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    Hi All, We apologize for being slow to engage on this thread. We are listening to your feedback and we really do care. After reading the comments here as well as the feedback sent from within Excel, we have decided to remove the lock icon from Excel on Windows for the timebeing. Since it’s not new to the other platforms (web, Mac and mobile) and we haven’t had similar feedback about it there, we won’t change those for now. We’ll consider how best to get consistency across the desktop, web, and mobile apps, and we’ll share updates if we have any additional next steps.

    Since the lock icon was added recently, we can turn it off by using a configuration in O365, so you should notice that the change soon, without having to install an update. Just make sure to restart Excel.

    Thanks for all your feedback.

    Steve [Microsoft Excel]

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    Anonymous commented  · 

    THANK YOU for removing that horrible lock symbol. I know some few people liked it, but most did not. One idea that's been batted around on this thread is an underline or some other innocuous and unobtrusive hint that the tab has been locked. Just as an option, you understand.

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