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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…

    6 votes

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Add local Mac support for Auto-save

    In earlier versions of Office for Mac (e.g. 2011) the auto-save function saved a copy to wherever on the Mac hard drive you desired - either a native folder, or iCloud or DropBox. Then 2016 and Office 365 came along and slyly required you to license OneDrive in order for this function to work. FOUL PLAY! Make it work on the native hard drive and other (more popular) cloud file-sharing services again.

    5 votes

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  5. Excel for Mac bad PDF export font kerning problems and other messy details

    Today at work I encountered this problem while making PDF's of charts for a print publication. The Mac version of Excel is not able to produce proper PDF's! Look at the wonky kerning of the numbers under these charts, and the wobbly dotted lines. Compare them to the perfect kerning in the Excel for Windows 2017 PDF export...!
    The same sheet was used for this export. First I thought it was the zoom level of Adobe Acrobat interferring with the pixel mapping of my screen but it is not, the PDFs are just jiggy and messy when exported on a…

    5 votes

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  6. stop warning dialog on every save (xls)

    Since the 16.x version of Excel 365, I get a warning dialog every time I try to save a file in xls format. Since I am working on dozens of existing spreadsheets, this is a total nightmare because every time I save I get a warning about possible data loss because of the xls format. There is no way to disable the dialog. This did not happen with 15.x versions of Excel. Please add a "do not show anymore" checkbox to that dialog or an option in settings to disable that check.

    5 votes

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  7. Use of “Save As” Command Crashes Excel

    I have Excel 2016 for Mac (Office 365) and I find that whenever I open an existing worksheet, edit it, and try to save it under a new name using Excel’s “Save As” command, Excel freezes and I always have to close it using the macOS “Force Quit” command.

    5 votes

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  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. I would like to save to a directory/folder on iCloud and am unable to select the directory on iCloud.

    I need to save to a directory on iCloud and am unable to select a specific directory on iCloud.

    4 votes

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  12. don't delete the list of recent files when updating

    don't delete the list of recent files when updating

    4 votes

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  13. 4 votes

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  14. Export to CSV or TXT file using a custom or specific delimiter

    Add the feature to export an excel file to a .CSV or .TXT file with custom/specific delimiters.

    So if you want to create a pipe file, you can select the delimiter ( | ) and there you go, you have your pipe file from excel.

    4 votes

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  15. This workbook contains content that isn't supported in this version of Excel.

    I have an Office 365 subscription. It is loaded on both my Mac and PC. When I create files in my PC I often find they will not open on my Mac. I have to open them as read-only and then save a copy and then delete the PC original so I don't end up with endless copies. I can open the Mac copies just fine on the PC... It would be nice if the subscription worked seamlessly between both my computers.
    I don't use macros or any really 'fancy' functions in my spreadsheets. They are pretty much basic spreadsheets…

    4 votes

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  16. When saving an xls file, as an xlsx, give the option to replace the xls.

    Files from my company server are all in xls format, but as I work on them I want to save them in xlsx that has the formating and is much smaller in size. As it is, I have to save it to xlsx and then remember to go in and delete the xls file.

    4 votes

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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. Ability to select multiple files or clear all files under the Recent Tab of the Welcome Splash Screen?

    I just want to know if you add a feature that lets all users select multiple files or clear all files under the Recent tab of the Start Screen of Microsoft Office Suite programs, what do you think?

    3 votes

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