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  1. 292 votes
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  2. Make available the forecast tool since that is needed for several statistical analysis

    The forecast tool is fully available in the Windows version. Its absence actually limits various processes that are so important from financial and statistical point of view. Please look into this and try including it in the future.

    164 votes
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  3. Improve Graph Drawing Performance

    When scrolling (e.g. with mousewheel) and a graph that was previously outside the view area moves into the view area there is a significant delay before the graph is drawn (1+ sec). If there are several graphs there is an even worse delay.

    The workbook is not complex and the same spreadsheet in Excel (for Mac) 2008 did not suffer such delays i.e. nothing to do with the volume of data or the spreadsheet - something to do with Excel 2016.

    I've not tried different styles or types of graph, mine are just simple line plots based in data in…

    104 votes
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  4. Bring filtering charts to Excel for Mac

    Bring filtering charts to Excel for Mac.

    I read about this feature here: https://blogs.office.com/en-us/2014/02/04/filtering-charts-in-excel/

    But I couldn't find how to use them in Excel for Mac (16.12).
    I found https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msoffice/forum/msofficeexcel-msomac-mso_mac2016/chart-filter/e5e49410-6ffc-499f-bdeb-e6f8a151bd4c which claims they are not supported. This would be a useful feature to bring Excel for Mac closer to Excel for Windows.

    61 votes
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  5. Add the ability to export high quality graphs like vector images.

    Add the ability to export high quality graphs like vector images and 300 dpi images. I'm running OSX 10.10.5 with Microsoft Excel for Mac 2011 Version 14.5.9. Options available in this software aren't good enough for high quality graphics.

    42 votes
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    Thanks for the feedback. We consider this in our next round of planning for a future release. In the meantime, please continue to vote on this feature idea.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  6. 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.

    36 votes
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    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]

  7. Macro buttons and other controls on Chart sheets

    In Excel Windows versions it is possible to place macro buttons and other controls also on chart sheets - an awesome toolset to create dynamic charts where content can be altered by user.
    Why is this feature not available on Mac?
    Add control does not respond on chart sheets. Even worse - charts with controls created in windows versions lose all this content when opened on Mac!

    35 votes
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  8. Improve graph performance with plots containing >1000 datapoints in Excel 2016

    Excel 2016 chokes when handling plots containing many data points. Copying these plots from Excel to Word or Powerpoint causes issues in those applications as well.

    31 votes
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  9. Solve the problem of poor Cross-platform

    Excel online, Excel 365 for Mac, Excel 365 for Windows - different products. If I made a file on windows - it will not work on the Mac either.
    Excel 365 for Mac does not have charts from Excel 365 for Windows. If I create a file in the Pro version, then it does not work in the home version. This is bad! The file is everywhere different! I can not be sure that my project looks equally good everywhere.

    29 votes
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  10. Improve the Help

    I am a former PC user now with the Mac version. Some of the graphics functions I have been doing for years on the PC (e.g., plot data on two vertical scales, put a title on the vertical scale), I cannot find on the Mac version. Surely there is a way. HELP in Excel in the Mac is NO HELP. (True also for WORD--HELP is NO HELP).

    28 votes
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  11. Allow for full-functioning charts to be built from pivot tables

    This used to be a feature on past versions of excel, where you could select data in a pivot table and create a chart from it that is fully customizable. Now, if you create a chart from a pivot table set of data, the "chart design" tab does not show and it limits the abilities to customize the chart effectively.

    Can we get this back, please?

    Original issue is here, along with specifics https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msoffice/forum/msofficeexcel-msomac-mso_mac2016/chart-design-tab-is-now-missing-on-excel-for-mac/919fea2d-b7b9-4a42-aa1e-25b0550ccbc4?messageId=4c949783-8231-4fc8-b868-e4fdee27ba76

    21 votes
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  12. Keep graph format the same when scrolling to other data

    When I scroll down to a next set of data to produce line graphs for several items, the format of lines and markers changes, which I do not want (the idea is to produce multiple graphs with identical formats). I can overcome this by copying the graph- paste special-format (onto this graph) before I start scrolling, but I have to do this again each time I re-open the excel file. Very annoying.

    19 votes
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  13. power view and power maps for MacBook

    Why isn't power view and powermaps as a add in for Mac available?

    18 votes
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  14. "What If" Question Environment for Business & Finance (like Quantrix, but better)

    The idea is simple:

    If I paste in a financial, excel 'knows' what it is automacally ie) Balance Sheet, and opens up a submenu that will enable me, should I click there, to ask WHAT IF questions of the statement. The answers will be posted to a new sheet, which is the output environment for the identified financial.

    Quantrix has allowed you to do this since inception, but Quantrix does not make it seem 'plug & play simple.' So this is a MAJOR opportunity for Excel to make those features intuitive and easy to use, while being just as rich.…

    17 votes
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  15. Filtering directly from the chart

    Be able to filter information in the chart, similar to what exist on windows.
    Example attached(image)

    11 votes
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  16. Plot markers centred (instead of offset)

    Since Excel 365 (Mac) plotting circle markers (and other) are offset from the real data. See attached image "Excel2019.jpg". The center of the markers should be exactly on the red line, but they are not.
    This was fine in Excel:mac 2010, see attached Excel
    2010.jpg.

    Obviously something has changed significantly in the Excel plotting functionality which causes this issue.
    The problem is not directly visible if you plot the markers only, but in my case I have to plot lots of line graphs including markers, and the markers are offset from the line, so it looks like the data…

    9 votes
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  17. lables for XY scatter plots!!!!!!

    just include again the possibility to include labels on xy scatter plots

    8 votes
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  18. Add customize color option to excel for mac to change color themes to set it as default

    Add customize color option to excel for mac to change color themes to set it as default

    7 votes
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  19. Add design tab to Excel for Mac

    Add design tab to Excel for Mac so I can create custom color and font themes for my graphs so I don't have to re-enter the design elements for every single chart.

    7 votes
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  20. Enable easy showing/hiding of data series in a chart in Excel 365 for Mac

    In Excel for Windows you can select a check box in the Select Data menu which toggles whether a data series is displayed on a chart or not. It would be useful to include this feature for Mac as well (over and above of simple filtering or hiding/unhiding of data cells.)

    6 votes
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