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  1. 209 votes
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    37 comments  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Good news. In the next monthly update of Excel for Mac, when you open an XML file, it will be imported as a table. In addition to that, if you have more complex needs and you have access to Excel on Windows, you can set up a query using Power Query, and you can refresh the query in Excel for Mac. You can find more about Power Query in Excel for Mac here – https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Excel-Blog/Get-amp-Transform-Power-Query-in-Excel-for-Mac-Phase-1/ba-p/876840

    The XML import capability is included in Excel for Mac version 16.31 (191022) or greater. If you want to get version 16.31 sooner than waiting for the next monthly release, you can opt into the Insiders Program by going to Help > Check for Updates. Choose the Fast updates to get the update faster. You can opt out of the Insiders Program if you want to go back to the next regular monthly update cycle.

  2. Excel for Mac should have the new Stocks functionalty

    It would be great if Excel for Mac (Insiders) is able to have the new Stocks functionality currently used by Excel for PC (Insiders)

    This functonality is described in https://support.office.com/en-us/article/get-a-stock-quote-e5af3212-e024-4d4c-bea0-623cf07fbc54

    In respect of this particular capability, it would bring Excel for Mac more in line with Apple Numbers which currently offers something similar.

    Thank you for considering this addition.

    60 votes
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    37 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. Intermittent problem with "Rows to repeat at the top" under Page Setup

    I work on my Excel spreadsheets in Page Layout view and have being using the "rows to repeat at the top" command in Page Setup for years without any problem when using Office 2011. After switching to Office 365, I am now having intermittent problems with the cell reference on page 2 of a spreadsheet if I have used the "rows to repeat at the top" command. When I click on a cell on page 2, the cell reference intermittently goes out of sync with the cursor by the number of rows that I have repeated at the top of…

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    0 comments  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for your feedback. This issue has been fixed and will be available in the next monthly release of Excel for Mac. Once you have version 16.30 or greater, you should no longer have this issue. If you want to get the fix sooner, you can opt into the Insiders program and choose the Fast updates. To do so, just go to Help > Check for Updates. Then check the box to join the Office Insider Program and choose Office Insider Fast. Then press Check for Updates and install version 16.30×.

  4. Support slicers for tables

    Only pivot table slicers are supported in Excel 2016 for Mac

    195 votes
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    61 comments  ·  Tables, Sorting and Filtering  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    I’m happy to report that Slicers for tables are now supported in Excel for Mac. Just check for updates and make sure you have version 16.×. Timelines are coming soon for filtering date fields in PivotTables.

    Thanks for all your votes.
    Steve K [MS Excel]

  5. After upgrade to High Sierra Excel crashes when I try to change a cell

    Excel 15.39 and High Sierra. Changing a cell (whatever, for example a stupid =5000/2 to =(10000/2)/2 Excel crash. Please fix it as it become unuseful and very frustrating!

    20 votes
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    134 comments  ·  Application Errors  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    For the specific crash described with version 15.39, we are not receiving reports of this exact scenario. We continually monitor for crash reports that are submitted at the time of the crash as well as by feedback sent from within Excel (the smiley face button near the top right corner of the Excel window). Other comments here mention a variety of crashes, but we need more detail, such as exact build/version numbers, and exact steps that lead to the problem.

    This topic is closed, but again, we continually monitor for crash issues and release fixes each month.

    The best way to report a crash is to submit the crash information when prompted by the Microsoft Error Reporting dialog that shows up after a crash.

    Steve K [MS Excel]

  6. Add Map Chart

    Something that already exist for Windows and it's not available in office 365 for Mac !!!!!

    52 votes
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    5 comments  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for suggesting and voting for this feature. As of version 16.9 (released in January 2018), Map charts have been supported in Excel for Mac for O365 subscribers, and they’ll be getting easier to use very soon.

    Currently, if you have geographic data that can be used on a Map chart, you can click on the Insert > Recommended Charts button and Excel will recommend a map chart to insert.

    In an update coming soon, we’ll be adding a “Map” chart button to the Insert tab of the ribbon, so it’s more obvious that you can insert a map chart.

    Thanks – Steve K [MS Excel]

  7. 26 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Application Errors  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    This issue was fixed in 2018, so this status should have been updated much earlier than now, but the marching ants will go away if you take some other actions, including double-clicking to start editing a single cell, or typing in a cell.

    This change was made directly in response to feedback that we received in this forum and by using the Send-a-Frown button in Excel. We encourage you to send feedback about any issues or suggestions, because we actively take feedback into account when making updates to Excel.

  8. Allow switching between Light or Dark theme in Excel.

    With the new Mohave MacOS update, the dark theme setting has become global which now impacts MS Excel for mac. With the dark theme turned on the colour scheme on excel looks horrible and is very harsh on the eye because of massively contrasting colours. See ribbon screenshot attached, the colours stand out. If you have a sheet which has been colour coded to explain things, visually the sheet stands out and is very harsh on the eyes.

    There should be an option within Excel to switch back to the "Light" theme, but for people who like the dark theme,…

    1 vote
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    0 comments  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. Fix VBA recording issue

    Something I came across - which I suspect has been documents elsewhere but I can't readily see it so here goes.

    When recording a macro in excel for mac 2016 for some reason the action of opening a file does not get recorded. The recorder literally doesn't register that you have opened the file. (Its a very useful step to provide the full syntax for the file path of the relevant file).

    However when you close the file - that step is recorded as ActiveWorkbook.Close.

    It took me a while to work out that the syntax from 2011 to 2016…

    81 votes
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    completed  ·  0 comments  ·  Macros and Add-ins  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. 108 votes
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    68 comments  ·  Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Good news. This has been fixed and will be available in the 16.12 update. If you get monthly updates, you should be able to update in April. To get the update sooner, you can opt into the Insiders program by going to Help > Check for updates and opt to get the Fast Insider updates.

    Thanks – Steve K [MS Excel]

  11. Please give Mac users of Office 365 Excel the SWITCH function too

    I have an Office 365 subscription and it's infuriating that the SWITCH command which I can use on my PC will not work on my MacBook version (OF THE SAME SOFTWARE FROM THE SAME SUBSCRIPTION!).....Isn't it time you synchronised all versions of the software to give the same functionality to all users regardless of platform?

    12 votes
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    4 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. Add recent Excel Windows functions to Mac version

    A bunch of great new functions just went into the Windows version of Excel: https://blogs.office.com/2016/02/23/6-new-excel-functions-that-simplify-your-formula-editing-experience/

    Please add them to the Mac version ASAP!

    172 votes
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    39 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi All – with the latest update to Excel for Mac (version 16.x), there are new functions, including IFS and SWITCH, to go along with CONCAT, TEXTJOIN, MAXIFS, and MINIFS. These new functions are available to Office 365 subscribers.

    Thanks – Steve K [MS Excel]

  13. 1,734 votes
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    710 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Excel for Mac now has multi-threaded calculation, as of the release of version 16.9 on 18-Jan-2018. To update, go to Help > Check for updates. Thanks for all of your comments and support for this feature.

    As mentioned in earlier comments, if you encounter any issues, please send the details to us by clicking the smiley-face button in the top right corner of the Excel window.

    Thanks – Steve K [MS Excel]

  14. 74 votes
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    60 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Although we are marking this as completed, it’s an ongoing effort to improve performance in Excel. Some improvements have already been implemented in both Page Layout View and Normal view, and since it’s an ongoing effort, we expect more in the future. If you have specific issues with performance, it would be helpful if you submit feedback to the Excel team by using the Send-a-Frown button in the top-right corner of the app.

  15. 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.

    51 votes
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    103 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for your feedback. Several issues have been fixed with regard to cell selection. Some have already been released and one fix will be available in the Oct. 2019 monthly release of Excel for Mac. Once you have version 16.30 or greater, you should no longer have an issue if you are using repeated rows at the top of your sheet and using Page Layout View. If you want to get the fix sooner, you can opt into the Insiders program and choose the Fast updates. To do so, just go to Help > Check for Updates. Then check the box to join the Office Insider Program and choose Office Insider Fast. Then press Check for Updates and install version 16.30×.

  16. Allow users to turn off cursor "glide" animation (cell selection animation)

    l find the silly animation that "glides" the cursor from cell to cell to be distracting. That's bad. But the fact that there is no way to turn it off is absolutely infuriating. Let me turn it off.

    958 votes
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    490 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Good morning (5 April, 2016),

    I’m happy to be able to update that we’ve released an update for this issue in Mac Excel 15.21, which has rolled out to Office Insiders today and pending any blocking issues we find there should start rolling out to everyone in a week or so.

    In order to turn off this animation once you have the updated build, you’ll want to go to Excel > Preferences > Edit and uncheck the “Provide feedback with animation” checkbox.

    Hope that helps,
    Dan [MS]

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    Greetings and happy Friday (2.26),

    Good news – based on the feedback here, we’re going to hook up all of the new animations – including this cursor glide animation – to a setting in Excel > Preferences so that you can turn them off.

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

  17. Excel for Mac (2016) is very unstable and I often loose work and have to restart.

    Unless Excel for Mac becomes stable, I will only use it on Windows and revert to other sw on the mac such as google docs, etc.

    67 votes
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    26 comments  ·  Application Errors  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  18. Enable pictures or photos to be inserted into the header of an excel sheet

    Enable pictures or photos to be inserted into the header of an excel sheet

    712 votes
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    322 comments  ·  Printing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  19. Bring back a fully functional VBE (Visual Basic Editor for VBA)

    Please bring back the full editor capability of VBE to Mac Excel 2016, like we had in Mac Excel 2011. As it is, the "slimmed down" editing experience of VBA is more like a notepad experience than anything - making it basically impossible to
    * edit VBA from scratch,
    * get syntax highlighting
    * see a watch window
    * etc.

    (Note: this title and description updated by Dan [MS] on 10/19/2015)

    854 votes
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    262 comments  ·  Macros and Add-ins  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi All – The Visual Basic Editor was greatly improved in an update several months ago. If you don’t have the latest version of Excel for Mac, please go to Help > Check for Updates and update to the latest version to check it out. Thanks for all your comments and support for this feature.

    If you notice issues as you are using the latest VBE, please let us know by clicking the smiley-face feedback button near the top-right of the Excel window.

    Steve K [MS Excel]

  20. Bring back Relative References in Macro Recording

    In Mac XL 2011 You had ability to create Macros that made use of Relative References in a addition to absolute references. In the Excel Mac 2016 Answers forum this is vitally important.

    Any possibility of returning this to Excel Mac 2016

    [10/22/2015 - Dan [MS]: Added image to show where this feature used to exist in older versions of Mac XL]

    334 votes
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    160 comments  ·  Macros and Add-ins  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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