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  1. 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.

    16 votes
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    3 comments  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. 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

    1 vote
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    1 comment  ·  Macros and Add-ins  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. 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 →
  4. 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]

  5. 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 →
  6. 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.

    149 votes
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    60 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. Allow Users to Edit Ranges

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

    6 votes
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  8. 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).

    3 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. 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.

    1 vote
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    0 comments  ·  Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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 →
  13. 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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  14. 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)

    7 votes
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  15. 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 →
  16. 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!!

    182 votes
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    40 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]

  17. 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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  18. Excel 15.16 crashes each time I want to save

    I updated to 15.16 this morning, and now I can't work any more; Excel 15.16 crashes each time I want to save. Me too, I'm back to excel 2011, so frustrating.......

    6 votes
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  19. Ability To Change Shape and Picture Names

    From what I can tell, it is impossible to change the reference name of a created Shape or a pasted-in picture. It appears you can only rename cell ranges....which seems very odd to me.

    Thanks for taking this into consideration!

    47 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for the feedback. We’ll consider this in the next round of features. Please continue to vote on this feature request which will increase its likelihood of getting in the product.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  20. Open files with alternative extensions

    I'd like to be able to open files with arbitrary file extensions.

    Many files I have or work with are tsv files, but don't always have that extension, and it's not even an option to open them in Excel!

    17 votes
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    5 comments  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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