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      Malcolm commented  · 

      Please fix this. I just encountered it and it is a pain. Somebody has added, not unrealistically a total row to a table I use in PowerPivot and suddenly I find all the numbers in my analysis are wrong because the import thinks the total row is a data row!

      You can't filter it out after the import as the row might be called something other than the default "Total" and the cells might contain Averages or one of the other options rather than Sum. There is an option to include/exclude headers. Why not an option to include/exclude total rows. This seems like a major oversight and I am puzzled why it has not been fixed in over a year.

      Surely it is not too difficult to allow:
      Source = Excel.CurrentWorkbook(){[Name="myTable"]}[Content]
      to be modified to specify the elements to be imported as in:
      Source = Excel.CurrentWorkbook(){[Name="myTable"]}[[Headers],[Data]]

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        Great suggestion – thanks again for taking the time to put it on this site and for the thoughtful followup comments. This is pretty related to some other work we’ve got going and already has a fair number of votes, so we’ll work on getting plans in place now and hope to get started on this soon.

        Thanks,
        John [MS XL]

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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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                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!

                Thanks

                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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                                  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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