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  1. Allow two open spreadsheets to share a search term

    In my previous version of Excel (Excel for Mac 2011), if I had two different spreadsheets open at the same time, and typed something in the search box for one spreadsheet, when I finished that search, all I had to do was click anywhere in the second spreadsheet and my search string would magically appear in the search box in the second spreadsheet! I loved that & it saved me time. I didn't purposely set it up that way & don't know if it was a built-in feature or not.

    2 votes
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    • GUI Query Builder

      The lack of the GUI Query Builder makes Excel 2016 for Mac Useless for our organization.

      13 votes
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      • Condense the icon spacing on the Quick Access toolbar

        I understand that while Excel 2016 has been upgraded to allow customization of the Quick Access toolbar, the icon spacing only allows about half the number as Excel 2011. A couple of months ago I cancelled my Office365 subscription after discovering that the Quick Access toolbar couldn't be customized. I won't be a subscriber until I learn that this productivity problem is solved.

        5 votes
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        • Make opening files from disk as fluid as opening from OneDrive

          Opening from disk takes longer than opening from OneDrive

          That's a really cheesy move to increase OneDrive usage, please stop it

          5 votes
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          • Signature line needed in Excel 2016 for MAC

            I have several customers that would like to see the Signature line functionality that is available in the Windows version, also become available in the MAC version. This is needed for a variety of reasons, but the number 1 reason I hear, is so they can have employees 'sign off' on their timesheets, without having to print them or export to PDF. They have also called it 'Inking', where you can sign off with your fingertip.

            18 votes
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            • Add Find all in the Mac app

              IN the windows version you can click on the button find all when you are in a search box. This then shows you all cells which contain your search criteria in a list. Please add this feature to the Mac app, too!

              164 votes
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              • Paste a PDF-File in an Excel-Sheet

                Paste a PDF-File in an Excel-Sheet with menu Paste/Text/Object like Office for Windows.

                3 votes
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                • When using

                  When using "cannot use object linking and embedding" Excel's latest version which "cannot use object linking and embedding" I just installed I get "cannot use object linking and embedding" the message "cannot use object linking and embedding" every couple of "cannot use object linking and embedding" minutes. I realize that "cannot use object linking and embedding" Microsoft disables Macintosh "cannot use object linking and embedding" versions of its software out of "cannot use object linking and embedding" spite, but usually it's just "cannot use object linking and embedding" a feature, like OLE, that "cannot use object linking and embedding" I…

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                  • Regression Data Must Be In Columns

                    Regression models generated from data in rows are incorrect. Additional independent variables are added with zeros for there parameters. The last two independent variables are populated incorrectly. To get a correct regression model solution I must arrange the data in columns.

                    Same thing happens with Excel 2015 for Windows. Data must be in columns. This was not the case with the previous release of Excel 2013.

                    It is a real pain to have copy and transpose the data into columns to get the correct regression model.

                    What will it take to get this fixed?

                    Donald Barar

                    5 votes
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                    • CHANGE ATTRIBUTES OF THE CURSOR CELL

                      I have just started using Excel 2016 on my Mac and find it extremely difficult to locate the position the cursor on the screen. It is an age thing and the eyes are going! I would like to be able to adjust the attributes of the Cursor Cell by:
                      (1) Changing the Background Colour of the Cursor Cell and/or
                      (2) Changing the Thickness of Border around the Cursor Cell and/or
                      (3) Change the Colour of the Border of the Cursor Cell.

                      I make the distinction between the Cursor Cell - the Actual Position of the Cursor on the Screen as…

                      11 votes
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                      • Adjust font size of formula bar

                        I have been struggling with ultra-tiny characters in the formular bar when editing complex formulas. One should be able to increase the font size within the formular bar in order to better grasp complex formulas and color coding (colored brackets).

                        8 votes
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                        • Make it easier to find external links

                          Make it easier to find external links, like the windows request, but please give us this before you give it the windows clan

                          12 votes
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                          • The printing/paper Portrait en Landscape Icon... And preview in setup

                            I am confused, why is the landscape icon still Vertical with vertical lines, why not how it did looks like in the past, a horizontal paper with horizontal lines. I have always to look twice if I got the right one.

                            Also it would be nice if one could see also a preview of the printing to be, document in the printing page-setup dialog.

                            And the last for today, A keystroke or button to show the current page print area.

                            9 votes
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                            • Handoff

                              You should add handoff support for both word, excel, powerpoint and outlook on mac and iOS.

                              4 votes
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                              • Distribute Office 2016 apps via the Mac App Store

                                Receiving updates would be easier avoiding the malfunctions of the AutoUpdate app.

                                9 votes
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                                • Function highlighting in formula bar

                                  Additional to
                                  https://excel.uservoice.com/forums/304933-excel-for-mac/suggestions/9580005-adjust-font-size-of-formula-bar

                                  Syntax coloring / Highlighting would be of great use.

                                  One should be able to toggle different highlighting (applying a colored background to certain parts of the expression) modes for the function bar.

                                  For instance:
                                  – a mode that highlights the current function
                                  – a mode that highlights all functions in different colors

                                  7 votes
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                                  • Just One opening/start Dialog And my Own Cloud service and one more thing...

                                    Hi,
                                    1.) When opening Excel, you get the nice, open/recent/new dialog, ( Okay, its is New, recent then Open ;p ) then f.e. you choose open, then you got two choices OneDrive and On My Mac. If we choose MyMac then it close the dialog and then wait, wait, it opens a new file browser. Why?, why not open the file browser in the dialog itself? Much more smooth and logical.
                                    2) Would be nice if we could add( or an API for developers to write other or our own cloud services at the top left icon.
                                    3) Please give…

                                    5 votes
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                                    • Add feature to create data connection from web

                                      Ability to create data connection from web is needed.

                                      16 votes
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                                      • full mail merge and xml mapping ability

                                        as these are two of the basic features in Excel Windows. Otherwise Office 2016 for Mac is another long waited makeup. It has to perform not just look good.

                                        8 votes
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                                        • Have Excel - and other Office programs - follow current OS X standards for menus and title bars

                                          In your info page for Office, you say:

                                          "Unmistakably Office, designed for Mac … combining the familiarity of Office and the unique Mac features you love."

                                          But Office 2016 seems just like Office 2011 by not updating some menu and title bar features to reflect current OS X standards. It took me a while to get used to these, but now that I have it's frustrating to expect them and find them missing. Two big ones:

                                          - Save/Duplicate/Save As… Shift-Cmd-S is now supposed to be "Duplicate" by default in OS X, not Save As. Instead, the Option key is used…

                                          25 votes
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                                            5 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            Thanks for the suggestion, comments and votes for following OS X standards for menus and title bars. Some aspects mentioned here have been addressed, such as switching windows within Excel by pressing CMD+` (key that has ~ on it). We will continue to monitor votes and comments to prioritize accordingly with other suggestions here.

                                            Steve K [MS Excel]

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