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  1. Bring back 30 years of Keyboard Shortcuts

    Keyboard shortcuts remained fairly standard from Excel's earliest days (I started using it with version 2.2a, don't know if they go back further) until Excel 2001 when somethings like, for example command-b was moved to bold text instead of clear text, but those changes were remapped onto the control key for those of us that had been using them for a long time.

    Now they have mapped BOTH to bold, and removed the keyboard shortcut for clear altogether. Likewise fill down no longer has a keyboard shortcut.

    I was excited to hear that keyboard customization was returning, but neither of…

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    1 comment  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    The clear text (clear contents) command can be assigned to a key combination. Just go to Tools > Customize Keyboard, click on the Home Tab category, and select the “Contents” command.

    For Fill Down, it is assigned to CMD+D and CTRL+D (same as Excel 2011). You can also assign a custom key combination by choosing the “Down” command in the Customize Keyboard dialog in the Home Tab category.

  2. Column and row numbers invisible when I use Mac Mojave "Dark" mode

    Column and row numbers invisible when I use Mac Mojave "Dark" mode.

    Excel v16.20
    macOs Mojave Version 10.14.2 (18C54)
    MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014)

    Screenshot here: https://twitter.com/scottcale/status/1077891096439476226?s=19

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    0 comments  ·  Application Errors  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. Support SQL parameter queries

    Parameter Query support is broken. Almost all our queries are parameter queries.

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    5 comments  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    This is already supported. To use parameters in your SQL query, simply go to the properties for your connection, then click on the Definition tab. Then click Edit Query to open the query editor. In the editor, create your query and type ? where you want to use a parameter. When you click Return Data to go back to the properties dialog, the Parameters button should be enabled and you can click it to configure the parameters.

    Here’s an example:
    SELECT * FROM ContosoRetailDW.dbo.DimEmployee
    WHERE FirstName like ?
    OR EmployeeKey>?;

    When you look at the connection properties dialog and go to the Definition tab, you can click the Parameters button and set the parameters to refer to cells on the worksheet, as described here – https://support.office.com/article/customize-a-parameter-query-addf7cb7-ddf0-442f-a60c-cd7280e201bd#bm2

  4. Introduce "Offline Mode" to Reduce Latency and Improve Performance

    Please create an "Offline Mode" feature for Office 365 to reduce overhead and improve performance when network connections are not required for one's basic Office app use.

    While using Excel (Office 365 for Mac) there is too much latency in the most simple tasks. Additionally, the application(s) attempt to make multiple network connections to various sites for subscription, sharepoint, and other apps connectivity. All of these actions reduce performance and create an overhead which impacts the users' experience (one only needs to google the feedback to date on the latest Office for Mac issues). Additionally, there are times when traveling…

    42 votes
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    7 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    I’m marking this one as already supported, and closing the suggestion, because there has been significant work done since this suggestion was opened to improve the experience and performance related to offline and low bandwidth situations. There is no switch that puts Excel or Office into an offline mode, but you can work offline, such as in airplane mode. If you encounter specific issues, we recommend sending feedback via the Send-a-frown button within Excel.

  5. XY chart Labels

    XY chart Labels for each point HAVE TO be an option from another range, not just the values

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  6. Excel QueryTable does not work on Excel for Mac in Version 16.9.

    Excel QueryTable does not work on Excel for Mac in Version 16.9.
    See example from Microsoft here: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/office/aa203721(v=office.11).aspx
    Section "Using a Static Web Query" describes a way to get data from a webserver.
    If you Change the used link from http://quote.money.cnn.com/quote/quote?symbols=msft
    to https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=859725
    the example loads a web table and displays it in a Excel worksheet.
    This example does not work on Mac with Excel Version 16.9. With Version 15.X on Excel the query executes successfully like on Windows.
    Here is the Code snippet for reproducing the bug:

    Sub RunWebQuery()
    With ActiveSheet.QueryTables.Add(Connection:= _

      &quot;URL;<a rel="nofollow noreferrer" href="https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=859725&quot;">https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=859725&quot;</a>, _
    
    Destination:=Range(&quot;a1&quot;))

    .BackgroundQuery…

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    already supported  ·  13 comments  ·  Application Errors  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. Mac Excel 2016 VBA

    Mac Excel 2016 runs the Macros I wrote with 2011, but it won't refresh charts with the macro-altered data.

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  8. Sort by manual in the Pivot Table

    Ability to manually sort columns or rows is missing. This feature is available in other versions. See attached screenshot where the "Manual" feature should be. Thanks in advance!

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    2 comments  ·  PivotTables and Power Pivot  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    This is already supported in Mac Excel. To manually sort items in a PivotTable (within their parent), you can:

    1. Select the “entire” item by moving to the left third of the cell containing the item label (the left- or top-most) until you see an arrow, and then click. This will select the item and it’s data.

    2. Move your mouse slightly right or down until it becomes a hand. You can now drag that item to the location where you want it to manually sort.

    Hope that helps,
    Dan [MS]

  9. Make Formulas EASIER TO READ with Visual Links!

    When I double click a cell, and get a formula, ex) =M1+M2, If my CURSOR HOVERS over any one of the boxes referenced for a split second or longer, the reference in question should appear visually as a COLOURED LINE CONNECTING THE BOX BEING EDITED TO THE BOX BEING REFERENCED.

    So if I'm like, Hmmm which box is M2? And I don't want to go through the labourious process of finding M2 in a forest of cells, the cell I'm editing will magically have a line in the same colour as the M2 reference within the cell appear, which connects…

    4 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi,

    This is already supported. When you have a cell that contains a formula, you can click on the cell, then on the Formulas Ribbon, click “Trace Precedents” or “Trace Dependents.”

    Excel will draw arrows for you to the cells that contribute to the cell value, or that it affects, depending on which button you click

    Hope that helps,
    Dan [MS]

  10. Combination Charts

    There is a difference in trying to create COMBO charts on the Mac. In windows, you can change the CHART TYPE and select Combo. In Mac you are unable to do that and have to follow a convoluted means to add a second axis. The windows version is very intuitive, Mac not so much.

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

    Thanks for the suggestions and support for combo charts. You can create a wide variety of combo charts already on Mac, even if only a few are available on the menus.

    Here’s how:
    1. Create any chart that shows 2 series of data, such as one of the Line charts or combo charts.
    2. Click on the series that you want to change to a different type, so that the series is highlighted.
    3. Click the Change Chart Type button and pick a new chart type.

    The new type will only be applied to the selected series, so you end up with whatever combination you want.

    Some chart types can’t be used in Combo charts, and you’ll see that if you pick one that won’t work. We will take this feedback into consideration and perhaps make combo charts easier to discover.

    Thanks – Steve K [MS Excel]

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  12. Cell formatting

    Allow for multiple cell formatting where a range is defined and a separate dialog box appears where you click on cell or define a range to format. The formatting takes place inside the dialog box and the spreadsheet is updated after you press the ok button.

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    2 comments  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    This functionality is already supported with the Format Cells dialog.

    I may be misunderstanding what you’re asking for – in which case, just add a comment!

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

  13. Make file names longer than 31 characters

    Be able to save file names that are longer than 31 characters.
    Very annoying.

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    0 comments  ·  Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Mac Excel already supports file names longer than 31 characters, and has for a long time. Perhaps you have a long path, or you are referring to sheet names?

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

  14. F11 shortcut for charts

    Cannot understand why this shortcut is not included.

    41 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    This is already supported, but you may need to change your Mac keyboard preferences so that F11 is not used by the Mac. Typically, pressing F11 will show the desktop on your Mac (it might be Fn+F11 depending on the state of your Fn key preference).

    To use F11 for inserting a chart sheet, go to your Mac preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts, and make sure that no commands are using F11 as the shortcut. You can either disable the command or you can set it to a different key.

  15. Make freezing frames OR embedding a picture within a cell ONE CLICK SIMPLE

    If i want to freeze a frame below a line there should be a quickbutton for it.

    Equally, if I want to embed a picture in a cell or a merged cell, so that as the margins move, the picture expands and contracts to FILL THE CELL, there should be a ONE BUTTON COMMAND FOR THIS!

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  16. Joining top of graphs with a line

    simple really ... i have a bar chart and i want a line which joins the top of all the bars.
    I click on the chart but i cannot figure out how to do this simple task. The Line icon in Chart Layout-Format is not highlighted. Double click chart does not reveal any options to join lines.
    simple - but cannot do.

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    0 comments  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    What you are looking for is called a “series lines”. These are only supported on stacked column and bar charts. To turn on the “series lines”, use the following steps.

    1) click on the chart
    2) In the Design tab of the Chart tools, click on “Add Chart Element”
    3) Select “Lines” > “Series Lines”

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT[

  17. Make Charting Easier!!

    Do you know how you can toggle the way a function is locked by hitting Fn-F4, and A4 goes to $A$4, to A$4, to $A4, to A4 again? I want that kind of feature for charting!

    So if I select two random columns and hit LINE GRAPH, Excel should give me a line graph quickly, then if I find the axes are wrong, I should be able to switch them by hitting FnF4, and then switch them again by hitting the same function again.

    The same should be true of any other thpe of graph, I should be able to…

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  18. grid lines white

    The last update destroyed the grid lines. Automatic color for grid lines in active sheet is alway white. I have to change it to grey in every document!

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    0 comments  ·  Application Errors  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi Heinz,

    We didn’t make any changes to gridlines, so probably what happened is that they got inadvertently set to white on your machine. To change them to the default (for all new workbooks):

    1. Start Excel
    2. Go to Excel > Preferences > View > Show in workbook
    3. Make sure that “Gridlines” is checked, and that the drop down there is set to “Automatic”

    Hope that helps. In the future, a better pace for this type of question is the answers.microsoft.com site (you can post in the Mac Excel area)

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

  19. Command, Shift, Arrow Keys to Select Any Cells

    I am having issues selecting and highlighting blank cells in a workbook. There is a new feature I believe where if I start to select the data the Cmd + Shift + Arrows works properly and has a bit of an auto stop, so it recognizes where the data ends, however, if I want to select any blank cells beyond that data, it will not move. I have to hand select these cells and use the scroll. There are times where I want to remove formatting in the blank area that has been applied to the blank cells until the…

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    4 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi Julie,

    To select empty cells, you just want to hold down the shift key as you press arrows. The ctrl key will jump to the next cell with data (or the end of the row/column if there’s no more data there)

    Hope that helps. If you’ve got more questions in this space, head on over to the Excel forum at http://answers.microsoft.com where there are experts to help.

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

  20. Make it so that anowner of a Mac and a PC can have the app on both machines with one license.

    I use both the Mac(mainly) and sometimes Windows 10 PC. I would like to use Excel on both machines with one license.

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