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    341 comments  ·  Excel for Mac » Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Update – thanks for the continued support of this feature. We’ll keep this request open for voting, but we’ll need to consider modifying the behavior slightly if it is to be brought back. For this suggestion, we would want to enable such behavior on both Mac and Windows, but we would need to do it in a way that does not cause problems for people who don’t want this behavior. For example, it may be that you would type =, then hold the CMD key as you click the cells to be added. Or perhaps you would need to enable a preference to get the old behavior. Please comment on these options or offer other ideas.

    We’ve been working to make Excel more consistent between Mac and Windows, as can be seen by the updates over the past several months, which have satisfied several thousand votes on this forum (multi-thread…

    Anonymous commented  · 

    To anonymous: The whole point is to do away with the extra steps. It is much, much faster to type "=" and then just start clicking. This comes up so often that the fix needs to be made. If you don't use Excel with a lot of summing of disparate cells, then you don't understand. Many of us do. I tried your solution a long time ago, and found that is just as cumbersome as typing a plus for each cell for most calculations.

    Anonymous commented  · 

    (The CMD key only makes the clicked cells into a comma separated array. If one puts a sum with parentheses, yes, this helps. But it does not sole the problem.) I suggest that it be made into a preference choice. At one time, it was the only way things were done in Excel on the Mac. A change was made, and the inference is that someone wanted it to be that way. So far, I have found no one who does not want it to be the old way - clicking a cell adds the value in the cell. If there is anyone out there who does not want it this way, I would love to hear from them, so that I could find out what is so nice about this the way it is now. (I already voted, but again, please add this back in.)

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    4 comments  ·  Excel for Mac » Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Anonymous commented  · 

    Excel, Word, and PowerPoint all close out all files when exiting. This is a real pain for those of us who may have multiple files open that we are using (e.g., building a briefing from several Excel files, inserting graphics from PowerPoint into Word. This has caused be no end of lost time trying to retrace all the files that close out when I have to shut the computer down or restart. Can we re-enable this as it used to be? Apple's programs always remember what was open, as do almost all I use (I cannot think of an exception).

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