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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.

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Hans-Jörg Stangor shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
completed  ·  AdminExcel Team [MSFT] (Product Owner, Office.com) responded  · 

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]

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  • Christer commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I have had this problem since a few years back. I always run the latest versions (now Excel 16.24 and Mac OS 10.14.4). And to all of you giving advice – this is an Excel/Mac problem exlusively!! The same .xlsx file in Numbers or in Excel/Windows works perfectly. And it has nothing to do with the screen or mouse since the Mac acts exactly where the mouse points in all other apps. So please Microsoft - take action!
    Sometimes I think that Microsoft deliberately do not fix bugs in Mac versions of Office in order to force everyone to buy a PC. So if this is not fixed soon the best advice is to use Numbers and stay away from Microsoft products!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'm using v16.16.7 with Mojave and my cursor is off by one row. The cursor is always in the row above where the text displays. It's seemingly random. This happens on both of my macs. Restating the program sometimes works but not always.

  • Garbo commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    My cursor misaligns on every few minutes on 7 different i mac machines and laptops that i have. its 16.16.1 and I have OS High Sierra 10.13.6

    Is there a fix for this?

  • Christopher commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This solution worked....
    I had this issue and the fix (so far so good) seems to change the Display Resolution on the Mac. Search "Display", Under "Display" Tab select one of the scaled resolutions to the right of Default. Either "More Space" or the middle one.

  • Jeremy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Wow, this is annoying. I am going to probably have to download a Open Office, just to get my job done. Frustrating when the cursor makes it look like you are in one location but up to 3 to for characters are off.

  • Sami commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I have the same problem on Excel 15.41 (MacOS High Sierra). Extremely frustrating! And what is worse, it sometimes seems to be fixed by itself, and now it isn't working again. Maybe it has to do with zoom levels, go figure.

  • SS commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is not fixed for me with Excel 16.9 and Sierra on my Mac!!!!!! So frustrating

  • Lingus commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Update to last post about 3 minutes ago: The upgrade that caused the issue was Excel 15.38 to Excel 15.41.

  • Lingus commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Sorry Admin. The problem was just created rather than fixed. I just installed an "update". Never had the problem before but I do now. Mac OS 10.13.2. Excel 15.38

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'm having this same issue with a new mac book pro and excel for mac 15.4. I have to close and reopen files to get cursor to realign with the correct row or column.

  • Vipul commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I am having this similar problem of highlights of reference to cells moving when clicking on formulas. Installed office 16 2 days ago on latest macbook pro with os sierra.

  • Jim commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    My issue is while in excel, my trackpad pointer is about 4 lines away from where it thinks it is. I will hover over a cell and when I click, it is actually 4 cells above where I am at. I have never had this problem before using Excel on a Mac. Any suggestions on how to re-align?

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Have this problem as well. Cursor is between a half and more than a full character of the actual editing position. Problem is worse when editing in the bar at the top of the window (as opposed to editing in the cell directly). This makes Excel almost unusable -- don't understand how this can slip past Microsoft Quality Assurance. Running Excel version 15.30 (170107) on Macbook Retina macOS Sierra 10.12.5.

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