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  1. Option to make line break (alt+enter) the default behavior of Enter key

    As part of my work, I spend a ton of time writing text inside of Excel spreadsheet cells. What I'm writing needs to be neatly formatted and easily legible, so my cells contain many line breaks.

    I find it endlessly frustrating that a line break requires Alt+Enter instead of simply Enter. I virtually never require the Enter key's default behavior of moving the selected cell. I end up hitting Enter out of habit, switch cells, and lose where I was with my typing.

    I would greatly appreciate an option to switch the behavior of the Enter key to always create…

    3 votes
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      0 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Active cell or line remain highlited when sheet isn't active.

      I work off a spread sheet while using another application. I highlite the cell or line to help me keep my place. The minute I click on another app the highlite goes away. This drives me crazy.

      2 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Get Data from table without Totals

        I have a table with a summary, when I get/import this table in other Excel file, it imports summary as data, that is wrong. Please correct that issue.

        2 votes
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          1 comment  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • improve custom number formatting navigation

          1) allow removal of unused customer number formats from the list of custom number formats (removes clutter created when trying out different custom number formats)
          2) make the list a MRU (most recently used) list, so you don't have to scroll all the way to the bottom each time you want to reuse a recently created format

          3 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Allow font color lock that overrides cell's default font color

            Currently I work in very large databases of excel +20,000 rows and +30 columns. My excel workbook is issued in revisions. Whenever I change a cell from an old revision of the document I change the cell font color from Black to Red. There should be a way to lock a font color without having to press the font color button on every cell that I enter new data. This is similar to the word feature where once I select the red font button all text is typed in red anywhere in the document until I select a different color.

            2 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Enhancment for Stock Data Type

              I really like the new data types, the stock data type is there a chance you pull Dividend pay dates and Dividend per share.

              13 votes
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                1 comment  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Machine Learning

                XLMiner Ad In is built for data mining / machine learning algorithms in excel and now it's high time to get this ad in in excel by default.

                2 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • In the Format Cells "Number" tab, add an option for Boolean.

                  In the Format Cells "Number" tab, add an option for Boolean. The formatted cell could then simply be clicked to switch between values.

                  There could be options for the way the value is displayed (similar to date values and the many ways they can be displayed). For example, the value could be displayed as "Yes/No", "1/0", "True/False", checked/unchecked Checkboxes, "On/Off", or custom values.

                  This would be very helpful when adding a column to a table where you need to choose a Yes-or-No option for each row. For example, "Add Tax?" or "Include in Summary"? I personally would love to have…

                  2 votes
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                    3 comments  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Nigeria Maps

                    I am loving the new MS Excel features especially the colors and most especially the maps. I just can't stop playing with it.
                    However, I noticed that while creating a map of Nigeria using states; a certain state (Kebbi) never seems to be mapped with data. The map recognizes the state but it never picks up data in that section. Please Help to make this feature PERFECT!

                    2 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Make a function act as an array function inside a non-array formula.

                      This would be for any function that could, logically, act in an array manner.

                      If one typed the function using {} instead of (), it would do so while behaving "normally" (= as it does now) if using (). For example:

                      VLOOKUP{} vs. VLOOKUP()

                      The latter would act as expected today, producing a single result no matter the possibilities (an error still being a result).

                      The former would produce an array of all the potential results (now it finds the first match and acts on it... this would find EVERY match, act upon each, and produce an array populated by…

                      4 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Please add tickers for S&P 500, Nasdaq and Russell 2000 markets.

                        You have !DJI. Please add tickers for S&P 500, Nasdaq and Russell 2000 markets. (They are ^GSPC, ^IXIC & ^RUT at !Yahoo Finance)

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                          1 comment  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Enable Center Across Selection to be added to the Quick Access Toolbar

                          Everyone knows merged cells are evil and should only be used as a last resort.
                          Center Across Selection is far superior, but you can't add it to the Quick Access Toolbar.
                          Please add Center Across Selection to the list of actions that can be added to the Quick Access Toolbar.

                          3 votes
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                          • 3 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Searchable "Options" menu

                              Like was done with Control Panel - create a field where you can search the "Options" menu for a particular setting. With new settings being added and options being re-arranged and categorized in different sections, this would be particularly useful.

                              2 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • screenshots in comment

                                Allow not only Text comments, but also screenshots, or image import as references

                                2 votes
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                                • turn off automatic date conversion

                                  Opening scientific data in excel for review or analysis purposes is a nightmare in Excel. Some values, gene names and other text automatically transforms into dates and then the data is corrupted. Changing cell format in this case corrupts the data even further and there's no way to return to the original value/text, since the data corrupts when opening the file. This is the worst functionality in Excel and I don't know anyone who benefits from the automatic transformation of dates. Please the date transformation optional setting for those who might need it!

                                  33 votes
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                                    4 comments  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Expose more events

                                    There have been a number of pleas for this before, but I want to add one more:
                                    Worksheet_BeforeChange

                                    I need to compare before and after values when a cell changes. found loads of work-arounds to do this, including having a duplicate copy of the whole workbook! But all suffer from various problems when tried. Clearly the fact that so many people have tried various work-arounds and posted them on the web indicates a need for this.

                                    It can't be that difficult to expose events which must exist already, surely? We have far more events available in Access and Word than…

                                    2 votes
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                                    • Please include other data in the new Data Types feature in Excel. The data for dividends is totally missing.

                                      For dividend/income investers, we really need dividend information if the data types for stocks is to be useful.

                                      5 votes
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                                      • Horizontal Box and Whisker Plots

                                        Schools use box and whisker plots horizontally. As of current I have only seen Excel do them vertically. This is extremely frustrating.

                                        3 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Assume HTTPS if HTTP/HTTPS is not specified in a hyperlink

                                          If I type "www.microsoft.com" in a cell and press Enter, a hyperlink to "http://www.microsoft.com/" is automatically created. The hyperlink should instead be "https://www.microsoft.com/" to help promote good security. See the video linked below to see why HTTP should never be used.
                                          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BNIkw4Ao9w

                                          For now, the rule should be this: if HTTP/HTTPS is not specified in a link, try to connect using HTTPS. If the connection succeeds, use the HTTPS version of the link. Otherwise, use the HTTP version.

                                          As HTTPS dominates more of the Internet, the rule should just be to assume all links,…

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