The top-10 reasons I’m looking forward to Excel 12.
- A new name. Will it be called Excel Vista? If so, I want to go on record as being the first person to point out that the name contains the word Elvis.
- Updating my books will be easier. It’s no fun trying to update an Excel book when there’s very little that’s new. In other words, readers can look forward to scads of those little “NEW FEATURE” icons in the margins.
- New newsgroup questions. Everybody knows that 95% of the newsgroups questions have already been asked and answered. When Excel 12 is released, that number may drop as low as 90% (at least for a while).
- Terminology challenges. I love a good challenge, and mastering Excel 12’s terminology definitely qualifies. In past, I could write: Select Format – Conditional Formatting to display the Conditional Formatting dialog box. With Excel 12, it will probably require two pages to describe.
- A new splash screen. It’s the little things that make life worthwhile. I’m really looking forward to seeing something different during those 3-4 seconds while Excel loads.
- New Help system. Everybody complains about the Help system. Now we’ll be able to come up with an entirely new set of complaints.
- Fiddlin’ with the XML files. I think it will be fun to come up with utilities that work directly with the XML files. It opens the door to a whole new class of pranks.
- Updating my stack of paper calcs. In many of my books, I include a sidebar that calculates how tall the stack of paper would be if you filled every cell in a worksheet and printed it out. With Excel 12, I may also be able to calculate the number of trees required.
- The diagrams. Playing with the new diagram features is a great way to waste time, yet still look productive. I can’t wait to animate those suckers.
- Finding the object model lapses. You just know that some of the new features won’t be fully accessible using VBA. Who will be the first to find them?