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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.

    549 votes
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    • Footnotes: Arabic style footnotes

      In most arabic literature footnotes references are surrounded with brackets and printed as superscript in the body of the text.
      but printed between brackets and as normal text in the bottom of the page.

      الحواشي : أسلوب الترقيم العربي
      في معظم المطبوعات العربية يتم إدراج مرجع الحواشي بين قوسين وكنص مرتفع ضمن المتن
      بينما تدرج بين قوسين وكنص عادي أسفل الصفحة

      87 votes
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      • 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!

        183 votes
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        • 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

          311 votes
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          • 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.

            51 votes
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            • '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.

              74 votes
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              • Email notification when @mentioned in a comment

                When reviewing a document, I would like to be able to @mention someone in a comment bubble and have them receive an email notification indicating that they need to address something in the document.

                56 votes
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                • 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.…

                  64 votes
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                  • Bring back clip art.

                    I do not want to use BING. Odd thing is I used clip art yesterday thru Word and can not today?!

                    23 votes
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                    • 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.…

                      163 votes
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                      • Missing "Document panel" in Word 2016

                        In Word 2016 I'm missing the "Document panel" This was something that was made available when enabling "Developer" i Word 2013
                        We use this a lot when opening Word letters from Sharepoint to enter data into field.

                        603 votes
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                          Thanks for your feedback! We’re reviewing your suggestions. In the meantime, details on how to view or change document properties may be found at https://support.office.com/en-us/article/View-or-change-the-properties-for-an-Office-2016-file-672540d1-019c-46bb-8a48-2e05770c4b9b?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US

                          We are looking into your suggestions and would like to extend an offer to share your specific experience and scenarios around the DIP with us.

                          If you are interested in participating, please email DIPScenarios@microsoft.com and briefly describe how your business is using DIP and what are the main functionalities of it that you use.

                          UPDATE 8/15/16:
                          Thank you to everyone who has provided feedback. We are actively reviewing this information and determining next steps.

                        • 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…

                          81 votes
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                          • 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…

                            87 votes
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                            • File > Save As > Create New Folder - PLEASE

                              When you go to save as and browse your team sites/libraries what would be great is to be able to create new folders in those libraries. Its a pain when you go to save something but then have to go into SPO to create the folder for you to then save into. This is across the whole office suite

                              26 votes
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                              • 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 .

                                63 votes
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                                • 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.

                                  68 votes
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                                  • 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.

                                    154 votes
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                                    • 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.

                                      30 votes
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                                        • 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.

                                          160 votes
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