One of the most frustrating parts of using Microsoft Excel may be over thanks to a new update to the software.
Microsoft has revealed that it will bring support for smooth scrolling to its Excel desktop app, which is expected to improve the user experience.
Should a spreadsheet software update mean accidentally snapping up unwanted cells, or losing track of all your important data in the middle of an important work task.
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At the moment, Excel struggles with smooth scrolling, as the software automatically highlights the cells in the top-left of your spreadsheet—a problem that Microsoft considers frustrating, and not particularly easy to fix.
“While you might think it’s an easy fix, requiring changes to just a few lines of code, there’s actually a lot more to it,” Microsoft engineer Steve Krynak outlined the change in a blog post.
“In fact, we’ve learned that this change affects many different aspects of Excel, including freezing panes, resizing rows, cutting and pasting, filtering, cell styles, comments, dragging and filling, and more. “
The new Smooth Scrolling update has two parts — first, making scrolling easier when using the mouse wheel or scrollbar (Microsoft noted that the touch screen and touch pad already scrolled smoothly).
Secondly (and more excitingly) you can now stop scrolling through a row or column, with Excel no longer moving as you wish.
Microsoft notes that users can try out a number of new features for the update, including dragging the scroll bar to see how they can scroll with precision and stop anywhere they like.
The feature is now available to Insiders on Windows with version 2109 (build 14430.20000) or later with the beta channel or current channel preview, and will be available to all Microsoft 365 subscribers over the next few months.
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