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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 4 votes
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  10. Make document sharing possible again without Sharepoint

    Somewhere since 2003 you removed the option to have multiple authors work on the same document. You can only do this now if you have sharepoint. We don't have sharepoint and w shouldn't have to.

    3 votes
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  11. Integration with Hemingway app.

    Microsoft should create or improve integration with the Hemingway app. This would greatly complement its grammar and readability checker. Alternatively, you could buy and integrate it.

    That being said, I would like to hear feedback regarding the algorithm Hemingway uses to measure readability.

    2 votes
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  12. Move Trust center options up one level

    When you click on the "Trust Center" option, it displays a bunch of static text, then a "Trust Center" button.

    Get rid of the button, and move the Trust Center dialog up into the Options Pain <sic>

    2 votes
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  13. enhance this site: make it easier to find the suggestion boxes for other office apps

    I assume / guess that there are similar forums for the other Office applications like Excel PowerPoint, Outlook etc.

    Please add links to these other areas. At the very least, a link to a "master" page where you can select the application you want to go to (like you can on the answers forum).

    3 votes
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  14. Reduce the number of levels in the user interface

    Even though you have introduced the "new and improved" (NOT!) Ribbon UI you have not made any significant changes to the number of levels to access features. You simply bolted that "new user only" UI on top of the old menu system of dialogs. The old menu dialogs were designed in the 1980s for VGA (640x480) resolution screens! Come on, it is the real world now, desktops regularly have HD 1920x1080 screen resolution. Sure the old resolution may still be appropriate for smartphones and 7" tablets, it is not reasonable for desktop computers!

    For example

    Home tab > Styles group…

    3 votes
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  15. Allow all error message boxes to be dissmissed by hitting any key.

    I use lots of macros and other functions via keyboard shortcuts. When an error occurs, Word puts up an error message that has to be dismissed by clicking "End" or hitting ALT+E before further work can be done. Error messages should disappear if I carry on typing.

    1 vote
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  16. find: when doing find next move "hit' from top/bottom of screen

    Currently (forever), when you do a "find next" or "previous" the found word is located at the very top or bottom of the screen. This hides the context.

    I would prefer that the hit be more centered on the screen. At least 2 or 3 lines from top/bottom of screen. One or more full paragraphs would be better.

    2 votes
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  17. I want to print the document but unfortunately could not do it. Why?

    I want to print the document but unfortunately could not do it. Why?

    4 votes
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  18. Add an option to resize the fonts in the navifation pane.

    It can be difficult to see the page numbers and fonts in the navigation pane. We need to be able to resize both the individual fonts, such as the numbers under the page images, and the images themselves so that we can move through our huge documents more easily.
    It would be great if we could magnify any part of the navigation pane with a mouse over. Thank you!

    5 votes
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  19. 4 votes
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  20. Table Border Display

    For tables that extend from one page to the next, I would like to show "table continued" by suppressing the bottom border on the first page and the top border on the succeeding page. There seems to be no way to do this except to split the table, which is very inconvenient, especially if the table position moves vertically.

    3 votes
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