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  1. 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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    133 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]

  2. 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]

  3. 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 →
  4. 108 votes
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    62 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]

  5. 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 →
  6. 1,734 votes
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    709 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]

  7. 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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    38 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]

  8. 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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    488 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]

  9. 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 →
  10. 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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    320 comments  ·  Printing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. 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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    157 comments  ·  Macros and Add-ins  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. Customizable Ribbon Menu Item

    In my opinion, there are too many preset ribbon items, which makes finding the command/tools one needs more difficult and time consuming. Immediate access to some tools is essential. The Quick Access Toolbar attempts to provide this function, but let's face it, the QAT is relegated to a place of very low prominence and capacity. And besides, some tools do not currently function if placed in the QAT (e.g. Paste Values) and some tools are not available for the QAT (e.g. Format Painter).

    Would it be possible to have the capability of having a customizable Ribbon Menu in the same…

    6 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. 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

    326 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]

  14. 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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    64 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  15. Make the solver work! (Input boxes should use the reference/range picker)

    Fix the solver so that fields that take range references as inputs have the reference picker control (RefEdit), which you can click on and then select the range to use. Today, you have to manually type in the range, and it's super frustrating.

    [Note: Title and Description updated on 10/19/2015 by Dan [MS]. Original description follows:)
    just make it work!

    122 votes
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    70 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Great news – as of Mac Excel 15.19.1 this should be fixed – the reference picker in Solver is back!

    Thanks,
    Dan [XL]

  16. 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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    11 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…

  17. Cursor not properly positioned when editing directly inside cell

    I found out that if you have longer texts (>20 chars) inside an Excel Cell and you try to edit them the more you get to the right of the text the more the cursor is drawn off to the left of the characters it is actually between. Cursor Position seems to be calculated wrong. I am using Standard Calibri Font. This problem occurs on all Excel Zoom-States except for 200%. Using a non Retina Mac with latest Yosemite.

    95 votes
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    83 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi all – this update is very long overdue, but I wanted to let you know that this issue has been fixed. The update was release in July 2016. You should now see that if you click into a long formula or text value in a cell or formula bar, the cursor shows up where you clicked.

    Thanks for supporting Excel and please keep sending your feedback and suggestions. I know it took too long to update this issue, but we are listening. If there are other issues you discussed in the comments here, you may want to move those comments to an open issue that is more relevant to what you’re seeing.

    Thanks,
    Steve K [MS Excel]

  18. 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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    6 comments  ·  Collaboration and Sharing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  19. Add the Find and Select button onto the Ribbon

    The Find and Select option is not available on the Ribbon make options like Replace difficult to find.

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

    This is now available in the 16.24 update, which you can get if you opt into the Insiders Program, by going to Help > Check for Updates (not available if you installed from the Mac App Store). If you don’t want to opt into the Insiders program, this will be released in mid-April 2019.

  20. Quick access toolbar

    The quick access toolbar is only really useful when it is bespoke. We need the ability to add or remove icons in this toolbar.

    32 votes
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    13 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Feb 26 – Even more good news – we’ve completed work on this feature and you can now add/remove commands from the QAT as of Mac Excel 15.19.1. Do note that the set of commands you can add/remove is still limited, but we’re working on enabling full customization, like in Windows Excel.

    (older) Great news folks – we’ve started work on this feature.

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

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