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  1. Improve graph creation and customization

    When graphing it's a nightmare to make something with error bars or to create a good legend ... etc. Please make it possible to insert a group as a single value for a bar chart. Select the group, ask the chart to display the mean (or median or whatever statistic), and from there ask it to display error bars and so on.

    Speaking of error bars, I think it's necessary to add the option of changing the width of the flat caps. Having larger charts is excruciating.

    Another problem with the charts is that I can't specify the range easily.…

    6 votes

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

    Thanks for the feedback. We’ll consider this for a future release. Please continue to vote on this feature request which will increase its likelihood of getting in the product.

    For your last item, could you provide a sample workbook showing your problem?

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  2. Cannot open files saved after assigning graph series values names that use structured references

    Since graphs series cannot contain formulas, if you want to make a graph dynamic, you must use a name (in the Name Manager sense) that contains a formula that determines the dynamic range.

    However, if that name uses structured references, then when you save and reopen the file, Excel will crash and the workbook will be unusable to Excel.

    To see what I mean, download this workbook:
    http://www.mediafire.com/view/a2681miflhdjxep/Graph_Crash.xlsb
    Right-click on the graph and go Select Data. Edit Series1 and change its series values to read "=s!y" (without quotes). Save, close, reopen, crash.

    4 votes

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    1 comment  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. Insert an image directly from a scanner

    In order to insert an image from hardcopy material it is necessary to scan the material to a graphic file and then insert the graphic. It would save time and effort to insert an image directly from a scanner. For example, I scan invoices and cash register receipts from individuals to insert into a voucher for authorization to cut a check for reimbursement to the individual.

    6 votes

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    0 comments  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    This is an interesting idea. We will definitely consider it while planning our next round of features. Please continue to vote on this feature idea.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  4. Enable Vari-wide / MariMekko charts

    Hi, I use Vari-wide or Marimekko charts quite frequently and find this to be a major pain in Excel. There are ways to work this in using Area charts and additional rows and formulas for formatting, but it takes a while. Further, it often doesn't allow a linear chart based on my values unless I change the axis to dates, and cheat the formatting to show non date numbers...

    It would be great if this could be built in, or at least be made easier (by not having to change the x-axis to dates)

    (2015-11-05 Dan [MS] recategorized to Charting)

    5 votes

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    0 comments  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for the feedback. We’ll consider this for a future release. Please continue to vote on this feature request which will increase its likelihood of getting in the product.

    Could you also further comment on the specific features of a MariMekko chart that you would like to see?

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  5. Charts - Decomposition Trees

    Please add Decomposition Trees as a standard chart type : http://bit.ly/1GLL4hH

    5 votes

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

    Thanks for the feedback. We’ll consider this for a future release. Please continue to vote on this feature request which will increase its likelihood of getting in the product.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  6. Option to automatically resize a pivot chart to show all labels as slicers change

    Pivot Chart option to auto resize to show all labels as slicers change the data

    10 votes

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  7. "Comment" window double as container for Chart or visual data Analytics object

    The cell 'comments' window should double as a container for 'simple? ' visual data analytics objects, charts, or BI visuals. For example if I had a column or row of numbers
    row 1 - 3, 5, 6, 7
    row 2 - 4, 6, 9,10
    I would like to click in an area in either of the last numbers of either ranged row of numbers and a pop-up visual chart view of the data would appear. Chart Labels could be created in the Data Validation window just as lists are made.

    3 votes

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

    Interesting idea. Thanks for the feedback. We’ll consider this for a future release. Please continue to vote on this feature request which will increase its likelihood of getting in the product.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  8. Allow dynamic selection of data callouts/labels

    I'd like to be able to say, for example, "show the label for the 2nd to last item in the series".

    Many of the dashboards I see/create pull in data on refresh and this would allow one to create better visuals that require less futzing are refresh.

    2 votes

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    0 comments  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Interesting idea. Thanks for the feedback. We’ll consider this in our next round of planning for a future release. Please continue to vote on this feature idea.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  9. Chart alignment

    Make it possible to select the chart x-axis to auto align or always align to zero or always zoom only on the data somewhere in the y axis.

    6 votes

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  10. adding picture to excel spreadsheet

    adding graphs from other sites that would usually fit in a word document to an excel document. Or the ability to attach a word tab to an excel document.

    4 votes

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  11. Semi Average Regression Line

    Hey
    I have to create a semi average regression line my school project . I have no idea how to create one on my own. Could you please put this line as one of the trendlines on excel?
    Much appreciated

    4 votes

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    1 comment  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. easy way to plot a maximum curve for multiple curves at once. upper envelope curve

    Right now there isnt a way to plot an envelope curve easily in excel without first finding arguments to find the data that you are looking for. With some data sets this can be really difficult and it would be nice to find the max and minimum y for any given x.

    2 votes

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  13. Hiding a PivotField deletes right PivotChart Axis

    Have a PivotChart with 2 series bound to the left AxisGroup and 2 series bound to the right AxisGroup.
    Now hide the PivotField corresponding to one of the series bound to the left AxisGroup.
    ==> Excel deletes the right Axis and binds all series to the left AxisGroup; see Demo macro.
    That is not desired.

    Sub Demo()

    Dim lcCO As Excel.ChartObject
    
    Dim lcLO As Excel.ListObject
    Dim lcPT As Excel.PivotTable
    Dim lcWS As Excel.Worksheet

    Workbooks.Add
    Set lcWS = ActiveSheet
    With lcWS
    .[a1] = "Time": .[b1] = "Left1": .[c1] = "Left2": .[d1] = "Right1": .[e1] = "Right2"
    .[a2] = "0:00:01": .[b2] =…

    2 votes

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  14. For technical users of Excel, we absolutely need more symbols in the charts. Double new symbols: simply flag all existing symbols.

    Simply adding "flags" to all existing symbols, with optional color and fill options (for the symbol), can create double the number of symbols currently available. This is needed for highly technical charts. Also, if the symbol choices were made at the time the data were selected, much time could be saved from adjusting the chart later. "Flags" are simply a 45-degree-line tick mark on the upper right side of the symbol.

    6 votes

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    2 comments  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for the additional details. We’ll consider this in our future planning. Please continue to vote on this feature idea.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  15. Make points into objects

    Make scatterplot data plot points into objects that can be selected with the mouse in order to remove them from a regression or move them to another series.

    2 votes

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

    Thanks for the feedback and further details. We’ll consider this in our next planning round for a future release. In the meantime, please continue to vote on this feature idea.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  16. Cortana should learn excel syntax so that I don't have to

    Cortana should learn excel syntax so that I don't have to. Pretty simple, for users that don't want to learn functions such as left/right, they should simply be able to say "Cortana, take the last 3digits off that column and put them in the next column" "Make me a pie chart with the colors red white and blue"

    (2015-11-05 Dan [MS] - added to Formulas and Functions category)

    8 votes

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  17. Error with scatter plot (aka data parsing)

    Charting as a scatter plot.
    If I have a table exactly like this:
    x y
    1 2
    I expect to plot exactly one point at coordinate 1,2. Instead I get two points even though it's a scatter plot.

    To get around this I have to make up additional points, and then erase them. I should not have to do this.

    3 votes

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

    Thanks for the feedback. We’ll consider this for a future release. Please continue to vote on this feature request which will increase its likelihood of getting in the product.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  18. When altering a graph have an option to see the updated graph only after the settings window you had open is closed.

    For example when adding multiple data series to a scatter plot the graph is updated after each series is added. It can take a long time to add a new series after a few have been added, when using large amounts of data points. I suggest something like what photoshop does which allows you to disable updates until the current settings window is closed.

    I have found a work around. If you place the graph in excel so you can't see it and click "Format-select data" you can plot as many series as you like without lag since it is…

    3 votes

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    0 comments  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for the feedback. We’ll consider this for a future release. Please continue to vote on this feature request which will increase its likelihood of getting in the product.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  19. Convert freeform shape to plot via x,y points

    I would like to draw a freeform shape using the drawing tools, and then apply a tool or function that allows me to replicate the shape in an x-y plot. I found some VBA code online that lets me find the vertices of said shape, and I can plot those vertices in an x-y plot, but it comes out as some sort of weird approximation. It reminds me of when you use Google translate for a phrase into one language, and then you translate it back.

    2 votes

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    0 comments  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Cool idea. We will definitely consider it while planning our next round of features. Please continue to vote on this feature idea.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  20. From a chart's series to x/y values range with a right click menu option

    Consider adding these options to a selected series' or datapoint context menu:
    . Go to the X values range
    . Go to the Y values range
    . Go to the series name range
    . Extend/contract series range by n cells.

    I've actually implemented all of this for my own use in VBA, with keyboard shortcuts. So Alt+Right extends every range one cell, Alt+Shift+Right extends every range 20 cells, Ctrl+i in a chart takes me to the X values range (or cell, if a single data point is selected). HUGE time saver.

    2 votes

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    0 comments  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    These are interesting ideas. Thanks for the feedback. We’ll consider this for a future release. Please continue to vote on this feature request which will increase its likelihood of getting in the product.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

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