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    Hi All, We apologize for being slow to engage on this thread. We are listening to your feedback and we really do care. After reading the comments here as well as the feedback sent from within Excel, we have decided to remove the lock icon from Excel on Windows for the timebeing. Since it’s not new to the other platforms (web, Mac and mobile) and we haven’t had similar feedback about it there, we won’t change those for now. We’ll consider how best to get consistency across the desktop, web, and mobile apps, and we’ll share updates if we have any additional next steps.

    Since the lock icon was added recently, we can turn it off by using a configuration in O365, so you should notice that the change soon, without having to install an update. Just make sure to restart Excel.

    Thanks for all your feedback.

    Steve [Microsoft Excel]

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    Bjorn commented  · 

    More often than not software development seems to follow Henry Ford's comment on the Model T "You can have any color as long as it's black". Hence, the feature is available or not available.

    Did you prefer the square command bars over the Ribbon; square buttons over round ones in the iPhone's dial pad, etc.? Tough luck ... you don't get to choose!

    I guess it's much easier to roll-back the change than it is to come to a conclusion on where to present the setting: Ribbon or Options? If Ribbon: which tab?, which group?, which control type (button/checkbox/...)? If Options: which part (general or advanced)?, etc.

    One exception to the "rule" above is the, by many, beloved dark mode. The thing that, all of a sudden, is a must-have. I don't know how we managed decades without it?

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    Bjorn commented  · 

    Visually indicating text overflow would be very welcome ... and in some cases quite important.

    >> EXAMPLE <<
    Imagine a worksheet where similar input is needed in several columns.
    > Data validation (list) is used for a Likert scale, with the following options:
    - Definitely
    - Probably
    - Possibly
    - Possibly Not
    - Definitely Not
    > The input cells are formatted with wrap text enabled.
    > The longest of the list text entries doesn't fit in (at least one of) the input cells.
    > The input columns aren't wide enough to fit all text.*
    > The input row height is not sufficient to display all text.*
    * Set by the template designer, or modified by the user.

    Depending on the column width and row height in the input section, only a part of the selected option's text may be displayed.
    # | Full option text | Displayed text
    1 | Definitely | Definitely
    2 | Probably | Probably
    3 | Possibly | Possibly
    4 | Possibly Not | Possibly*
    5 | Definitely Not | Definitely**

    Without visual indication of text overflow:
    * Option 4 will show the same text as when option 3 is selected, and will be read as option 3 having been selected.
    ** Option 5 will show the same text as when option 1 is selected, and will be read as option 1 having been selected.

    >> SUGGESTIONS <<
    1. Add a visual indication of overflow:
    a) in one of the corners of the cell (like one of the ones listed below).
    b) by displaying an elipsis (or other character) after the last character of the text visible in the cell.
    2. Display the full text when hovering the pointer over the cell with overflow (like for cell notes and cell comments).

    Visual indications are already used for:
    > formula inconsistency
    > cell comment
    > cell note

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