Make Mac Excel Exactly Like Windows Excel
Being a TA of a class called "Introduction to Computer Modeling" which is a class that teaches students how to efficiently and properly use Excel and Access SPECIFICALLY for Windows 8, most of my students ignore my warnings and use Excel 2011 or 2016 for OS X and have no idea how to do anything because the interfaces and functionalities differ so greatly.
One of the major things is just interface inconsistency. The students read in the book and see in the "Simulation Training" (exercises that simulate Excel/Access in a browser) the Windows Excel 2013 version, but it's useless to them when they are using Mac Excel 2011 or Mac Excel 2016.
Another thing is the absence of functionality like PivotCharts, or incompatibilities with the Solver add-in when it won't solve something that Excel 2013 will solve, and they can't complete their homework on their computer and have to find a Windows computer in campus / during lab. It is why we have lab, but it seems ridiculous that they have to do that when they already have Excel!
AND the fact that Access isn't bundled with normal Office with Macs (but it is for Windows) and so students can't complete their homework on their computers for half of the semester.
It seems like product consistency is pretty important so you don't have to learn how to use multiple products that are supposed to be the same piece of software and waste your time!
Thanks for the suggestion and the votes on this topic. It is a great topic, but it’s too broad to help us prioritize which specific features are of most interest for users of Excel on Mac. Please look for other ideas that are more specific and add your votes to those. We are working to have more consistency between Mac and Windows, so voting for the specific features that are most important to you will help us prioritize what comes first.
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Bill Cannnon commented
Software should be as platform agnostic as possible. Failing to do so reduces the value prop.
After pressing RETURN. there is an option to have "move selection" : down, up, left, or right.
In the windows version, you start at a selected cell, tab through while entering data and when you hit RETURN, it's like a carriage return and moves 1 cell down from the original starting point.
Any ideas on how to make that accessible for Mac Excel?
Good luck... I find excel for mac virtually unusable since I rely extensively on keyboard shortcuts and custom shortcuts that ive built in VBA - the ling and the short of it is that I have a windows partition on my mac for running excel and access.
Just Microsoft's way of saying that they do not feel that the Mac Users that kept Excel going from version 1.0 ae not very important any more. They are the one that dumbed down the Mac veersion. He's just asking to totally get rid of that problem.
SYNCHRONOUS SCROLLING. PLEASE.
ALL FEATURES. The admin response to this article is laughable.
Declined, lol! Hey, Excel Team--if you want to create an application for Mac and call it Excel, please have it actually be Excel--not "Excel for Mac." I know you don't cater towards mac users and would prefer people stay in your ecosystem, but that's just a case of ignoring modern computer usage in front of you. Remember when Entourage existed, then was renamed "Outlook?" Yeah, it took you guys over 6 years to implement "delayed send" on email, so you're either the most obtuse development team in existence, or are intentionally making subpar software ports to corral people in the M$ ecosystem.
Stick to domain services and server tech--it's what you're good at!
Mr COSSON HUBERT commented
Il faut normaliser, donc simplifier, une seule version d EXCEL pour Mac ou Windows 10 et
donc ajouter les spécificités qui manquent de l'un à l'autre.
Make Mac Excel Exactly Like Windows Excel.
My fiance is absolutely lost in her computer application of statistics course because the office 2016 for Mac software that I bought and installed for her looks and performs nothing like Excel 2016 (or 2013 for that matter). I know that's a broad stroke but you guys have to know how the two differ fundamentally. You guys need to correct this issue and while you're at it, console her when she flunks out of said class because it's driving her crazy. Between you guys and the professor that didn't explicitly state "you might be better off with a windows PC because Excel for Mac doesn't work well in this class...someone needs to pay the piper! Obviously I'm kidding on that point but this is frustrating to the max. I'm going to have to throw an old laptop together for her and try to have it done before class tomorrow.
Daniel Wise commented
someone knows how can I protect a macro in VBE in excel 2016 for Mac?
Sean Hyde-Moyer commented
Forget UI and UX, can we just get interoperability by keeping functional parity between the two? I speak specifically of IFS, MAXIFS, MINIFS, and SWITCH functions, which now exist on PC, but do not exist on Mac.
i find that the excel for mac differs vastly rom the excel in windows as a result i felpunshedbein a mac user. is there anyway by which micro can solve the issue
I am very disappointed with the interface on Mac computer. I can't take any excel tutorial courses as it differs so greatly. And I just bought Office 2016. It's very frustrating!!
removeduplicates in VBA doesnt work on a MAC either (as of 2016)
How hard is it to have the same version for mac as windows... we paid the same price, didn't we?
The ribbon toolbar is a neat idea, but you can't add any command to it like on the PC.
Jane Doe commented
As an educator, I echo this sentiment. They should be the same. Using the fact that there is technology involved as an excuse is kinda sad for a technology company. That is the point and that is your job.
Please bring the same features between the Pc version and the Mac version. Otherwise the Mac users are always seated in a second class
A lot of user have a Pc in office and a Mac at home: they became crazy switching from different interface.
Anyway I believe that the first thing to do is to have the same features on both versions.