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  1. Add an option to change the default for "Paste" so that it can be "Formulas" or Values"

    The default for the Paste button is Paste All. This instantly destroys conditional formatting, other formats, and bordering of regions. There are now a good selection of Paste options below the Paste Button and the ability to select any one of these as the "Current Default" would speed up development time considerably. The Paste button image could be changed to show the current default.

    The important ones are to have are "Paste Formulas" and "Paste Values". The best (and simpler) implementation, in my opinion, would be to have the Paste button do Paste Formulas with the button image changed to…

    7 votes
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      3 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Power Query Data Type Fraction

      Would like to be able to convert text type to fractions. Example: 3-1/2 or 3 1/2 etc to 3.5 and have ability to have leading zero format.

      1 vote
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        1 comment  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Array formulae should work consistently

        At present some functions can be used in array formulae and others cannot. And it seems rather hit and miss as to which can and which can. All inbuilt functions should deliver results across ranges which work with array functions

        8 votes
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          1 comment  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Implement SLOPE() in PowerPivot

          Probably a very niche request, but I would like to be able to use the SLOPE() function in PowerPivot. Working around it in multiple steps is prohibitively resource-intensive.

          1 vote
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            1 comment  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Include Text orientation for a cell

            In order to view the text in the cell to display alignment , we need to have a option as orientation for the cell.

            2 votes
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            • Search a non-english or any foreign lanuage text

              Is it possible to find the position of any non-english or foreign language text?

              1 vote
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              • Align decimal easier

                It's currently possible to align by decimals but it's very hard to use. The report to a manager could look much better if 10.01 and 1.01 were centered and aligned correctly. Make this easier to implement. I have to do a web search when I need to find how to do this.

                3 votes
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                • Special format save

                  Low priority. You make it possible to save a special format but it only saves in that workbook. Make it possible so I can use it in any workbook once saved.

                  3 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • One version of Excel across all platforms

                    Why do we have 'Excel for Android', 'Excel for Mac', 'Excel for ...', etc.? The user experience of Excel should be the same across all platforms.

                    6 votes
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                    • Better working across workbooks

                      Certain functions such as COUNTIF and SUMIF give #VALUE errors if they refer to ranges in closed workbooks where as others such as MATCH work perfectly. This often leads to the need for more complex formulae using, for example, SUMPRODUCT (which does work). This needs fixing.

                      4 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Support new Ribbon controls

                        Add support for:

                        Hyperlink macro-free buttons as supported in backstage
                        Ribbon slider control
                        A control like the 'styles' gallery
                        Radio buttons with group behaviour

                        Screentips that support images or/and video/animated GIFs

                        3 votes
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                        • 3 votes
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                            3 comments  ·  Collaboration and Sharing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Cell becomes text when linked to text

                            In 2010 if I put a formula linked to a sheet that's correctly formatted as text then the cell I'm working on becomes text and all I see is a formula. Two steps to fix. One is to change number format to general and two to press F2-enter.

                            2 votes
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                            • Dealing with spaces in cells consistantly

                              A small thing but:
                              Ensure cells with spaces in them are treated consistantly. For example if B4 contains a space and B5 contain 0 then =sum(B4:B5) gives 0 but gives a #VALUE error if the range referred to is on a linked workbook

                              3 votes
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                              • 3 votes
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                                • 3 votes
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                                  • If cell formatted as text, then excel has trouble with strings having between 255 and 1024 characters.

                                    For eg, it cannot search for text string within the cell. Also contents of cell are shown as ##### in spreadsheet.

                                    2 votes
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                                    • Tables - Option to insert row rather than shift cells

                                      When a table automatically adds a new row at the bottom (e.g. when you are in the final cell and press tab), then it shifts the cells that are directly below the table down.

                                      There should also be an option to insert row, so that any rows below the table that contain information exceeding the width of the table do not get distorted.

                                      1 vote
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                                        • Have a toggle in the Go To dialogue box to navigate by area instead of by cell

                                          The Go To dialogue box commonly lists many cells when tracing precedents / dependents on another sheet. It would be more helpful if we had an option to view these in sets.
                                          I suspect that the easiest to implement would be to use the [range].Areas collection that already exists in VBA. That would be great.
                                          Even better would be to break the range into groups (groups for each R1C1 formulas, more groups for each identical constant, another group for blanks, and there's probably others that I missed). Then break each group up using [range].Areas. This more detailed approach is more…

                                          2 votes
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