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  1. Allow Application-Level or Document-Level Office Addins

    In VSTO, we can create Application-Level or Document-Level documents. In Office-JS, It seems that at the moment it is a mixture of application level for the ribbon/pane and workbook level for the JS.
    This separation is important so developers can sell, for instance, a specific workbook for its own and only own ribbons and panes, or a generic applciation level tool.
    A consequence of this request is that it should be possible to attach an office addin (initialization) to a specific document.

    50 votes
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      2 comments  ·  Add-in: General/Shared  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add Backup Solution of Microsoft 365

      After a quick review of marketing info of Microsoft 365 for Business, I failed to grasp how the product addresses a business' need for easy, robust data backup, retention, and retrieval. OneDrive is not a complete solution for this fundamental concern. Can this functionality be added? Or is there just a need to elucidate the best practices in the product literature?

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      • Allow small sized ribbon icons

        Currently it is possible to add only large sized icons in Office Addins ribbon.
        It would be great to have smaller icon sized icons.

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        • Add Office.beforeClose event

          Many times, there's logic you want to execute before the user closes the add-in, such as persisting settings. Currently, there's no way to do that across Excel Desktop and Excel Web. Would be nice if there existed an Office.beforeClose method called before the page closed

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            0 comments  ·  Add-in: General/Shared  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 11 votes
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            • Time Picker Component for Fabric UI JS Version

              Please support time picker component nice look.

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              • Allow (preferred) positioning (e.g., top,bottom) and size of pane to be defined via API

                I would like to use the horizontal space right below the ribbons for an add-in. Right now the use can drag to left and right parts of the window. Top and bottom could really help with UX in my case.

                The API should also allow to pin the pane to a position so it can't me moved by the user but e.g. resized in width (vertical pane) or height (horizontal position)

                Defining size requirements height/width should also be possible as fixed value or min/max.

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                • Extend the concept of content contols from Word to other Office applications, especially Excel and PowerPoint.

                  I am a member of an open source software development project (https://dotnetfoundation.org/chemistry-add-in-for-word) and we use content controls in Word to display chemical structures. It would be extremely useful for the scientific user community to be able to have the same functionality in the other Office applications. Any chance that content controls might find their way into at least PowerPoint and Excel?

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                    • Emit event for document that is about to be saved, or email that is about to be sent

                      there are numerous regulatory scenarios where information needs to be captured as part of a save or send event.

                      This might be mandatory information as part of regulatory compliance, or information that the enterprise requires prior saving a document (e.g. management information of some sort).

                      The most natural place to capture this is at the time of either a document being saved, or an email being sent (once the user has entered their content and therefore understands what metadata is appropriate).

                      If an event could be bound to it would introduce some interesting use cases within the larger business environment.

                      25 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Add-in: General/Shared  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Improve Custom Dialog

                        Please improve the dialog, it should allow to:
                        - set modality (right now the dialog is not modal!)
                        - have bidirectional communication, i.e. to have possibility to pass information directly from dialog to task pane and vice versa.

                        There are many use cases valid for both requirements:
                        - when you need to retrieve data from task pane (e.g. lazy loading)
                        - you have html where you fill the content, right now you need to pass them in URL which is not really nice solution.

                        58 votes
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                          4 comments  ·  Add-in: General/Shared  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Customization of Add-in Docking location

                          Is there a way to specify, docking the task pane add-in in the manifest or any other manner. Default is always right, but few users need that In left hand side.

                          If not please suggest any possible solution

                          4 votes
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                          • Need to have an onClose event for the task pane or content pane add-in

                            There should be an onClose event I can ask the user to save settings, or ask them if they are sure, and then prevent the close if necessary. If the add-ins are going to be useful business apps, the user experience of saving before closing is extremely important.

                            21 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Add-in: General/Shared  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Managed add-ins - activate and prevent users from disabling add-ins

                              There are certain add-ins in large corporate environments that need to be enabled by default, and, for regulatory compliance reasons shouldn't be disabled.

                              I can see that deployment of the apps can be achieved through the Admin Centre Preview - it would be good from a deployment and automation perspective if administrators could "roll out" apps across their enterprise, knowing that they will be activated automatically and couldn't be disabled unless the administrator allowed this via policy.

                              6 votes
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                              • Save/Load document from Office Javascript API

                                The save() methods that exists in the API's aren't aren't really very useful. This extends the typical Ctrl+S functionality. It would be great to implement a feature in which it would be possible for us to apply the save() method with a parameter: 'Url/path'. Currently it isn't possible for us to save a document to a specific location nor is it possible for us to load a document from a specific location.

                                Functions in topic:
                                - save(string url): apply url/path to where you wish to save the document.
                                - load(string url): apply url/path to a document you wish to load.

                                34 votes
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                                  4 comments  ·  Add-in: General/Shared  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Customize Word Ribbon Bar in Office 365

                                  When inserting ribbon icons into a word ribbon bar, couldn't customize the ribbon icons as we want. For an example when I add 3 buttons, it will appear as horizontal direction. But when I add 4 buttons one icon will appear as usual but other three as small icons for vertical direction. It would be great if we can customize ribbon icons through the API.

                                  18 votes
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                                  • Disabling/enabling built-in proofing tools

                                    Please, add method for disabling/enabling built-in proofing tools

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                                    • Allow to open/save files via JS

                                      It would be very useful to have ability to open file from provided location or to save it there. This way developers could provide better cloud solutions.

                                      Scenarios:
                                      - Open file from or Save file to FileStream
                                      - Open file from os Save file to provided URL (supporting http/ftp even secured)

                                      See also: https://officespdev.uservoice.com/forums/224641-general/suggestions/13421412-allow-officejs-to-open-external-excel-workbook-pro

                                      21 votes
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                                      • Support a Debugger for Mac desktop clients

                                        Supporting the Chrome Debugging Protocol on the embedded Webkit instance that runs in Office for Mac would make something like github.com/Microsoft/vscode-chrome-debug will be a viable debugger on the Mac.

                                        There maybe alternatives to Chrome Debugging Protocol that I'm unaware of that can more easily be supported by VS Code. Either way, we are simply asking for a full fledged debugger (unlike Vorlon.js) that can plug in to the running add-in and set breakpoints, explore values etc.

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                                        • Give Roadmap for App for Office JavaScript API

                                          It would be great to see approximate release dates and what features releases would include (especially interested in access to CustomXmlParts for Excel). Thanks.

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