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  1. Flash Fill For Mac

    Flash Fill For Mac

    304 votes
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      96 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Good news! Flash Fill is now available in Excel for Mac if you upgrade to version 16.13 or greater. To use it, you need to click the Flash Fill button or press CTRL+E, since it won’t happen automatically as it does in Excel for Windows.

      Thanks – Steve K [MS Excel]

    • Fix the Broken Carat in the Formula Bar

      The formula bar in Excel is horrendously broken. The carat randomly skips around and you cannot highlight text properly which makes it impossible to accurately edit formulas. This is especially heinous with long formulas, however this occurs with formulas OF ANY LENGTH.

      Here is a video of this infuriating behavior:

      https://vimeo.com/165402559

      63 votes
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        12 comments  ·  Application Errors  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Fix click-drag to select cells in Mac

        I can't click-drag to select multiple cells with the mouse/trackpad. When trying to do so, it only selects the first cell I click. I can only select multiple cells with the keyboard. I am currently running version 15.25 (160719) - new install on a new Mac running OS X 10.11.6.

        1 vote
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          0 comments  ·  Application Errors  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Hi Tye,

          This issue only repros on Macs with the new Tracpad (or new MBP with force touch).

          We’ve fixed the issue in build 15.25 (160721) and later.

          Until you get that build (you may be able to update to it now), the immediate workaround is todo the following:

          1. Go to System preference→Track pad→
          2. Disable Force click and haptic feedback

          Cheers,
          Dan [MS]

        • Fix column width dialog box to accept units in points, not inches

          Dear Microsoft. How can I change column width measurements in Excel 2016 for Mac from inches back to characters or points, as in Excel for Windows?

          I recently started using Excel 2016 for Mac to test templates for sharing compatibility between the Windows and Mac platforms.

          After selecting one or multiple columns, and then right-clicking and selecting Column Width, one would normally enter points into the dialog box. But in Excel 2016 for Mac I am forced to enter inches instead of points. Ironically, when I grab a column border in the column heading, I am able to resize the…

          4 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            Thanks for requesting this update. This has been fixed and you should see the column width shown in characters and row height in pixels in the dialog. Please update to Excel for Mac version 15.34 or greater to see this.

          • Freeze Panes broken in 15.19.1

            Frozen rows and columns scroll into the unfrozen area at the top and left when scrolling to the top row or leftmost column. After scrolling into the frozen cells, clicking the the top or leftmost unfrozen cell selects multiple cells equal to the number of frozen rows and columns.

            39 votes
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              30 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              This is fixed as of 15.20, which was released in May (so if you haven’t updated, please do!)

              Cheers,
              Dan [MS]


              older—————————————-

              Hi all,

              We know that this broke in 15.19.1, and we’ve got a fix that will be in 15.20.

              Sorry for the inconvenience. It should be that once you scroll down, so that the duplicated rows are no longer shown, they won’t be shown again.

              Cheers,
              Dan [MS]

            • Fix Solver after update 15.19.1

              After the update 15.19.1 the picking problem is fixed. But now solver don't work anymore. When you try to solve a problem nothing happens.
              Please fix this!!

              24 votes
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                19 comments  ·  Macros and Add-ins  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                Several issues with Solver have been fixed since this suggestion was posted, so I am marking this post as completed. If specific issues are noticed, please post the details about what you are seeing. More detail is better, so that we can try to reproduce and investigate the issue.

                Steve K [MS Excel]

              • Fix navigation arrows for worksheet tabs in full screen view

                When using excel on a mac in full screen view the arrows that appear to the very left of the first tab name do not work. This is super frustrating when you are using workbooks with many tabs that overflow the width of the screen. Switching through them with keyboard shortcuts to get to a tab that is off screen is very tedious.
                This functionality returns in non-full screen views.

                47 votes
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                  12 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Enable coauthoring (co-auth) between multiple users (don't lock files)

                  (2016-03-01 Title updated for clarity by Dan [MS])

                  19 votes
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                    4 comments  ·  Collaboration and Sharing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Page Break Preview view

                    Please implement the "Page Break Preview" view like in Excel 2016 (Windows Version)

                    42 votes
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                      36 comments  ·  Printing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      This request has been completed. You can now find the Page Break Preview button next to the Page Layout View button on both the ribbon and in the status bar. Thanks again to everyone who asked for and voted for this suggestion.

                      Steve K [MS Excel]

                    • I would like to have the formula bar as a Mac user

                      Please add the formula bar for Mac users to increase the font size

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

                        Hi,

                        We have this functionality already – the formula bar exists on all versions of Excel.

                        Cheers,
                        Dan [MS]

                      • Proper compatibility with 2011, scaling and sizes all over the place

                        Each time I open a 2011 file in 2016 the cell and page sizes are all wrong and previously well presented documents look terrible. Each time I open it I have to waste time resizing everything to work in 2016

                        65 votes
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                          10 comments  ·  Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          Thanks for all your comments and votes supporting this suggestion. There are some differences which have been introduced so that Excel for Mac can align closer with Excel for Windows, so in some cases you will need to adjust your documents. One reason for the differences is how Excel determines the column width in your spreadsheets, which you can read more about here – https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/214123/description-of-how-column-widths-are-determined-in-excel.

                          Thanks – Steve K [MS Excel]

                        • Modern Charts for Excel

                          Make the Modern Charts (Treemap, Sunburst etc) that are available on the Windows version of Office also available on the Mac version

                          327 votes
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                            67 comments  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Hi All – the new version of Excel for Mac (version 16.x) includes the modern chart types. There are TreeMap, Sunburst, Waterfall, and Histogram charts now available. Office 365 subscribers also get Funnel and Map charts (as on Excel for Windows). There are some improvements coming for all these chart types in the next few months.

                            To update to the latest version of Excel, go to the Help menu and click Check for Updates.

                            Thanks – Steve K [MS Excel]

                          • Fix broken scrolling in Excel for Mac *** IN NORMAL VIEW *** (see other idea for Page Layout View)

                            Vertical mouse scrolling in Excel is laggy and jumpy in Normal View.

                            I've posted (and may others have posted) about this actress all of Microsoft's forms for months. This issue has existed since the first betas.

                            Here are some links:

                            https://excel.uservoice.com/forums/304933-excel-for-mac/suggestions/9194508-erratic-mouse-scrolling-in-excel-15-2-3

                            https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/mac/forum/macofficepreview-macexcel/excel-2016-on-mac-jumpy-scrolling/391412e8-6c18-4796-b757-3a6613995306?auth=1

                            https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/mac/forum/macoffice2016-macexcel/excel-2016-mac-jumpy-scrolling/22583584-7b3a-4817-b401-f7267868adb2

                            Today's update, 15.15, did not fix this issue. I'm afraid we are still stuck on 2011 from a usability standpoint. This is awful.

                            I've uploaded a video of 15.15 here: https://twitter.com/rxcs/status/654031164001247232

                            215 votes
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                              184 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              Update 2016-06-30:
                              Hi all,

                              I’m marking this idea as completed, as we’ve determined that scrolling in “Normal view” is working correctly on various monitor types/Mac hardware.

                              Note 1: We do know that scrolling in Page Layout View (where you see page margins, like Word) is slower. If you are experiencing slow/laggy scrolling there, please go add your vote to this idea and *include a video if you can – that really helps us!*

                              https://excel.uservoice.com/forums/304933-excel-for-mac/suggestions/15044469-scrolling-is-slow-laggy-in-page-layout-view-where

                              Note 2: You can tell if you are in Page Layout or Normal View by clicking on the View Ribbon, and then checking the two left-most buttons. The view you are in will be “selected” there.

                              Cheers,
                              Dan [MS]

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                              Update 2016-04-13:
                              We rolled out more scrolling fixes in 15.21, and we think this fixes most of the remaining issues of scrolling in Normal View. (At least internally for us, it seems to have fixed…

                            • default workbook

                              Please tell us where (and how, if necessary) we can change the default workbook.

                              If that is not currently accessible to users, please add it.

                              I have tried to create my own default workbook in the Templates and Startup folders, both with and without a file extension, but all to no avail.

                              Word allows us to create our own Normal.dotm in the Templates folder and that gets used for word defaults. Be nice if Excel did it in a similar way.

                              1 vote
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                                1 comment  ·  Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Bring back REAL keyboard customization!

                                It is completely not true, that keyboard customization through OS X keyboard preferences really works. Tell me how to make a shortcut to fill cell with color: for instance CTRL+2? Or how to paste values (without any mid-steps)? Or even do something more advanced than copy/paste with my own combination of inputs.

                                The fact is that office 2016 for mac lacks this feature and this "workaround" is NOT a replacement. Please bring back the option that was SO USEFUL!

                                287 votes
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                                  62 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • 1,734 votes
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                                    708 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]

                                  • Maintain copied data on the clipboard even if the "dancing ants" aren't shown around the copied range

                                    I understand that the clipboard can use A lot of memory, but It is sooo frustrating having to re copy everything because I accidently clicked in the wrong cell before pasting.

                                    22 votes
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                                      5 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      The clipboard is now persistent in some cases where it would have been cleared in the past. For example, if you copy some cells, and then insert a new sheet, you can paste the copied cells. In the past, the clipboard would have been cleared when you inserted the new sheet.

                                    • Introduce an equivalent to F2 on PC to edit and F4 to make cell references absolute

                                      Introduce a shortcut to make cell references absolute like F4 on PC version (F2 edit equivalent would be helpful too)

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                                        2 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        If a function key doesn’t work as you expect it to, press the FN key in addition to the function key. If you don’t want to press the FN key each time, you can change your Apple system preferences:

                                        Go to Apple > System Preferences > Keyboard.

                                        On the Keyboard tab, select the check box for Use all F1, F2, etc. as standard function keys.

                                        Cheers,
                                        Dan [MS]

                                      • Support UTF-8 for .csv import/export

                                        UTF-8 is the dominant character encoding in the Western hemisphere.

                                        At present when importing and exporting .csv files UTF-8 is not supported and non-standard characters become garbled!

                                        This is a massive wtf!

                                        P.s. regex support in find and replace would also be super useful!

                                        137 votes
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                                          10 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          = 2016-12-12 =
                                          Hi all,

                                          Just wanted to share the news that we’ve added support for UTF-8 encoded CSV files to Mac Excel.

                                          Once you install Excel 2016 build 15.29 or later (which hit’s the streets shortly), you should have a working UTF-8 CSV option as one of the file types (and of course, we load them too).

                                          Cheers,
                                          Dan [MS]

                                          PS – You may notice the option in Save As UTF-8 CSV in 15.28 as well. We had a couple bugs in it then, which is why we didn’t announce it. Please wait for 15.29 before using it.

                                          = 2015-11-26 =

                                          Thanks for the suggestion Matt. We’ll be taking a look at CSVs all up (there’s been a number of requests around them) and we’ll make sure we consider Mac as well. As always, to help us prioritize, keep the votes coming! We’ll be factoring those…

                                        • 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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                                            317 comments  ·  Printing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            Thanks to all who made their voice heard on this one. In the July 11, 2017 update (version 15.36), you can insert images in headers and footers on Excel for Mac.

                                            Steve K [Microsoft Excel]

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