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  1. Be more forthcoming about the lack of parity with the Windows product in your online advertising

    When I visited the Microsoft website trying to decide whether to update from an 11 year old application suite (Office 2008 for Mac), learn to use Apple's own suite of applications for the Mac (Numbers and Pages—I'm already competent in Keynote and have abandoned PowerPoint), I read things that intimate that Mac users are "getting some things first"; e.g., in Office 2019. It's not clear what we're getting other than a new moniker.
    It's certainly clear in my first day or two of my 30 day trial that much has changed, but when I try to delve a bit deeper…

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    • Improve Excel for Mac performance

      Please improve Excel performance. I have Microsoft for Windows opened in a virtual machine alongside Excel for Mac. And despite limited resources Excel for Windows performs MUCH better.
      For example when I put any value in a cell and hit enter and do it multiple times in a row then I experience a noticeable lag. There's no lag when I use the Windows version for the same file.

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      • Make Ribbon tabs space efficient - Collapse 'Tell me what you want to do' for narrow windows

        The 'Tell me what you want to do" label (along with the Share and Comments buttons) takes up so much horizontal space that it hides most Ribbon tabs when the window is a narrow size. Understanding that not all spreadsheets are displayed full-screen all the time, it would be great if this label collapsed down to something much smaller when the window size is narrow. (Other ribbon controls could also be made more useable for narrow windows by following the lead of how Windows Excel displays its ribbon controls on narrow windows).

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        • Bring back the old interface design and speed it up. ust moved from Office Mac 2011 to 2016 kicking and screaming, with the loss of the abil

          ust moved from Office Mac 2011 to 2016 kicking and screaming, with the loss of the ability use keyboard rather than right click for inserting columns or rows. You can click "=3+3" with manually adding the + sign ...REALLY ?? Finally the whole suite is sludgy and SLOW... The tool bars are graphically hard to read compared to the old GUI. Not to mention you have to flip back and forth trying to find things that used to at your finger tips like the view screen or other frequently used things on laptops. HORRIBLE HORRIBLE! Does Microsoft test these things…

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            • Excessive use of memory even for simple operations

              I have tried to isolate the issue, but I couldn't find one exact scenario that I can link to this problem: Excel starts using memory at galloping speed when doing simple operations such as remove or insert a row.

              I am using a 2017 MacBook Pro 13, Macos High Sierra and I have the latest Office 2016 updates. I did a fresh install.

              I suspected the conditional formatting is an issue (which it is another problem because you cannot format fonts on Mac). I removed all formatting, yet I have the same problem. It seems that Excel is using the…

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              • Paste values with "command+shift+v" to paste only values and not the formulas

                Paste values with "command+shift+v" to paste only values and not the formulas.

                Now "command+shift+v" doesn't do anything.

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                • Add "copy hyperlink to this cell"

                  If you right click on a cell you can only add the hyperlink to that cell but you cannot copy the hyperlink TO that cell. This could be very useful when you have long sheets and want to jump to a specific section. You can just copy the link to that section cell and paste it in the hyperlink of an index at the top.

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                  • In this feedback forum, give us a clue a about progress by showing posting dates for threads

                    Lots of posts, but when a new user signs up and reads previous posts, they're not dated. Many of them ask for specific fixes or optimizations or places where parity with the Windows product is needed, and many of those threads contain "we're working on it," but the thread posts aren't dated.

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                      • ADDING Individual cells

                        Office 2016 has ONCE AGAIN changed a 1-step process into a 2-step process.

                        BEFORE: If I wanted to add 4 individual cells ... I would click "=" and then click on each individual cell I was adding ... and then hit "enter" to get the total.

                        NOW: I have to hit the EXTRA KEY "+" before each of the 4 cells I select.

                        This is just another BACKWARD FEATURE of 2016 that was not required in previous versions.

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                        • I received a notice Mac is going to update their software which will affect functionality of Excel, Word and other Microsoft Office programs

                          I recently received a notice when updating my Mac software that an upcoming OS update will cause functionality problems with Excel, Word and my other Microsoft Office programs. The notice indicated that it is currently 16 bit and will be upgrading to 32 bit and that my current Excel and other programs are 16 bit and therefore will have functionality problems. I rely on Excel and Word to record my medical issues for my doctor and have done so for years. It is vital that Excel and Word continue to function. What should I do? Can you help me?

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                          • Keystroke instead of Drop-Down Menu

                            Office 2016 FORCES us to now go to a Drop-Down Menu OFTEN ... when before the action could be done with a keystroke:

                            Examples:
                            1) Command W ... to close a file ... now forces you to move your mouse cursor up to the blue word SAVE ... rather than simply hitting the letter "S" (which is right below the letter "W"). We should be able to hit the letter "D" for "DON'T SAVE" as well

                            2) BORDERS: I often use the "option+command +arrows" to provide borders. SOMETIMES IT WORKS ... Other times it does NOT WORK ... and I…

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                              • It's happened for the second time that after a Mac Office update everything I had done during the past seven days had vanished.

                                It's happened for the second time that after a Mac Office update everything I had done during the past seven days had vanished. The Time machine data for this week very also gone. Should not have happened.

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                                • Consistency in the More Commands options

                                  I have recently been looking for 3 things that I always add to my toolbar: Paste Values, Paste Formatting and Light Shading. Windows has all of these, Mac not so - and even the ones in Mac don't appear until you select the option for "items not on the toolbar". Surely the options should now be consistent between platforms, and why Paste Formatting isn't there escapes me completely. I use these all the time.

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                                    • It is SO annoying that Excel always presents a blank page, without any prompting, nor is there a way to turn it off.

                                      Allow users (in Preferences) to disable the automatic pop-up of a blank page. We can accomplish this with one stroke, and the pervasive "gnats" of blank pages are annoying.

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                                      • Introduce "Offline Mode" to Reduce Latency and Improve Performance

                                        Please create an "Offline Mode" feature for Office 365 to reduce overhead and improve performance when network connections are not required for one's basic Office app use.

                                        While using Excel (Office 365 for Mac) there is too much latency in the most simple tasks. Additionally, the application(s) attempt to make multiple network connections to various sites for subscription, sharepoint, and other apps connectivity. All of these actions reduce performance and create an overhead which impacts the users' experience (one only needs to google the feedback to date on the latest Office for Mac issues). Additionally, there are times when traveling…

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                                          7 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          This suggestion is from quite a while ago and we’ve had lots of updates since then. Please comment whether this is still an issue or let us know that it’s gotten better. We’ll keep this open and monitor for votes and comments.

                                          Steve K [MS Excel]

                                        • Make Office Mac simpler.

                                          I have used various incarnations of Office for years and now have Office 2011 on my Mac running El Capitan. While some of the additions, particularly those in the ribbons, may be useful to some people I'm sure that many could do without most of them. Ability to edit the menus and ribbons would be most useful.

                                          Some previous functions seem to have been removed completely, including some of the add-ins (Excel) and toolbars such as Drawing (Word). If they are still there I haven't been able to find them.

                                          I would dearly love to be able to go back…

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