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  1. Hebrew Lunar Calendar

    Excel gives calendar support for the Arabic calendar.

    I am sure there are many highly technical users working with spreadsheets with arabic calendars (pyrotechnic engineers? Pilot trainees?)

    Certainly Microsoft is making enough money off the backs of the many Jewish engineers working for them in Israel, that they could finally get around to converting the Lunar calendar, which would Jewish Excel users to sort a column on Jewish dates. And please add it as patch for Office 2011, as many are more comfortable with that version vs later revs.

    PS - Someone did most of the work here, but it…

    3 votes

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  2. Add 'Inside Border' option to drop-down for table borders

    The drop-down for borders doesn't have an 'inside borders' option. It's got 'outside', 'all', 'top', 'bottom' etc, but not inside. Would make sense to have inside also.

    4 votes

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  3. conditional number format

    Restore the tab that give ability to change number format (currency symbol) in the custom format box when creating a conditional format formula

    3 votes

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  4. Resize columns in multiple sheets at the same time in the same workbook

    In Office 2016 Excel on Windows, when I select multiple sheets, then resize a column in one sheet, that change is applied to all of the other sheets in the workbook. This does not seem to work on Excel 2016 for Mac.

    20 votes

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  5. Floating, reshapeable, self-customized command toolbars

    Along with Styles, the FLOATING, SELF-CUSTOMIZED TOOLBARS in Word and Excel were among their most valuable features. Performing the usual functions without immediate visual, local access to numerous commands--and, instead, having to go to fantastically time-and-energy wasting pull-down menus, or dreary, multiple tab accessed toolbars anchored at the top of the page--is pathetically absurd. (Just a few examples among maybe 100: in Excel the 4 command icons for Insert Rows and Columns, print area, wrap-text or not. In Word, the several icons for creating or deleting specific borders in tables for cells, columns, and rows.) It would be great to…

    6 votes

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  6. Add a DateTime Cell Format

    Excel has been around for what seems to be forever, and this problem has been around for what seems to be forever!

    When working with data, such as a database extract, all DateTime fields and considered to be a Time format. So 24/02/2014 15:30
    appears as 30:32.0.

    The function I use more than anything, but a long way is to reformat this cell to dd/mm/yyyy hh:mm. Every time, for a million times over the years!

    It would save the world hours of (confusion and) productivity time if Excel had a DateTime format, which combined our Windows preferred date format with…

    3 votes

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  7. Automatic Style updates to formatted cells

    Modifying an existing Style does not update cell values using this Style. Win-Excel instantly updates format changes to a style. MacOS version requires to manually reapply the change style to all cells. Using OWA version fails as workaround as it does not support Styles.

    Issue seems related to missing formatting preview in MacOS version Win (Example: select cell, hover over new Filling color, cell instantly previews new color)

    4 votes

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  8. bullet items for words in a cell

    allow items in a cell to be buletted

    11 votes

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  9. Bring back the "Paragraph" formatting feature for text boxes (previously available on the menubar)

    Excel for Mac 2011 previously included an option to edit features such as text alignment, indentation, line spacing, and other paragraph-related formatting features from the Format - Paragraph option on the menu bar.

    However, for some reason, this is missing completely from the menu bar on Excel 2016 for Mac. It is now only available when right-clicking inside a text box. Please see the following image for the menu:

    http://www.chapmancreativeworks.com/files/excel2016paragraphmenu.png

    The Paragraph menu items are not available from the new Format Shape - Text Options pane on the right-hand side of the screen, either. There are options for…

    6 votes

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  10. Number of Decimal Points

    The default way Excel displays numbers after the decimal point needs an update. Right now, here are the results of Excel default formatting settings. (the values in brackets are in different cells)

    A1 = [1.234]
    A2 = [1.234]
    A3 = [A1*A2] displays [1.522756]
    2X increase in values displayed post decimal!
    4 sig figs become 7 sig figs

    A1 = [2]
    A2 = [Log(A1)] displays 0.30103
    5X increase in values displayed post decimal!
    1 sig figs become 7 sig figs

    Excel is clearly just displaying all the digits it calculates. This is not the proper way to account for significant figures,…

    13 votes

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  11. It would be nice to be able to add a space after the text or ??? in a cell on AutoFit (kinda like indent) so the columns won't be so bunched

    Add and option to include spaces on the right when you AutoFit in VBA like you do to the left (indent) to keep the columns from getting so tight. I think it would make it a lot easier to read. Not so bunched up.

    3 votes

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  12. auto fit row height

    either missing or does not function properly as i have yet to find the setting - so i end up creating on the mac then editing on a windows box. Used to be that on the mac it was a better product than windows - if you are going to offer it then do not do it half-way

    7 votes

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  13. 10 votes

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  14. 10 votes

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  15. Cell gradient compatibility with windows office

    Better compatibility and be able to apply gradient fill on cells.
    When a document with conditional formatting applying gradients on cell is done in windows an then opened on mac the same breaks and file lags everywhere until remove all the gradients.
    This shouldnt happen....

    4 votes

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  16. 4 votes

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  17. Add Right (indent) to formatting options

    Excel for PC has had Left and Right (indent) in formatting since 2007. Excel for Mac only has Left (indent).

    3 votes

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  18. Font format or cell width changed in 2016

    I have many spreadsheets in which I had tailored cell widths to just fit the text I had in column headers, and upon upgrading to 2016, either the font format has changed or the cell widths have become smaller to the extent that many of my column headers have words that are split on two lines now. What did Microsoft do to make a global change in formats that has affected many of my spreadsheets? Is anyone else seeing this?

    6 votes

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  19. Annoying ungrouping of rows

    I have many sets of grouped rows, and the detail is hidden for some of them so that only the + signs are showing to the left of the row number above each group of rows. I selected a large range of cells which contains a number of these groups in order to change the height of each row in this entire range. After dragging the row height to the desired value, all of the row groups in my selection range became unhidden. This is annoying—please don’t do this. Perhaps you are thinking the user would want to see all…

    2 votes

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  20. What you have done with the text? It's virtually unreadable!

    I've just upgraded to 16.9, and now the text is much less legible and hard to read.

    I don't know why you've done this or how you could even manage to do this?

    The text is now wishy-washy and makes me now want to even look at my spreadsheets, never mind show them anyone else.

    I'll figure out how to roll back, and that's the end of updates for me until this is fixed.

    2 votes

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