Microsoft Patches All Components in Office 2011 for Mac

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Microsoft has released the 14.1 update for Office 2011 for Mac. The update includes security fixes, bug fixes, and other changes and improvements for Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Word.

The update’s patch notes:

Improvements for all Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 applications

  • Security is improved.
    This update fixes vulnerabilities in Office 2011 that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer’s memory with malicious code. For more information, see the security bulletin that was listed earlier in this document. [Microsoft issues two bulletins: MS11-021 and MS11-022]
  • Stability is improved.
    This update fixes an issue that causes Office 2011 applications to close unexpectedly when you open or use Office 2011 applications.
  • Alt Text authoring is included.
    This update enables the authoring of Alt Text for objects, such as shapes, pictures, tables, charts, SmartArt, and movies in Office 2011 applications.

Improvements for Microsoft Excel for Mac 2011

  • The Solver add-in is included.
    This update includes functionality that lets you install the Solver analysis tools in Excel 2011.
  • Reliability is improved when read-only options are enabled.
    This update fixes an issue that causes the open option to fail when open as read-only is available.
  • Stability is improved when pasting large datasets.
    This update improves stability when a large dataset is pasted into a filtered range.
  • Save functionality is improved.
    This update fixes an issue that prevents some documents from being saved if they contain comments.
  • Conditional formatting is improved.
    This update fixes an issue that causes conditional formatting rules to fail when the rules are applied to a PivotTable report.
  • Page settings are retained.
    This update fixes issues that cause incorrect page settings to be applied.
  • Printing is improved.
    This update fixes an issue that causes the wrong pages to print when specific pages are selected.

Improvements for Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2011

  • Password protect functionality is included.
    This update includes functionality that lets you protect presentations in PowerPoint 2011 by using a password.
  • Print Preview is improved.
    This update fixes an issue that causes Print Preview not to update correctly.
  • Save as Pictures respects slide dimensions.
    This update fixes an issue that causes slide dimensions not to be respected when Save as Picture is used.
  • Playback of recorded narration is improved.
    This update fixes an issue that causes narration to drop out during playback.
  • Rehearse mode is improved.
    This update fixes an issue that causes a slide show not to automatically advance slides when Rehearse mode is used.

Improvements for Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011

  • Synchronization functionality is updated.
    This update increases support for Sync Services, and adds calendar, notes, and tasks syncing.
  • Rules functionality is improved.
    This update introduces support for Microsoft Exchange-based Server-Side rules.
  • Resend functionality is included.
    This update reintroduces functionality to resend an email message to the same or new recipients.
  • Redirect functionality is included.
    This update reintroduces functionality to redirect an incoming email message to other recipients.
  • Meeting invitation functionality is improved.
    This update improves creating meeting invitations by including a list of recently used locations.

Improvements for Microsoft Word for Mac 2011

  • Stability is improved when you open or save some files.
    This update improves stability with some file paths that contain nonalphanumeric characters.
  • Spelling check error messaging is improved.
    This update fixes an issue that causes a spelling check error message to be shown repeatedly if the spelling engine does not load.
  • Character spacing in draft view is improved.
    This update fixes incorrect character spacing in draft view.
  • Find and Replace functionality is improved.
    This update improves the ease of use for Find and Replace.
  • Custom toolbars, menus and keyboard shortcuts are retained.
    This update fixes an issue that causes custom settings to be lost when you save the document in some Word formats.
  • Full Screen view shows all pages.
    This update fixes an issue that causes some pages not to be visible after the display uses Full Screen mode with a side-by-side page view.
  • Printing pictures is improved.
    This update fixes an issue that causes some pictures not to print if they are inside shapes.

You can download the update through the Microsoft AutoUpdate utility, which launches when you launch any Office component. You can also download it from the update’s page on Microsoft’s support site.

Comments

Lee Dronick

I just updated our Macs. It seems fine.

I wonder why the updater wants me to quit Safari.

Slethoegius

Don’t update if you are using EndNote X4. The plugin for Word dissapeared for me, so I had to downgrade to 14.0.2. to get It to work again.

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