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  1. Add array formula support to the Excel Office Add-In API

    We would like to have array formula support available in the office.js API. We use these heavily in our VSTO Excel Add-in in combination with user defined functions to display function output in multiple cells. Having this feature available would allow us to build the Excel Office Add-in we would like to build.

    For other forum browsers, here is an example of an array formula.
    https://www.ablebits.com/office-addins-blog/2015/02/25/array-formulas-functions-excel/#array-formula-intro

    Please note that while Binding.setDataAsync() in the office.js API supports adding formulas to a range of cells, you cannot see or edit the formula after adding.

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    • Bug: Error 429: You do not have an appropriate license to use this functionality

      Hi, I reported the following to Microsoft Customer Service and Support and the pointed me to this site to report this bug.

      We have developed applications in Visual Basic 6, which are executed as COM Addin from Microsoft Excel.
      Customers who use the Office 365 Insider program suddenly received the following notification when using our application:

      Error 429: You do not have an appropriate license to use this functionality

      Research provided that this message is generated by customers who currently have Excel version 16.0.8326.2052.
      This version is currently distributed through the Office 365 Insider program, also with Office 365 business…

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      • Multilingual Financial Terminology Database (Termbase)

        Your translation feature in Excel needs to be much more comprehensive in both terminology included and languages covered. LinguaFin (www.linguafin.com) is the most complete multilingual financial termbase available.

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        • Disable the automatic creation of Calculated Columns in Excel

          We have a use case in an Office.js TaskPane app, to have tables that have different formulas on each row of the table. If we write the formulas to the table, each column ends up with the last formula that was written to that column.

          The only workaround we've found to this was to first convert the table range (calling Table.convertToRange()), set Range.formulas properties of the target cells and again construct the table with workbook.tables.add(range).

          Since the back and forth conversion between Table and Range is inefficient, error-prone and visually disturbing, it would be great if there was an API…

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          • Text to Column

            Inside Office.js in Excel 2016 I'd like to be able to call Excel's text to column function from javascript.

            According to StackOverflow.com, it appears this feature does not exist yet: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/45448813/office-js-excel-call-text-to-column-excel-function-from-javascript/45466949#45466949

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            • Ability to get username in Excel

              I'd like to be able to access the username listed under Account -> User Information in my add-in in Microsoft Office Excel 2016.

              Besides being able to customize the add-in experience and address the user by first name, having the full name would allow me to look up internal users and perform more advance functions like looking up permissions or recording their userId along with actions they perform.

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              • Microsoft Excel Professional 2013 DOESN'T always SORT correctly

                An add-in is not necessary.

                What IS NECESSARY is for the Excel Developers to FIX Excel 2013 Professional so that it sorts correctly.

                I've reported previously that when sorting colums, Excel does no sort items correctly:

                Take for example, :

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                • Implementation of print option to a popup dialogue window.

                  window.print() does not work to print contents of either a dialogue window or taskpane.

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                  • Adding SubTotal method on Range Object

                    As in VBA : for example :

                    Range("D2:E8").Subtotal GroupBy:=1, Function:=xlSum, TotalList:=Array(2), _
                    Replace:=True, PageBreaks:=False, SummaryBelowData:=True

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                    • sum by color

                      Would be great if there will be some function, which would be able to make sum/average/count by cell color in Excel. This is very common question from my students and the solution in VBA is too difficult for them. It would be sufficient if there will be color code as text available and then we could just sum etc. by the code.

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                      • Update Excel 2016 Volume license customers to a version that supports the latest Office.js version

                        Excel 2016 customers with volume licenses are locked to version 16.0.4266.1001 which only support the v1.1 API. This leaves out very key API features such as the Dialog API. As these customers tend to be large customers with many installs of Excel, the lack of API support means that it's infeasible for Add-in developers to make use of the new API features and giving up those who cannot upgrade beyond 1.1. A significant UI component such as Dialog API cannot be gracefully worked around and therefore, it's either we use that API and drop support for volume licensed customers or…

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                        • Worksheet password protection

                          We are also concerned about the issue mentioned on this post:

                          http://stackoverflow.com/questions/38847193/excel-office-add-in-api-worksheet-protection-password

                          Currently we are able to protect and unprotect a worksheet. What we need is an API for password protection of worksheets which the end user would not know as this is will make the worksheets on OneDrive more secure for use.

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                          • Add a close button to newly created tab by add-in

                            Add a close button to the tabs or some way to close the tabs by add-in, so that user can end the current session/logout and move for another without mess with previous application.

                            Thanks
                            Abhijit

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                            • Add an event for data binding among taskpane and ribbon button functionalities

                              Create an event so that modification in a dialogue window can update the task pane and perform as a single page application to perform two way data-binding as in angular js.

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                              • Programmatic Focus range from task pane command

                                Allow js commands to focus cells for user input
                                maybe range.focus();
                                to allow user to write into cell after function has run without having to click the cell.

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                                • please fix the issue of excel crashing while debug or even while 'start without debug' Seems like many facing but can't find solution online

                                  Hi i am starting to develop Excel Add-in with experience from VBA developing and web developing . Nice to see many APIs are with pretty familiar concept. but now facing the issue of excel crash when launched from Visual studio, (F5 and Cntr+F5). Can't find solution so far. Please help to fix. thanks

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                                  • chart.getData() Method

                                    Add a getData() method to the chart object to get the worksheet range sourceData and seriesBy information of a chart.

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                                    • Access Sharepoint Sites with Excel Android App

                                      We have user's who use Android Mobiles and are wanting to access the different SharePoint sites/folders and libraries within the Excel App, but are given very limited access to each of them. However, this is not a problem for Apple devices.

                                      Can something be done to improve the functionality of the excel app for Android users, which can already be seen with Apple devices?

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                                      • will you stop fucking about please

                                        will you test your modifications before giving us the shits

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