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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…

    Barbara commented  · 

    I just upgraded to Excel 2018 for Mac from a very old version, and I am SERIOUSLY missing the simple ability to enter "=" and then just click on different cells to get a sum. This was the one and only reason I was still using Excel over Google Sheets.

    There are so many improvements in this new version of Excel, but this one issue makes the program significantly more cumbersome. It used to be that if I wanted to add 10 different numbers from different locations I could get a sum with just 12 movements. Now the exact same task takes 22 movements with a lot of back-and-forth between the keyboard and the mouse. That's basically more than double the work, which is twice as time consuming. And you'd be amazed at how often my spreadsheets are setup for this exact sort of task.

    Microsoft - Steve - please let us know what's going to happen -- otherwise I will finally bail from Excel after 33 years of use (seriously, I was an early Mac and Microsoft adopter).

    Barbara supported this idea  · 

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