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    Wow.

    Thank you to all those participated in our survey. What an amazing number of responses, many of them with very deep content. We’re processing the over ten thousand responses(!), and already appreciate the time so many of you took to answer with passion and experience.

    Please know this survey is used to help influence various topics – both on Python as well as other related topics that the comments started to bleed into. Given the passion, I want to be clear this remains an area of exploration for us, without any specific timeline.

    We’ll provide updates as we progress on this feature request.

    Thanks!

    Ashvini Sharma
    Lead Program Manager
    Excel

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    Thanks for the support and the detailed discussion around this suggestion. We understand that there are some advantages and disadvantages with both MDI (multi-document interface) and SDI (single-document interface), and we currently do not have plans to revert to MDI. We do want to improve the experience with SDI so you can get your work done efficiently, and this post has helped toward that goal.

    Some of the specific issues mentioned are addressed as follows:
    – Stability: This has been a focus over the past several years, and the monthly releases in 2020 have been among the most reliable ever in terms of avoiding crashes.
    - Screen space – while it won’t get all the space back, you can minimize the ribbon to save some space. It only shows when needed.
    - Navigation between workbooks: you can use CTRL+F6, SHIFT+CTRL+F6, CTRL+TAB or SHIFT+CTRL+TAB to switch to the next workbook. …

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    Mimi commented  · 

    Don't forget....

    Here is a chance to vote a second time… and maybe get a response!

    Please vote here:

    https://excel.uservoice.com/forums/304921-excel-for-windows-desktop-application/suggestions/36927430-here-s-an-idea-respond-to-our-comments-provide

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    Mimi commented  · 

    Mary, thanks for that info about 2019. It seals the deal for me. Officially starting my search for an Excel alternative that is more linked workbook friendly.

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    Mimi commented  · 

    I think we need more votes! This issue is in the top 10. there are others with more votes not being addressed. I have reposted a link to this forum both at Facebook and LinkedIn requesting votes. Let's vote this one up a few notches!

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    Mimi commented  · 

    OK folks, try voting on this open issue.
    Restore MDI file handling (open all files in one window); Kill SDI (each spreadsheet opens in a seperate window)

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    Mimi commented  · 

    Doug, I have Excel 2010 running with Office 2016. IT had to install 2010 and uninstall everything except Excel and also install 2016 and uninstall Excel. This seems to be working with few glitches but I don't know about 365.

    Alan Odom, I would like to publish your list of the most serious flaws at my LinkedIn page, with your permission.

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    Mimi commented  · 

    I just voted on the locked thread at the MS forum.
    I think the change will come when larger corporations add up the cost of converting to SDI. If MS doesn't resolve the problem they created, there is room for other spreadsheets to step in.

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    Mimi commented  · 

    @Mike, please provide more info on the platform you are using--computer/laptop brand, windows version, office version. I would LOVE to have that .reg file if it would work for me! can you download it to a thumb drive?

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    Mimi commented  · 

    Aaron Potter, welcome to the sheet **** of Excel beyond 2010. Not sure why you weren't getting the separate windows on 365 ProPlus; I do not have that version. I am not aware of any work around this which is why we all voted to make it an option rather than the only way Excel works.

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    Mimi commented  · 

    John at Excel, any news? this is still a deal breaker issue for us!

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    Mimi commented  · 

    Alan Odom, I had my IT reinstall 2010. I was literally unable to do my job in 2016 or 2013 Excel, that is how much this has impacted me. (they installed the complete office 2010, then removed everything except Excel.) I have the next 2 years to research viable alternatives to Excel. I peeked at Google sheets and it looks very similar to Excel. I have few macros and could live without them or redo them if they are not compatible. I do hope Google is paying attention as this is definitely opportunity knocking.

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    Mimi commented  · 

    DC, my IT folks installed full versions of Office 2010 and office 2016, then removed all the components not used. so Excel was the survivor in the 2010 install and the one removed from the 2016 install. it seems to work with few hiccups. I believe I have windows 7.

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    Mimi commented  · 

    Why, Kenneth Jones? what benefit are separate windows to you? I am very curious! I find them a HUGE PAIN. I have a lot of multi workbook linked models. each is far too large to combine with another.

    There is a big vote to return to single instance and a lot fo discussion on this forum. https://excel.uservoice.com/forums/304921-excel-for-windows-desktop-application/suggestions/11706627-restore-mdi-file-handling-open-all-files-in-one-w?tracking_code=5c0e4436ff31a331b39feaadba564772

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    Mimi commented  · 

    it's NOT a matter of learning something new. In the past, I have looked forward to Excel updates since it meant improvements that made my job easier. This issue is just one of the many horrible things that don't work in Excel 2016. Autosave is also big problem with multiple workbook linked models. In my case, Excel gobbled up more and more private memory and froze 10+ times a day. I lost so much work! IMO MS shoved this edition out before it was ready and are still fixing serious bugs in it today, 5 years later. if 2019 isn't any better, I will be switching to something else when my 2010 support runs out. there ARE other spreadsheet products out there.

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    Mimi commented  · 

    If you have commented here and not voted, please login and vote!
    If anyone has any news of this topic from elsewhere, please share.

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    Mimi commented  · 

    Great perspective, David Portwood, and I agree. I was never so frustrated in my work as I was when I had Excel 2013 and 2016. I see many of us migrating away from Excel if Microsoft continues with SDI. Not sure exactly when Office 2019 is due to be released but we shall see if MDI returns. We are getting no response right now from MS here or elsewhere.

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    Mimi commented  · 

    Hey Everyone, please continue to raise this issue by upvoting Alan Odom's Feedback here. 2010 support ends in 2020!

    https://aka.ms/AA1hlqb

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    Mimi commented  · 

    Guys, I looked it up. Microsoft is supporting 2010 through 2020. Good enough for me. if they aren't going to roll back to MDI, then they need to resolve the many issues we are all having in trying to use it. and fix the **** memory leak! both 2013 and 2016 had them, using my work configurations. we have a TON of corp loaded malware and virus protections as well as web blocking, email add-ins to report suspicious emails, etc. the leak is what caused my Excels to freeze, using exponentially more memory as the days passed until I couldn't work 10 minutes.

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    Joy of joys, today I rolled back to Excel 2010! After fighting daily with Excel 2016, then 2013, for the last 7 weeks, I am looking forward to being productive again. Both newer versions are unsuitable for large, multi-workbook models. These last 2 “updates” caused me so much frustration and lost work! I am over-the-moon happy to be using 2010 again.
    Microsoft, are you listening to the users on this SDI issue? Are you addressing this with the 2019 version? Will the memory leak problem be fixed in 2019? Bueller?.... Bueller?.... Bueller?....

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    Mimi commented  · 

    Just used Windows + F to provide direct feedback to MS on this issue since they are ignoring all the votes here. Let's flood them with feedback!

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    Mimi commented  · 

    the lack of response is ridiculous.

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    David Portwood, you hit the nail on the head. so many of my models are now nearly unusable since I can't open more than a few workbooks at a time. Further, my IT dept found Excel 2016 unstable in our systems and rolled me back to 2013. (I asked, they wouldn't roll me back to 2010 which would be my preference.) Doesn't help with this issue but at least I can work more than 5 minutes without Excel freezing.
    MICROSOFT: SDI has been around 5 years already, and users are still having HUGE problems with it. This is not a slight blip on the way to a future bliss. This product needs to be fixed!

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    Mimi commented  · 

    David, I couldn't agree more with your big mess statement!! I'm ready to ditch 2016 and go back to 2010 over this new "feature".

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    Mimi commented  · 

    It seems to me that Microsoft has figured out how to do MDI and SDI. Why not make it an option to work either way? could be a checkbox in the app, or if that is too cumbersome, then an option on install.

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    I have multi workbook models that do not fair well in the SDI environment. I've crashed it several times since it was installed last week--minimum 1X a day but usually more. my computer memory is maxed out and I run Windows 10 and have an SSD drive.

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    Thanks for all the support and comments about this request. We don’t have plans to add this format in the near future, but we’ll keep monitoring the votes as we prioritize this suggestion among other requests.

    There are a few ways that you can enable this already, as mentioned in some of the comments.

    1. Set the style used when you click the comma button.
    – This can be done by modifying the cell style called “Comma”, which is used when you click the comma button. See the screen shot in the comments for details, or look at this article to modify the style – https://support.microsoft.com/office/apply-create-or-remove-a-cell-style-472213bf-66bd-40c8-815c-594f0f90cd22.
    – For existing workbooks, you’d need to set the style in each workbook.
    – To make it the default in new workbooks, you can create a new workbook, make the change to the “Comma” style, and then save the workbook as a template…

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    William Forbes, I had the same problem with both 2013 and 2016 and it IS ridiculous. I "solved" it by rolling back to Excel 2010 (supported through 2020). I highly recommend this, you will go crazy. I sure hope to heck Microsoft fixes Excel in the 2019 version! Some problems I and others have seen: It takes sharable memory and doesn't release it. There is no way to turn off autosave. It clashes with my SmartView/Essbase (Hyperion add-in) so I had to manually turn it on and off when I wanted to use it. Copy and paste between workbooks is a problem for many. Tiling workbooks is useless (menus from each workbook take up all the space.) etc. etc., I could go on. Macro developers are furious.
    I have large, multi-workbook models. Someone mentioned Google sheets as an alternate if Excel doesn't improve. I peeked at it and it looked promising. I may need to look into it further if support runs out and Excel is still problematic.

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