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  1. Reopen windows previously open when Excel (or Word) is reopened

    When Excel – and also Word – is reopened, it does not reopen the files that previously had been opened when Excel/Word was closed. This is a VERY useful feature that recent versions of MAC OS, and MS Office, supported. PLEASE bring this feature back to Excel and Word, and PowerPoint as well.

    10 votes
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  2. Auto file backup

    Prior to 2016, there exist an option set "Auto file backup". When I recently upgraded to 2016, this file backup feature has disappeared. Please bring it back as this is so vital for protecting previous work if I wanted to go back to the previous

    2 votes
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  3. 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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  4. Microsoft Excel 15.30 (Office 2016 for Mac) and earlier versions cannot open files

    Microsoft Excel 15.30 (Office 2016 for Mac) and earlier versions cannot open files if pathname is long or contains special characters, generating the error message below which is not correct:

    Microsoft Excel cannot access the file... There are several possible reasons:
    • The file name or path name does not exist.
    • The file you're trying to open is being used by another program. Close the document in the other program, and try again.

    • The name of the workbook you're trying to save is the same as the name of another document that is read-only. Try saving the workbook

    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. 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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  7. Fix the bug that prevents using File Save or File Save As to name or rename or copy a file

    Get rid of the "Tags" line in the File Save and File Save As dialogue boxes. Since this was introduced in an "Update" it causes the Cancel and Save/OK buttons to be off the bottom of the screen and inaccessible. Thus you cannot either Save the File or Cancel the operation ad return to the unsaved spreadsheet. The only way out of this impasse is to Force Quit Excel, thereby losing all prior work, re-starting Excel and starting another spreadsheet.

    The only workaround I have found is to select a file in Finder, use Duplicate File to create a copy…

    2 votes
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    What version of Mac Excel are you running now, and what version didn’t have the issue you’re raising?

    Thanks,
    Dan [MS]

  8. Text file Save As File Format EOL character should be LF

    When I save AS Tab Delimited or CSV it keeps using the old Mac EOL of CR from pre-Mac OS 9. Mac OS 10.x default EOL is LF, same as Unix/Linux. Apple switch to LF from CR in 2001, it's been 15 years.

    LF should be for Save AS File format options of:
    CSV UTF-8 (Comma delimited)
    Comma Seperated Values (.csv)
    UTF-16 Unicode Text (.txt)
    Tab Delimited Text (.txt)
    Space Delimited Text (.prn)

    If File Format Option says Windows or MS-DOS, then it should have an EOL of CR/LF, which is currently doing.

    3 votes
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  9. 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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  10. default pref choosen ws format forced to an existing worksheet

    I noticed that there is a setting that forced every opened WS to set to dirty state ( unsaved state) and when saved it will use/forced a different, the set default WS format.
    This setting is found, preferences > tab Compatilibity > preffered file format. The popover note says, that I can set this to the one that I used most, but not that it forces me to change an existing WS format to that format.
    So, instead that it is used only with a new document, where and when I do expect it to effect on, Excel doesn't respect…

    1 vote
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  11. 'Save as...' window is truncated so cannot actually hit the 'Save' button

    'Save as...' window is truncated so cannot actually see/hit the 'Save' button. Can't scroll though the window so have to make the whole screen full size in order for the Save As window to resize to fit the page. Is this a bug that needs fixing (v 2011)?

    9 votes
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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. / in filename created as Read-only

    Dear Microsoft, you are defaulting permissions of my excel files/work book with a / in the filename "Read-Only". What kinda stereotype is that!

    1 vote
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  20. 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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