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      AHarris supported this idea  · 
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        AHarris supported this idea  · 
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              AHarris commented  · 

              Yes, I hate merged cells! Yes they are Evil! Seriously they create so many problems!

              While I am comfortable using a macro for Centre Across Selection, I cannot believe that Merge and Centre has such a prominent position in the home tab and the far superior (for 95% of scenarios) Centre Across Selection is hidden in the alignment dialog box.

              The only time Merge and Centre is better is when we need to merge rows but a vertical Centre Across Selection would be better for that too. There's a suggestion for that somewhere - please go vote for it!

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                Interesting idea. We’ll consider this in the next round of feature planning. In the meantime, please continue to vote on this idea.

                Thanks,
                Scott [MSFT]

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                  AHarris supported this idea  · 
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                    AHarris supported this idea  · 
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                      AHarris commented  · 

                      For functions that don't require an input parameter like YESTERDAY in your examples, you can already do this with the name manager. All that is needed (likely it's major work) is accepting input parameters, to a named formula, that can be used in the formula.

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                        Thanks for the suggestion Alexander. We’ll be taking a look at how various lookup scenarios work and looking at improvements there. We’ll be sure to deeply consider anything that’s got a lot of votes, so please keep voting for the things you find most important.

                        Thanks,
                        John [MS XL]

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                          AHarris supported this idea  · 
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                            AHarris supported this idea  · 
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                                AHarris supported this idea  · 
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                                  AHarris supported this idea  · 
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                                    Thanks for taking the time to post a suggestion Malcolm! We’ll be taking a look at lookup functions. There’s a number of votes on the site for them – I’m not going to merge all of them though because different posts are asking for slightly different things. Please keep voting for the ones you want to see most!

                                    Cheers,
                                    John [MS XL]

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                                      Hi Ken,

                                      Thanks for logging this one, and thanks to others for voting this up.. We’ve actually had this on our list to get to for some time and have been balancing doing this against other… The more the community helps us rank it higher, the better the signal on overall importance… so, for those that haven’t voted for this but want it, do vote!

                                      thanks
                                      ash [MS XL]

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                                        Thanks for the suggestion Wyn! Thanks also to all the contributors to this thread for the thoughtful discussion and debate.

                                        Of the many lookup function requests, this is currently one of the highest ranking on UserVoice. Please keep the votes rolling in if you’d like to see this, it helps us prioritize new feature work.

                                        JoeMcD [MS XL]

                                        AHarris commented  · 

                                        There has been a lot of interesting and usefull discussion on this topic - thanks everyone.

                                        My question is really simple:
                                        Your proposed function has 4 parameters, VLOOKUP/HLOOKUP has 4 parameters. Would this actually be simpler for beginners?

                                        (I last taught beginners about 15 years ago so your experience is probably more recent than mine. I am genuinely interested to hear your take on this.)

                                        Understanding the utility of "Optional Value if no match" does not seem simpler than understinding the "Optional match type" parameter. The utility of using it for rows or columns or mixing row/column like we can with INDEX/MATCH is good but is it simpler?

                                        A Get Column/Row would make the function less prone to breakage than a VLOOKUP/HLOOKUP which will help simplify the life of users. In my experience many users can figure out how to use a VLOOKUP but when it breaks they don't know how to diagnose it.

                                        The "Value if no Match" would preclude the need for nesting with an IFERROR but by the time a user understands the concepts well enough to utilise this optional parameter effectively, they could probably use the nested functions.

                                        Finally, only returning exact matches will suit 95% of scenarios but when the user needs a closest match they will have to go and learn VLOOKUP/HLOOKUP or INDEX/MATCH anyway and Excel will have added yet another way of looking things up from data. The very fact there are so many ways of doing it already, is a source of confusion for beginner/intermediate users. Will the benefit of this function be worth the addition of another function? idk.

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