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          jeffrey Weir supported this idea  · 
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            Thanks for logging this great suggestion, Zack, and to others for voting it up. We’ll prioritize this according to the number of votes, so if there’s more interest, please make sure to register your vote!

            Thanks

            Ashvini Sharma
            Lead Program Manager
            Excel

            jeffrey Weir commented  · 

            @Alexis Taylor I published another ugly workaround at http://dailydoseofexcel.com/archives/2017/12/10/seven-steps-to-almost-protected-calculated-columns/

            But best bet is to lobby people to vote on this, and lobby bloggers to blog about the glaring hole in functionality.

            jeffrey Weir commented  · 

            How much more interest do you need to prioritize this, Ashvini? There's plenty of votes, other functionality depends on Tables, and users need to be protected from inadvertently breaking mission-critical spreadsheets.

            jeffrey Weir commented  · 

            I've posted a work-around at http://dailydoseofexcel.com/archives/2017/12/10/seven-steps-to-almost-protected-calculated-columns/ that gives you a way to leave the calculated column unprotected while stopping users from directly selecting the cells in calculated columns with the mouse. This works by parking a locked invisible shape over the column. Users can still select the cells by navigating them using the arrow keys, but are then prohibited by overwriting the formulas via a DV condition. They can still delete the formulas however...although I've got a pop-up DV input message warning them against doing so. Convoluted work-around that mostly works, but no substitute for the kind of usability improvement we would get if MS changed Table protection in line with this thread.

            jeffrey Weir commented  · 

            The thing that annoys me is the apparent bug when you have locked some cells in a Table to protect an important formula, but still want users to be able to use the Insert Row functionality. After locking the sheet, if a user right clicks and chooses the Insert Row option, they see the error message "The cell or chart you're trying to change is on a protected sheet. To make a change, unprotect the sheet". But the new row has been inserted (meaning the previous error message is actually completely incorrect), although your important protected formula doesn't get copied down (which completely defeats the purpose of protecting it). This is so obviously a bug - one that I'm positive has been reported to MS - and so I just cannot fathom why it hasn't been fixed. Sure, I could write some VBA to add a custom 'Insert Row' entry to the right click menu, but I try to keep my templates macro-free as much as possible. And I wouldn't need macros if this functionality actually did what it says on the box.

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              Thanks very much for your votes. And to those who took the time to fill in the survey, thank you! This is a brief update to let y’all know that we’ve started work on this feature request along with the one on changing numbers to scientific notation.

              - Urmi [Msft]

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                Thanks again for all the passion on this issue – we hear you and we’ll get someone on the team to dig in to the issue. I’ve seen a few related sub-issues while scanning over the comment section for this one, so we may reach out to a few of you for clarifications. Thanks again for all the votes, and keep them coming for the issues you care about!

                John, Excel

                jeffrey Weir commented  · 

                When did Microsoft introduce the ability to open multiple workbooks? Last century? Because the current functionality embarrassingly points at a mentality stuck in that long-distant era. C'mon MS: plug this historic hole already.

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                    Thanks very much for your votes. And to those who took the time to fill in the survey, thank you! This is a brief update to let y’all know that we’ve started work on this feature request.

                    - Urmi [Msft]

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                          Thanks everyone for all of the passion about this suggestion! The number of votes has increased greatly in the last couple months and we’re taking notice! We’ve got a bunch of other Excel endpoints behaving this way already and we’re evaluating getting it done in the Windows versions sooner based on the number of votes it gets – so keep the votes coming!

                          Eric Patterson (Program Manager – MSFT)

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                              jeffrey Weir commented  · 

                              Yes, would be cool if all 2016 folk got this. I also completely agree that it is **** confusing to find out who gets what update.

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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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