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  1. 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]

    • 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…

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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]

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          1 comment  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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 →
          • 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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              2 comments  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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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                0 comments  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 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[

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

                      • 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]

                        • 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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                            1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Please add a Print icon to the Excel Quick Access toolbar!

                            It would be a lot more efficient if there was a simple Printer icon in the Quick access toolbar of Excel.

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                              2 comments  ·  Printing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Please add ALL of the functionality in Windows Excel and make Mac Excel to be the same

                              1. In Windows Excell you can search for data in one tab or in all tabs in the workbook.

                              In Mac Excel the functionality exists to search for the positioned to tab only.

                              To search all, user will have to select each tab and search on that tab.

                              If you have 255 tabs, you have to repeat that search 255 times.

                              That is an inconsistent functionality.

                              2. In Windows Excel, user can utilise keyboard to toggle between several open workbooks. In Mac excel, user cannot do same.

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                                3 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                Thanks for posting this suggestion. This request is already supported in Excel for Mac. You can search the workbook and if you click Next/Previous in the search field, it will take you to the sheets where the search result is found. You can also go to Edit > Find > Find…, and choose the option to find “Within” the workbook or the sheet.

                                With regard to switching between open workbooks, you can press CMD + ` (the key above the TAB key on US keyboard). This switches between windows in Excel.

                                Steve K [Microsoft Excel]

                              • Command+Shift+[right arrow/down arrow] does not work in Excel 2016 for mac

                                If I want to select all the rows from a certain row, I can no long use command+shift+ [down arrow] to select rest of the rows. the selection does not move at all. (The purpose is that I want to hide all the rows below a certain row)
                                The same goes for column selection too.
                                Can you please tell me how to do it in Excel for mac?

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                                  22 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Please find all the keyboard shortcuts here – https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Keyboard-shortcuts-in-Excel-2016-for-Mac-acf5419e-1f87-444d-962f-4e951a658ccd#bkmk_movescroll

                                  Note that in some cases, a key combination may be used by Mac OS for some purpose and therefore not work as expected in Excel. An example is when you have more than one keyboard input source added to your Mac, and then press CTRL+Space, it may switch input sources rather than selecting the entire column. You can turn off this shortcut in the Keyboard preferences > Shortcuts > Input Sources of your Mac so that the key combination will work as expected in Excel.

                                • Excel for Mac 2016 lots of bugs

                                  Need the ability to turn off Glide/Cell animation.
                                  There is a glitch in the Formula Bar when changing formulas (cursor position off when clicking)
                                  The "transpose" in paste special has been removed.
                                  You can no longer paste from one excel file into the cell of another file with a formula already in there. 

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                                  • Chart titles linked to spreadsheet cells

                                    In the Excel for Mac 2011 version you could link a chart title to a spreadsheet cell. Chart title would update if content of spreadsheet changed. While this still works in existing files you cannot link chart titles in Excel for Mac 2016 to spreadsheet cells. – Pls enable again. Data input field is grayed out…

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