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  1. Honor the "Keep Windows" part of "Quit and Keep Windows"

    (This goes not just for Excel, but for all apps in the Office 2016 for Mac suite.)

    I usually have multiple documents open that I work on simultaneously. If I quit Excel, I want all of those documents to re-open the next time I use Excel. Otherwise I have to re-open each of them individually.

    If I hold the Option key while clicking on the Excel dropdown at the top-left of the screen, the "Quit Excel" selection is changed to "Quit and Keep Windows." But when I quit Excel in this fashion, the windows I had open do NOT re-open…

    5 votes
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  2. Bring Back Save Workspace

    In prior version one had the ability to open & arrange several windows, then save the arrangement as a "workspace" [.xlw] file. In Excel 2011 the feature was renamed as Save Layout, but is yet another useful capability which has been ripped out in the 2016 release for Mac [I believe the Windows version retains the feature.]

    Please restore that functionality.

    9 votes
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  3. Remember last window size when reopening a file

    When I reopen a saved excel file, it never opens with the same size as the last time I saved the file. You need to implement a feature that remembers the window size and location each time the file is saved. Then, the next time the file is opened, it will appear in the same size and location on your desktop.

    9 votes
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  4. when opening files in Finder instead of having to go to My Mac or One Drive, show list of all files in folder, same as Excel 2011

    when opening files in Finder instead of having to go to My Mac or One Drive, show list of all files in folder, same as Excel 2011

    4 votes
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  5. Keystroke command to open excel to the last file used

    It would really be great if you could enable a keystroke command to both open excel and open to the last file used in Mac Office excel 2016.

    I guess I could learn to write an apple script to do that but I'm a bit challenged at that...also no doubt better if the app engineer is the one fussing with it :-)

    thanks for considering.

    Tom O'Connell

    2 votes
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  6. FIX THE STINKING FILE PATH RESTRICTION OF 255 CHARACTERS!!!!!!!!!!

    INCREASE OR ELIMINATE THE 255 CHARACTER LIMIT ON FILE PATHS.

    13 votes
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  7. Allow the user to clear all unpinned documents from the start-up window

    This applies to all the programs in Office 2016 for Mac. Unlike the previous versions from 2011, in the newer and "improved" applications it is no longer possible to clean unpinned documents from the list that shows when Excel/Word/PowerPoint is launched. It's also impossible to clear the recent documents that show under File > Open Recent. This clearly reflects Microsoft's new and disrespectful stance on the privacy of their customers.

    5 votes
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  8. saving single Sheets in pdf like 2011 version

    In 2011 version of Excel for Mac it was great that the name of a sheet in a multisheet workbook appeared as default in the "Save as" window above when saving that particular sheet in PDF and checking the "Sheet" option instead of "Workbook" option. Now in Excel 2016 this isnt working anymore. It doesnt matter what option you check, it will only show the name of the Workbook in the "Save as" window. As this is really annoying and i use it on several occasions every day, would appreciate any help concerning the matter.

    5 votes
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  9. Open Dialogue

    The open dialogue starts by displaying location options - One Drive, SharePoint and OnMy Mac.

    Two issues - yes they are minor but I find them really annoying:


    1. For corporate security reasons, I store virtually nothing online - it is all on my Mac. This extra step is very annoying and adds an extra click to every open document I do. Please add a way to always go directly to the On My Mac dialogue for those who so choose. We can always then click on the Online Locations button if we really want to go to one of the…

    14 votes
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  10. autosave

    My auto save was on and set for to save every 10 minutes I saved a excel file myself about 2 weeks ago and opened it up to work on it today I had been working on it and creating multiple graphs that I needed for an assignment for hours then all of the sudden excel quit on it own and didn't give me an option to save my work it did pop up with a message to send to error to mac so I clicked send when I reopened excel it only had the file I saved two weeks…

    5 votes
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  11. Insert a template into a worksheet and sync templates with other devices

    1). When working on larger workbooks, for different projects, I need to compile a worksheet with several basic sheets and from other templates. I like to insert them directly from template into the sheet. Please make it possible.

    2). A way to sync a template between different computers for same user or different users but same office account.

    4 votes
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  12. Add Dropbox as an online source in the Office Apps

    When opening new files, there is only the option for Onedrive. I would love to see Dropbox there just like the online versions of office and the Microsoft versions.

    8 votes
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  13. Saving a file in new folder

    while saving the opened file through 'save as' option, it does not give option for 'new folder'

    6 votes
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  14. Remove Cap on File Path Length - We Shouldn't Have to Move Files to Save Them

    A limit on the length of a file name is fine, but limiting the file path length means that if your life is complicated by folders within folders then you regularly have to move around folders just to save documents in Excel. This is very tedious and creates new possibilities for error while working.

    8 votes
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  15. Resume for Office Applications

    Intro: For almost 5 years, since Apple released Mac OS X Lion in July 2011), Mac users enjoyed "Resume" feature that enables applications to re-open in exactly the same state as before quitting the application or restarting the system, including window positions and contents of unsaved files.

    Problem: Lack of the "Resume" feature is what makes me dread logging off and restarting Windows. Especially when I have multiple Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents open in different virtual desktops on two monitors - having to re-create this setup after the restart is really annoying.

    Suggestion: I suggest Microsoft implements this functionality…

    6 votes
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  16. Excel routinely freezes on save/open with files saved in my onedrive folder

    Since switching to onedrive, and trying to use the onedrive sync tool, I am having constant freezes and crashes when saving to the local copy of the onedrive folder, but only from within excel. Sometimes its the spinning beachball of death, but most of the time it just says "saving" in the title bar forever and I have to force quit

    2 votes
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  17. Excel will not open file from Onedrive - stuck on 'Starting' pop up

    Excel will not open file from Onedrive - stuck on 'Starting' pop up - and if Excel opens (same with Word), it does not open the file - just goes white and crashes.

    Any help is welcome!

    2 votes
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  18. I have a file who doesn`t open anymore, where can I find a solution to recover this file ?

    I have a file who doesn`t open anymore, where can I find a solution to recover this file ?

    3 votes
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  19. stop the excel file format and extension alert popup on mac 16.14

    excel file format and extension alert popup on mac 16.14 whenever an .xls file is downloaded from net or copied from one of the older system. this also prevents linking of dat in the file.

    this is leading my entire organisation to ditch the office 365 and revert back to office 2013.

    2 votes
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  20. the most recent update for office 2011 for mac breaks excel save on osx sierra 10.12.3

    the most recent update for office 2011 for mac breaks excel save on osx sierra 10.12.3 please fix as it renders excel unusable for saving!

    2 votes
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