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  1. Give the VBA IDE a major overhaul finally

    It's been over 20 years since the VBA IDE was created in its present form. MS has since created a number of modern and efficient development environments. Even if the VBA environment has long been referred to as outdated: it is simply the everyday reality for the majority of professional Office developers (especially all serious Access developers). I can not imagine that it lacks capacity to MS to bring the VBA IDE into a more contemporary form.

    To insist that it would not be worthwhile to invest in an improved IDE, is roughly as if an automaker refuses any further…

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      2 comments  ·  Office Developer Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Provide an Add-in IDE inside Office applications with macro recorder

      Do you want to popularize Office JS Add-in development? Why don't you do as you did with VBA? There is a macro recorder and the VBE (VBA's IDE).
      Anyone with a regular Office instalation can be a "developer" - just press Alt+F11 and start coding. This is a great incentive for begginer programmers.
      If you recluse Office JS programming to Visual Studio it'll be no use even if the framework is great, because there'll be no adoption by the community.
      You have to tease your customers' mind so he'll get addicted in macro recording and will want to learn more…

      20 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Office Developer Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Make the default value of "Require Variable Declaration" in the VB Editor to be True

        Please make the default value of the "Require Variable Declaration" item in the Options of the VB Editor of Office programs equal to True rather than False as it was changed to for Office 2010. There should be very, very good reasons for not having this value set (in fact I can't think of any). It is folly to not have it set. Note that this folly was pointed out in the private beta of Office 2010, but we were told it was too late to change it back and it was not changed in Office 2013 or 2016.

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        • Expand Napa Monaco Editor to allow typescript language editing, better jsdoc tags, fix global function resolution.

          Hello,
          I am working with the "Napa" Office 365 Development Tools and really want to get this to work smarter for our company. We are using this is conjuction with Visual Studio 2013 and of course we know that there are many things that VS can do to help in development. I deliberately want to have certain parts of Monaco to work better so I do not have to switch away for what I consider to be small app scenarios.

          1. jsdoc support - please increase the number of tags that can be used. I can use @param and that…

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          • Please make Word Automation Services as Standalone Library

            Manipulation on Microsoft Word Documents grammatically are very actual. Microsoft does not support "Word Object Model" on unattended scenarios, and Microsoft always make reference to OpenXMLSDK and Sharepoint Word Automation Services.

            There is problem OpenXMLSDK is a library, Word Automation Services is not.

            In many cases we developers besides manipulation of docx files, we also need convert them to other word supported format.

            For that we have to install Windows 2016, Full SharePoint Server to have ability convert files. You may agree, this is too have for just for conversion tasks.

            Please make Word Automation Services as Standalone Library (Even…

            9 votes
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            • Allow you to associate Node.js web projects with Office for Apps project

              It would be great to be able to associate Node.js web projects with the Office for Apps project. Currently when you try to select it you get "Property value is not valid. File is corrupt. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x8013110E)"

              7 votes
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              • Add vsto project from list of project references to testproject

                I started to employ the MVVM pattern for Word templates and other office addins. This implies that I want to use unit tests. It would be great if VS2012 and VS2013 would show the VSTO projects in the list of projects when adding references to test projects.

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                  1 comment  ·  Office Developer Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Mailto URLs not working in Promoted Links

                  Until about 2 weeks ago, we were able to use Mailto: URLs in our SharePoint Online Promoted Links. Now they don't work. When in the list view, the links works fine when clicked on, when in the tile view, nothing happens when you click on the link.
                  When looking at the source code, the "click action=" is empty.
                  We have used this extensively for Contact Us pages. Is it a bug, or does SharePoint Online not longer support Mailto: from the Promoted Links Tiles view?

                  6 votes
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                    3 comments  ·  Office Developer Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • The old VBA help system worked well. The online version bears no comment!

                    The idea is this: TEST MUST BE CARRIED OUT PROPERLY.

                    The new, online help for VBA is COMPLETELY USELESS!
                    The old, locally installed, up to Office 2010 worked properly and quickly.

                    The online is way much slower, but first of all NEVER GIVES ANY RELEVANT HITS!

                    I don't think that anyone would take any responsibility for it at MS.
                    So, I won't add any comment of almost completely negligent leadership work in software quality.

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                    • Add the ability for an Office Add-in to persist diagnostic logging information

                      When developing an add-in for commercial use, it is vital to be able to diagnose issues that end-users encounter when using the add-in. Furthermore, it is important to be able to obtain diagnostic information about the behavior and health of the add-in easily. In a .NET/VSTO add-in, we can use the .NET TraceSource APIs to write logs and easily obtain the logs from our end-users should issues arise. In a javascript-based Office Add-in, we need a comparable capability. In the forum post here: https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/7e5f4a0e-c04b-4881-ab22-036ab0003bff/how-to-debug-obtain-diagnostic-logs-from-an-excel-desktop-task-pane-app-without-visual-studio?forum=appsforoffice, it was suggested to use the Settings object to store diagnostic information. The issues with…

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                      • Office Fabric JS is lacking compared to Office Fabric React

                        ms-Button--command is not available in JS (although it was in previous versions)

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                          • VBE Editor: Clear Immediate Pane from VBA

                            When developing with VBA I find myself often using
                            Debug.Print
                            However the immediate pane can get quite cluttered from time to time. It would be an excellent addition if I could use e.g.
                            Debug.ClearImmediatePane
                            from VBA to remove all info from the immediate pane.

                            3 votes
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                            • Office developer tools offline installer

                              I have a virtual DEV environment without internet access and physical non DEV machine without Admin rights or CD/USB access.

                              This means I can't install web platform installer and download offline version using this tool or install the office developer tools from the internet on my DEV machine.

                              Could you please always add links for offline installers to the download center?

                              Thanks

                              3 votes
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                              • Photo Editing

                                Microsoft is no doubt a powerhouse in many different areas surrounding our businesses and personal lives. Keeping us organized and streamlining our daily tasks. How about Photo Editing. How many of us have photo editing apps on our tablets and phones?!

                                I think Microsoft should concentrate on giving Photoshop, Elements and Lightroom some serious competition. Elements is to complicated without some kind of class to help you along the way. So, Microsoft give us an easy to use powerhouse photo editing product!! :)

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                                  • Extend Word JavaScript API to add the ability to modify style definitions, list templates, and document variables

                                    There should be a way for an Office web add-In to modify existing styles, list templates, and document variables without closing and reopening the document. The JavaScript InsertOoxml method allows you to introduce new styles, list templates, and document variables to the active document but not to modify existing ones. The same was true of the VBA InsertXML method. However, VBA provided easy, direct access to these objects via Document.Styles, Document.ListTemplates, and Document.Variables collections. For example, in VBA, modifying a style was as simple as ActiveDocument.Styles(“NameOfStyle”).Font.Size = #. In contrast, it appears that the only existing objects outside of a…

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                                    • Hi

                                      Hello Dears
                                      I am an Iranian and one of the millions of Microsoft Office users
                                      One of the problems with Office is that Excel does not have Persian history and I mean Hijri Shamsi (Jalali calendar)
                                      Several other countries also use this calendar
                                      So please add this calendar to Excel
                                      Thank

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                                      • Excalc

                                        there are 2 calculators in a windows pc
                                        1.calc.exe
                                        2.excel.exe

                                        officially i use, excel for calculations more than i use calc

                                        if there would be a utility excalc.exe which can launch a very simple 100column x 100row excel grid calculator for a quick calculation it would be a great addition

                                        provided it should have a preloaded formula to perform any basic calculations

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                                        • Absolutely needed - the new update of Office 2016 Help Files: Office Fluent User Interface Control Identifiers

                                          The Office 365 desktop application's UI has been redesigned last year - e.g. folder browse capability in File > Save As (full folder navigation in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for OneDrive folders, OneDrive for Business folders, and This PC).

                                          So the new update of Office 2016 Help Files: Office Fluent User Interface Control Identifiers is absolutely needed now! The last version was released one year ago and even quite incomplete! (see https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=50745)

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