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  1. Improve the precision of object placement on charts

    Since Excel 10, the precision of placed objects like lines on charts has deteriorated. For example, drawing a 45 degree line on a chart from one corner to the other is very imprecise because it seems the cursor has trouble picking up the correct pixel in the chart axes corner. Sometimes the chart has to be resized to nail the placement down.

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

      Thanks for the feedback. Would you be able to provide a sample file that illustrates the problem or more specific repro steps?

      Thanks,
      Scott [MSFT]

    • Make points into objects

      Make scatterplot data plot points into objects that can be selected with the mouse in order to remove them from a regression or move them to another series.

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

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

        Thanks,
        Scott [MSFT]

      • Macros usable to other users

        When you create a macro and send the workbook to other users, unless they have their settings such that they can run a macro, you need to give them special instructions so that the macro runs.
        Surely, there must be a way to send a workbook with a macro in it to someone without having to tell them to change their security settings which often causes them to think they're doing something to put them at risk.

        3 votes
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          2 comments  ·  Macros and Add-ins  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Drag & drop tools from the ribbon to the Quick Access Toolbar

          I would like to make a suggestion to Microsoft regarding the next version of Microsoft Office. I am a heavy user of the Quick Access Toolbar (particularly in Excel) and am often adding new tools to the toolbar as I find new tasks I do frequently. It would be nice to have the option to drag and drop tools from the ribbon to the toolbar, rather than going into the Customize window.

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            1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Capture the unique list of items that are displayed when hovering over a worksheet autofilter

            rovide the ability to Capture the unique list of items that are displayed when hovering over a worksheet autofilter. It would be a very useful VBA capability.

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              0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • enable the export of find results to a worksheet

              It would be very useful to be able to capture the results from a worksheet find operation. Particularly when the search has been carried out for the complete workbook.

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                0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Possible to have Excel split worksheet into more than two vertical sections?

                With Dual Screens almost standard in the Business World, and data columns increasing in number, there are times when we are finding ourselves somewhat frustrated at the vertical screen split limitation. Would it be possible to allow the end user to split the worksheet into more than two vertical sections. Even three sections would be a fantastic help. This would allow the viewing of the beginning, middle and end of the data set, not just select two of the three.

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                  4 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Animations

                  Please give users ability to turn off animations when cell is selected. This is annoying and there is no way to turn this off.

                  13 votes
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                    8 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Redundant checkbox when protecting sheets

                    If you right-click on a sheet tab and go "Protect Sheet", there seems to be a redundant checkbox labelled "Protect worksheet and contents of locked cells". If it is checked, you can press OK. If it is unchecked, you cannot.

                    If the user wants to protect the sheet, they will click OK, otherwise they will click Cancel. There is no need to activate OK first.

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                      0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Data validation - allow Table references as List Source.

                      If I'm using Data Validation in List mode, and I use a Table reference (e.g. "=Table1[Column1]") as the source, for some reason it doesn't work!

                      The workaround is to create a separate named range for that Table reference (e.g. make a named range called "Table1Column1" that Refers to "=Table1[Column1]", but it's a real pain to have to do this every time, and it is something that I use a lot!

                      29 votes
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                        7 comments  ·  Tables, Sorting and Filtering  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Create NETWORKHOURS as a new function

                        I would like to see a function that calculates hours worked over a period of Excel Dates that incorporates working hours and non-working hours as well as holidays and weekends parameters. This function could use similar logic to the NETWORDAYS.INTL function's use or holidays and weekends parameters.

                        20 votes
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                          2 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • STDEVIFS Standard Deviation if formula

                          STDEVIFS formula similar to AVERAGEIFS. Thanks

                          6 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Freeze pane for bottom row(s) of a range

                            It would be good to be able to freeze one or more bottom lines (as well as the headers) of a range or table to be able to keep things like totals in view at all times.
                            Similarly, freezing columns on the right hand side of the sheet would be useful sometimes.

                            22 votes
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                              5 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Adding a scroll bar as a default option in excel charts

                              It appears when the range of data in a chart is huge, providing a scrollbar can be a handy option to scroll through big data in a user friendly way (without going through sizing -resizing again). If you can provide this option with charts (and thus in VBAs), it will be a handy feature to work with !
                              Cheers, Pramod

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

                                Thanks for the feedback and further clarification. We are currently exploring a number of interactive features like this. We’ll keep this one in mind during our planning process. Please continue to vote on this feature idea.

                                Thanks,
                                Scott [MSFT}

                              • Regression output to include labels from both columns

                                Currently the regression output only includes the label for the X range. It would be helpful if the Y-range label would also be included.

                                2 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add ability to convert between metric and feet and inches

                                  I often work with Europeans who measure hieght in centimeters and for me it's easier to see that in Feet and Inches. So when I see 174 cm, I would like to see it in 5'8.5" without having to constantly look it up on the internet, how to get Excel to convert that for me.

                                  My request is, have the convert() function add "feet and inches" as an option so that I can convert easily, and also let me type in "5'8"" into a cell, and convert that back into centimeters or meters easily using convert() function. Additionally, all measurements…

                                  8 votes
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                                    3 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Axis title high-low option for charts.

                                    For some unknown reason, excel chart always flips my data so that the first data point is at the bottom of the y axis. As a result, I always have to select 'reverse order' so that the data appears in the order that I type it. Annoying, but not a major problem. However, the x-axis title is now always at the top, and there is no option to select 'high' to place it at the bottom of the chart.

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

                                      I’m not able to reproduce the problem you are describing. Can you send me more explicit steps that are needed to reproduce it and a sample file?

                                      Thanks,
                                      Scott [MSFT]

                                    • When you go to the "move or copy" tab icon, it would be easier if that drop down list included the highlights that I've added to each tab.

                                      When you go to the "move or copy" tab icon, it would be easier if that drop down list included the highlights that I've added to each tab.

                                      2 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • All done. We made 1 replacements.

                                        This is extremely minor but it is still a mistake. If you Replace All and only 1 replacement is made, "replacements" remains plural even though it should be singular.

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                                          1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Change automatic border color

                                          Black borders are ugly and take attention away from the data in tables. I would like to be able to switch the default border color to gray, but I can’t do that either at the workbook or the sheet level. This means that I have to manually change the border color or paste formatting every time I add borders.

                                          I’ve tried setting preferences in the Workbook and Worksheet templates in the XLStart folder, but the border preference does not stick.

                                          This is not to be confused with the default gridline color, which can be set in the Advanced Excel option.

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                                            2 comments  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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