What's New in Excel (February 2023)
Published Feb 28 2023 02:02 PM 21.6K Views
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Welcome to the February 2023 update. This month we are bringing the ability to manually sort row and column values in PivotTables to users of Excel for the web. For Insiders, those using Excel for Windows can check out automatic recalculation optimization and blocking untrusted XLL add-ins; and those using Excel for Mac, Power Query Editor to import data from SQL Server databases - as well as from additional sources such as SharePoint, local files, OData, and many others.

 

Curious to see how we at Excel utilize and implement your feedback? You can now see which features are a direct result of your feedback as they'll be marked with the Feedback In Action tile #FIA.

 

Check out this Excel Features Flyer to find if a specific feature is in your version of Excel

 

Excel for the web:

  • PivotTables: Manual sort (drag) of rows and column values

Excel for Windows:

  • Automatic Recalculation Optimization (Insiders)
  • Block untrusted XLL Add-Ins (Insiders)

Excel for Mac:

  • Power Query Editor #FIA
  • Import Data from Additional Sources #FIA
  • Import Data from SQL Server Databases (Insiders) #FIA
  • Automatic Recalculation Optimization (Insiders)

Excel for the web

PivotTables: Manual sort (drag) of rows and column values

Excel for the web just got even better with manual sorting for PivotTables and PivotCharts. Now you can customize the sort order of your PivotTable row and column items beyond the standard ascending and descending options. This feature, previously only available in the Excel desktop app, allows you to manually sort specific row or column items by dragging them or using the context (right-click) menu. With this new feature, organizing and analyzing your data is now more flexible!

Custom sort your PivotTables and Charts with manual drag and sortCustom sort your PivotTables and Charts with manual drag and sort

 

Excel for Windows

Automatic Recalculation Optimization (Insiders)

We are minimizing the risk of slowness and increasing performance by limiting the recalculation process to the active workbook and any of its interdependent workbooks. Read more >

 

Block untrusted XLL Add-Ins (Insiders)

This feature adds a layer of security to your worksheets. It protects you from potential attacks coming through XLL add-ins, a particular type of add-in that is being used to distribute malware to unsuspecting victims. Read more >

Block untrusted XLL Add-InsBlock untrusted XLL Add-Ins

Excel for Mac

#FIA!

Power Query Editor

You can now author queries from local files, SharePoint, OData, and other sources with Power Query Editor. Read more >

Power Query Editor from OData sourcePower Query Editor from OData source

 

#FIA!

Import Data from Additional Sources

Power Query in Excel for Mac allows you to get and transform your data from various data sources. Up until now, importing data in Power Query in Excel for Mac was available only from Excel workbooks and Text/CSV files. Following the release of Power Query Editor to the General Audience and after hearing your feedback, we are excited to share that you can now import data from XML and JSON files, OData, SharePoint Online List, Blank Query, and Blank Table.  Read more >

Import data from additional sources using Power QueryImport data from additional sources using Power Query

 

#FIA!

Import Data from SQL Server Databases (Insiders)

Insiders now have the ability to import data from SQL Server databases using Power Query on Excel for Mac. Read more >

Import data from a SQL Server databaseImport data from a SQL Server database

Automatic Recalculation Optimization (Insiders)

We are minimizing the risk of slowness and increasing performance by limiting the recalculation process to the active workbook and any of its interdependent workbooks. Read more >

 

 

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