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  1. Add more readability tests

    Word should incorporate the option to measure against other readability tests when it completes a grammar checks. Some of these may be necessary for work. For example, the Fry Readability Formula is used for regulatory purposes for preparing readable documents.

    You can find examples of Readability tests here:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Readability_test

    8 votes
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  2. [Bug report] Wrong row heights when cell margins are set

    In Word 2013 and 2016, the actual table row height of the print-out differs from the defined row height if top and bottom cell margins aren't zero. For example, if top and bottom margins are 0.25 cm and row height is 5 cm, the actual row height of the print-out is 5.5 cm. It seems that 2 x 0.25 cm is added to the 5 cm. However, left and right cell margins are never added to column width. 5 cm is always 5 cm, no matter how large the left and right cell margins are.

    Furthermore, if the row height…

    3 votes
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  3. "Tell Me" feature fix

    The fix me is nice, but ...
    It is a stupid stripped down version of the Labs Search addon tool.
    The Search tool provided a vital feature, in the tool tip it provided the path to the command.

    You MUST add this back!

    Tool tips are vital to using the Tell Me as a learning tool for the ribbon. Right now it is just an addictive tool. People will end up using the tell me all the time rather than learning where the command are in the stupid ribbon.

    3 votes
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  4. User Guide: create user documentation

    MS has to step up and provide adequate documentation for all of their applications.

    Yes, I know MS is too cheap to produce paper user guides, but they still have a responsiblity to their cusotmers/users and their shareholders to create adequate , easy to find user documentation.

    How can you expect people to use all of these allegedly new and "wonderful" features if we can't find out that they exist, let alone how to use them

    I have been trying to find Technet documentation for Office 2016, equivalent to documenation for older versions and have not been able to.

    This…

    1 vote
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  5. Make a public API for application window color "themes"

    Haven't you heard enough complaints about the dumb design choices you made for Office 2013 application window color "themes".

    The additional themes in 2016 help. But why not open up an API for third party developers to make design decisions for color themes.

    9 votes
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  6. For viewing password required documents online

    For viewing password required documents online there should be provision to accept the password and user should be able to open the document.

    4 votes
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  7. Installations

    i thought you can make istallations to the computer or download msn to your homescreen.

    1 vote
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  8. OneDrive

    I would love it if the OneDrive would be able to connect effectively to the server and sync with OneDrive from my laptop and my desktop so I don't lose any files. I have to save things multiple times and/or upload it to OneDrive, even though I can access it in Windows Explorer.

    1 vote
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  9. Having a option for 125% zoom

    The zoom options goes from 100% - 150%. The 100% is a bit too small and the 150% is too large. It would be nice to have a 125% zoom option.

    3 votes
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  10. less laggy

    i think that the system should be a less lagy one for windows 8

    1 vote
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  11. Open letter to MS Office Word Team - Bugs and important missing features

    Open letter to MS Office Word Team

    Original thread:
    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/office/forum/office2013release-word/open-letter-to-ms-office-word-team-bugs-and/816bd035-2da5-4a09-9285-1c6cd5396e40?tm=1440594787799

    Here is my list of bugs and important functionalities missing in MS Office Word. Every MS Word new version I hope MS will have fixed it, but they doesn't.

    MS Word user since MS Word 97.

    1 Bugs

    1.1 Ultra slow saving

    “Allow background saves” option makes large Word documents save ultra-slow.

    Microsoft forum there regarding this bug:

    Word 2013: Extremely slow saving and pasting plain text in long documents

    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/office/forum/office2013release-word/word-2013-extremely-slow-saving-and-pasting-plain/94718ebd-0a1a-4542-904a-33185a115ae2

    Workaround:

    Turn off “Allow background saves”.

    1.2 Stop marking as grammar error text-inline equations

    E.g.:…

    7 votes
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  12. Suggestion for font color: Keep "automatic" option available on ribbon

    When font color is changed in a document using the ribbon button, the default action associated with this button changes to the chosen color. (As soon as red is chosen once for the font color, the font color button changes its default action to red, for example.) Usually, however, a writer will want to return to the automatic font color at some point.

    It would be advantageous to always have the automatic option available. For example, the button could be split into two halves: the last-used choice (red, if that's what I last used) and the automatic font color, which…

    10 votes
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  13. Add sources to document

    There should be an option to add sources to your word document. if someone has to write a paper, they should be able to add sources to the document as well as an bibliography, work cited, etc. The regular Word program allows you to do so but word online does not.

    5 votes
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  14. display license type: FPP / PKC / OEM etc

    Along with other license info, like the activation status and mostly useless Product ID, please display the license category: FPP / PKC / OEM / MAK / HUP / MLK etc. on the help screen.

    As well display the allowed installation count associated with the license type. I don't expect to see number of active installations, but it would be really useful for the customer to see how many concurrent installations the license allows for (as static text is fine).

    The average user doesn't care about, much less remember the type of license they bought 1,3,5, more years ago. They…

    3 votes
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  15. Tie text descriptions, e.g, 18%, to its calculation in an excel spreadsheet

    I'm preparing a data report using word. There are several sentences where I verbally state a data point, e.g, "representing 18% of ..." or that the data point is "up (or down) compared to ... " a previous point in time. It would be great if when the reader hovered the mouse over that data point (18%) the calculation from the excel spreadsheet was visible (999/5596=18%).

    1 vote
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  16. Change name of application window Color "Themes" back to "schemes"

    In Word 2007 you had the Word Option of selecting one of the 3 "Color Schemes" for the look of the application windows. This differentiated them from the "Color Themes" that were applied to the document formatting

    Then in Office 2010 some IDIOT changed "color schemes" to "color themes", causing some confusion. The stupidity continued in 2013 and 2016.

    Please return to the name convention of Color Themes for next version.

    5 votes
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  17. Hide the Paste Options hover dialogue

    After I paste text in Word in Office 365, there is a Paste Options little dialogue box that hovers over the text in my document. I can't get it to go away without doing some other significant editing operation. But, it covers up several words on my screen. I can't get rid of it by scrolling or clicking elsewhere. It is really irritating! You need to make it disappear after a few seconds, or when I click elsewhere, or something.

    8 votes
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  18. File > Options pane: add new option to export / save the settings

    It would be nice to be able to EXPORT all Word / Office customizations / personalizations stored in the Options pane into a single file (probably a REG file).

    Extending that, it would be nice to be able to export all settings / customizations that are stored in the registry, normal.dotm, spelling files and what ever other places these things are hiding into a single FOLDER.

    Add function to IMPORT these customizations so you can move stuff from one computer to another easily.

    Also would making restore of customization easier after doing a full "fixit" uninstall. This option has become…

    6 votes
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  19. Bring Back Office MSI version

    While CTR may be useful in a corporate network environment, there are still too many people with carpy network connections where CTR just does not work.

    Please return to selling MSI installations of all of the bundles for people who know exactly what they want.

    The only remaining MSI installer that I am aware of is for 2013 Pro Plus, which is an extremely limited distribution bundle, almost impossible to get for "average" home user.

    5 votes
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