Excel for iPad & iPhone (iOS)

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  1. Enable form controls

    Enabling form controls would allow iOS users to use buttons to enter information with a touch rather than having to type entries.

    I'm imagining the power of being able to use the increment buttons, or radio toggles to collect data to quickly.

    Even better would be coming up with cell formats that would accept that sort of input directly, without having to setup up the form controls. Imagine a checkbox format, or a counter format with Increment buttons.

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    • Apple PENCIL should NOT automatically start "drawing mode" in Excel (and Word)

      The Apple PENCIL is NOT ONLY a drawing tool!
      Like in many other apps it should also be possibe to use it as a (more precise!) substitute for the finger!
      For example in Apples notes app, you can perfectly and very precisely use the pencil to move the coursor, to select text and to start actions by tapping a button.
      All this should be possible in Excel (and Word) too!!!
      (Please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, ...)

      16 votes
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      • Expand Drop-down Lists to Show Full Text on iPad App.

        Drop-down lists on iPad version of Excel are shown in a fixed size area. If text for each selection is larger than that area, string is cut off with three dots in the end. It would be better to have a drop-down with flexible size so that all text can be seen for each element in list.

        11 votes
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        • Apple Pencil should not draw in excel by default

          Apple Pencil should not draw by default. This is an awful programming miss that should have been caught during QA. Who wants to use their fingers in Excel for IPad if you have an Apple Pencil.

          8 votes
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          • Editing by multiple users

            Opening and editing the same file (on a sharepoint/OD4B site) in Excel app by multiple users, like it is possible in Excel online.

            6 votes
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            • Drag line or column to move it

              Currently you need to copy, cut and paste a line to move it around the sheet. It would be much better if you could tried a line to move it around the sheet In order to reorganise data, exactly as per functionality in Smartsheet.

              5 votes
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              • Find and Replace

                Find and replace just like Word mobile should be simple, no? I hate having to go back and forth between Word mobile to do the simplest procedure.

                Thanks tons!

                PS. any idea when this will be implemented?

                4 votes
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                • Permit use of Draw for marking up and adding numbers, text,etc when using "Freeze Pane" for Headers. Was functional before latest update.

                  Allow use of "Draw" functions at the same time using "Freeze Pane" functions. This was possible before the 4/13/2017 update.

                  4 votes
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                  • Please fix: Virtual keyboard covers cells that is edited

                    If you use the Freeze Panes function to freeze the first 10 rows (on an iPad Mini screen) and tap to edit a cell in one of the rows below the frozen rows, the virtual keyboard comes up, but it will cover the cell that you wanted to edit. Worse, there is no way to scroll up or down, because the only cells that are visible are frozen! So the only way is to unfreeze the worksheet before editing and then freeze again. Please fix this!

                    One option would be that the entire worksheet moves up to show the cell…

                    4 votes
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                    • issues pasting into excel for iOS

                      When pasting into excel, it adds a blank row as a header and a footer

                      How it happens:
                      I select a row of cells in Numbers (2 or more cells)
                      I copy those cells
                      I go to paste the cells into Excel
                      The cells get pasted into a row below the one I have selected, and have a header and foot added to them of blank cells

                      I am able to get around the issue by pasting from Numbers into an Excel file using a different app "OfficeSuite", so I don't believe the issue is to do with Numbers

                      Even…

                      3 votes
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                      • Cell Tab

                        Enable the tab and enter keys to go to next unlocked cell, currently it will go to next cell even if locked for editing and show a warning.

                        3 votes
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                        • increase width of dropdown lists

                          As is use data validation to create drowdown lists i am in need of a higher width of those lists using excel iOs App.

                          The entries are very long so that i can only see the beginning. The decision which entry should be taken must be made at the end.

                          I would like to increase the width of a dropdown list manually. Please improve this asap.

                          Many thanks in Advance.

                          2 votes
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                          • Add scroll bars on excel and word to navigate large sheets and documents

                            I work with large database files from counties, which Excel handles easily. The problem is getting around on these large sheets of 200 columns by 30,000 rows. Swiping makes it impossible to effectively view or edit these files. I am amazed that Excel accepts these files without a problem, but I need scroll bars to access different parts of the sheet. Even lowly PDF readers have these!

                            The same problem exists formlarge Word documents.

                            1 vote
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                            • Slider or Scroll Bar via Data Validation

                              I would like to see a slider or scroll bar become an in-cell data validation option (just as I'd like to see a date picker for dates and a new checkbox option).

                              This feature could be integrated into the "Whole number" validation criteria with a simple checkbox like "Show scroll bar".

                              When you double-click or double-tap the cell to edit the value, the scrollbar could appear immediately below or above the cell, as shown in the attached image. (For this image, I used a form field scroll bar, but I think it gets the point across).

                              I'd like to see…

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                              • Keyboard Shortcut to Edit Active Cell (like F2)

                                Excel for iPad needs a hardware keyboard shortcut to "Edit the active cell and put the insertion point at the end of its contents." This is the F2 function in Excel for PC. This shortcut is very important for people who rely on the arrow keys to navigate spreadsheets.

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                                • Data Validation

                                  When an item is picked from a data validation list, the active cell should change based on the move after enter preference.

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                                    • Merge Across option.

                                      Please provide the "Merge Across" option under edits on our iPads because it doesn't even exist. It exists in Windows PC, but some how this option is not available in our iPads. Basically the Merge Across option lets you merge two or more tabs across.

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                                      • Virtual trackpad does not work well

                                        When you in a text box in Excel with the on-screen keyboard and iOS 9+, you should be able to use the virtual trackpad to move the cursor around the text box (pressing and holding the keyboard with two fingers). This works well in all iOS first-party apps and MS Word.

                                        However in Excel there are three problems:
                                        - once you double tap a text box to edit the text box and press the keyboard with two fingers, the cursor jumps to another place. This should not happen.
                                        - you cannot move the cursor vertically, the cursor stays on the…

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