Excel for Android

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  1. support form controls

    support form controls for Android

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      29 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      We have enabled workbooks on Android that contain Form Controls (and ActiveX controls) to open on the device and show a placeholder where the Form/ActiveX control exists in the workbook. While those controls will be shown as placeholders, they will roundtrip correctly so that you can edit the rest of your workbook (unlike today where we block display of the workbook).

    • The excel newest update does not have Chinese fonts to display Chinese characters anymore

      please enable downloading Chinese fonts, or restore previous capability.

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      • Add a number keypad for inviting data

        When inputting numerical data. A virtual persistent 10 key pad that stays visible on screen until turned off would be good.

        24 votes
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          2 comments  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Please don't have Excel open up a spreadsheet in drawing mode!

          Excel for Android opens up both of my two spreadsheets in drawing mode(!!!) and instead of entering text or numbers I'm entering little tiny periods or lines and then I have to undo them and change to home mode. What a pain in the you-know-where.

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            2 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            Hi David,

            If you’re using an Android Phone, then we’ve already made a fix for this issue (so your stylus is used as a pointer by default)

            The build is still in the process of rolling out, but once you update to 16.0.7301.1004 or later, you should go back to your old stylus behavior on your phone.

            Cheers,
            Dan [MS]

            PS – the stylus still defaults to drawing on tablet devices.

          • Support Auto-complete in Android

            Auto-complete is supported in the desktop app, but is missing from Android. When I'm working out, I enter all of my exercises, reps, and weight into excel so that I can track my progress. Not having auto-complete means that I have to type in the full name of the exercise each time, which is frustrating and takes time away from exercising.

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              2 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Great news – we’ve completed this feature for Excel for Android. It should be available in version 16.0.6925.1017 and later, so update from the store if you haven’t already!

              If you are happy we addressed this idea, let us know!

              Cheers,
              Dan [MS]

            • Add ability to export to other formats, such as .ods

              Field offices are (unfortunately) set up on using OpenOffice which often can't access or utilize Excel files. While export is available in the desktop version, it would be great to have the export feature for Android so that the files can be distributed on the go rather than waiting until one has access to a desktop unit.

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                0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                Good news,

                We’ve implemented this idea. Starting with version 16.0.7030.1014 (and later versions), you can save as ODS format.

                To do so, tap on the Hamburger > Save > Export this file to ODS.

                (Note: this is bit of a strange location for this functionality, and we may move it to Save As or Export in the future, so if you’re reading this status and don’t find the export functionality under “Save,” please look elsewhere.)

                Love that we did this? Let us know!

                Cheers,
                Dan [MS]

              • Implementing a way to open files with graphics into Headers and Footlines

                It would be very nice / helpfull if you had the possibility to open Excel files which have graphical content in it's Headers and/or Footlines.

                This often occurs in our company, because some employes are using Desktops / Notebooks and others are just Using Android Tablets.

                At the moment it's pretty annoying for some of them if they try to share Excel files, because there is no really good way to work together on excel files.

                error message: This version of Microsoft Excel can not open files with the following features:

                - graphical objects in Header and Footer

                Sorry for…

                22 votes
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                  3 comments  ·  Application Errors  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  = 2016-12-05 =

                  Hello,

                  This work has been completed, and you can get the update from the Play store now. Builds 16.0.7426.1015 and later should contain the ability to open files that have images in headers/footers.

                  Cheers,
                  Dan [MS]

                  =2016-08-08=

                  Hi all,

                  Just wanted to give the good news that we’ve started work on this idea, and we expect to have it wrapped up in the near future, so that images/pictures/graphics in Headers and Footers will be supported in Excel for Android (you’ll be able to open files with them, but you won’t be able to edit the headers/footers yet).

                  Will let everyone know when the feature is done.

                  Cheers,
                  Dan [MS]

                • Ability to see row height/column width in pixels like it does on the Desktop versions

                  It would be ideal to see how wide the rows/columns are so it would be easier to set more columns to the same dimensions.

                  20 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    = 2016-12-05 =
                    Good afternoon,

                    As of build 16.0.7531.1011 (which you can download from the Play store), it’s now possible to see the row/column height in pixels in Excel for Android.

                    Cheers,
                    Dan [MS]

                    =2016-08-08=
                    Good morning,

                    Just wanted to drop in and give some good news here – we’ve started working on this feature, and expect to ship it in Excel for Android soon (in the next couple months baring any unforeseen delays).

                    Will update this status when we’re done.

                    Cheers,
                    Dan [MS]

                  • Allow unlock of a password protected Excel worksheet while using my Android OS cell phone

                    Please allow unlock of a password protected Excel worksheet while using my Android OS cell phone.

                    It is frustrating to me that this is such a problem for Microsoft to anticipate and provide coding for creating and /or unlocking password protected files on Android mobile phones. I purchased Office 365 unaware of this flaw in MS-Excel.

                    What this means is that I have to have WPS Office third party app also installed so that I can access these password protected files. But it also means that I may not edit files on my Android phone and have them instantly available…

                    21 votes
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                      7 comments  ·  Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      Greetings,

                      Good news – Excel for Android now supports opening files that are password protected. If you haven’t yet, please update to build 16.0.7030.1014 or later to get this functionality.

                      Love that we did this? Let us know!

                      Cheers,
                      Dan [MS]


                      from: March 31, 2016 -

                      Hi all,

                      Opening password protected files with Excel works now for certain files (XLSX, XLSM, and XLSB files) and we are working on support for password protected XLS files. Stay tuned here for more updates

                      Cheers,
                      Dan [MS]

                    • Add signature capabilities for tablets

                      I'd like to be able to collect signatures on my android tablet via the stylus (Samsung Note)

                      5 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Great news – we’ve completed the ability to use a stylus to ink and collect signatures (or otherwise draw on your spreadsheets) for Excel for Android. It should be available in version 16.0.7030.1014 and later, so update from the store if you haven’t already!

                        If you are happy we addressed this idea, let us know!

                        Cheers,
                        Dan [MS]

                      • Implement auto fill/fill handle!

                        In android it isn't possible to 'drag' a formula/set of values across cells - this is a key spreadsheet feature has been in Windows for 20 years or more (select corner of cell until + appears then drag)

                        E.g. if I have 1,2,3 in consecutive cells I should be able to drag and get 4,5,6 in the next cells

                        Without this it is pretty painful to use formulas at all.

                        5 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          2016-03-31

                          Greetings again. We’ve completed the work to add the fill handle to Excel on Android. If you aren’t running the current version of Excel from the Play store, update now to get the feature!

                          Cheers,
                          Dan [MS]

                          (older)
                          Hi,

                          Great news – we’ve started work on the Fill Handle in Android!

                          We’ll update this idea once we’ve completed the work.

                          Cheers,
                          Dan [MS]

                        • 18 votes
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                            2 comments  ·  Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            2016-04-29
                            Hello again,

                            Just wanted to let everyone know that as of build 16.0.6828.1014 (available in the play store starting yesterday), Excel for Android now supports opening CSV files.

                            Enjoy!
                            Dan [MS]

                            Good news – we’re working on the ability to open CSV files using Excel.

                            Cheers,
                            Dan [MS]

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                              1 comment  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                Hi,

                                We’ve added a feature to “Share as PDF” which will generate a PDF of your workbook that you can save or share with others. This was pushed to the Play store on 3/30/2016, so any updates you install after that should have this feature.

                                Cheers,
                                Dan [MS]

                              • Find and replace

                                Have option not just find something in spreadsheet but also have a replace option

                                5 votes
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                                  2 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  (2016-03-31)
                                  Great news! We’ve completed the work on Find/Replace. If you aren’t running the current version of Excel from the Play store, update now to get the feature!

                                  Cheers,
                                  Dan [MS]

                                  (older) ====
                                  Great news!

                                  Hi,

                                  We’ve started work on Find and Replace for Android.

                                  We’ll update this idea once we’ve completed the work.

                                  Cheers,
                                  Dan [MS]

                                • 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.

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                                    0 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    = 2016-12-05 =
                                    Great news. If you have build 16.0.7426.1015 or later, you have the ability to co-author with others on files that are stored in O365 or OneDrive.com (you can both edit at the same time and not lock each other out of the workbook)

                                    Enjoy!
                                    Dan [MS]

                                    2016-05-13 – Good news, we’ve started work on enabling co-authoring in Excel for Android.

                                    Cheers,
                                    Dan [MS]

                                  • 1 vote
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                                      May 2016 – Hi, just wanted to update you that we’ve completed this work, and if you update Excel from the Play Store, we now support this symbol.

                                      Cheers,
                                      Dan [MS]

                                      (January 2016)======
                                      Hi,

                                      Just wanted to let you know that we’ve started work to support Azerbaijani Manat (U+20BC (₼)).

                                      We’ll update this idea once we’ve completed the work.

                                      Cheers,
                                      Dan [MS]

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