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  1. Data validation rules do not extend while adding new rows in a table.

    While formulas in columns extend with new rows added to a table, data validation rules do not. That's unintuitive and very inconvenient.

    4 votes
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      2 comments  ·  Tables, Sorting and Filtering  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Open multiple files with the same file name

      Allow excel to open files with the same name but different location at the same time

      18 votes
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        1 comment  ·  Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Allow user to select ranges and edit cells within a merged cell without un-merging cells

        PROBLEM: We often have tables (not always defined as a formal table range) that include horizontally merged cells within a row. On occasion, we need to delete a block of cells from the center of the table where the merged rows span over the cells being deleted. This operation cannot be performed because we cannot specifically select the block of cells we want to delete.

        GLITCH: When a block selection includes horizontally merged cells, the selection is forced to expand to included the full width of any merged cells included in the range. This, in turn, forces a widened selection…

        4 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Multiple y axes on xy charts

          Right now, xy charts only supports a primary and a secondary Y axis. It would be great if we would be able to draw multiple lines with different scales, each one with its own Y axis. And when I say multiple, I mean more than just 2, as it is supported right now.

          Attached an example with 4 Y axis.

          14 votes
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            3 comments  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • With Map Charts, Please Add Leader Lines So That You Can See the Data Labels In Small Geographic Areas

            With Map Charts, I cannot see the data labels in small geographic areas. Can you please make them "editable" so that I can move/ resize them and/or add leader lines to the data labels so that the values can be properly displayed.

            3 votes
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              1 comment  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add support for custom data connectors (Power Query M extensions)

              Custom Data Connectors mechanism is being developed by Power BI Desktop team:

              * https://github.com/Microsoft/DataConnectors
              * https://github.com/Microsoft/DataConnectors/blob/master/docs/m-extensions.md

              Excel's Get & Transform engine (Power Query) should have support for *.mez/*.pqx extensions too.

              32 votes
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                1 comment  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Allow multiple files to open with one Excel instance.

                In order to increase productivity, and to improve visual efficiency, please allow multiple files to open in one window (instance) of Excel. The ribbons and menus take up too much display space.

                20 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Please, please, PLEASE add double strikethrough to Excel!!!

                  Please add double strikethrough to Excel. I've often wished that it was available in Excel as it is in Word. It seems if it's available in Word, it'd be easy enough to add it to Excel.

                  Please consider this addition.

                  Thanks!!!

                  3 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Ability to right click and take the sum in the status Bar

                    In the status bar when you select a bunch of numbers it shows the Sum, Average and Count (default setting). A feature where one can right click on the status bar and copy the sum (or Average or count) to paste it in another file would be super useful. Sometimes we need to select a few items and quickly get the sum etc and probably paste it in an email or take the data into another excel file. That way one can avoid writing formulas or scribbling it on a piece of paper.

                    4 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • My suggestion is to have additional TOGGLE command or feature in MS EXCEL while putting filter.

                      Greetings!!

                      My suggestion is to have additional TOGGLE command or feature in MS EXCEL while putting filter. One can put filter to available fields for example A, B, C, D and E. When I put filter to A and B, and then I want to put TOGGLE filter like C, D and E, it's time consuming. This new TOGGLE feature or command will be really helpful when there will be large number of data. Example showing short data with five numbers only. Thank You!

                      3 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Tables, Sorting and Filtering  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Dates w/o year

                        I have a long list of employees with their birthdays. I don't care how old they are (i.e. the year of DOB). I only want to know when to get them a card.

                        I cannot simply enter MONTH and DAY to sort. If I put in their year, in it sorts by age. If I text format, I get all the April dates...then the August dates...

                        My workaround is to list every DOB with the year as 2016. It's annoying, but that's the only way I can sort Jan to Dec.

                        3 votes
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                          2 comments  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Correct illogical limit of 255 characters for entering Matrix formulas using VBA

                          When you use Excel, you have a limit of 8192 for the lenght of a formula.

                          When you assign a matrix formula using VBA, it is restricted to 255.
                          Even using macro recorder, it'll save the correct instruction, but then it'll be useless as VBA won't execute that instruction.

                          3 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Macros and Add-ins  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • two capital letters followed by lowercase

                            Please allow me to type in two capital letters followed by a lower case letter. Even when choosing Text or using ' it will not allow it. It constantly changes the second upper case letter to lower case. I do a lot of sheets with colleges. Some instances are UVa or UGa. It always changes the V and G. Please give me a way to enter text as I want it presented. Thank you

                            3 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • A dark theme that includes the page.

                              I love the dark them, for the outer edges of Excel, however, I want the excel page to also invert. So the cells go black, the lettering goes white.

                              4 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Convert Dynamic Arrays into Tables

                                The new Dynamic Arrays make possible to automatically fill down formulas. Tables can also fill down formulas. Microsoft Excel Team could make both features be compatible so we could convert Dynamic Arrays into Tables making them expand and shrink according to the main formula.

                                3 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Allow the use of the debug button when the project is locked for viewing (for those who know the password)

                                  Feature request: being able to use the debug button when the vba code is protected from viewing

                                  Problem: When a user encounters an error and the vba project is protected from viewing, currently the debug button is disabled and the user can only press "End" to stop the code. As a developer, this makes it cumbersome to troubleshoot - it's not always easy to reproduce the bug, which currently involves ending the code, unlocking the project, and then restarting the code hoping that the same error will occur again.

                                  Solution: Always allow the debug button to be pressed, even if…

                                  3 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Application Errors  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • 16 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Macros and Add-ins  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Date formating

                                      Don't have it change the ******* date format to anything other than what I have typed into the block.

                                      4 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Option to show list of sheets sorted by name. Today it's only sorted by index.

                                        Option to show list of sheets sorted by name. Today it's only sorted by index.
                                        In English:
                                        Option to show list of sheets sorted by name. Today it's only sorted by index.
                                        When we right click on the navigation arrows (bottom left corner of Excel), Excel shows us a list of the worksheets sorted by index/position in the workbook.

                                        Suggestion: add a checkbox or a combobox to that dialog box, with a couple more options, like the attached image:
                                        Index Asc
                                        Index Desc
                                        A to Z
                                        Z to A

                                        This is not to move the sheets around, this is to…

                                        72 votes
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                                          7 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Remove the unused space in the File Open Recent dialog to allow long file names

                                          The File Open (Recent) dialog shows :

                                          - a vertical scroll bar and
                                          - an empty/unused space on the right hand

                                          The scroll bar has a fixed position.
                                          Therefore long file names are truncated.

                                          So far no-one can tall what this empty space is being used for.

                                          My suggestion is to
                                          either
                                          - allow users to move the vertical scroll bar more to the right
                                          or
                                          - better, to remove the empty space.

                                          3 votes
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                                            0 comments  ·  Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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