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  1. Cell with a cell (Sub-cell)

    Have the ability to create sub-cells that allow for calculations to appear as values within a cell in brackets: example1- cell: Sales-Less Sales discounts (value) and example2- cell: Confidence interval (1.96)

    3 votes
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  2. Insert photos into comment box!!!

    Not sure why this option isn't available, completely leaving your customer base out to hang with a feature I used when I had PC...

    44 votes
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  3. Data Validation move after enter

    When an item is chosen form an incell dropdown list from data validation, the cell selection should move in accordance with the preference selection for move after enter. Selecting the item from the list should be the same as typing the value and pressing enter. In the current implementation on all platforms it is not. You need to select the item from the list and then select the next cell. If the selection were to move after the selection, it would make data entry much easier and faster, particularly in Excel on the iPad. (For Bob Greenblatt, former MVP)

    2 votes
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  4. Extend Support to VB.NET on Xamarin

    This will support cross-platform addins, native custom worksheet controls, an existing cross-platform IDE, and, especially, an easier migration for current VBA coders than moving to the javascript API.

    5 votes
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    8 comments  ·  Macros and Add-ins  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. Now I have to double click folders and files in the Open and Save menus...

    The 14.6.8 update changed how the Save and Open menu boxes work. Before, on my Mac, when I use the 3 column view, I only had to click once on a folder for it to open it in the next column, and one click to view details about a file. Now I have to double click the folders and files (which opens the file instead letting me see the file details).

    Please change it back to a single click to navigate through the Open and Save menu boxes.

    1 vote
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  6. Keep Formatting Same when Change Source Data

    When I click on a data series in a chart, and the blue and purple boxes come up highlighting the source data, if I move the box the formatting of the data series reverts back to defaults. I frequently need to make multiple graphs with the same formatting. It would be most convenient if the formatting I changed the data series to stayed instead of considering that a reset. The same thing happens if I right click and try to change the data set through the source data pop up window.

    5 votes
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  7. Print on any paper size and particularly larger than A3

    I'm on Mac OS.X.11.6 and Excel 2016 (15.26). I want to print on any paper size and particularly larger than A3. Thank you not to limit the number of paper size and can set it as one would do with the older Office. (Translated from French by Google Translate)

    7 votes
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  8. Autodetect functions used in Excel and link me to a short video explaining how to use them

    I should be able to click on ANY cell with a formula, and then a Video button lights up to the right of formula bar, which takes me to an excel website with embedded 2 min videos describing the use and construction of the specific function in the formula bar!

    For example: Imagine I have something like "=If(And(Or(xyz)))" typed into a cell, and I can't figure out how to make it work.

    If i click the cell -> then click the video button that is now lit up, I should be taken to a webpage where the construction of IF…

    13 votes
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  9. Mathematics and equations tool is really slow & unintuitive.

    My biggest gripe with Excel 2016 is the fact it's SLOW!
    I mean, startup for this app is ridiculous on both mac and PC, but on MAC? Oh my! It's insanely slow. If you get the app open (12 min too late), you have now the most RAM hungry app in your computer open. It's not necessarily that you're even processing anything in the moment. Or generating random numbers. It's actually just that it's really ram hungry.

    I can only tell you my most frustrating moments in Excel are when it literally will just give me a spinning color ball…

    5 votes
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  10. Make Excel in Office 2011 for Mac compatible with OS X El Capitan

    Excel files with macros have slow response with beach balling every time the mouse is clicked.

    1 vote
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  11. Don't prompt to save at opening a file

    As soon as I open a file, Excel believes that there a changes to the file, just because there are formulas in the workbook, and automatic evaluation of formulas is on by default. This is annoying because I cannot only open a workbook to quickly take a look at something and close again, without being prompted to save 'changes'.

    I would like this behaviour to be like in Windows, where formulas are also evaluated automatically by default, but Excel considers only my manual changes as true changes.

    5 votes
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  12. Remove the addition of "Local Paths" To Hyperlinks, rendering them broken after moving the Spreadsheet in Excel for Mac 2011-2016.

    i.e

    I set a hyperlink as file://localhost/Volumes/Archive/Video Content
    I save I exit the Document. Share it with a user.

    The path is correct, however , reopening, Excel forces an addition an becomes,
    i.e file://localhost/users/archive/../..//Volumes/Archive/Video Content

    This of course starts to causes issues.

    Please contact me should a update for this be in the process.
    Thank you.
    glen_burger@yahoo.com

    2 votes
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  13. Ask to break links when sending a workbook by email

    This goes for Windows and Mac versions. Every day I receive workbooks by email that are linked to some server or PC in one country or another, increasing the file size and bogging down my machine as Excel tries to unlink the files, sometimes unsuccessfully, turning the cells to zeros.

    1 vote
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  14. fix the filter. It is now extremely slow to filter a column.

    When you open the dialog box to filter, the cursor is in a useless box instead of where you can type. Once you start typing to filter, you have to wait a ridiculous amount of time between letters or numbers on a sheet with 9000 rows. And this with 16 GB of ram, 2.6 core i7, and 1 TB SSD. Filtering was much better on 2011.

    10 votes
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  15. Graph Select Data Y -Axis text entry field bad with long text in text box

    In the “Select Data” for a graph, if you are trying to edit an existing “ axis range which has a long text (i.e the range is longer than fits in the edit box) then it is difficult to move the text entry point/cursor to the part outside the edit box. Using the left and right cursor movement keys changes the selection range rather than moving the text entry cursor. the dialog is of fixed size so you cannot widen the dialog/lengthen the text entry box.

    3 votes
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    Thanks for the great feedback. We’ll consider this for a future release.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  16. Please Add Quick Analysis for Formatting

    Quick Analysis is available on Windows Excel 2016, but not Mac 2016 - please add.

    229 votes
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  17. watch window - to watch the value of cell in excel

    Can we please have a Watch Window where we can see / monitor when the value in the cell which is being watched is changed. This functionality is available in Excel for windows under Formula's Ribbon under Audit formula section

    14 votes
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  18. Add analysis services connection

    Connect to SAAS cubes

    5 votes
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  19. Direct Paste Value (Text)

    with Excel for Windows there is a Right click past as 'text' option which was super helpful when when building price lists for example where you grabbing data from various sources and wanting to pate unformatted text or pase while not messing with the existing cell formatting. Need a paste as text shortcut or Right click pate text option. Mac does have a default Paste as text shortcut (Shift ALT Apple Key V) but the combo is not friendly,

    Right now you have to choose Paste Special, Value which is time consuming if you doing it allot.

    16 votes
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  20. default pref choosen ws format forced to an existing worksheet

    I noticed that there is a setting that forced every opened WS to set to dirty state ( unsaved state) and when saved it will use/forced a different, the set default WS format.
    This setting is found, preferences > tab Compatilibity > preffered file format. The popover note says, that I can set this to the one that I used most, but not that it forces me to change an existing WS format to that format.
    So, instead that it is used only with a new document, where and when I do expect it to effect on, Excel doesn't respect…

    1 vote
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