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  1. Increase the file path length to more than 218 characters

    Incresaing the character count in the file path matching with Excel online would be fitting. Or even more. It seems crazy that Excel can't open a valid file that the filesystem allows. People have been complaining about this since Office 2000. The thread below has over 11 thousand views and there are plenty others. Please fix this.

    16 votes
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      1 comment  ·  Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Expandable & Collapsible Workbooks by Grouped Workbooks

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      It would be great if workbooks could be grouped together so that you can collapse or expand a group of tabs similar to grouping rows. I currently use several tabs in one spreadsheet. It could be 100 workbooks (tabs) or more. They are grouped by color, but if i need to see something, I have to search by scrolling to the right or left and reading the tabs below. Since I am constantly adding tabs, making a table of contents is not as convenient because I would constantly have to change that. This really would be a great new…

      3 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Notification to other users of a file.

        Have an option to notify the user who has a file open that another user wants to edit the file; not just a notify button for yourself to be informed when the file is closed by the other user.

        5 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Text Interpreter Function without Evaluate()

          I would like to harness the ability to evaluate a text formula expression in a range or table. I was wondering if anyone else has thought about this before. It seems that FORMULATEXT() or INDIRECT() could be used for this purpose but alas..... it seems they cannot. Basically, the scenario I would find it most useful would be the ability to set up a formula lookup table and essentially do a vlookup to get the correct formula to use for a particular variable. This would eliminate the need to inject custom VBA functions or use EVALUATE(). This type of functionality…

          19 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • sOMETIMES SEARCH BUT NOT AWARE THAT WORKSHET IS FILTERED. CAN YOU PROVIDE AND ALERT THAT SEARCH IS CONSTRAINED BY FILTERED AREA BY COLUM XX

            SEARCH FUNCTION - SOMETIMES SEARCH BUT NOT AWARE THAT WORKSHEET IS FILTERED. CAN YOU PROVIDE AN ALERT THAT SEARCH IS CONSTRAINED BY FILTERED AREA BY COLUMN XX & COLUMN YY.

            2 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add current date via command in ribbon (and not via keyboard shortcut)

              Not everybody prefers to user keyboard shortcuts.

              At the moment there's no way to enter the current date (or time) via a command in a ribbon.

              I suggest to add those missing commands.

              3 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Add Conditional Formatting where multiple cells would need to meet criteria to highlight entire row

                Add ability to apply Conditional Formatting where multiple cells would need to meet criteria multiple criteria to highlight entire row. For example if cell b1 is x, AND cell d is >x, AND cell j is =< x, highlight entire row.

                4 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Enable the creation of a gradient header/footer/background that can print all the way to the edges of the paper.

                  Enable the creation of a gradient header/footer/background that can print all the way to the edges of the paper. Or just let Word and Excel play together and share a file format.

                  2 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Apply color on columns as well when filtering is enabled

                    When a filter is enabled, you cannot always see where the filter is switched on. It also gets very difficult when you work with a lot of filters and data.

                    Please make the column change colour (like the row when a filter is on) so it is easier to see which columns are filtered

                    2 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add functionality for ctrl+shift+v paste without formatting

                      Other programs allow paste without formatting using ctrl+shift+v. Though this can be done through the right click menu it would be great to see this function built in.

                      3 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • This is fully paid and roperly installed Office-365. Why is my Excel program "Unlicensed" and not functioninig?

                        This is fully paid for and ropery installed Office-365. Shy is my Excel program "Unlicensed" and not functioning? Please correct this IMMEDIATELY!

                        3 votes
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                          3 comments  ·  Application Errors  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • be able to add hyperlinks to comments in excel

                          be able to add hyperlinks to comments in excel

                          5 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • In charts, create an option to align the 'zero' points of primary and secondary y-axes.

                            When charting to quite different datasets on a combo graph, there doesn't seem to be a way to force the 'zero' points of each y axis to align without weird hacks involving creating extra data series. For example, with revenue and costs on the left axis and margin % on the right axis, it becomes misleading when the vertical alignment of $0 isn't the same as 0%

                            2 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • metadata

                              I would love to see the Get Data from Folder allow me to get metadata from the files in the folder. Such as metadata from Audio(MP3), Photo(Jpg) or Video(MP4, MKV), etc. This method currently gets me the File Name and Size but that is about it useful.

                              This would allow a user a method to create a list of all their files with data that's useful and important and keep it up to date with a click.

                              2 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • text box bullet points

                                The text box feature is useful for posting instructions to users of a Workbook. I would like to see it able to use bullet point formatting. Currently, it seems like the paragraph wrap-around does not work properly after editing.

                                4 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Show Tab Color of Hidden Tabs

                                  It would be helpful to see the color of the hidden tabs when trying to unhide tabs. For example, if I wanted to unhide all tabs colored RED, I would have to unhide everything and then hide the Non-RED tabs again.

                                  2 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Allow editing of Icons

                                    Allow editing of icons, as previously permitted.

                                    2 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • AUTOPOPULATE FOR WORD, NUMBER & SYMBOL

                                      For fix letter its make us type the same point so many times if excel makes it auto-populate the same point at the columns that we choose as a fix word It makes us just type once and every column will be auto-populated with those chosen columns and chosen word to be auto-populated.

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                                        1 comment  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Calendar, calendar, calendar!

                                        For over twenty years, the calendar is not available for Excel (interact with sheet)! And you kill ActiveX calendar too. I'm looking for good words...

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                                        • Excel Map still can not render value for the "Liberecký kraj"

                                          Bing Maps (in Excel) don't know term "Liberecký kraj"

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                                            1 comment  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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