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  1. Bring back REAL keyboard customization!

    It is completely not true, that keyboard customization through OS X keyboard preferences really works. Tell me how to make a shortcut to fill cell with color: for instance CTRL+2? Or how to paste values (without any mid-steps)? Or even do something more advanced than copy/paste with my own combination of inputs.

    The fact is that office 2016 for mac lacks this feature and this "workaround" is NOT a replacement. Please bring back the option that was SO USEFUL!

    287 votes
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  2. Make the solver work! (Input boxes should use the reference/range picker)

    Fix the solver so that fields that take range references as inputs have the reference picker control (RefEdit), which you can click on and then select the range to use. Today, you have to manually type in the range, and it's super frustrating.

    [Note: Title and Description updated on 10/19/2015 by Dan [MS]. Original description follows:)
    just make it work!

    122 votes
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    Great news – as of Mac Excel 15.19.1 this should be fixed – the reference picker in Solver is back!

    Thanks,
    Dan [XL]

  3. Add the Find and Select button onto the Ribbon

    The Find and Select option is not available on the Ribbon make options like Replace difficult to find.

    6 votes
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    This is now available in the 16.24 update, which you can get if you opt into the Insiders Program, by going to Help > Check for Updates (not available if you installed from the Mac App Store). If you don’t want to opt into the Insiders program, this will be released in mid-April 2019.

  4. 'Select all' in the address bar

    Command+A in the address bar or triple clicking on a cell doesn't select all the text in a cell any more! Can you please put that back? I have a lot of semi-repetitive labels that each need slight editing and the new update has made it hard! Thanks!

    2 votes
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  5. 'Select Objects'

    How about giving the option 'select objects' for users to highlight which objects they want to delete? My only option on iMac is to press F5, special, then select objects which deletes all objects. Please address this issue as quickly as possible.

    2 votes
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    This is now available in the 16.24 update, which you can get if you opt into the Insiders Program, by going to Help > Check for Updates (not available if you installed from the Mac App Store). If you don’t want to opt into the Insiders program, this will be released in mid-April 2019.

    To select objects, you can click the Find & Select button on the Home tab of the ribbon, and choose the Selection Pane… or Select Objects.

  6. Pls add draw or ink option on Excel for Mac

    I would like to use the draw or ink tool on Excel for Mac.

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  7. Fix data entry

    I'm trying to enter the text "HSA" into an Excel cell. No matter what I do or how many times I type it, Excel changes it to "HAS". What the **** is wrong with you people!?

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    We have good news to share. In the January 2019 release of Excel for both Mac and Windows, this issue has been resolved. Once you install the update, Excel will allow you to override any autocorrection simply by going back and typing over the correction. For example, if you type “HSA” into cell A1, Excel will autocorrect it to “HAS”. If you go back and type “HSA” again in the same place, Excel will not correct it again. It will still autocorrect “HSA” if you type it into a different location, or if another autocorrection happens before you change “HAS” back to “HSA”. To summarize, Excel will no longer make the same autocorrection 2 times consecutively.

    This fix is included in Excel for Mac if you have version 16.20 or greater, and Excel for Windows if you have version 16.0.11126 or greater.

  8. Bring back CMD-F shortcut for find/replace

    Please . . . bring back this shortcut! I use this frequently. It takes up valuable time to go about it the long way.

    19 votes
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  9. Flash Fill For Mac

    Flash Fill For Mac

    304 votes
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    Good news! Flash Fill is now available in Excel for Mac if you upgrade to version 16.13 or greater. To use it, you need to click the Flash Fill button or press CTRL+E, since it won’t happen automatically as it does in Excel for Windows.

    Thanks – Steve K [MS Excel]

  10. Maintain copied data on the clipboard even if the "dancing ants" aren't shown around the copied range

    I understand that the clipboard can use A lot of memory, but It is sooo frustrating having to re copy everything because I accidently clicked in the wrong cell before pasting.

    22 votes
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    The clipboard is now persistent in some cases where it would have been cleared in the past. For example, if you copy some cells, and then insert a new sheet, you can paste the copied cells. In the past, the clipboard would have been cleared when you inserted the new sheet.

  11. Introduce an equivalent to F2 on PC to edit and F4 to make cell references absolute

    Introduce a shortcut to make cell references absolute like F4 on PC version (F2 edit equivalent would be helpful too)

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    If a function key doesn’t work as you expect it to, press the FN key in addition to the function key. If you don’t want to press the FN key each time, you can change your Apple system preferences:

    Go to Apple > System Preferences > Keyboard.

    On the Keyboard tab, select the check box for Use all F1, F2, etc. as standard function keys.

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

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