in some graphs - the legend then acts as a key

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

                    Interesting idea. Thanks for the feedback. We’ll consider this in our planning for a future release. In the meantime, please continue to vote on this feature idea.

                    Thanks,
                    Scott [MSFT]

                  • Allow Older Models of PowerPivot to be upgraded

                    There are lot of sample files of PowerPivot on the web but when I try to open them they won't upgrade. Can you try to make powerpivot backwards compatible.

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                      0 comments  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Better support for images and attachments

                      I was using PowerBI and I imported various spreadsheets but I learned the hard way the limits of the spreadsheet. I need to be able to attach images and files inside of spreadsheets. Also, I would like to get access to the extended files in PowerPivot when using PowerBI.

                      1 vote
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                        0 comments  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Fix the problem with multiple Groupings on the same field in Pivot tables

                        Until Excel 2003 the Pivot Table Wizard asked the user if he/she would like to keep the new pivot table independent from the others (separated data cache). This allowed i.e. to create different groupings on the same field. Starting from Excel 2007 this option has disappeared from the pivot creation gui interface. Please re-add it.

                        3 votes
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                          2 comments  ·  PivotTables and Power Pivot  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Fix the method for Power Law and Exponential Curve fitting

                          I do not like the method for fitting data to a power law or exponential fit. I have a set of data that Minitab makes a good curve of best fit for, and Excel doesn't even get the concavity of the curve right.
                          At least make the method an option. A lot of people use excel exclusively, and for subtle misses, it will not be obvious. But if the method used by excel can be OBVIOUSLY wrong, then the method should be improved. I have a graph and sample data at
                          http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/office/forum/office_2010-excel/excel-2010-power-law-curve-fit-is-completely-wrong/c299641c-c047-422d-a7a1-1f591f90713a?tm=1453063613028

                          To explain my beef.

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                            1 comment  ·  Application Errors  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Ability to comment within formulas

                            Allow us to add commentary to formulas. While it is best practice to break up large formulas over multiple cells, sometimes it has been necessary that I must create large (or just simply complex) formulas. The ability to add commentary would help tremendously for my users or future administrators who are tasked with updating or understanding my financial models.

                            27 votes
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                              10 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • A "tree" view like worksheet explorer for grouping worksheet and navigating worksheets. Similar to windows explorer for files/folders n

                              A "tree" view of worksheets explorer. For grouping of worksheet and navigation of worksheets. Similar to Windows explorer for files/folders management and navigation. The "tree" worksheet explorer shall appear vertically at the side of the excel software window. This will also speed up the navigation when compare to navigating the worksheets by scrolling the worksheets horizontally

                              5 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Option to Permanently Disable Displaying Page Breaks

                                For some reason, Page Breaks just annoy my eyes and serve as a distraction when I am working in a spreadsheet. I would love for there to be a setting in the Options to disable them so I don't have to hassle with toggling them off every time they appear.

                                9 votes
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                                  2 comments  ·  Printing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Printing control - worksheets single/double page

                                  It would be great if there was some way for preferences to save a setting to specify printing individual worksheets as either single- or double-sided.

                                  7 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Printing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Bioinformatics: gene names errors

                                    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC459209/
                                    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC459209/bin/1471-2105-5-80-1.jpg

                                    i have recently noticed this while trying to modify a dataset in excel and importing it back into R, which throws the duplicate rowname error (e.g. sep1 and sept1 get automatically formatted into the same values).

                                    this is a really minor nuisance because most of the work is done in R, and maybe it's better addressed by guys at R. i dunno

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                                      1 comment  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • run calc on save doesn't complete saving for large tables

                                      follow up for large table and iterative comments. If running calc on save is selected and attempted on very large tables, it won't function completely before closing and data is lost.

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                                        1 comment  ·  Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • NA() result option in conditional formatting to improve charting of large tables

                                        Conditional formatting should include NA() result option. Such that if charting from a large table, conditions in data will be ignored. This eliminates the need for long formulas doing the same thing, also allowing for performance improvements

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                                          1 comment  ·  Tables, Sorting and Filtering  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Selecting multiple sheets & copying from editing sheet

                                          Selecting All Sheets & Editing/Formatting First Sheet Then All Selected Sheets Copying The Format Which We Are Formatting In First Sheet

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                                            1 comment  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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