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      Thanks for logging this great suggestion, Zack, and to others for voting it up. We’ll prioritize this according to the number of votes, so if there’s more interest, please make sure to register your vote!

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      Ashvini Sharma
      Lead Program Manager
      Excel

      Malcolm commented  · 

      Getting even more important now that Bi and get & transform are becoming an everyday tool. We critically need to be able to protect the cells around these tables whilst allowing rows and columns (don't forget pivot tables) to be added and deleted.

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        Malcolm supported this idea  · 
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          Malcolm commented  · 

          An absolute must. Causes me no end of problems.

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            Malcolm supported this idea  · 
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              Malcolm commented  · 

              I suggested a while back that some thing like this is needed to allow for better documentation of Excel files.

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                Thanks for all of the votes – the team has definitely taken notice of the activity around this issue. We moved to SDI as a result of customer requests, but it looks like we’ve got work to do to really nail the use cases people care about. From a read over the comments, I see a number of cases that we will want to investigate further as we think through MDI vs SDI. We’ll get someone from the team to take a deeper look, and we may reach out to some of you for more clarification as we go. Thanks again for all the voting and passion here!

                John, Excel

                Malcolm commented  · 

                But please make it an option, do NOT kill SDI. When using multiple monitors of different screen sizes in differently places, as I often have to do, SDI is so much more useful than MDI. In fact, using MDI in those situations was a real pain.

                Malcolm commented  · 

                I like SDI when I am working on separate workbooks particularly when I am using my laptop with a second screen of a different size. MDI was a real pain then. I could hardly ever see the workbooks properly and was constantly fiddling around with the position and size of workbooks.

                On the other hand MDI was better when I was looking at multiple views of the same workbook on a single monitor or two identically configured monitors. It saved desktop space and was less confusing to use.

                VBA was also far easier to use to implement work across multiple workbooks and the change to SDI broke a lot of the code I had written. To the extent that one client keeps Excel 2010 running on one computer to save having to have some complex code re-written.

                Please don't ditch SDI. I've found it very productive in some circumstances, but do listen to those who want Excel made configurable between SDI and MDI options. That would be the best of both worlds. And please make a method a aialbe in VBA to switch configurations or, at least, specify the configuration on opening a workbook.

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                  Hi Joana & others,

                  Thanks for logging this suggestion. Yes, being able to protect your queries would be quite useful indeed for delivering solutions. We’ll prioritize this based on the interest, so if you’re reading this and haven’t voted as yet, please do so.

                  thanks

                  Ashvini Sharma
                  Lead Program Manager
                  Excel

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                      Malcolm supported this idea  · 
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                        Thanks everyone for all of the passion about this suggestion! The number of votes has increased greatly in the last couple months and we’re taking notice! We’ve got a bunch of other Excel endpoints behaving this way already and we’re evaluating getting it done in the Windows versions sooner based on the number of votes it gets – so keep the votes coming!

                        Eric Patterson (Program Manager – MSFT)

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                            Malcolm supported this idea  · 
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                              Malcolm supported this idea  · 
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                                Malcolm supported this idea  · 
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                                  1 comment  ·  Excel for Windows (Desktop Application) » Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  Malcolm supported this idea  · 
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                                    Progress! As of this morning, we’ve begun enabling the first iteration of Excel’s new data types for a percentage of Office Insiders, including the ability to pull and refresh live stock quotes (and other financial data) straight in to Excel! We’ll be increasing the percentage of Insiders with access to the feature over the coming days and weeks, so if you don’t see it right away please hang in there!*

                                    We acknowledge that right now this is only half of the suggestion (pull current stock prices), but historical data is in our sights and we’re planning to add this and many other improvements to stock and financial data. Your feedback thus far has been immensely valuable in helping us plan and design this work, and we look forward to your continued suggestions for how we can improve to better meet your needs

                                    Again, we genuinely appreciate your involvement as we…

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                                      Hi Ken,

                                      Thanks for logging this suggestion. Yes, this could be quite useful. Others that’re interested in this, please do log your votes so we’ll prioritize this work appropriately.

                                      thanks

                                      Ashvini Sharma
                                      Lead Program Manager
                                      Excel

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                                      Malcolm commented  · 

                                      I agree: it slows down work considerably having to keep quitting the query to check the underlying data.

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                                        Malcolm commented  · 

                                        I've said this elsewhere, but a lot of the suggestions require a host of new formulae just to get around the problem of duplication. No one wants to write: IF(ISBLANK(big formula),"blank",big formula) - not only is it difficult to write in the first place but it create huge risks for maintenance. It also requires double the computing effort it should.

                                        My preference is to permit naming of imbedded formula rather like lambda functions, for example:
                                        IF(ISBLANK( big_formula:=big formula),"blank",big_formula)
                                        where big_formula is the imbedded name and "big formula" represents a standard excel formula returning a value.

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                                            Malcolm commented  · 

                                            I've suggested before something which would resolve this and a lot of similar issues without adding a whole raft of new functions: the ability to name variables internal to a calculation. So something like
                                            =if(vlookup(A1,C:E,2,0)=0,"", vlookup(A1,A:E,2,0)) would become
                                            =if(thusvalue=0, "", thisvalue)[thisvalue: vlookup(A1,A:E,2,0)]

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