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  1. Allow switching between Light or Dark theme in Excel.

    With the new Mohave MacOS update, the dark theme setting has become global which now impacts MS Excel for mac. With the dark theme turned on the colour scheme on excel looks horrible and is very harsh on the eye because of massively contrasting colours. See ribbon screenshot attached, the colours stand out. If you have a sheet which has been colour coded to explain things, visually the sheet stands out and is very harsh on the eyes.

    There should be an option within Excel to switch back to the "Light" theme, but for people who like the dark theme,…

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    • Error bars improvements

      Error bars in bar plots

      - Error bars now: one value pr. series - should be one value pr. bar.
      - Value can't be linked to cell.
      - Value entered now is not length of the bar, but half the bar. So error bar ends up being twice as long as needed. All values have to be halved.

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      • Copy and paste photos from Photos to Excel for Mac

        It is regrettable that it is not possible to copy and paste photos or drag-and-drop photos from Photos to Excel. Please enable this function, which used to exist when copying photos from iPhoto. Now, since Photos, one has to click in Excel for Mac: "Media" then "Insert" then "From Web Browser" function, and then wait for that to load. This is extremely time consuming when you have a lot of photos to copy individually. (By the way, it's OK that photo quality may be lower when using copy/paste or drag/drop versus "Insert; all I want in the Excel spreadsheet are…

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        • Add a dot plot as native graph option. This is a simple graph that shows position of datapoint on a single axis for data visualization.

          Dot plots are simple graphs that show distribution of values along a single axis. This can be faked using a scatterplot, but the y-axis is unused (and people always ask what that axis is...) Programs like Minitab allow for this graph to help visualize the data without any statistical assumptions.

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            • Export to PDF image size/compression options

              Exporting to a PDF compresses charts and graphics too much and makes them blurry. Should have the ability to export at full resolution.

              V16.10 Excel for Mac

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              • Unable to draw a pareto chart...there is no option Unable to draw a box and whiskers plot

                Unable to draw a pareto chart...there is no option
                Unable to draw a box and whiskers plot

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                • Excel shouldn't default to Design Mode when opening a spreadsheet with Charts

                  I am an instrument technician and I download data from air monitoring instruments and graph various parameters, such as temperature, pressure, flow, etc. I save each graph on its own page. I can then click on the page tabs at the bottom and view the various graphs. However, when I first open the saved spreadsheet, it defaults to the Chart Design mode. Not only do I get a large graph filling the page, I get 8 mini-graphs along the top of the page. Each mini-graph starts with twirling b&w pinwheel. It may take 5 - 20 seconds to replace all…

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                  • Please update f"ormat comment" to allow images.

                    I really need to be able to add an image to a new comment. A pop up of a hard to see thumbnail image as a larger image in a comment box would help my cataloguing system no end. However, I can't find a "format comment" option anywhere on Excel 2016 to allow me to do this and forums seem to support the fact that this has been removed since the last version. Uh, why?

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                    • Additional features for Excel charts

                      Hello,
                      I just wanted to make a couple of suggestion regarding the charts in Excel:
                      1) I am occasionally making area charts in Excel and an option of making area angles "smooth" (similar to what Excel has for line charts) would come handy in many instances.
                      2) I am also making bubble charts and found out that unfortunately it cannot be combined with other chart types.

                      Perhaps these could be considered for the next releases of Excel. This is for both Windows and Mac Excel.

                      Thank you.

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                      • Pasting graphocs/art/photo in header or footer

                        I cannot insert a photo/artwork/picture/logo into a header on a Mac. This is ridiculous!

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                        • Can't paste image. (Excel for Mac 2011)

                          Excel 2011 can not paste screen capture (cmd + shift + 4) with iMac 5K Mid 2017 (Sierra 10.12.6).

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                          • Images in macro enabled workbook appear broken in Office 2016 for Mac

                            Images placed on the 'home' sheet of a macro enable (.xlsm) workbook appear as broken after that workbook has been closed and re-opened.

                            They are OK the first time the workbook is opened after download.

                            Tested on Office 2016 for Mac.

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                            • Inserting photo from file should default to previously selected file location

                              Insert photo should revert to the last used file location, not the Documents file. Every time I want to insert a photo I have to click through about 10 menus to get to the relevant folder, this is extremely annoying! On my previous PC it would revert to last selected folder.
                              Also it should be possible for multiple image files to be inserted in one click. On a PC these would just be cascaded into the selected cell.

                              2 votes
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                              • Select object tool

                                The select object tool is no longer in excel 2011. It is very tedious so select one object at a time when in the previous version I could just use the select object tools and select them all at once.

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                                • I need to be able to include an image/picture/graph -inside- a cell, as cell content and filetype.

                                  This I need so very often! And so great features would be possible.
                                  Just to name the most obvious, a sortable list, where one column is for representative images. It would be sortable by the other columns and resize the cells accordingly.

                                  I know, that pictures are linked with their left top pixel to the respective cell, but that is way too less to be feasible for all the necessary applications.

                                  11 votes
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                                  • drawing toolbar

                                    Please bring back the drawing toolbar or at least bring back the select object tool. now when i need to delete 30 out of 100 photos. i have to select each object one by one pressing shift+cmd. that is time consuming and easy for errors.

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                                    • select color palette

                                      color palette does not work with my screen. how to change the color temperature or rgb value?

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                                      • Ability To Change Shape and Picture Names

                                        From what I can tell, it is impossible to change the reference name of a created Shape or a pasted-in picture. It appears you can only rename cell ranges....which seems very odd to me.

                                        Thanks for taking this into consideration!

                                        44 votes
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                                          Thanks for the feedback. We’ll consider this in the next round of features. Please continue to vote on this feature request which will increase its likelihood of getting in the product.

                                          Thanks,
                                          Scott [MSFT]

                                        • Please fix the Check boxes from the developer tab

                                          The check boxes that can be created from the Developer ribbon don't seem to work in Excel for Mac 2016. You can see them but you can't check or uncheck them.

                                          Please fix this!!! I can't use a range of reports because they all rely on check boxes.

                                          4 votes
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