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How can we improve Excel for Mac?

Excel for Mac (2016) is very unstable and I often loose work and have to restart.

Unless Excel for Mac becomes stable, I will only use it on Windows and revert to other sw on the mac such as google docs, etc.

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  • E Lönnelid commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Same, freezes, extremely slow, t ex filter column slow everything down (size om table doesn't matter, 100-200 rows is slow) so graphs must be impossible to work with, you can't click in cells after maybe 50 rows (first rows is ok, this problems starts after some rows) because it marks another row (best way is to step with arrow keys).....

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Excel for Mac crashes whenever I am using a lot of data and trying to create a chart through the 'Insert' menu. Without fail, it crashes every time I try to create a data-heavy chart.

    Excel is fully up to date. What do I do?

  • Mike commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I haven't had any crashes but the main thing I have frustrations with is that in Excel it's almost like it doesn't know where my cursor is. I click on a cell and it highlights one or two cells away. It's been a problem since I first installed Excel 2016.

  • Scott Doman commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'm a projects analyst.
    I need stable tools which do the task provided to them. I've become a recent Mac OS adopter and the Microsoft Office suite of tools are in a horrific state.

    Stability is incredibly important when dealing with corporate data and losing 45 minutes work due to application stability is simply not on.

    That and a lack of Get & Transform data doesn't help.

  • Mau commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Excel restarts while instructed to perform a task as simple as coloring cells. I have wasted an incredible amount of resources for this recently. The Excel team should get on top of this NOW. I am using the 2016 version for Mac and it's almost 2019 and no reaction seen at all. Does anyone know whether there is any type of update available that could fix this?

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    My Excel OFTEN locks up, but doesn't "crash" so no report to send. I have to go to the top menu and SVE the document to get it working again (hitting the icon to save does not do it.) Also, resizing the zoom at bottom right of the excel screen sometimes fixes into Very frustrating. I have to have five-ten live spreadsheet open at all times and this drives me nuts.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I have Excel for Mac v16.13 - working on a table with 438 rows and 32 columns of data. Insert Worksheet, Insert Pivot Table --> FREEZE!

    Argghh!!! CANNOT create a Pivot Table!!??

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I also experience crashes over something as simple as highlighting a row and the table moves around (shakes) I tap my mouse on the table to stop it so I can move my mouse/cursor where I want it. I have paid vs 15.14 and tried to find an update and it said no update available. Now I read some people updated to vs 15.30 so there is one but MS is letting me get it. I was getting emails about my subscription needing renewal but I don't have one. MS wants to seriously force people to their subscripton online app. They do have another MAC paid version 2019 coming out I read end of 2018 but they have changed the support terms so FYI. I don't want a subscription based app because I don't want to depend on the internet for functionality which can only add more problems that MS will be able to blame on the IPS. If MS forces me to I will just stay with the MAC office then.

  • TJ commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I too am experiencing severe crashes that are unrecoverable. I've been a user of Excel since the 80's. I just recently "upgraded" to Excel 2016 for Mac and it is much less stable than the 2011 version. I'm using VBA some of the time and have been having Excel crash and lose all of my code and changes. It seems to recover the files, but then overwrites my existing file with a file that cannot be opened. Excel complains of corruption and permission issues, but external permissions are fine.

  • Mark Wigglesworth commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Excel often crashes for me. I suspect one of the causes is when using more than one display.
    Do crash dumps get accessed analysed?

  • Ben commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I have so many grievances that I don't know where to start.

    1. First of all, the Excel is very unstable. Excel keeps freezing and it basically disables my enter Mac. I end up force quitting Excel and Mac works fine. First I thought it might be something to do with Office 365 and ended up investing more in Office 2016. Same issue.

    2. When I move the cursor from one cell to another, the whole sheet starts wobbling. I tried maxing the window, it worked for a short time and then back to the same.

    3. Even a simple find/replace is not available in VBA
    3. Excel freezes even after a simple operation like cut/paste, find/replace etc.

    I simply can't use this product. It is so disappointing that I am considering moving entirely away from Excel and use Python/Tableau instead.

    For data analysts, this is simply not acceptable. I have lost so much time trying to figure this out but it ended up being a waste of my productivity and time. No company should be able to get away with it, let alone MS. It is a real shame

  • Emily commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Incredible number of bugs disrupt basic operations. When I copy-paste a cell containing 5 characters, I expect to see the pasted cell, not a blank cell. I have to scroll up and down to see the contents of the pasted cell. This is a BASIC operation and I've complained about this since January but Microsoft refuses to fix it! Mac users should be charged significantly less because we receive bastardized versions of the windows office suite.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I hate this program. It worked better when I had a really old computer. No reason why a modern program and computer have reached the point of being unusable. SHAME ON MICROSOFT for ignoring all of these complaints and releasing more junk every year. Updates are supposed to help, but it seems like MS wants to cripple our computers.

  • Andrew Mullins commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Same here. Excel constantly crashes. Same with one note. This is on a core i7 machine with 16gbs of ram and a 512gb SSD. Not like I have speed or resource issues.

  • Michele commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hey, just installed the new update Version: 15.30.0 (Build 17010700). While I wouldn't call it zippy, I am seeing noticeable improvement. Monday will be the true test.

    I think the real issue is related to Excel for Mac 2016 not utilizing multiple cores. Here is a link to another issue specific to this:

    https://excel.uservoice.com/forums/304933-excel-for-mac/suggestions/9472407-will-excel-for-mac-2016-utilize-multiple-cores-on

    Please vote for it if you haven't already and hopefully they'll get this sorted. So much for parity across platforms.

  • tphung commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I have the same issue. I have El Capitan w/ MS 2016. Excel 2016 is super slow when I do drag formula to new row or any copy paste action. Is there a fix for this?

  • Michele commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    takes 30-60 seconds to write in an empty cell or switch between sheets. Spend a lot of time looking at the pinwheel. Tried everything I could find. Had to buy a pc (ugh) this weekend so that I can work. Spend too much time in excel to have these issues. Will use my mac at home so I don't have to bring my computer home now so would love to see a fix soon. Still live in excel.

  • Charles commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I have a new iMac that is running Sierra 10.12.2 and I am constantly and consistently have a non responsive message as I look at the Activity Monitor Utility while working in Excel, mac 2011 (version 14.7.1). I has worked previously without any issue, but all of a sudden it is really becoming a problem. I had tried the newer version with great distaste and fell back to the older proven version. But the 2011 (version 14.7.1) is really getting difficult. Please advise as to what can be done about this. Also while operating in Excel there is nothing else loaded into the system. So it is Excel only.

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