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  1. Selecting multiple cells in rows or columns that are wider than the screen view

    When selecting multiple cells in rows or columns that are wider than the current screen view, I can usually only select the cells that are currently visible. This is a real problem when for example, I want to select data that might fill be hundreds of rows and/or hundreds of columns or even larger (I am currently working with a dataset that is more than 54,000 rows x 52 columns). The only way I can select multiple cells is to reduce the magnification on the screen so that the desired cells are all visible. Please fix this.

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    • On long spreadsheets, offer a popup that will automatically freeze the first column or row of data.

      On long spreadsheets, offer a popup that will automatically freeze the first column or row of data for easier reader use. I'm a teacher and I use excel for everything and this option is not always available on shared files.

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      • Autosave UI is HORRENDOUS

        Right now you have an "autosave" toggle on the Excel header. But this is set to "off" and is not able to be toggled on, unless you are working with a file on one drive. How presumptuous of MSFT - you put a control on the interface with no way to address it. And, your support is clueless (initially) as to why this is usable. Because they have all been trained to think that everyone uses everything you create all the time.

        Or organization, like so many others, relies on Dropbox. I also use iCloud. And Box. And OneDrive. But…

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        • Selecting a cell with Mouse doesn't always work

          I have a great deal of trouble with the mouse click in Excel (Version 15.22). I have to move the mouse out of the cell I'm working in, click on a cell far away from it several times, and then come back and try it again.

          This is never an issue with Excel (Version 14.6.4). I'd like to use the later version but it's too difficult to use with the cell selection issue.

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            We are working on a known issue where selection is not aligned correctly if you are using Page Layout View and you have some rows set to repeat on all pages. If you scroll down beyond page one, sometimes the selection becomes misaligned. If you are seeing problems in other scenarios, it would be helpful to provide a more detailed description of what you’re seeing and the steps that lead up to the issue.

            You can submit feedback including screen shots by clicking the Smiley face button near the top right corner of the Excel window. You could also ask a question on https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msoffice/forum/msoffice_excel, which may help determine exactly what steps cause the issue.

            Steve K [MS Excel]

          • touch bar - highlighting

            In the touch bar for Mac make that the function highlight "remember" the last color, like in the ribbon. Specially because the usual bright yellow does not appear in the touch bar menu of colors! Same for font color in touch bar.
            This would make a lot easier and helpful to use the touch bar to format cells

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            • Make autosave work correctly. Also provide adequate help info.

              Autosave does not work correctly -- autosaved versions are corrupt
              and no warnings are issued
              (A) Make autosave work correctly
              (B) Issue some warning online that it is not working correctly
              (C) Existing online help from Microsoft does not even tell you the
              correct folder where the autosaved files reside -- causes
              big waste of user time trying to diagnose problem

              Excel for mac 2011 Version 14.6.9
              OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 (15G1004)

              The correct folder in which files are autosaved:
              /Users/username/Library/Application Support/Microsoft/Office/Office 2011 AutoRecovery
              (Online help from Microsoft is totally wrong on this, as are suggestions
              on many online…

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              • Please add a function to insert .pdf documents into excel speadsheets

                I'd like to be able to add embed a .pdf document in a spreadsheet, and view it as either an icon or a link to the embedded document.

                Thanks.

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                • Fix Numeric Keypad on Excel 2016 for Mac

                  I love the NumPad.

                  Who doesn’t? It’s the fastest way to enter numbers. It’s even been used to support specialised input methods.

                  But I’m not loving the numerical keypad on Excel 2016.

                  I currently use a Chinese Input software called Q9, which uses the 9 number keys on the NumPad as a method to input Chinese. On Excel 2016 for Mac, every time I hit a number key on the NumPad, Excel interprets it as me entering a number, even though I am just trying to use the NumPad to interact with my input software.

                  European users are experiencing a…

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                  • Pls remove the upgrade 'nag' ribbon from Office 2011

                    Since the introduction of Office 2016 all of my Office apps give me an upgrade 'nag' ribbon on first opening.
                    I tried 2016. It is terrible. Many apps are missing critical features that make them useless for my work.
                    I don't need regular nags to harass me into updating to an inferior version.
                    Please get rid of these annoying things please. I didn't pay this much for Office to be subjected to annoying in-app advertising.

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                      • Spreadsheet Compare

                        Spreadsheet Compare for Mac Excel

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                        • Fix the forms functions (combo boxes etc.) that were broken in the upgrade from version 17 to 18.

                          In the upgrade from version 16.17 to version 16.18 of Excel, the operations available under the Developer tab were broken. The setup of operations like "Combo Box" works, but the process will not execute. This is a capability in Excel that I use literally every second day. I have solved my problem by downgrading to version 16.17, but anxiously await a patch that will restore their functionality.

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                          • Speak Cell feature

                            It has always existed that I could get the speak cell on windows however even after the last updates I don't seem to be able to find on Mac

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                            • Please support Excel for Mac on the current plus 2 previous macOS operating systems

                              https://support.office.com/article/upgrade-your-macos-to-access-new-office-365-for-mac-features-f6efc6b6-90f8-4e69-82dd-d0de32a111aa

                              There is some indication that Office for Mac 2019 will only support the latest current release of macOS plus the previous operating system. This is a formal request from an Enterprise admin to have Microsoft provide support for the current macOS operating system plus the two previous operating systems.

                              Apple has been absolutely horrendous in documenting and providing the appropriate management tools to deal with major restrictions they've been adding to macOS. This makes it much more difficult to deploy the latest macOS release on day 1. As an example, the majority of our users are still on macOS…

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                              • The next version for the Mac should compensate 2016 users

                                Those people who have bought Excel 2016 for the Mac should be compensated for lack of functionality (VBA, UserForms etc) when the new version comes out in 2019. We should get a FREE upgrade and an assurance that these issues have been sorted.

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                                • Alternate format for documentation and/or Help

                                  Although the documentation for Excel in Office360 for Mac is quite good, it could be improved.

                                  Windows and Mac advice should not be mixed: It's confusing.

                                  Breaking up each topic into bite-sized chunks is great, but the chucks seem to wander away to a series of links to other topics.

                                  There should be a terse summary for each function/action etc. in one statement because links tend to be distracting and lead to rabbit holes that lead to ... any number of topics. Links have been found to be less effective for learning than a narrative in one place.

                                  Excel is…

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                                  • Tool tips on Quick Access Toolbar

                                    Provide an option to have text (tool tips) below the icons on the Quick Access Toolbar. There could be icon+text or icon only.

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                                      • "search highlight"

                                        Searching for a an attribute; text, number etc. Highlights the attribute(s) and the cell the found attribute(s) are in. See how Numbers find function works.

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                                        • You should have alerted all users of Office 2008 for Mac about the "inadvertent" upgrade to Office 2016 that came through your AutoUpdate

                                          You should alert all Office 2008 for Mac users that you will fix the "inadvertent" upgrade that screwed up Office performance for months and prevented subsequent upgrades. Now, I have lost many tediously produced spreadsheets important to our business that I must spend hundreds of hours to reproduce. The only fix you offer is to RE-INSTALL? Microsoft caused this problem, Microsoft should fix it!

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