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    Thanks for the suggestion Jessica. We’ve got a few other suggestions on the site that are similar with scientific notation, etc. We’ll take a look at this area, and pay special attention to any cases that get a lot of votes. So please keep the votes coming to help us do a good job at prioritizing asks like this!

    Cheers,
    John [MS XL]

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    D commented  · 

    The sort of solution of formatting cells or other suggestions are about worthless for CSV files.When I open CSV file, it is already "fixed" by Excel and there is no UNDO anymore
    In my cases (and seeing # of other comments) this is considered data corruption - there is no beating around the bush as this what that is.
    I have no way to know which cells to fix either. I have painful workaround - open the CSV file in Excel and set all fields as text and open it from some other pure text editor - copy from text editor (the whole thing) and in Excel use text import option to overwrite that
    Did I mention that it is painful?

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    I hate to say it (and it pains me a LOT) but they don't care and no amount of complaining and providing proof will change that. The only way in my opinion is to hit their bottom line - sales. Unfortunately even if we and all our friends/family stop buying Microsoft products we would make an invisible to Microsoft difference in sales - just too few of us. if by some miracles Microsoft notices the difference, they still would not know that this is because of this stupid design (and this is not the only one).
    They are (like just about any other software company) busy adding support for emojis and connections to Facebook, Tweeter and other social app

    I still vouched to myself that I will do my best to never buy Office product from Microsoft ever again

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    There has been a trend for few years to have things more user friendly (in computer related industry, not only Windows). In theory this is good thing but in general I am finding the execution of that very poor (in general with only very few exceptions). Also, there is trend in Windows to start to hide or even remote some of the advance options. Office is following that too. Due to what I mentioned, they are more and more targeting simple users and in some way don't give a **** about advanced ones anymore.
    I am really sick and tired of the changes in computer industry (including smart phones which I find to actually be getting dumber in lots of ways) - the trend to try to anticipate my needs and proactively help with no option to disable is really common and getting worse.
    We can voice this problem all we want and I doubt anything useful will come out of this. This only way to try to fight it is to stop using their products. I promised myself that I will do my best not to upgrade Office ever again on my home systems - I will look into all other possibilities first.
    I work in computer industry and I started to hate it due to all the dumb changes that are happening

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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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    I use scripts that check BIOS and firmware versions of servers to know which one to update. Those versions are in all kinds of formats (including trailing 0's after what it looks like decimal point) so I have to create special cases often. It also mangles some other data, like some info comes that looks like a time but it not - it is disk info (i.e. "0:1:24").
    CSV is a text file so please stop messing up the data. NOTHING should be assumed

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    I am using CSV files at work as input for scripts. The data is versions of various firmware components. Those scripts use that data to know if system should do an upgrade or not. Effectively, no versions should be assumed to be as #'s (even though most look like it) and some have leading 0's.
    We also have another batch of scripts that work with dates and again Excel butchers the date formats.
    Overall, CSV files are pure text files - threat those as such

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    Thanks for your suggestion! Unfortunately we will not be able to address this in the near future. We’ll keep tracking the voting.

    The reason you can’t have 2 workbooks open with the same name is due to the way that linked workbooks are managed. If you have multiple workbooks open and you create a link between them, Excel shows the filename of the linked file. If there are 2 workbooks with the same name, then the formula would be ambiguous. You can read more about how Excel manages external links here – https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/328440/description-of-link-management-and-storage-in-excel.

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    When you say that it opens a different size – can you give more info? Do you mean the application window is a different size (it shouldn’t be) or that the font sizes (zoom) are different? (again, they shouldn’t be)

    Additionally, if you can post a video of what you’re seeing, that would be a big help for us.

    If there is a problem here, it’s definitely something we’d want to fix.

    Cheers,
    Dan [MS]

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