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  1. LEAVE THE FUCKING_NUMLOCK ON. FUCK_YOU_MICROSOFT.

    LEAVE THE FUCKING_NUMLOCK ON. FUCK_YOU_MICROSOFT.

    5 votes
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  2. Convert Number to Word (SpellNumber)

    A very much need function which should allow Excel users to convert number to word.

    Example :
    1. $ 450.00 it should convert to US Dollars four hundred fifty and zero cents only.
    2. SAR 450.00 it should convert to Saudi Riyals four hundred fifty and zero halalas only.

    Note : the conversion should be based on regional setting and user should be able define the currency code.

    =SpellNumber([cellReference],"CurrencyCode")

    11 votes
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  3. Add a CONTAINS("find_text","within_text") Function

    Excel's own documentation recommends pairing the ISNUMBER and SEARCH functions to accomplish this, but I still have team members asking on a regular basis for a function that returns whether a string is found within a given cell. An out of the box CONTAINS() function would go a long way for usability.

    15 votes
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  4. Please fix conditional formatting!!

    I create Conditional Formatting on whole columns. I should be able to insert, delete, blank within my range without Conditional Formatting breaking up into formatted sections which eventually causes some rows not to format correctly. I am constantly correcting the Conditional Formatting which is very time-consuming! It is such a handy tool but very frustrating tool to work with.

    17 votes
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  5. Ticket #12395436 - Excel arabic

    Hi, we experience an issue with MS Excel and the arabic language pack: User does right click on desktop and selects new Excel Workbook. New Workbook opens and first column A is on the right of the sheet and title of the sheet is arabic. If user just starts excel and creates a new workbook within excel all is working as expected, only if user selects new workbook from right click to desktop this happens. We installed the arabic language pack and this seems to affect the default template of excel.

    The same issue is already reported for Office2007 and…

    25 votes
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  6. Directions from 0 to 2pi 1)atan(x,y) 2)atan(E,N) and from -pi to +pi 3)atan2(x,y)

    1)atan(x,y)=pi-pi/2*(1+sgn(x))*(1-sgn(y^2))-pi/4*(2+sgn(x))*sgn(y)

    -sign(x*y)*atan((abs(x)-abs(y))/(abs(x)+abs(y))) when x=x2-x1 ,y=y2-y1

    2)atan(E,N)=pi-pi/2*(1+sgn(N))*(1-sgn(E^2))-pi/4*(2+sgn(N))*sgn(E)

    -sgn(N*E)*atan((abs(N)-abs(E))/(abs(N)+abs(E))) when N=N2-N1 ,E=E2-E1

    3)atan2(x,y)=pi/2*(1-sgn(x))*(1-sgn(y^2))+pi/4*(2-sgn(x))*sgn(y)

    -sgn(x*y)*atan((abs(x)-abs(y))/(abs(x)+abs(y))) when x=x2-x1 ,y=y2-y1

    The above fuctions give the directions in the 4 quadrans for all the pairs of dx and dy.

    For dx=dy=0 the result is indefinite .

    87 votes
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  7. Option to highlight the row or cell where your cursor is located.

    Currently there is only a line around the row number or the cell.

    E.g., you are on row 12 or on row 12, column L, the entire row or a cell will highlight in a pale color different than the worksheet. This would work well for those who have 10 or more columns going across. The end-user could choose a color and it could be a toggle for those who do not opt to have the row/cell highlighted.

    3 votes
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  8. Setting row height from 0.21" (default) to 0.5" on Page Layout does not give the proper Excel Output

    Custom Margin Settings for 2 Excel files were both set this way:

    Top: 0.5
    Bottom: 0.5
    Left: 0.7
    Right: 0.7
    Header: 0
    Footer: 0
    *no other settings modified

    First Excel File

    View > Workbook Views > Page Layout
    Highlighted first 20 Rows > Home > Cells Section > Format > Row Height > Set Row Height from 0.21" to 0.50"
    Which results in row 21 showing up on the first page,

    Second Excel File

    View > Workbook Views > Page Layout
    Highlighted first 20 Rows > Home > Cells Section > Format > Row Height > Set Row Height from…

    11 votes
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  9. Protecting Sheets / Workbooks with Password - can't see password

    When protecting sheets / worksheets with a password, there is no "eye" icon to display the password so you can verify that you've typed it in correctly. It would be great to have this function to help reduce errors and reduce the risk of locking yourself out of a file.

    3 votes
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  10. Freezing Property for Graphs, Shapes, Linked Pictures/Objects

    It will be good to have Freezing Option under Properties for Graphs, Shapes, Linked Pictures/Objects etc. where a user can have an option to lock the objects on screen... and the same should be appearing as constant even if the user scrolls to the left-right & up-down.

    This will give End-user a dynamic webpage view/feel especially for huge excel dashboards with specific KPI - graphs and charts appearing on top or on either sides

    Like: Don't Move or Size or Scroll with the Cells

    5 votes
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  11. Watermark in Excel workbook

    Idea of insertion/ removal of Watermark in the excel sheet like in word is likely for some creative work

    13 votes
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  12. still have to hit escape to deselect copied items. FUCK_YOU_MICROSOFT.

    still have to hit escape to deselect copied items. FUCK_YOU_MICROSOFT.

    3 votes
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  13. Can you make it so that features are less useful and more difficult to access with future version of excel?

    Can you make it so that features are less useful and more difficult to access with future version of excel?

    2 votes
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  14. Leave the f'ing leading zeros!!

    If my data has leading zeros, then I want leading zeros!.... How is that so hard to understand!?!... Make truncating leading zeros an optional setting, not the default.

    4 votes
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  15. Allow temporarily broken formulas

    I have a long list of formulas, and want to nest every formula within another if statement. Using find and replace to replace the beginning and end of every formula (the parts that don't differ between each one), this should be very easy. However, excel won't let me change a single one because, when I try to replace the text, "the formula is missing an opening or closing parenthesis."

    I can appreciate having error checking for formulas, but there should be SOME way to either bypass this error checking or turn it off! This is frustrating me to no end.

    8 votes
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  16. Intelligent options for data labels in charts

    We need better options for formatting and positioning data labels in charts.

    *better positioning options, including above left, below left, above right, below right, etc.

    *ability to specify offset (distance from data point), both horizontal and vertical

    *ability to nudge data labels with keyboard arrows

    *better number formats (see https://excel.uservoice.com/forums/304921-excel-for-windows-desktop-application/suggestions/14817276-intelligent-number-formatting-in-chart-axes)

    *ability to display label for min or max data point, for first data point, for last data point, for every other data point, etc.

    *Tickbox option for all the data labels to match data color or some such (match the font of the data label to the line color,…

    4 votes
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  17. Anchor period during formula entry.

    Upon upgrading to Excel version l 365 16.0.11328, I lost the ability to anchor formula ranges with the period key instead of the colon. Prior to this version, hitting the period would insert a colon so that I could complete a cell range. Could this functionality be added back to the "Transition Navigation Keys" option?

    Having started with Lotus 123 back in the 1980's, I still use "Transition Navigation Keys." Using the period during formula entry has become second nature and is embedded in my muscle memory. Please kindly consider this for your more "seasoned" Excel users.

    4 votes
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  18. STOP TURNING OFF THE ******* NUMLOCK. ******* YOU MICROSOFT.

    STOP TURNING OFF THE ******* NUMLOCK. ******* YOU MICROSOFT.

    4 votes
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  19. Excel is wrong in calculating -x^2

    If you type in for example =-6^2, Excel gives you 36. This is incorrect. Excel is assuming you mean =(-6)^2. But -6^2 is different.

    You can see this when you factorise. -6^2 = (-6)*(+6) = -36.

    Whereas (-6)^2 = (-6)*(-6)=36.

    Now if you type in = 0-6^2, only then does it give you the correct answer of -36.

    This error goes against millennia of algebraic convention.

    Plot the graph y=-x^2-7x-12 and then plot y=-7x-x^2-12. These two expressions are identical, yet Excel gives very different traces (the latter of the two gives the correct graph).

    Another way to correct -x^2 would…

    5 votes
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  20. Named conditional formatting rules

    Named conditional formatting rules - If you could name your rules they would be easier to identify. Also, it would be nice if you could right click a cell and have a choice to add it to a named conditional formatting rule. Excel would need to be intelligent enough to be able to add the cell or group of cells to the rule correctly.

    10 votes
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