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  1. Programmatic access to ribbon commands

    https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt621545
    The new support for adding ribbon commands for Excel task pane add-ins is a good start. However, it will be even better if we can have programmatic access to these buttons. At the very least, the add-in should be able to update visibility and label. Ideally, the add-in could create buttons on the fly and control most properties. Thanks.

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      5 comments  ·  Add-in: Excel  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Give roadmap for Apps for Office support on Office for IPad

      It would be great if you could give a roadmap as to when Apps for Office support will be introduced to Office for IPad, as well as the upcoming touch friendly Office for Windows that was shown at Build 2014. The popularity of any new app built for the App for Office platform would increase with our customers if the App was usable on these platforms. It would help us explain to our customers why we spent are time building a new App instead of extending our existing traditional Excel Add-in further. Any guidance would be appreciated, even if it…

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        1 comment  ·  Add-in: General/Shared  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Office 365 API for Global Address List

        Please add an API to allow for manipulating the Global Address List.

        See this link for background: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/23727859/office-365-api-for-global-address-list

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          2 comments  ·  Microsoft Graph/O365 REST APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Make a php sdk / library for Microsoft Graph

          I know it says "Coming Soon" on the Graph website, but this would be hugely helpful to me. At least maybe give us a release date or progress report? Or if someone could direct me to where I can find this info, it'd be great. Looking forward to it!

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            0 comments  ·  Microsoft Graph/O365 REST APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Autorun outlook add-ins

            We would like to create an add-in for Outlook that executes automatically for all new messages without requiring the user to manually activate it.

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              15 comments  ·  Add-in: Outlook  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Thanks for your feedback! We’ve just announced pinnable task pane feature at Ignite. Users will be able to pin task panes to remain open as they navigate through messages. Please check it out and give us feedback.

              If you’ve other ideas, please open new suggestions on UserVoice.

              Thanks!
              Office Extensibility Team

            • Support Mac Compose in Add-Ins

              Currently (03/2016) Mac Outlook 2016 does not support Compose Add-Ins.
              https://msdn.microsoft.com/EN-US/library/office/dn818897.aspx
              Please support Mac - and give us some idea of when this support will be available.

              33 votes
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                10 comments  ·  Add-in: Outlook  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Task Pane for Word - Provide a provision to load document content in binary format from server

                Extend office.js api to allow task pange apps to load document content in binary format from server. At present, it allows either Text or OOXML coercion types only.

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                  1 comment  ·  Add-in: Word  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Pesentation on most classic use case for an Excel add-in

                  Since Office 2000 I have writen may COM Add-ins for Excel they all have a similar use case. That is they all write text files out of Excel result e.a. CNC files and AutoCAD scripts (see www.scriptsheets.com)

                  Please could you consider teaching me and others how to create an Office 365 App that is linked to an Excel workbook. And that can write text files to sub-folders in one-drive (or perhapse my local harddrive).

                  This would enable me to renew my existing Add-ins.
                  At the moment I should not know where to begin and I only run into cool…

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                    0 comments  ·  Developer Programs & dev.office.com  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    Thank you for your feedback! We’ve several code samples in the OfficeDev repo on GitHub that are broader, scenario-type samples that can help understand the use case for Excel add-ins. Please check out the samples and let us know if they help.

                    - Excel Mail Merge Add-in - WoodGrove Bank Expense Trends Excel Add-in - College Budget Tracker Excel Add-in

                    - College Credits Tracker Excel Add-in

                    Thanks!
                    Office Extensibility Team

                  • Code samples are too narrow

                    Code samples are not real-world enough, and we also need a 30,000-foot view

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                      4 comments  ·  Developer Programs & dev.office.com  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      Thank you for your feedback! We’ve several code samples in the OfficeDev repo on GitHub that are broader, scenario-type samples. Please check out the samples and let us know if they help.

                      - Markdown Editor for Word Add-in
                      - Excel Mail Merge Add-in
                      - WoodGrove Bank Expense Trends Excel Add-in
                      - College Budget Tracker Excel Add-in
                      - Meeting Feedback for Android (https://github.com/OfficeDev/O365-Android-MeetingFeedback)
                      - EmailPeek for iOS (https://github.com/OfficeDev/O365-iOS-EmailPeek)
                      - ArtCurator for AngularJS, iOS, Android and WinPhone (https://github.com/OfficeDev/?utf8=%E2%9C%93&query=artcurator)

                      Thanks!
                      Office Extensibility Team

                    • Pay more attention to the accuracy of your "getting started" web pages

                      I started here:http://dev.office.com/getting-started/addins . I downloaded and installed VS 2015 Community edition. I got to here "3.In the New Project dialog, choose Templates > Visual C# > Office/SharePoint > Apps." But there is no such option. The "getting started" web page has no feedback option, which is why I am posting here. I have since discovered that what I need is to get and run the Web Platform Installer at http://aka.ms/officedevtoolsforvs2015 . That does appear to install the necessary stuff. There are enough barriers for people trying to get started - IMO the easier you can make the process,…

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                        1 comment  ·  Developer Programs & dev.office.com  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Allow the Excel Javascript API to overwrite cells containing data when writing a "matrix"

                        The Office Javascript API is buggy when writing "matrix" information via the Office.context.document.setSelectedDataAsync() method. There are two scenarios that don't make any sense:

                        1) If an area is selected and the data written with setSelectedDataAsync() does not exactly match that area, the function will fail. Who cares if the data doesn't exactly match the area? Treat it as a paste operation, which doesn't care if it is overwriting data in existing cells nor what the selected area is for the paste operation - or pop up a dialog and ask the user if they want to replace the data.

                        2)…

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                          4 comments  ·  Add-in: Excel  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          Hi there,
                          We’re happy to say that this is now possible with new Excel JavaScript APIs. Please see http://dev.office.com/reference/add-ins/excel/table for more information.

                          To find even more about all these new APIs, please check out our API documentation on http://dev.office.com/docs/add-ins/excel/excel-add-ins-javascript-programming-overview or https://github.com/OfficeDev/office-js-docs/tree/master/excel.

                          Thank you,
                          Office Extensibility Team

                        • Provide a typescript definition file for all office javascript.

                          Provide typescript definitions for outlook, excel, word and powerpoint.

                          There are some available from 3rd parties but these are unsupported and well out of date.

                          8 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Add-in: General/Shared  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add control to the embedded Excel charts API

                            I know that I can use external Javascript API's to draw charts on my app, but I would prefer use the original Excel charts.

                            Also, it would be great if it was possible to add new html content to the spreadsheet in which I could draw my chart.

                            Thanks for your time !

                            10 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Add-in: Excel  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Excel Apps - Ability to enable/disable rows and columns programatically

                              Enabling/Disabling rows and columns is a key feature requirement for using Office Apps for OLTP systems.
                              The main idea is to fill the gap between VSTO features and Office Apps. This will help in easy portability of VSTO based apps to Office apps.

                              15 votes
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                                2 comments  ·  Add-in: Excel  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Excel App - Ability to manage sheets in a workbook

                                Ability to manage sheets in a workbook, is a key feature requirement for using Office Apps for OLTP systems.
                                The main idea is to fill the gap between VSTO features and Office Apps. This will help in easy portability of VSTO based apps to Office apps.

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                                  4 comments  ·  Add-in: Excel  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                    1 comment  ·  Add-in: Word  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Open new from template from Office Add-in

                                    The functionality to open a new document from a template from the task pane add-in. Something like a setFileAsync instead of getFileAsync or open a new word file with the new document from the template.

                                    10 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  Add-in: Word  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      Thank you for your feedback! We really appreciate it.

                                      For this functionality, we suggest you try one of the following options:

                                      1: range.insertFileFromBase64 – With this, you can insert a doc into an existing documents.

                                      2: application.createFIle (in conjunction with document.open) – Check this out: https://github.com/OfficeDev/office-js-docs/blob/WordJs_1.3_Openspec/reference/word/application.md.

                                      We’re closing this suggestion as completed. If those options do not work for you, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We’ll be happy to help you.

                                      Thanks!
                                      Office Extensibility Team

                                    • Why isn't it possible to insert images from an Office app into a PowerPoint slide?

                                      As the title asks: Why isn't it possible to insert images from an app into a PowerPoint slide?

                                      The user manually have to paste images copied to the clipboard.

                                      Will it be made possible in the future to let an app automatically insert an image into a given place in a slide?

                                      More info: https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/83c817bd-28c7-43a6-9f92-15ecc55cb1c1/why-isnt-it-possible-to-insert-images-from-an-office-app-into-a-powerpoint-slide?forum=appsforoffice

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                                        1 comment  ·  Add-in: PowerPoint  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Make getFileAsync available to Powerpoint Online.

                                        Currently getFileAsync function works in Powerpoint desktop and Powerpoint iPad, so it is natural to extend it to Powerpoint online. Actually, in reference page https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/office/jj715284.aspx (section "support details"), it is mistakenly stated that it works in Powerpoint Online.

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