Excel for iPad & iPhone (iOS)

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  1. Have offline access to selected files from cloud services

    An option to have selected files from cloud services within the app (OneDrive and Dropbox hopefully). When a file is marked to be available offline, it should be downloaded, auto-synced as changes occur for it, and be available when I do not have an Internet connection. Also it should not download every time I open it. When I work on it without Internet connection, it should save changes waiting for a next connection to sync changes to the cloud.

    This user experience is very vital and essential.

    26 votes
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      5 comments  ·  Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add the ability to create PivotTables

      Allow creation and design of PivotTables

      (Note: Updated title and description for clarity on 2015-12-10, Dan [MS])

      24 votes
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        1 comment  ·  PivotTables and Power Pivot  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Add "open in" functionality

        Add "Open In" functionality to Excel for iOS (and Word and PowerPoint). This would allow the user to open an Excel file in other applications.

        18 votes
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          4 comments  ·  Collaboration and Sharing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Take picture and insert/link into sheet on the fly

          I was once asked to make/find the following app: allow a person to input data and have calculated results appear instantly AND be able to easily take pictures and link them to the data on the fly. I never made/found such an app. Fortunately, Excel for the iPhone satisfies the first condition.

          The person using the app is checking equipment, so they enter data and take a picture and move on to the next equipment. It is impractical to import all of the pictures afterwards, since they all have similar default names, so you have to check each picture for…

          17 votes
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            3 comments  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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.

            17 votes
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              1 comment  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Allow naming of ranges and tables

              Currently, cannot edit names of ranges or tables. Naming is an extremely helpful feature when dealing with other limitations of the mobile versions.

              16 votes
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              • Data Analysis Toolpack and Solver Needed, STAT!

                Excel for PC and Mac, as well as the Surface Pro 3 and 4, have the Data Analysis Toolpack and Solver. We need these added to the iOS versions as well, please.

                16 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Macros and Add-ins  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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, ...)

                  15 votes
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                    10 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Need the functionality to have split screen with two excel workbooks open at the same time

                    Having the ability to have TWO Excel worksheets open would help for comparing data. That goes the same for all Office Apps. Currently the two apps must be two different apps. BIG weakness compared to an actual laptop

                    14 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Using Slicers

                      We need to have slicers finally working while using the iOS mobile version of Excel so remote users can access and use all the reports.

                      13 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  PivotTables and Power Pivot  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Link to External Data

                        Please add feature to allow a link from one workbook to data in another workbook. The feature needs to enable update of the linked data. This feature already exists in Excel 2016 and 2013.

                        13 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow custom sort with multiple columns or criteria just like desktop versions

                          iOS only allows a single sort column and needs the same sort and filter characteristics as the desktop versions

                          12 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Tables, Sorting and Filtering  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 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.

                            10 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Allow to have full tool bars

                              Make a full tool bar that can be accessed on iPhone

                              9 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Filter colums

                                Please add ability to filter on "Begins with..." or "Contains..." in columns of the Excel mobile app. Extremely helpful for lookup actions in long spreadsheets.

                                8 votes
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                                  2 comments  ·  Tables, Sorting and Filtering  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Have excel close and save any open worksheets before an update.

                                  On the last 2 updates to my iPhone, the ap called up the upgrade when I opened a worksheet. This worksheet had years of daily medical info in it. When the update came through the open spreadsheet was totally wiped clean. very bad news for me. It didn't used to do that. The update should close and save all open spreadsheets before updating.

                                  8 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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                                      3 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Improved Support For XLSM files

                                      When I open an XLSM file in Excel for iOS and save it, it disables my macros and removes my Quick Access Toolbar icons in the file in Windows. It would be great if it saves the state of the macros and the icons in the QA Toolbar, so when I open it again in Windows, i don't have to re-enable macros and re-add all the QA Toolbar icons I added for this particular file.

                                      8 votes
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                                        2 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Check mark box functionality

                                        We need to be able to check and uncheck the check mark boxes in Excel. I switched back to using numbers because they have this functionality and Excel doesn't.

                                        8 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • handoff

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

                                          7 votes
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