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Excel for Mobile Devices, Tablets, Phones (Android, iOS, Windows Mobile)

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  1. Ability to turn off Autocomplete for iOS

    Autocomplete causes problems when using iOS with a barcode scanner. We need the ability to turn off Autocomplete like the desktop version.

    13 votes
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  2. 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.

    33 votes
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  3. Add the ability to grab data from sensors on the phone e.g. GPS location

    There are a lot of use cases for a mobile phone or tablet in using data that basically involve collecting data in the field then analysing it on a spreadsheet once back in an office. Why not just add the ability to grab the data on the mobile versions of Excel?

    5 votes
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  4. 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.

    53 votes
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  5. 122 votes
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    30 comments  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi Kia,

    Great suggestion, this is definitely something we’ve been thinking about. We’ll consider it along with all the other ideas here and prioritize it according to the votes – so please keep voting if you want to see the priority raised!

    Best,
    John [MS XL]

  6. Hardware keyboard scroll buttons

    If you have a hardware keyboard connected, Excel needs keyboard shortcuts to quickly move up or down a number of rows or left or right a number of columns.

    6 votes
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  7. Needs to have the table lookup function

    I use the table lookup data function on desktop Excel. Would like the same ability on the ipad. I use this to price my work.

    11 votes
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  8. Opening Excel file from other app should not be read only

    When I open an Excel file into the Excel app from an email, I want to be able to edit it before deciding whether to save it or not. Excel always open files from other apps as read only, so I have to make a local or cloud copy to do anything. This is annoying as it will take up space with Excel files that I may never use again.

    Another example, is that I may want to open an Excel file from an email, make a few edits and email it back without saving it locally.

    6 votes
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  9. Allow to have full tool bars

    Make a full tool bar that can be accessed on iPhone

    10 votes
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  10. Add support for custom templates in Office Mobile apps, specifically Excel and Word.

    It would be most useful to be able to create new documents from custom templates in Excel and Word on mobile devices.

    76 votes
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    10 comments  ·  Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    started  ·  Dan Battagin [MS XL] responded

    = 2016-12-05 =

    Hi all,

    We’ve begun work on the ability to open (and create new files from) Templates on Excel for Android.

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

  11. Keyboard shortcut to switch sheets

    When using a Bluetooth keyboard, please add a keyboard shortcut to be able to switch between active sheets

    14 votes
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  12. 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.

    24 votes
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  13. Ability to enter data thru dictation facility.

    Use dictation facility to enter data

    8 votes
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  14. 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…

    45 votes
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    5 comments  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Interesting idea. Thanks for the feedback. We’ll definitely consider this in our next round of planning. In the mean time, please continue to vote on this feature idea.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  15. 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.

    41 votes
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  16. Enable referencing cells from other sheets and tables

    One cannot currently refer to an element from other tables and sheets. Please work on this feature.

    14 votes
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  17. 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.

    20 votes
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  18. iPad Pro 9.7 Smart Keyboard problem

    Has anyone else had a problem with the iPad Pro 9.7, Excel and the Smart Keyboard? Every time you type into a cell, the software keyboard pops up momentarily before promptly disappearing - like Excel makes the cell editable, displays the iPad keyboard, then realises the Smart Keyboard is attached, and then removes the iPad keyboard.
    To reproduce:
    - Type something into any cell
    - Press return that then moves the focus onto the cell below
    - Start typing something, and the software keyboard will pop up, before disappearing again

    This bug can be reproduced on the iPads at the…

    5 votes
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  19. 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.

    77 votes
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  20. More Options for Loading Add-ins

    Add-ins can work on iPad, however adding them to the device is limited to side-loading via iTunes or those listed on the Office Store. There needs to be a more direct way to add add-ins to iPad Excel as these two options have limitations.

    Sideloading is difficult as it requires iTunes and it seems that everytime that the add-in is loaded, it pulls the web-app from the server so offline use is not possible.

    The Office store is not good for developers who are not making add-ins for the public nor their personal company, but clients. It is not possible…

    3 votes
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