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  1. JS API function to prevent user from sheet interaction

    It would be extremely helpful in certain cases to prevent user to interact with the sheet/workbook while some action in the task pane is required or when some process is running (e.g. when some complex sheet changes are being performed - formatting, inserting columns, inserting data, charts....).

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      0 comments  ·  Add-in: Excel  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Remove the size limitation of content-pane add-in's in Excel

      In Excel desktop there is a limitation to the width a content pane can be resized when adjusting with the mouse. It appears to be approx 1000px. However, if the columns underneath the content pane are resized, the pane follows this adjustment and will become wider than the 1000px limitation imposed by mouse resize. However, if the content pane is then again resized with the mouse the width limitation kicks in again and the pane width snaps back.

      In PowerPoint there is no such limitation to the width of a content pane Add-In. It would be helpful, and consistent, to…

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      • Add event to Excel JavaScript API that fires when rows are hidden/unhidden

        In Requirement Set 1.8 there are DataChanged events for tables and worksheets. It would also be useful to have similar events that provide the cell range affected and fire when the user explicitly hides/unhides rows or hides/unhides rows as a result of applying a filter.

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        • Custom properties for Excel Addin

          We can read/update custom properties in Word. It would be great if we can have similar function in Excel also.

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          • Header and Footer in Excel Workbook

            Similar to insertHeader in Word, can we have a similar function to read/update Header/Footer in Excel.

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            • 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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              • Enhanced Excel

                I have an idea that will enhance the spreadsheet. It is so simple that I cannot understand why no one has thought of it. It will make it a much more powerful calculation and even db tool, that would make it more suitable to cloud application. I know that I will have to develop the Idea and license it if I want to get any compensation for it. Is there a way to get Microsoft interested in the concept and who or what must or can one contact to disclose / discuss it? It may be worth billions to a…

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                • show auto sum in the bottom when you switch to another excel sheet

                  In Excel, when you highlight a bunch of cells, it averages, counts, and sums those cells. When you switch to another excel sheet, this disappears and only works on the active sheet. It would be much more productive to not make this disappear but keep that for use in the other excel sheet.

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                  • Excel javascript to be able to do M code (Power Query) for data transformations

                    Javascript code is already much more verbose than VBA. It could help to cut it down if we could use M code directly in Javascript to be able to do data transformations quickly.

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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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                      • 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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                        • Allow user to change Application.EnableEvents property

                          Addin developers should be able to call EnableEvents property as in the VBA, COM API, etc.

                          It is required for certain complex operations and to avoid handling of e.g. data change by other addins.

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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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                            • 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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                                • 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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                                        • 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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