Release Notes for Office Insiders

This article contains release notes for Insider builds of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, and Project for Windows desktop. Every week, we’ll highlight interesting new features, important fixes, and any significant issues we want you to know about. Note that we often roll out features (and sometimes even fixes) to Insiders over a period of time. This allows us to ensure that things are working smoothly before releasing the feature to a wider audience. So, if you don’t see something described below, don't worry you'll get it eventually.

Note

  • Release notes are posted weekly and may be a compilation of multiple builds
  • The release notes publication date may not match the actual build release date

Note

  • Microsoft Teams on existing installations of Office 365 ProPlus - Beginning in late June, Microsoft Teams will be included in existing installations of Office 365 ProPlus (and Office 365 Business) upon updates of these installations. The date when Teams will be added depends on which update channel you're using. Please refer to Deploy Microsoft Teams with Office 365 ProPlus for additional information.

July 19, 2019

Version 1908 (build 11911.20000)

What's New:

Word

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Coauthoring improvements

Improved the coauthoring experience by making it more likely that content changes will be received by others in real time.

Notable Fixes:

Word

  • We fixed an issue which BookMarkEnd tag was missing.
  • We fixed an issue where the font selection could change while the user was typing special characters
  • We fixed an issue which could sometimes cause blank replies to a new comment card
  • We fixed an issue which could cause formatting to be lost when sharing an email

Excel

  • We fixed an issue where an array with a large range could sometimes cause a crash
  • We significantly improved the performance of copying data from filtered ranges
  • We fixed an issue which prevented some files from opening if the filenames contained special characters

PowerPoint

  • We fixed an issue where section name was not selected by default for newly created section in PowerPoint.
  • We fixed an issue which could cause the UI to become difficult to use when using a 4:3 display

Outlook

  • We fixed an issue which could prevent available rooms from being listed
  • We fixed an issue which prevented HTML formatting for some POP3 users

Access

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Project

  • Various performance and stability fixes


July 12, 2019

Version 1907 (build 11901.20038)

What's New:

PowerPoint

Use ink replay in your presentations

Apply a replay animation for ink in PowerPoint to express and communicate more in presentations.

Notable Fixes:

Word

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Excel

  • Various performance and stability fixes

PowerPoint

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Outlook

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Access

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Project

  • Various performance and stability fixes


July 5, 2019

Version 1907 (build 11901.20018)

What's New:

Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Sketchy Shapes!

In the middle of drafting a presentation? Apply the sketchy style to show that you're still working on it. It gives a personal touch to your objects without turning it into a free form, hand-drawn shapes.

Notable Fixes:

All

  • We significantly improved the performance of Ribbon KeyTips
  • We fixed an issue which prevented the "See what's coming soon" dialog from being displayed properly
  • We fixed an issue which could cause Photos to be misaligned in the Co-auth Gallery flyout

Word

  • We fixed an issue which could sometimes prevent new comments from being added
  • We fixed an issue where tables could sometimes cause a crash
  • We fixed an issue where invalid data could sometimes be added to the end of a mail merge
  • We fixed an issue which could cause some LaTeX equations to render incorrectly

Excel

  • We fixed an issue where changing chart types could sometimes result in a runtime exception
  • We fixed an issue where the incorrect ribbon could be displayed when multiple windows were open
  • We fixed an issue which could cause an error when a macro opened a second instance of a workbook
  • We fixed an issue which could cause a crash when opening or creating a workbook, or switching between workbooks
  • We fixed an issue preventing users from opening a PDF created from Word in Teams

PowerPoint

  • We fixed an issue which would degrade the quality of a chart when exported to a pdf
  • We fixed an issue which prevented a tooltip indicating the distance to center from displaying

Outlook

  • We fixed an issue which could sometimes prevent a Disk Full error to be displayed
  • We fixed an issue which could cause attachments to become duplicated when updating a meeting request

Access

  • We fixed an issue which prevented some queries from returning large integer values
  • We fixed an issue which could make the sql textbox uneditable
  • We fixed an issue where tooltips could be difficult to see on some High DPI displays

Project

  • We fixed an issue which could cause flag values to become uneditable in new tasks
  • We fixed an issue which could cause a status update to improperly set Actual Start Date on Assignments and Tasks
  • We fixed an issue which could cause some resources to incorreclty appear overallocated
  • We fixed an issue where the TaskDependencies Add method could fail when Lag is added, the decimal separator is a comma, and when connected to a server
  • We fixed an issue where updating local custom field lookup table values via CSOM could crash PCS
  • We fixed an issue where the total work values may appear incorrect if they contain a decimal


June 28, 2019

Version 1907 (build 11819.20002)

What's New:

Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Visio

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Notable Fixes:

Word

  • We fixed an issue which could prevent some .DOC files from opening
  • We fixed an issue which could have prevented comments from loading properly

Excel

  • We improved the performance of Power Queries

PowerPoint

  • We fixed an issue related to using a pen on a Surface device which could cause the screen to flicker

Outlook

  • We fixed an issue which could change the free/busy status of an appointment when converted to a meeting
  • We fixed an issue where the wrong template and description would be displayed when an e-mail was protected with an ad-hoc template

Access

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Project

  • Various performance and stability fixes


June 21, 2019

Version 1907 (build 11815.20002)

What's New:

Outlook

Dark Mode for Black Theme in Outlook Desktop

With dark mode, users in black theme will now also see the reading pane with a dark background when reading emails, and the compose experience with a dark background when writing emails. There is a sun/moon toggle on the reading pane and in the ribbon in case users want to preview what the message looks like with a light background instead.

Getting Started:

  1. Turn on black theme and dark mode will be on by default.
  2. Use the moon/sun toggle (in the reading pane and in the ribbon) to preview what the message looks like for users not in dark mode

Scenarios to Try

  1. Read emails in dark mode. If you are unable to read something, use the sun toggle in the Reading Pane to switch to a light background.
  2. Compose emails in dark mode. Preview what your message will look like with a light background by using the sun toggle in the ribbon.

If you encounter any emails that don't render properly, please send them (as an attachment) to OutlookDarkModeFail@service.microsoft.com

Get location suggestions

Start typing and Outlook will look for matching locations.

This applies to the Location field when creating Appointments and Meetings.

Getting Started:

  • Create an Appointment or Meeting on an O365 or Outlook.com calendar in Outlook.
  • Click into the Location field and start typing…

Scenarios to Try

When adding a conference room to a meeting, click into Location field, rather than using Room Finder add-in or Address Book. For appointments at a physical place with a public location - like a restaurant, coffee shop, or even your dentist's office - try finding the exact location using the new picker. This way, you'll be able to get notified on Outlook Mobile when it's time to leave.

Notable Fixes:

All

  • We fixed an issue which would keep the Search Box enabled while offline

Word

  • We fixed an issue where keyboard focus could sometimes be difficult to see
  • We fixed an issue where text pasted into a new document could sometimes have the wrong text alignment
  • We fixed an issue which could prevent some users from saving changes after suspending their computer
  • We fixed an issue where in certain cases an entire document would be printed instead of the selected range
  • We fixed an issue which could make comments difficult to read on smaller displays
  • We fixed an issue which could cause a crash when capturing to a device

Excel

  • Various performance and stability fixes

PowerPoint

  • We fixed an issue where keyboard focus could sometimes be difficult to see

Outlook

  • We fixed an issue which could incorrectly display an add-in as being enabled when it was not.
  • We fixed an issue which would prevent a customer from viewing all retention policies if there were a large number of them

Access

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Project

  • Various performance and stability fixes


June 14, 2019

Version 1907 (build 11807.20000)

Notable Fixes:

Word

  • We fixed an issue which could prevent a user from signing in when saving to OneDrive
  • We fixed an issue where a user could be prevented from changing SharePoint properties while in restricted access mode
  • We fixed an issue where header and footer content could change when adjusting margins
  • We fixed an issue where formatting could break when switching to web view
  • We fixed an issue which could prevent a user from using custom fields when opened from SharePoint

Excel

  • We fixed a performance issue when deleting rows of a filtered set
  • We fixed an issue which could sometimes cause the mouse to flicker in protected view
  • We fixed an issue which could have caused a crash when deleting a series
  • We fixed an issue where some users would have the option to add version history when that was not available
  • We fixed an issue which could have caused an exception when using the Spreadsheet Compare tool

PowerPoint

  • We fixed an issue where a crash could occur when clicking a link to SharePoint
  • We fixed an issue which could switch the user to the next page while typing using a Surface Pen

Outlook

  • We fixed an issue where in some cases the To field was larger than normal

Access

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Project

  • Various performance and stability fixes


June 7, 2019

Version 1907 (build 11727.20064)

Notable Fixes:

Word

  • We fixed an issue where Word could sometimes crash when autocorrect was set to capitalize the first letter of a sentence
  • We improved performance when editing a document on SharePoint
  • We fixed an issue where vector-based images created in Adobe Illustrator would not display correctly

Excel

  • We fixed an issue where sorting fields were sometimes not set correctly when recording a macro
  • We fixed an issue that causes hang or crash during recalculation of an array formula

PowerPoint

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Outlook

  • We fixed an issue where inline attachments would sometimes be incorrectly scaled

Access

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Project

  • We fixed an issue where timesheets on a fixed duration could sometimes change the assignment finish date
  • We fixed an issue where Percentage Complete values could be wrong when opening a project from an earlier version


May 31, 2019

Version 1906 (build 11722.20008)

What's New:

Outlook

Dialog for Contacting Support now is dockable and appears on the right

The dialog used for Contacting support will now appear in a pane on the right and will start off as a docked window.

Ink in Your Email!

You can now draw and annotate pictures in your Outlook emails.

Word

When you click a document link in Office, you can update your preference to open in the Word app by default. To update your preference go to File->Options->Advanced->Link Handling. Learn more: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/open-file-links-directly-in-office-desktop-apps-fe241745-9e05-4142-9ba8-1bb1dc044773?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US

Getting Started:

Feature will default to off. Users can either turn it on via Options->Advanced->Link Handling setting, or they can opt-in when Win32 WXP apps take them through an opt-in experience. When users click on links to Word/PowerPoint/Excel files stored on OneDrive/OneDrive for Business/SharePoint from Outlook/Word/PowerPoint/Excel, these links will open in the appropriate Office application instead of the browser by default.

To change this default, users can update the following setting in Outlook/Word/Excel/PowerPoint:

File->Options->Advanced->Link Handling

This setting is shared across Outlook/Word/PowerPoint/Excel and can be set in any of these apps.

Scenarios to Try:

To trigger the opt-in experience - Open a link tot a Word document stored in OneDrive/SharePoint from Outlook/Word/PowerPoint/Excel - click on Open in Client from Office Online - do this twice in a 30 day window. After you opt-in, links will launch in the Win32 apps by default.

PowerPoint

When you click a presentation link in Office, you can update your preference to open in the PowerPoint app by default. To update your preference go to File->Options->Advanced->Link Handling. Learn more: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/open-file-links-directly-in-office-desktop-apps-fe241745-9e05-4142-9ba8-1bb1dc044773?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US

Getting Started:

Feature will default to off. Users can either turn it on via Options->Advanced->Link Handling setting, or they can opt-in when Win32 WXP apps take them through an opt-in experience. When users click on links to Word/PowerPoint/Excel files stored on OneDrive/OneDrive for Business/SharePoint from Outlook/Word/PowerPoint/Excel, these links will open in the appropriate Office application instead of the browser by default.

To change this default, users can update the following setting in Outlook/Word/Excel/PowerPoint:

File->Options->Advanced->Link Handling

This setting is shared across Outlook/Word/PowerPoint/Excel and can be set in any of these apps.

Scenarios to Try:

To trigger the opt-in experience - Open a link to a PowerPoint presentation stored in OneDrive/SharePoint from Outlook/Word/PowerPoint/Excel - click on Open in Client from Office Online - do this twice in a 30 day window. After you opt-in, links will launch in the Win32 apps by default.

Excel

When you click a workbook link in Office, you can update your preference to open in the Excel app by default. To update your preference, go to File->Options->Advanced->Link Handling. Learn More: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/open-file-links-directly-in-office-desktop-apps-fe241745-9e05-4142-9ba8-1bb1dc044773?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US

Getting Started:

Feature will default to off. Users can either turn it on via Options->Advanced->Link Handling setting, or they can opt-in when Win32 WXP apps take them through an opt-in experience. When users click on links to Word/PowerPoint/Excel files stored on OneDrive/OneDrive for Business/SharePoint from Outlook/Word/PowerPoint/Excel, these links will open in the appropriate Office application instead of the browser by default.

To change this default, users can update the following setting in Outlook/Word/Excel/PowerPoint:

File->Options->Advanced->Link Handling

This setting is shared across Outlook/Word/PowerPoint/Excel and can be set in any of these apps.

Scenarios to Try:

To trigger the opt-in experience - Open a link to an Excel workbook stored in OneDrive/SharePoint from Outlook/Word/PowerPoint/Excel - click on Open in Client from Office Online - do this twice in a 30 day window. After you opt-in, links will launch in the Win32 apps by default.

Notable Fixes:

All

  • We fixed an issue where files could sometimes be auto-saved even when auto-save was disabled

Word

  • We fixed an issue which may have prevented some users from saving to SharePoint

Excel

  • We fixed an issue where an incorrect icon could be displayed for inactive filters

PowerPoint

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Outlook

  • We fixed an issue where some users would incorrectly appear as Offline in a Group Schedule view
  • We fixed an issue which prevented SafeLink from parsing a URL with a trailing space
  • We fixed an issue where rooms were displayed as available outside of non-working hours

Access

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Project

  • Various performance and stability fixes


May 24, 2019

Version 1906 (build 11715.20002)

What's New:

User Experience Updates

Updates that have been in Coming Soon are now here, featuring the Simplified Ribbon, and a visual refresh of the folder pane, message list, and reading pane.

Notable Fixes:

All

  • We fixed an issue where the Chat Pane would not display

Word

  • We fixed an issue where in some cases Word could incorrectly highlight text for grammatical errors

Excel

  • We fixed an issue where an incorrect icon was used in for Chart Elements
  • We fixed an issue where the incorrect workbook could be activated in a VBA script when the same book was already open

PowerPoint

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Outlook

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Access

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Project

  • We fixed an issue where Project could crash after switching to the taskbar


May 17, 2019

Version 1906 (build 11708.20006)

What's New:

Outlook

User Experience Updates

Updates that have been in Coming Soon are now here, featuring the Simplified Ribbon, and a visual refresh of the folder pane, message list, and reading pane.

Getting Started:

These change will be part of the new default UI; it has been available behind the Coming Soon switch since mid Dec for 100% prod

Customizable Simplified Ribbon

Easily customizable to switch between classic and Simplified views and pin/unpin commands.

Getting Started:

Users can get to the simplified ribbon by turning on Coming Soon (initially) and clicking the chevron in the ribbon to toggle between the classic multi-line ribbon and the new simplified single-line ribbon.

Scenarios to Try:

Switch from Classic ribbon to Simplified ribbon

Pick your favorite action

Don't use Flag and Delete? How about Archive or Mark as Read? Customize the quick action menu with the commands you use most.

Getting Started:

To select your Quick Actions, right click on an email in the message list to bring up the Context Menu. Then click "Set Quick Actions..."

Scenarios to Try:

Change the defaults from flag and delete to either archive, move, mark as read, or none for a cleaner message list

Relaxed or tighter layout? You choose

Use Tighter Spacing lets you decide if you want more space between items, or a tighter layout to see more.

Getting Started:

View tab, use tighter spacing checkbox - in Messages group for classic ribbon, Current View settings for simplified ribbon

Scenarios to Try:

Use Outlook to triage and write email with and without the setting enabled. With Use tighter spacing on, more messages fit per page, and controls on the compose forms are more streamlined.

Dedupe MRU entries when using the Onedrive sync client

Enable better integration with onedrive sync client with cloud attachments by deduping the mru entries and to enable faster attach as copy behavior for synchronized data

Getting Started:

If you use the OneDrive sync client, you will no longer see file duplicates in the Attach File MRU.

Scenarios to Try:

Enable the OneDrive sync client and use the Attach File menu in Outlook Desktop

Improved shared folder synchronization for mailboxes with many folders

For years Outlook has been limited to a maximum of 500 folders when synchronizing shared mailboxes. With this change Outlook has been improved to sync in a way that will no longer encounter this 500 folder limit.

Getting Started:

Create 1000 folders in a mailbox, give someone else access to the mailbox, create an Outlook profile for the "someone else" and verify that sync works.

Word

Erase just a little bit

Getting Started:

Go to the Draw Tab. Select the Eraser dropdown. Choose Small Eraser or Medium Eraser.

Scenarios to Try:

Go to the Draw Tab. Select a pen. Draw an ink stroke. Select the Eraser dropdown. Choose Small Eraser or Medium Eraser. Erase just bits of the ink stroke.

Notable Fixes:

All

  • We fixed an issue which could prevent some users from saving as PDF
  • We fixed an issue which could impact users saving large files on a 32-bit system

Word

  • We significantly improved the responsiveness of the dictation feature

Excel

  • We fixed an issue where double-click events could fail on touch screen devices
  • We fixed an issue which could prevent some users from being able to edit VBA macros
  • We fixed an issue which could impact performance when using slicers

PowerPoint

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Outlook

  • We fixed an issue where the wrong template could be displayed from what was selected

Access

  • We fixed an issue where using the zoom builder to display long rich text, could be hard to read

Project

  • Various performance and stability fixes


May 10, 2019

Version 1906 (build 11702.20000)

Notable Fixes:

All

  • We fixed an issue where the Save As dialog could display the incorrect path

Word

  • We fixed an issue where some selections from Tell Me would not get inserted

Excel

  • Various performance and stability fixes

PowerPoint

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Outlook

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Access

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Project

  • We fixed an issue where Task ID's could require highlighting to see


May 3, 2019

Version 1906 (build 11629.20008)

Notable Fixes:

All

  • We fixed an issue where some users would experience problems syncing with OneDrive for Business

Word

  • We fixed an issue where in some cases Word would take a long time to start

Excel

  • We fixed an issue where external links were sometimes removed from workbooks after upgrading to a newer version of Excel
  • We fixed an issue where some users could experience difficulty selecting cells in a new workbook

PowerPoint

  • We fixed an issue where font sizes were not consistant when converting drawings to text

Outlook

  • We fixed an issue where saving a contact from a .VCF file could result in empty fields
  • We fixed an issue where a message could get stuck in the outbox folder even though it had been sent
  • We fixed an issue where Outlook could crash when viewing a DRM message

Access

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Project

  • We fixed an issue where the editor would switch from Chinese to English
  • We fixed an issue where unpublished tasks could appear in the published copy of a master project


April 26, 2019

Version 1905 (build 11617.20002)

Notable Fixes:

Word

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Excel

  • We fixed an issue where Solver macros would fail to run
  • We fixed an issue which could prevent Excel files from being imported into SharePoint

PowerPoint

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Outlook

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Access

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Project

  • Various performance and stability fixes


April 19, 2019

Version 1905 (build 11609.20002)

What's New:

Excel

Improved Filled Maps experience using Data Types

This feature is an improvement for users who plot Filled Map Charts using Excel's Geographic Data Types. The benefit to the end users will be richer integration between the features and better accuracy of the region the end user wants to map. Additional benefits include - ability to map city polygons.

Getting Started:
  • This feature is an improvement to the existing features within Excel. To use the improvement - convert locations into Rich Entities and plot with Filled Maps.
Scenarios to Try:
  • Users can try mapping cities, states, counties, countries and zip codes.

Notable Fixes:

All Applications

  • We fixed an issue where the First Run dialog would display whenever an application was launched
  • We fixed an issue where a SharePoint link in the "save as" dialog could be missing.
  • We fixed an issue where users would incorrectly see a "Repair Now" dialog

Word

  • We fixed an issue where some users could receive an error for insufficient memory or disk space when requesting a font
  • We fixed an issue where a window could lose focus when switching from the comments pane

Excel

  • Various performance and stability fixes

PowerPoint

  • We fixed an issue preventing the resizing of branded shapes
  • We fixed an issue where PowerPoint could crash when opening a file in protected view mode

Outlook

  • We fixed an issue which prevented some users from selecting Chinese words
  • We fixed an issue where expiry dates were not calculated correctly

Access

  • We fixed an issue which prevented some users from using the Macro Builder
  • We fixed an issue where printing a report would only print the first page
  • We fixed an issue where the application could crash when hovering over a hyperlink
  • We fixed an issue which caused some items to appear off screen when using relationships view

Project

  • Various performance and stability fixes


April 12, 2019

Version 1905 (build 11601.20042)

Notable Fixes:

All Applications

  • We fixed an issue which prevented some users from saving files to cloud locations
  • We fixed an issue where the wrong pane could open from the ribbon

Word

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Excel

  • We fixed an issue where users would see an error message for linked data types when the workbook did not contain linked data types
  • We fixed an issue where URL links within a Word document could change when viewed locally vs. online

PowerPoint

  • We fixed an issue where the application could crash after undoing changes from the animations tab

Outlook

  • We fixed an issue which prevented some users from modifying the Notes field for contacts in a Public Folder
  • We fixed an issue where a conflict could occur between expiration dates and deletion dates

Access

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Project

  • Various performance and stability fixes


April 5, 2019

Version 1904 (build 11527.20014)

What's New:

Outlook

Outlook for Windows: set and share your Focused Inbox settings

Your Focused Inbox preferences are stored in the cloud so you can enjoy the same consistent experience when using Outlook for Windows and Outlook on the web on any computer.

Getting Started:

Under File > Options > General tab, there is a new preference for 'Store my Outlook settings in the cloud'. Users will need to check the box to enable their Focused Inbox setting to roam to other Desktop Outlook installations and OWA.

Scenarios to Try:

Change Focused Inbox on the machine that has cloud settings preference turned on. Navigate to OWA and see the preference applied there as well. Change Focused Inbox in OWA and start Desktop Outlook to see the preference reflected.

Word

Learning Tools mode has additional support for more page colors

Learning Tools in Word adds support for more page theme colors, which allows the changing of the background color of the page. Many people have challenges reading with an all-white or all-black background, so we’ve expanded the choice of colors in Word on PC and Mac.

Getting Started:

To try this out, go to the View tab and choose Learning Tools, and then Page Color.

Scenarios to Try:

To try this out, go to the View tab and choose Learning Tools, and then Page Color.

Excel

Elevate Creativity with Animated 3D Models

Office now supports animated models, which will playback in the editor so you can bring your sheets to life!

Getting Started:

  1. Open Excel
  2. Insert an animated 3D Model (coming to Remix soon, but for now, access animated models here: \osan\ogx\Public\TestFiles\3D Models\Animated3D\C3Art)
  3. The animated model will play in the editor! Check Slideshow mode - it will play there too!
  4. In the 3D Format Ribbon, explore more animation scenes in the model

Scenarios to Try:

  1. Insert an animated model and watch it play in the editor
  2. Explore the animation scenes available in the animated model via the Scenes Gallery, available in the 3D Format Ribbon
  3. Easily play/pause the animation via the ribbon, floatie or space bar

Notable Fixes:

All Applications

  • We fixed an issue where the incorrect app icon could appear for Excel in contextual menus
  • We fixed an issue where the File Menu button could disappear after installing an update
  • We fixed an issue which could change your user license

Word

  • We fixed an issue where text would not render correctly at certain zoom levels

Excel

  • We fixed an issue where users would not be prompted to save a workbook after making edits
  • We fixed an issue where a BeforeSave event would not be triggered if the user shared the workbook.
  • We fixed an issue where resizing a column to fewer than 6 pixels could throw an incorrect error message.
  • We fixed an issue where Excel would ignore the Application.Visible flag
  • We fixed an issue where trace arrows would remain on non-active frozen panes
  • We fixed an issue where cell formatting of dates an currency could change when opening a workbook
  • We fixed an issue where tooltips would move unexpectedly
  • We fixed localization issues for the Power Query editor
  • We fixed an issue where a workbook would be removed as an attachment when sending via e-mail

PowerPoint

  • We fixed an issue where copying shapes would take longer than expected

Outlook

  • We fixed an issue where Outlook could crash while using the drawing tool
  • We fixed a localization issue when composing html e-mails
  • We fixed an issue where the user would have difficulty in selecting the lower pane

Access

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Project

  • Various performance and stability fixes


March 22, 2019

Version 1904 (build 11514.20004)

Notable Fixes:

Word

  • We fixed an issue where the UI would constantly display "Checking for Changes"

Excel

  • We fixed an issue where the application could crash after moving a worksheet
  • We fixed an issue where the application could crash after saving as a PDF
  • We fixed an issue where the save dialog would not accept some Korean characters

PowerPoint

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Outlook

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Access

  • We fixed the error message in Access where an extra shortcut to Access was created
  • We fixed an issue where data from a linked SharePoint would display incorrectly

Project

  • We fixed an issue where the language settings would switch from Chinese to English
  • We fixed an issue where the application could crash when synching to SharePoint


March 15, 2019

Version 1904 (build 11504.20000)

What's New:

Word

Focus Mode

Switch to Focus on the View menu to remove distractions and concentrate on your work. For Office 365 subscribers only.

Getting Started:

View tab "Focus" Button in the Ribbon Status Bar "Focus" Button

Scenarios to Try:

Enter Focus Mode and experience the Focused Experience

Notable Fixes:

Word

  • We fixed an issue where images in a document saved as a PDF would have the incorrect DPI

Excel

  • Various performance and stability fixes

PowerPoint

  • We fixed an issue where the comments pane would not open or close properly
  • We fixed an issue where the application could crash when deleting a video
  • We fixed an issue where in some instances the application would fail to launch

Outlook

  • We fixed an issue where read receipts were incorrect when viewed in Japanese

Access

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Project

  • Various performance and stability fixes


March 8, 2019

Version 1903 (build 11425.20036)

What's New:

Word

With Microsoft Search, you can find all the files, actions, people, and help you need to get work done.

Getting Started:

  • The feature is prominently displayed on top of the UI in the header.

Scenarios to Try:

  • Search for a college, a recent document or search for the ribbon commands you use most often
  • Look up a topic or subject to get more information on it

CoAuthoring

Tired of being locked out of your document with macros? Now your docm files on OneDrive for Business allow simultaneous editing by multiple authors.

Getting Started:

The user doesn't need to press any buttons in the UI to access this feature. It is enabled by default on OneDrive for Business docm files. So, the user should save a docm file to OneDrive for Business to try it out.

Scenarios to Try:

Create a docm file on OneDrive for Business, share it with your colleagues, and collaborate!

Notable Fixes:

Word

  • We fixed a crashing issue that occurred when pressing ‘ESC’ while in Options
  • We fixed a crashing issue that occurred when replying to comments
  • We fixed an issue with copy & paste from Word to PowerPoint Online

Excel

  • We fixed an issue where copying a cell in Excel caused high CPU usage when protected document and editable document were opened

PowerPoint

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Outlook

  • We fixed an issue where Outlook Search was not honoring the selected chronological sorting
  • We fixed an issue where the "Open this task" workflow ribbon button was unresponsive for certain emails
  • We fixed an issue where Outlook did not clear on premise rooms after users selected an available room in Room Finder

Access

  • We fixed the saved import/export dialog that had white text on white background in Dark Theme
  • We fixed an issue where users could not set the DisplayControl property for a Yes/No field to Textbox in table design

Project

  • Various performance and stability fixes

March 1, 2019

Version 1903 (build 11414.20014)

What's New

Word

Colors for Track Changes, Comments and Real-Time Collaboration in Sync

Fixes in our product now ensure that the comments, track changes and the cursor for a collaborator show up in the same color.

Getting Started:

Open a SharePoint or OneDrive document that others have open. Verify that track changes and comments color for a user matches the color of that user's cursor.

Scenarios to Try:

Open a SharePoint or OneDrive document that others have open. Verify that track changes and comments color for a user matches the color of that user's cursor.

Notable Fixes:

Word

  • We fixed a crashing issue that occurred when pressing ‘ESC’ while in Options
  • We fixed an issue with copy & paste from Word to PowerPoint Online

Excel

  • We fixed an issue where copying a cell in Excel caused high CPU usage when protected document and editable document were opened

PowerPoint

  • We fixed an issue with slide image size when using @Mentions in PowerPoint

Outlook

  • We fixed an issue where Outlook Search was not honoring the selected chronological sorting
  • We fixed an issue where the "Open this task" workflow ribbon button was unresponsive for certain emails
  • We fixed an issue where Outlook did not clear on premise rooms after users selected an available room in Room Finder

Access

  • We updated the prompt text that showed when confirming the relinking tables with a datasource
  • We fixed the saved import/export dialog that had white text on white background in Dark Theme
  • We fixed an issue where users could not set the Display Control property for a Yes/No field to Textbox in table design

Project

  • Various performance and stability fixes


February 15, 2019

Version 1903 (build 11310.20016)

What's New:

PowerPoint

Morph Transition Enhancements - Morph by Name

Specify the shapes you want to morph

Getting Started:

  • To get Morph to treat two objects as the same object, the user can rename the shapes using the Selection Pane.
  • The name must be prefaced with “!!” (two exclamation points) for Morph to use it to override our default matching behavior, e.g. “!!Name”
  • Users can continue to rename shapes with any name that doesn’t start with “!!” without worrying that it will change the way Morph works

Scenarios to Try:

  • Insert a Shape in a slide, let's say Rectangle
  • Create a new slide
  • Insert a different shape in the 2nd slide, let's say Triangle
  • Open SelectionPane, rename the Rectangle in slide 1 to "!!shape", and rename the Triangle in slide 2 to "!!shape"
  • Apply Morph on the 2nd slide

Morph Transition Enhancements - SmartArt

SmartArt morph with smoother transitions

Getting Started:

Use Morph the same way you would with SmartArt

Scenarios to Try:

  • Insert a SmartArt in a slide
  • Duplicate the Slide
  • Resize/Change/Move the SmartArt on the duplicated slide
  • Apply Morph on the duplicated slide

Morph Transition Enhancements - Tables

Tables morph with smoother transitions

Getting Started:

Use Morph the same way you would with tables

Scenarios to Try:

  • Insert a Table in a slide
  • Duplicate the slide
  • Resize/Change/Move the Table on the duplicated slide
  • Apply Morph on the duplicated slide

Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access, Project, Publisher & Visio

Seamlessly Switch Between Accounts

The new account manager shows all of your work and personal accounts in one place, and puts you in control of switching between them. This updated experience makes it clear how you're logged in, and now you can toggle between work and personal accounts without having to sign out first or deal with complex dialogs.

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Scenarios to Try:

  • Switch between accounts
  • Add a new account [Note: you may want to first go to File | Account | Connected Services and remove any personal services connected to work accounts or vice versa]
  • Sign out from an account

Notable Fixes:

Word

  • We fixed an issue with context preview for tables & images

Excel

  • We fixed an issue where text in autofilter Search field is white in Black theme
  • We fixed a consent UI issue with New Office Add-in

PowerPoint

  • We fixed an issue with automatically extending display when presenting SlideShows on laptops or tablets.

Outlook

  • We fixed an issue with the Send to OneNote button display

Access

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Project

  • Various performance and stability fixes



February 11, 2019

Version 1903 (build 11330.20014)

Notable Fixes:

Word

  • We fixed an issue where some customized styles could not be applied to word online
  • We fixed Context Preview issues with rich objects in Word
  • We fixed an issue where pasting lists would result in Word crashing

Excel

  • We fixed an issue where appended spaces after number formats are no longer showing when there is no currency symbol
  • We fixed an issue with auto detect for stocks

PowerPoint

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Outlook

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Access

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Project

  • Various performance and stability fixes



February 1, 2019

Version 1902 (build 11326.20000)

Notable Fixes

Word

  • We fixed an issue with resizing cells in an embedded Excel table
  • We fixed an issue with copy/paste of shapes in a Drawing Canvas

Excel

  • We fixed an issue with opening files from the Excel Web app
  • We fixed an issue where saving a CSV file as .XLSX was failing due to file name size
  • We fixed the context menu to display the context menu options

PowerPoint

  • We fixed an issued where users were unable to use the keyboard shortcut ctrl+alt+7/ctrl+alt+8 to enter square brackets
  • We fixed an issue where inserting a local video into the PPT would reduce the ‘C’ drive disk space
  • We fixed the Publish to Microsoft Stream button which was not displaying to some users

Outlook

  • We fixed an issue where the task view in calendar was not correctly showing the task subject

Access

  • We fixed a scaling issue with charts

Project

  • Various performance and stability fixes