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  1. Support multi-row worksheet tabs, or vertical tabs (some way to see more sheet tabs at a time)

    The workbooks I work with often have 10+ tabs. This makes it very hard to navigate as you don't get a good overview.

    Why not introduce a feature in which the tab list can be viewed in a vertical mode, either to the right or the left side of the actual spreadsheet? This would make navigation much easier.

    (2015-11-05 Dan [MS] - recategorized and clarified idea title)

    56 votes
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      6 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Thanks for the suggestion and the votes about ways to make it easier to work with sheet tabs. We will continue to monitor the suggestion and prioritize it accordingly.

      Currently, you can CTRL+Click or right-click on the sheet navigation buttons to the left of the sheet tabs to see the complete list of sheets, which can help you quickly find and navigate to a desired sheet.

      Steve K [MS Excel]

    • Provide way to avoid automagical field value reformatting when opening CSV files

      Theis is related to the leading zeroes one, but it is at least as bothersome that it tries to format as an excel data anything that looks like a date -- including values that are not dates. And the date formatting means you can't use Excel to open a CSV with dates, edit it, and re-save it without completely changing the way dates are formatted.

      54 votes
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        2 comments  ·  Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Thanks for all the votes and comments for this suggestion. We are considering improvements to how Excel deals with reformatting (or not) as data is imported and entered from CSV and other sources. Your comments are very helpful.

        Steve K [MS Excel]

      • A better Name manager

        Dear all,
        What I love, please read this a need, is a better Name manager.
        The size of the list is way to small. If you work a lot with names, then you get longer names which are not easy to select.
        Also would like to see an easier way to replace, rename and exchange Names and references. When I make a Template sheet with names/reverences and want to make multiply copies bij code or manualy, its a crime to change or update the Name.

        97 votes
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          24 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • ALT key ribbon access

          The ability to utilize the ALT keys to access any button or command on the ribbon greatly improves productivity on the PC versions of excel. Implementing this feature on the Mac version of excel would be greatly appreciated.

          206 votes
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            34 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Keep graph format the same when scrolling to other data

            When I scroll down to a next set of data to produce line graphs for several items, the format of lines and markers changes, which I do not want (the idea is to produce multiple graphs with identical formats). I can overcome this by copying the graph- paste special-format (onto this graph) before I start scrolling, but I have to do this again each time I re-open the excel file. Very annoying.

            19 votes
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              3 comments  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add Find all in the Mac app

              IN the windows version you can click on the button find all when you are in a search box. This then shows you all cells which contain your search criteria in a list. Please add this feature to the Mac app, too!

              164 votes
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                49 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Have Excel - and other Office programs - follow current OS X standards for menus and title bars

                In your info page for Office, you say:

                "Unmistakably Office, designed for Mac … combining the familiarity of Office and the unique Mac features you love."

                But Office 2016 seems just like Office 2011 by not updating some menu and title bar features to reflect current OS X standards. It took me a while to get used to these, but now that I have it's frustrating to expect them and find them missing. Two big ones:

                - Save/Duplicate/Save As… Shift-Cmd-S is now supposed to be "Duplicate" by default in OS X, not Save As. Instead, the Option key is used…

                25 votes
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                  5 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  Thanks for the suggestion, comments and votes for following OS X standards for menus and title bars. Some aspects mentioned here have been addressed, such as switching windows within Excel by pressing CMD+` (key that has ~ on it). We will continue to monitor votes and comments to prioritize accordingly with other suggestions here.

                  Steve K [MS Excel]

                • Horizontal scroll is not working.

                  When I import a text file and want to select all of the columns as text the horizontal scroll feature does not work and I can only change what ever I can see in the window to text. I use the feature on a weekly basis. This makes excel 2016 unusable for me on a Mc.

                  38 votes
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                    11 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    By setting your scroll bars to be always shown in your MacOS general settings, you are able to scroll horizontally in the text import wizard.

                    We will prioritize this issue accordingly with other issues based on the votes and interest that we see here.

                    Steve K [MS Excel]

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