Vanishing Excel Features and How to Handle Them

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Excel users that subscribe to Microsoft's Office 365 platform have the benefit of being on the vanguard of new features that are being added in Excel, yet there's a rough edge to being on the front lines of advances in Excel; certain features are vanishing.

In this article I'll describe the phenomenon and show you how to add these features back…for now at least.

First, let me help you determine if you're even subject to vanishing features in Excel:

  • If you're using Excel 2013 and earlier, your version of Excel isn't subject to change
  • If you're using a perpetual license for Excel 2016, your version of Excel isn't subject to change.
  • If you're using an Office 365 version of Excel 2016, your version of Excel may not have changed yet, but could soon if Microsoft pushes out a new Excel build to your computer. Figure 1 shows how to determine if you're using Office 365.

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About David Ringstrom, CPA

David Ringstrom

David H. Ringstrom, CPA, is an author and nationally recognized instructor who teaches scores of webinars each year. His Excel courses are based on over 25 years of consulting and teaching experience. His mantra is “Either you work Excel, or it works you.” David offers spreadsheet and database consulting services nationwide.

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