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  1. Remove Cap on File Path Length - We Shouldn't Have to Move Files to Save Them

    A limit on the length of a file name is fine, but limiting the file path length means that if your life is complicated by folders within folders then you regularly have to move around folders just to save documents in Excel. This is very tedious and creates new possibilities for error while working.

    5 votes
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      1 comment  ·  Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Can you fix the mail merge bug in Office Mac 2011?

      Mail merge does not work with an xlsm file, are there plans to fix this, it is extremely frustrating and time consuming using work arounds.

      2 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Application Errors  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Bring back the "option-click" shortcut to insert column(s), row(s), or cell(s).

        Please reinstate the option+click shortcut or at least a way to customize for it. It makes my work much easier and is the only reason I've yet to upgrade. Thanks a lot!

        46 votes
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          25 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • get rid of the "Data connections have been disabled" error message that appears every time you import anything.

          get rid of the "Data connections have been disabled" error message that appears every time you import anything.

          9 votes
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            2 comments  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • The instruction: application.DisplayFormulaBar = False or True didn't functioned in Excel 2011 for Mac

            The instruction: application.DisplayFormulaBar = False or True didn't functioned in Excel 2011 for Mac

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              1 comment  ·  Macros and Add-ins  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Enable batch convert cell refs in formulas from relative to absolute in one go.

              Sometimes we need to convert a relative reference in a cell (e.g. A1) to absolute values (e.g. $A$1) or the contrary. This is a painstaking process, requiring to click in the cell, locate the references, and adding/removing the $ as required. It is tedious and has to be done cell by cell, and within a cell ref by ref. Like the middle ages! It would be useful and great to enable to select the cell (and even a group of cells) and toggle ALL REFS at once to absolute and relative.

              3 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • For charts link a color to a series name so that we don't have to worry about changing its colour anymore.

                I've been waiting for this for ages. Why is the color scheme linked to a given order of series? We need to set once and for all a series name to set colour.

                30 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  Thanks for the further details and example. We’ll definitely consider this in the context of our future planning. Please continue to vote on this idea.

                  Thanks,
                  Scott {MSFT]

                • Customisable filter

                  It would be great to customize the size of the filter box in excel. At present I can only manually resize it, and each time I reopen the filter, I have to resize it again. It would be great if the default opened to whatever size you made it the previous time. Also would be great if the text size could be enlarged.

                  6 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Tables, Sorting and Filtering  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Please add a function to insert .pdf documents into excel speadsheets

                    I'd like to be able to add embed a .pdf document in a spreadsheet, and view it as either an icon or a link to the embedded document.

                    Thanks.

                    116 votes
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                      41 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Allow Users to Edit Ranges

                      This function has existed in Excel for PC since 2007. Why doesn't it exist for Excel for Mac?

                      4 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add Right (indent) to formatting options

                        Excel for PC has had Left and Right (indent) in formatting since 2007. Excel for Mac only has Left (indent).

                        2 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Make the Save Dialog Box visible when the app does not have focus

                          If I changed a file, when I go to close the window, if Excel does not have focus (i.e., is not the active app), the save/discard box is not visible until I click (again) on the app to make it the active app. This does is annoying and does not conform to the Apple design standard. It is especially an issue when using multiple monitors, as I may be doing something in another app on another monitor that causes Excel to lose focus.

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                            0 comments  ·  Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Enable My Apps in the Mac version.

                            Why can't I use My Apps in the Mac 2016 version. There's a lot of cool stuff going on in the My Apps section that i can't use on my Mac.

                            6 votes
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                              2 comments  ·  Macros and Add-ins  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint writing Extraneous files that are filling up Hard Drive needlessly

                              All the Office 2016 Are generating extraneous Log files that if filling up Hard drives They should be Remove.
                              Enclosed is a Screenshot I take from utility I use to locate files. There is 751 instances of The files and I don't normally use cloud type service nor servers. see this screenshot. https://goo.gl/nrLIqD I amgoing to Delete the files to reclaim some Hard drive space. They removed as soon as computer is shut down for the day to reclaim space.

                              1 vote
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                                0 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Add scrolling arrows at bottom to allow easy viewing

                                Some arrows on the scroll bars would be nice to navigate individual cells without using the mouse scroll or shift+mouse scroll to view Excel sheets.

                                Becomes rather tedious working on large sheets and is quite clunky.

                                3 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • AppleScript to save as PDF not working

                                  This script no longer works.

                                  tell application "Microsoft Excel"
                                  save as active sheet filename "test.pdf" file format PDF file format with overwrite
                                  end tell

                                  3 votes
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                                    2 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • SImple way to toggle OSX Excel keyboard shortcuts so that they mimic those in Excel Windows

                                    Add a simple Excel option toggle that allows OSX users to mimic keyboard shortcuts from Window (F2 = edit, Ctrl+z = undo etc etc).

                                    Many users tend to user windows Excel in a corporate environment and find it frustrating that their hard learned shortcuts don't work on OSX. Needs to be a simple way to turn on and off (c.f. the Lotus 123 navigation compatibility switch in advanced settings on Windows Excel)

                                    5 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Make AutoComplete work without crashing the application

                                      With AutoComplete switched on in preferences and some reasonably complex spreadsheets (names, table structured references &c.) typing into the formula bar will pretty reliably crash Mac Excel.

                                      It's extremely frustrating and makes working on more complex spreadsheets basically impossible. Please fix this!

                                      1 vote
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                                        0 comments  ·  Application Errors  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Allow for personalised data labels in XY scatter plots

                                        In Excel 2016 for Mac there is no way to (easily) insert personalised labels to an XY scatter plot (like in the 2013 version for Windows, for instance...). In the Windows version (which I know best) there was the possibility to choose values for the labels that were not part of the XY plot itself but that option does not exist for the (2016) Mac version I can modify a few labels manually but with hundreds of point it is very complicated...
                                        I believe this feature is of utmost relevance!!

                                        158 votes
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                                          32 comments  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          Thanks for all the support and comments for this suggestion. We will continue to monitor this and prioritize it along with all the other suggestions. We’ve been working to make Excel more consistent between Mac and Windows, as can be seen by the updates over the past several months, which have satisfied several thousand votes on this forum (multi-thread calculation, PivotCharts, modern chart types, new functions, slicers for tables). We are listening to the suggestions, comments and votes, and we will continue to make improvements.

                                          Steve K [MS Excel]

                                        • Reinstate ability to temporarily evaluate part of a formula in the formula bar

                                          In all previous versions of Excel for Mac, it was possible, while building a complex formula in the formula bar, to temporarily evaluate part of the formula by highlighting it and then using Cmd-= (Command & <equal sign>). To return the highlighted expression to what it was before evaluating, you then used Cmd-. (Command & <period>).

                                          In Mac Excel 2016, the first part of this works fine, but the second part doesn't work at all - you are stuck with the evaluation, and there is no way to return to the expression that gave rise to it. In other words,…

                                          4 votes
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