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  1. Option to turn off Modern Comments

    Please, please give the option to turn off the new modern comments update! I use redline and comments for work all the time in contract negotiations and its such a poor update and not user friendly at all.


    • no formatting means I can't highlight comments to go back to which haven't been dealt with or to flag to a colleague

    • it's hard to tell what text a comment relates to

    • the comments disappear when you scroll so it's hard to find the one you want

    Please let there be an option to turn it off, it's really a lot worse…

    43 votes

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  2. AutoTextList fields are not working as of version 2105

    We have an Office add-in where we add AutoTextList fields via the com API. We discovered last week that setting Result.Text on the field object no longer had any effect. After some experimentation we discovered these fields didn't work properly even when inserted normally via the ribbon.

    More details in support case 25934189. The support team said they had already informed the product team, but I should submit an item here as well.

    9 votes

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  3. Option to remove timestamps from comments & track changes but not remove author name

    Editors the world over are looking for a way to remove all timestamps from comments & track changes but not remove the comment & track changes author name. The timestamps are read-only, so cannot be changed with a macro, but can only be changed by going into the Word .zip file and running a Find & Replace. This could be a property that could be locked with a password at the document creator's discretion.

    209 votes

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  4. QAT Overflow to 2nd Row

    The QAT is nice since it is the only usable way of customizing the ribbon. But since you (dis)"improved" the QAT buttons by making them phatter to be "touch friendly" and PC UNFRIENDLY(!) it is less useful.
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    Hiding "extra" buttons in a drop down reduces the usefulness of the QAT.
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    Create a user option to display the QAT on 2 or more rows as required.

    24 votes

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  5. APA 7th Update Needed ASAP

    Hello Community,

    Microsoft Word needs to update to 7th edition APA ASAP. We all pay an annual fee to have access to your services and such and expect that you will update accordingly to the standards as they are updated. APA 7th edition came out nearly a year from this post. Please update accordingly!!!!!!!!

    83 votes

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  6. 10 votes

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  7. Reinstate readability statistics for sentences and paragraphs in Word 365

    I've just upgraded from 2010 to 365 and found that I now cannot check readability statistics by sentence, paragraph and chapter in my work as a writer. Word 365 can only do that for a whole document, which is useless for me and for many other writers. I feel duped and angry at now having to pay more for a product that does less - and doesn't do the job I've been doing for ten years with Word 2010. Please reinstate the functionality for readability statistics by sentences and paragraphs in Word 365. I just can't believe that anyone in…

    31 votes

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  8. Spell Check - Identify Single Letters

    When using spellchecks in Office, the spellcheck ignores single letters, which can often leave spelling mistakes.
    For example "n" is not highlighted when typing on/in/no
    as with all other letter s t u v w, would not normally be used singularly, the spellcheck/grammar check do not recognise them as incorrect.
    It needs to flag/highlight where singular letters are not a/i....

    33 votes

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  9. Add APA 7th Edition

    With the release of the 7th Edition of the APA Publication manual, this style needs to be reflected in Word for use in references, citations, and the reference list as well as a document template.

    517 votes

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  10. User-friendly pagination

    Hello, Microsoft Community,

    I'm a student and a couple of times we write coursework, diploma and so on. Of course we use Microsoft Word for it. And you know, one of the requirements of this type of work is pagination which is usually used in the footer of pages.
    But there are 2 typical additional requirements for it:
    1)Title page (first page) shouldn't have pagination (number 1). It's not difficult, every student can find the option "Different first page". Thanks a lot for it.
    2)We usually have 1-2 pages with description of the task for diploma, coursework which also should't…

    85 votes

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  11. HYBRID PDF and PDF / A

    Hello, in the academic world it is highly recommended to export a document as a PDF. However, sometimes it is necessary to edit the PDF and, in many cases, you end up having a problem with the formatting - we say that it is "broken". In this sense, exporting as a HYBRID PDF is the most advisable.

    In addition, in Brazil, when sending documents to State organizations, the document must be sent as a PDF / A. Would it also be possible to choose the PDF / A version (1b, 2b, 3b)?

    Such functions are present in LibreOffice and, as…

    22 votes

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  12. Pashto is not a formal language of Pakistan (it's Afghanistan's formal language and to be backed to its previous version in all MS apps)

    During the last couple of months since I have updated my windows and office programs, I continuously witness that the Pashto is shown as a Pakistani language, and its previous default keyboard has also been changed to a totally different version. I have faced lots of problems while fixing this issue in my PC and installing the old (Pashto Afghani) keyboard. Many Afghan/Pashtun users of Microsoft programs might have faced the same difficulty, which allows them to go for other applications in order to solve their problems.
    I think this is one of the significant intentional (or might be unintentional)…

    6 votes

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  13. Transcription on Word

    I see that Word now has a transcription function. See https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/transcribe-your-recordings-7fc2efec-245e-45f0-b053-2a97531ecf57.
    But it is available only on Word for the web. It would be good to have it included in my desktop version.

    22 votes

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  14. APA Format Upgrade

    I am in school and my professor expects my paper in APA Seventh Edition. Word is offering APA 6th Edition. Can I find the upgrade to place in my Word program?

    52 votes

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  15. APA 7th Edition required now for university, can this be updated in MS Word?

    APA 7th Edition required now for university, can this be updated in MS Word?

    52 votes

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  16. Implement the updated grammer style: APA 7th Edition

    Currently, Word 365 and Word 2019 both have Grammar Style: APA 6th Edition. This would be a tremendous help to those who write a lot of papers.

    43 votes

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  17. Allow reviewers to control when comment notifications are sent

    it used to be that you would get an email if someone left a comment in a document with the @ sign and your name. Now it emails people all the time regardless of the @ symbol or not. I want to limit how often someone gets pinged and now it seems like I can't control it. Can we go back to the old way?

    There is a way for recipients to suppress emails, but that is not helpful.
    If this is the new behavior, please allow reviewers to decide when a notification gets sent to a recipient. Otherwise the…

    12 votes

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  18. add Kurdish language to the Dictate option

    Greetings

    I have a request for Microsoft company ,and it is so add Kurdish language ,both Sorani and kurmanji dialects to the Dictate option of Microsoft word to type the spoken word and sentences .My request is for the great need of the feature in Iraq Kurdistan .

    Your help is appreciated .

    idea by payman

    4 votes

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  19. Feature to refer to other comments

    Comments used to be numbered and even though that is technically still the case, most people I work with don't know that. As my job requires me to correct a lot of things and many of the documents I revise contain the same mistake over and over again, I usually refer back to previous comments. I used to do that with e.g. "See E2", but for a while now, I use the vague "See earlier comment", as nobody knows what E2 refers back to anymore.

    Now I don't want to "just" see the return of numbers, as I had some…

    3 votes

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  20. Word restrictions mode allow spell check

    When in a "Restrict Editing" mode, how do I turn on Spellcheck for my editable fields

    16 votes

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