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  1. 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 →
    • about: Application.ScreenUpdating

      I use Application.ScreenUpdating a lot.
      Before, all Excel did was not refresh the screen.
      The current version keeps switching to a blank screen over and over and over and over again.
      Is super ANNOYING.

      please, just let Excel do nothing until Application.ScreenUpdating is switch back to TRUE.

      Thank you

      5 votes
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        1 comment  ·  Macros and Add-ins  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Installing updates

        When I open Excel in my FULLY PAID Office 365, I sometimes encounter a disruptive message: "We must shut down your software to install an update!".
        While I understand the need for updates for Office 365, given that it crashes often, I suggest that you give the user A CHOICE!

        That choice is: A BUTTON that says "Install the update after I sign off from Office 365!"

        This would annoy people far less, and would result in way more updates actually installed.

        Yes, with Microsoft's habit of NEVER testing software in a realistic work environment, the fear is always: "Will…

        3 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Other  ·  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 →
          • When we use Filter for updating data in excel, excel does not have a capability to remember my filter

            When we use Filter for updating data in excel, excel does not have a capability to remember my filter.
            Example If I filter the column with Error, Then I update some row, but when i go to the filter, i do not see the keyword with which i filter

            3 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Other  ·  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 →
              • Increase production capabilities!

                Hey, I'm an old man. Used Excel for over 25 yrs.
                I want you to send someone down here and see how I use Office.
                Your commitment to the "ribbon" is not going to ward off the competition you face.
                You need to up your game and contribute to some increased interoperability functionality among your products!!!
                e.g. I have a spreadsheet with 20 graphs.
                Why cant I click a button and export them to separate slides in PowerPoint? Or to a Word doc? Heck I want to mail merge them to a Word doc!

                You also need to improve your…

                3 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • When protecting Sheets, allow grouping/ungrouping

                  There is currently no option to allow Grouping/Ungrouping when protecting a Sheet.
                  The only way to do so is with VBA.
                  Since we are sharing a comprehensive document with tons of calculations with multiple people we want to keep it Macro-free.

                  Could you please add this to the list of things you can allow on a sheet?

                  Thanks!

                  3 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • lock cloumns together

                    cells A1:A5 are merged, cells B1:B5 are sub categories of info in the merged cell. This is repeated for A6:A10, A11:A15, etc. I want to sort column B so that column A stays put, but the sub category info sorts while staying connected to the merged cells. For instance, A1:A5 have the letter "A" in the merged cell. B1:B5 have A,B,C,D,E dispersed through them, then A6:a10 has a "B" with B5:B10 havign a letter in each of those cells, and so on. I want to sort column B in alphabetical order while clomn A stays in it's current order, or…

                    3 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Tables, Sorting and Filtering  ·  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 →
                      • 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…

                        73 votes
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                          7 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • New format cell date option: YYYY-MM-DD - facilitates chronological sorting

                          New format cell date option: YYYY-MM-DD - facilitates chronological sorting

                          9 votes
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                            2 comments  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add week (w, ww) to date format

                            Allow use w or ww in date format, aplying ISO 8601:

                            Example:

                            28/Dec/2003, "aaaa/ww" results 2003/52
                            29/Dec/2003, "aaaa/ww" results 2004/01

                            Thanks

                            2 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Allow Power Query to get parameters from cell values

                              With MS Query, I could replace a portion of the SQL code that would be executed with a "parameter" from a cell. I realize this opens up the possibility of code injection, but with proper input validation in Power Query, this should not be an issue. The way parameters are set now in Power Query, there is no way to dynamically get a value from a cell, only to either manually type it in, or get one from another query. There's also no way to pass the manually entered parameter to the SQL code, only to filter on results, which…

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                                1 comment  ·  PivotTables and Power Pivot  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • STOP JUMPING THE ******* SCREEN UP AND DOWN WHEN SCROLLING.

                                STOP JUMPING THE ******* SCREEN UP AND DOWN WHEN SCROLLING.

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                                  1 comment  ·  Application Errors  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Eliminate 2 step process to opening files

                                  Eliminate 2 step process to opening files. file open should bring you directly to folder path without having to also press browse.

                                  2 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • 2 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Restore MDI

                                      Please bring Excel back to how it was prior to the 2016 version. Open only one instance of Excel for all spreadsheets. Have one Ribbon for all of them. Open all windows the same size of all others. Make split view work again. Enough of the 1,000 clicks we have to do more each day because of this SDI very bad idea.

                                      20 votes
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                                        4 comments  ·  Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Make protected file contents unavailable unless file is open

                                        In a nutshell, create a password protected file with, say, "1" through "10" in A1:A10, save it, close it.

                                        Now open any file and create a simple formula to read cell A1 in the just protected file.

                                        And... it reads it and outputs the value. Copy down and it continues to do so for cells A1:A10. (And reading A11 generates a "0" just as referencing some blank cell in the open spreadsheet will.)

                                        So... where is the protection?

                                        This should FAIL unless someone on the computer in question has ALREADY successfully opened the protected file. As in, only after someone…

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                                          1 comment  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Fix it

                                          Why would you change the comment / notes function on existing sheets without a pop up or something to ask if I want it changed. Let alone why you would reverse the name of the functions. Why isn't there a simple process to change it back. Support cant even help after an hour and direct me here but OF COURSE the instructions above File Feedback Stupid Frown doesn't exist on my version. I just want my old notes back. Seems like such a simple request but nothing with MS ever is.

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