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  1. Bring back "classic" text boundaries

    Yes, we've been told that the display of text boundaries in Word 2013 (and I assume 2016 as well) is the result of the new layout engine, that the old text boundaries were really a "mistake" and should not have been relied upon, but thousands of users did rely on them and prefer them. If this idea receives a large number of votes, perhaps it will create a groundswell.

    981 votes
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  2. Make it easy to delete a page in word

    Make it as easy just so you can mark a page and delete it with a "right-click"

    535 votes
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  3. Restore pinned folders in Save options in all Office products

    Before the most recent branch 16.0.6568.2025 we had the ability to pin frequently used folders we saved document in, in all parts of Office. Since this new version it takes more steps to save files in the places we want them. Many people are upset by this change. Please bring back this ability to pin directories. See othger feedback below.

    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/office/forum/office_2016-officeapps/cant-pin-folders-anymore-in-excelword-2016/dd3c3e6f-ee1d-4f30-ada0-408246e43e7a

    483 votes
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  4. Stop the scroll bar from fading in Word 2013

    This is the most annoying, stupid design I have come across in a long time. I write long, long documents and I need to see the scroll bar all the time, but it keeps fading out. And yes, I have selected the "Show Scroll Bar function. This is a problem people have been complaining about since the introduction of Word 2013 and it still hasn't been fixed.

    428 votes
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  5. Make the Microsoft Mathematics Add-In for 2016 and 365

    Word and OneNote 2013 had a fantastic add-in for math. It allowed you to solve math problems, even complex formula, and then graph them in graphs that could have the variables manipulated. It was a great teaching tool that I have now lost. Please bring it back!

    295 votes
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  6. Bring back Light & Medium Gray Theme Colors

    Apparently these theme colors were removed, and I don't understand why - it makes no sense to reduce the amount of customization people can have over the software they choose to own.

    I hate too much white - it tends to bother my eyes. And the Dark Gray theme is too dark, in my opinion. Bring back the other options, or at the very least, alter the Dark Gray to what it used to be in Office 2013.

    263 votes
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  7. Stop automatically maximizing all minimized documents whenever a new one is opened.

    Stop automatically maximizing all minimized documents (and workbooks in Excel) whenever a new document is opened. This is unnecessary since the Task View and other options allow one to see more than one document at a time. When all minimized documents pop back up whenever a new one is opened, we just have to re-minimize them again. It's a nuisance.

    240 votes
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  8. Free choice of typographical quotation marks

    In german speaking countries different quotation marks are usual. The preferences in "Autoformat" only allow one preinstalled intelligent changing from " to opening or closing quotation mark in typographical style. In Germany and Austria these are primary 99 lower opening style and 66 upper closing style; but authoring books the >>chevron style<< is needed. In Switzerland typical << french guillemets >> are in use, but in education ist's the german standard 99/66.
    For changing the quotation marks to the preferred style, it is neccessary to use individual Autocorrections or change all standard quotation afterwards by Find & Replace or Makro.…

    231 votes
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  9. Word randomly rescales equations and other embedded objects

    Sometimes in a Word document containing several equations, after closing and re-opening Word, the equations have been randomly re-scaled. The proportions aren't off by more than a few percent, but it's noticeable. An example would be height & width of 97x101%, when of course the original was 100x100%. To be clear, this isn't with a specific version of WinWord, but it is specific to equations created MS Equation 3.0 and MathType -- IOW, equation objects. We've seen this happen with other objects too, primarily embedded Excel charts, so it does seem like it's Word causing the issue, and not Equation…

    191 votes
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  10. Provide an option to disable the "Welcome Back!" pop-up, or make it non-modal

    When opening a Word document I'm presented with a "Welcome Back!" pop-up that lets me move to my last reading position. Though I've never wanted to use this feature, I have no problem with it.

    Or rather--I would have no problem with it if it weren't input-blocking. I have to wait for the pop-up to disappear before I can type anything.

    This may sound inconsequential, but I have some Word documents with reference material, and I'm frequently opening them for as quick a lookup as I can manage. As soon as I open them I hit Ctrl-F to search. My…

    188 votes
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  11. Please disable Insert Controls in Word table

    MS Word tables allow you to automatically insert a row or column when your pointer is over the end of row or top of column. This very often causes accidental insertion of a row or column, which you then have to undo. Since it is VERY easy to use other means to insert rows or columns, it is a waste of time and very annoying. Please allow users to turn off the Insert Controls feature if they do not wish to use it.

    182 votes
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  12. Headers in Table not displayed in Navigation pane - fix this

    For a long time, if you put a heading style inside of a table, it will not display in the navigation pane. This is a PAIN.

    174 votes
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  13. 'Worksheet' Tabs to Word

    Word template should be redesign with ‘worksheet tabs’ similar to existing in the Excel Worksheet Tabs.
    Then word will be facilitated to users to keep all relevant word documents in to a one doc rather open all doc files. Particularly such modification to word template may highly beneficial for the users who compiling manuals or any other large documents under different subjects but need to bundle up to a one place later.

    143 votes
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  14. button for updating all fields in the entire document

    You can have fields on several places: header, footer, body, text boxes etc. If you use CTRL + A and F9 to update all your fields, you will only update the fields in the body, not in header/footer and text boxes.

    At the moment there is one work around: select 'file -> options -> display -> update fields before printing'. Next, whenever you do 'file -> export -> create PDF/XPS' and save it somewhere in a temporary directory, all fields (including header/footer and text boxes) are updated.

    I was told this last step was not necessary and clicking 'print preview'…

    133 votes
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  15. LIVE WORD COUNT NEEDED!!

    I'm a professional editor, and live word count is a must-have feature. I still use Word 2011 because it has live word count and Word 2016 doesn't. I keep checking to see if this has been added back in, but it has not. I don't understand why Microsoft would have gotten rid of this feature. It's so frustrating that they got rid of a feature so important to writers, editors, and students!

    I am also tired of people saying it's there. These people obviously don't know what live word count is. Word 2016 has word count. It does NOT have…

    127 votes
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  16. Focus view for WINDOWS (Word 2016)

    Introduce a focus view for the WINDOWS version (Word 2016) like it is already available for the Mac version. Why is the only available on the Mac version so far?

    125 votes
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  17. Improve Highlighting

    Make the full spectrum of colors that are available in Shading also available in Highlighting. I often use Highlighting to mark important or unusual text streams and I would like to search for particular colors of Highlighting .

    121 votes
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  18. numbering comment

    How can I number my comments in word 2013?
    This feature should be back as soon as possible in next update. :)

    115 votes
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  19. Recently Used List Sort order: Date vs Alpha

    If you (MS) were going to "improve" the tool this way you really should have adhered to "traditional" standards and when changing something this fundamental also made a user controllable option to allow people who need alpha sort to be able to turn back it on.

    This is actually the first mention I've seen of this "improvement". It alone is enough to make me serious reject switching to this version.

    I haven't bothered trying 2016, simply because I didn't have enough empty space on my HD for it.

    Yes, I can see where for some people "last used" is useful.…

    106 votes
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  20. Allow "All Markup" as a default

    Currently, Word opens documents featuring Track Changes in "Simple Markup" by default. Those of us who work with Track Changes for a living need to change every individual file to "All Markup." This gets extremely vexing. Please install a setting that will let us change the default.

    99 votes
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