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  1. 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

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      296 comments  ·  Printing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Thanks to all who made their voice heard on this one. In the July 11, 2017 update (version 15.36), you can insert images in headers and footers on Excel for Mac.

      Steve K [Microsoft Excel]

    • Fix the Broken Carat in the Formula Bar

      The formula bar in Excel is horrendously broken. The carat randomly skips around and you cannot highlight text properly which makes it impossible to accurately edit formulas. This is especially heinous with long formulas, however this occurs with formulas OF ANY LENGTH.

      Here is a video of this infuriating behavior:

      https://vimeo.com/165402559

      63 votes
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        12 comments  ·  Application Errors  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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.

        959 votes
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          469 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]

        • 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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            65 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]

          • Page Break Preview view

            Please implement the "Page Break Preview" view like in Excel 2016 (Windows Version)

            42 votes
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              31 comments  ·  Printing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              This request has been completed. You can now find the Page Break Preview button next to the Page Layout View button on both the ribbon and in the status bar. Thanks again to everyone who asked for and voted for this suggestion.

              Steve K [MS Excel]

            • Fix navigation arrows for worksheet tabs in full screen view

              When using excel on a mac in full screen view the arrows that appear to the very left of the first tab name do not work. This is super frustrating when you are using workbooks with many tabs that overflow the width of the screen. Switching through them with keyboard shortcuts to get to a tab that is off screen is very tedious.
              This functionality returns in non-full screen views.

              47 votes
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                11 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Bring back keyboard shortcut customization

                Believe it or not, what the vast majority of Mac users of Office are looking for is not compatibility with Windows versions of the software, though keeping the features up to date is nice. After having been able to customize keyboard shortcuts for (how many?) years, we are told that Mother Microsoft thinks its better for us to use Windows Control shortcuts that don't do the job we're used to being able to do. Why would you want to make the software _less_ useful?

                I believe this represents a small software development savings relative to the number of customers it…

                15 votes
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                  13 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Fix broken scrolling in Excel for Mac *** IN NORMAL VIEW *** (see other idea for Page Layout View)

                  Vertical mouse scrolling in Excel is laggy and jumpy in Normal View.

                  I've posted (and may others have posted) about this actress all of Microsoft's forms for months. This issue has existed since the first betas.

                  Here are some links:

                  https://excel.uservoice.com/forums/304933-excel-for-mac/suggestions/9194508-erratic-mouse-scrolling-in-excel-15-2-3

                  https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/mac/forum/macofficepreview-macexcel/excel-2016-on-mac-jumpy-scrolling/391412e8-6c18-4796-b757-3a6613995306?auth=1

                  https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/mac/forum/macoffice2016-macexcel/excel-2016-mac-jumpy-scrolling/22583584-7b3a-4817-b401-f7267868adb2

                  Today's update, 15.15, did not fix this issue. I'm afraid we are still stuck on 2011 from a usability standpoint. This is awful.

                  I've uploaded a video of 15.15 here: https://twitter.com/rxcs/status/654031164001247232

                  217 votes
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                    165 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    Update 2016-06-30:
                    Hi all,

                    I’m marking this idea as completed, as we’ve determined that scrolling in “Normal view” is working correctly on various monitor types/Mac hardware.

                    Note 1: We do know that scrolling in Page Layout View (where you see page margins, like Word) is slower. If you are experiencing slow/laggy scrolling there, please go add your vote to this idea and *include a video if you can – that really helps us!*

                    https://excel.uservoice.com/forums/304933-excel-for-mac/suggestions/15044469-scrolling-is-slow-laggy-in-page-layout-view-where

                    Note 2: You can tell if you are in Page Layout or Normal View by clicking on the View Ribbon, and then checking the two left-most buttons. The view you are in will be “selected” there.

                    Cheers,
                    Dan [MS]

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                    Update 2016-04-13:
                    We rolled out more scrolling fixes in 15.21, and we think this fixes most of the remaining issues of scrolling in Normal View. (At least internally for us, it seems to have fixed…

                  • I would like to have the formula bar as a Mac user

                    Please add the formula bar for Mac users to increase the font size

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                      2 comments  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Fix column width dialog box to accept units in points, not inches

                      Dear Microsoft. How can I change column width measurements in Excel 2016 for Mac from inches back to characters or points, as in Excel for Windows?

                      I recently started using Excel 2016 for Mac to test templates for sharing compatibility between the Windows and Mac platforms.

                      After selecting one or multiple columns, and then right-clicking and selecting Column Width, one would normally enter points into the dialog box. But in Excel 2016 for Mac I am forced to enter inches instead of points. Ironically, when I grab a column border in the column heading, I am able to resize the…

                      4 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Thanks for requesting this update. This has been fixed and you should see the column width shown in characters and row height in pixels in the dialog. Please update to Excel for Mac version 15.34 or greater to see this.

                      • Freeze Panes broken in 15.19.1

                        Frozen rows and columns scroll into the unfrozen area at the top and left when scrolling to the top row or leftmost column. After scrolling into the frozen cells, clicking the the top or leftmost unfrozen cell selects multiple cells equal to the number of frozen rows and columns.

                        39 votes
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                          29 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          This is fixed as of 15.20, which was released in May (so if you haven’t updated, please do!)

                          Cheers,
                          Dan [MS]


                          older—————————————-

                          Hi all,

                          We know that this broke in 15.19.1, and we’ve got a fix that will be in 15.20.

                          Sorry for the inconvenience. It should be that once you scroll down, so that the duplicated rows are no longer shown, they won’t be shown again.

                          Cheers,
                          Dan [MS]

                        • Bring back parentheses in Accounting number format

                          Bring back parentheses for negatives in Accounting number format. These were lost in Excel Mac 2011. They're a common standard.

                          21 votes
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                            16 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Hi everyone,
                            This has been fixed for a while now, and the root cause was actually a change in OS X’s handling of number formats. If you update to OS X version 10.11 or higher, and a sufficiently recent version of Excel 2016 for Mac (15.10 or higher) you will see these restored.

                            Julie – if you are unable to update your OS or version of Excel, you should be able to use the following custom format code to add parentheses to for negative formatting.
                            #,##0_);(#,##0)

                            Cheers,
                            Dan [MS]

                          • 64-bit Version

                            Please release a 64-bit version of Office 2016 for Mac. Please. I have to have a Windows partition on my Mac just so I can boot into Windows and use Office 2013 64-bit. The workbooks I encounter are often 800,000+ lines and nothing Microsoft could do would make me happier than releasing a 64-bit version of Office 2016 for Mac. Please.

                            92 votes
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                              14 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              Hi all – this is a few months late, so many of you may already be aware, but the 64-bit version of Mac Office was released in Sept. 2016. Thanks for your support and keep talking on UserVoice. We are paying attention, despite the slow update on this issue.

                              Thanks,
                              Steve K
                              Microsoft Excel

                            • Allow Toolbar / Ribbon customization

                              the possibility to customize the toolbar or ribbon and adding custom buttons that start macros is vital for a efficient workflow when processing big amount of data tables.

                              92 votes
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                              • Show scroll bars all the time

                                I will appreciate the possibility to have the horizontal and vertical scroll bars show all the time

                                21 votes
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                                • 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!

                                  123 votes
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                                    70 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • 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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                                      10 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…

                                    • The CONCAT Function explanation has an incorrect example.

                                      Example 3, a table of examples has =CONCAT(C2,",",B2) but the result shown is incorrect

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                                      • 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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                                          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]

                                        • Navigation of Tabs - Use Ctrl+Tab to tab between Sheets

                                          Is it possible to use a simple key combination to switch tabs? Like <CMD><TAB> to switch between windows... Maybe make it an option to change the <CTRL><TAB> function which switches through worksheets. When I'm in a single worksheet I often want to <TAB> through the tabs!

                                          6 votes
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