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

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)

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)

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

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)

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