What's new in Excel for Office 365

What's new in Excel for Office 365

As an Office 365 subscriber, you regularly get new and improved Office features. Take a look below to see what's available to you today.

Latest updates for Excel for Windows Desktop

Here's what's new in Version 2003 (Build 12624.20320), the March release. Find your Office version

Pick your perfect color

Use hex color codes to choose exactly the color you want for your font, text highlight, and more.

Shows Custom colors

Automatically use new data types

When you type a data value that resembles a stock or a geographic location, Excel offers to convert it to the right connected data type - Stocks or Geography.


Shows Convert to Geography datatype

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New Office 365 features are sometimes rolled out over a period of time to all subscribers.

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New for non-subscribers
Not an Office 365 subscriber but using Office 2016 or Office 2019? Find out what's available in your version.

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Here's what's new in Version 2002 (Build 12527.20194).

Look left, look right… XLOOKUP is here!

Row by row, find anything you need in a table or range with XLOOKUP.


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More insight from your data

Get a deeper understanding of your data using the new data profiling views in Power Query Editor.

Shows Power Query editor

See what's new for you in Version 1912 (Build 12325.20288).

Read and reply on the fly

Respond to comments and mentions right from email without opening the workbook.

Spreadsheet with @mention and Add a Comment and Go to Comment buttons

See what's new for you in the October update, Version 1910 (Build 12130.20272).

Convert files to improve accessibility

Upgrade your files to the modern format to make them more accessible for everyone.

Accessibility message asking you to consider converting the file to a modern format in order to take advantage of all accessibility features

Create more accessible PDFs

Create a PDF and the accessibility checker will point out accessibility issues to fix before you save.


Save as PDF dialog with yellow message box inviting you to check the accessibility of your PDF before saving

Read on to see what's new for you in the August update, Version 1908 (Build 11929.20254).

Insert icons page with "Cake" in the search box and 4 different cake icons displayed

Search and enjoy

We've added Search to Insert Icons to make it easy to find the icon you want. And when you're selecting, the Insert button tells you how many you've picked.


Budget worksheet with a conversation thread between two collaborators

Focus on what's left to do

Select Resolve to collapse comments and make open items stand out.


Custom Column dialog with a selection of join algorithms displayed

Code quickly with Power Query enhancements

Get to code completion quickly with auto-complete and syntax coloring. Easily discover functions, columns, and parameters, too.

Fuzzy merge options in the Merge dialog box

Join tables on similar columns

Get & Transform (Power Query) now features approximate text matching logic (also called fuzzy matching) when comparing columns for merging tables.


Read on to see what's new for you in the July update, Version 1907 (Build 11901.20176).

No more bouncing to the browser

You decide how links to Office documents open: in the browser or in the app. See Link Handling under File > Options > Advanced.

New in: Word Excel PowerPoint

Options dialog box with Open hyperlinks checkbox highlighted

Read on to see what's new in the June update, Version 1906 (Build 11727.20230).

More icons to match your mood

We've added over 300 new icons. Find them at Insert > Icons.


A selection of theater icons

Get their attention with @mentions

Use @mentions in comments to let others know when you need their input.


Comment with somebody @mentioned within

Here's what's new in the May update, Version 1905 (Build 11629.20196).

Switch seamlessly

The new account manager shows all of your Office 365 work and personal accounts in one place. Switching between them has never been easier.


Conceptual screenshot of account switching feature

See what's new in the February update, Version 1902 (Build 11328.20146).

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Save your changes as they happen

Upload your files to OneDrive to make sure all your updates are saved automatically.

See what's new in the January update, Version 1901 (Build 11231.20130).

Worksheet with comment box, comment, and at mention

Collaborate effectively with comments and @mentions

Keep the conversation going right in your worksheet with the built-in reply box and let co-workers know that you need their input by using @mentions.


See what's new in the October update, Version 18.10 (11001.20074).

Slide with transparency options on the Format tab

Reveal what's behind a picture

Put a picture on a slide, worksheet, document, or message, pick a pre-set, and watch the transparency change. That's it!


See what's new in the September update Version 1809 (Build 10827.20138).

Monitor showing a worksheet with a speedometer in the lower right corner

Speedy lookup

Get your answers faster with super-charged VLOOKUP, HLOOKUP, and MATCH functions.


Updated visuals on the ribbon for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook

Your ribbon icons have a new look

Don't worry, everything works the same. Plus all of the icons look great on screens of all sizes.


See what's new and improved in the June feature update Version 1806 (Build 10228.20080).

Word document with chat window

Chat with co-authors while you edit

Collaborate more effectively by chatting with your co-authors without leaving the app.


Computer screen with document on the left and Accessibility visual with a check mark on the right

One-click fixes for accessibility issues

The Accessibility Checker is better than ever with updated support for international standards and handy recommendations to make your documents more accessible.


Slide with examples of SVG filters

Add visual impact

Bring visual interest to your documents, worksheets, and presentations by inserting Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) that have filters applied to them.


See what's new and improved in the March 2018 feature update, Version 1803 (Build 9126.2156).
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Translator button, and one word in English and its translation in French

Break the language barrier

Translate words, phrases or sentences to another language with Microsoft Translator. You can do this from the Review tab in the ribbon.


See what's new and improved in the January 2018 feature update, Version 1801 (Build 9001.2138).
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Precision selecting

Ever selected too many cells or the wrong ones? You can now deselect extraneous cells without having to start over.

New in: Excel


See what's new and improved in the December 2017 feature update, Version 1712 (Build 8827.2148).
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Convert SVG icons to shapes

Transform all SVG pictures and icons into Office shapes so you can change their color, size, or texture.


See what's new and improved in the October 2017 feature update, Version 1710 (Build 8625.2121).
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Digital Pencil

Blue pencil

Write or sketch out ideas with our new pencil texture.


Learn with the new Office Training Center

Home page of the Office Training Center with icons for the different Office apps and tiles for available content types

Do more with Excel using new templates, tips, and guides - all in the new Office Training Center.


See what's new and improved in the August 2017 feature update, Version 1708 (Build 8431.2079).
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Insert 3D models to see all the angles

Use 3D to increase the visual and creative impact of your workbooks. Easily insert a 3D model, then you can rotate it through 360 degrees.

Download a template and give the feature a try!


3D model showing rotation handles

Work faster. Get more done.

Excel and worksheet icons with lightbulb

Bring on those complex workbooks with multiple sheets. Excel opens them faster, so you can crunch formulas with large ranges, filter lots of rows, or copy and paste quicker.

New ink effects

Pen dropdown showing Ink Effects

Express your ideas with flair using metallic pens and ink effects like rainbow, galaxy, lava, ocean, gold, silver, and more.


See what's new and improved in the July 2017 feature update, Version 1707 (Build 8326.2058).
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Collaborative editing

People icons, When others are co-authoring, they'll show up here

Work with others at the same time in your workbook. You and your colleagues can open and work on the same Excel workbook. This is called co-authoring. When you co-author, you can see each other's changes quickly — in a matter of seconds.


Excel saves for you

Title bar in Excel showing AutoSave toggle

Changes are saved automatically for workbooks stored in the cloud, and you can see others’ updates in seconds. Save your files to OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, or SharePoint Online.


Helpful sounds improve accessibility

Partial view of Excel's Ease of Access Settings

Turn on audio cues to guide you as you work. Find it in Options > Ease of Access. No add-in needed.


See what's new and improved in the June 2017 feature update, Version 1706 (Build 8229.2073).
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Customizable, portable pen set

Pen gallery

Create a personal set of pens to suit your needs. Office remembers your pen set in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint across all your Windows devices.


Quick access to superscript and subscript

Quick Access Toolbar showing superscript and subscript commands

Keep the superscript and subscript commands at your fingertips by adding them to the Ribbon or Quick Access Toolbar.


Updates for Get & Transform and the Power Query add-in

  • More enhancements when you add a column from examples: In the Query Editor, Column from Examples has been improved to support suggestions, more Date/Time operations, and additional transformations.

  • New Azure Data Lake Store connector: We're always working to add new connectors. Now you can import data from an Azure Data Lake Store analytics service.

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