Description of the Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 14.2.1 update

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Introduction

This update resolves several issues in Microsoft Office for Mac 2011.
    Office database issues 
    • When you first start Microsoft Outlook after you install Office for Mac 2011 Service Pack 2 (SP2), you have to upgrade the Office database. If any corrupted files are detected during the database upgrade, the database utility runs. The database utility rebuilds the Office database. After the process is complete, the database upgrade restarts when you start Outlook. After the database upgrade is complete, Outlook starts.

    File location changes
    • AppleScripts are now copied to the new default script location.
      • If you previously used Office 2011 14.2.0, the scripts will not be copied. 
      • You can manually copy AppleScripts to the new location. To do this, follow these steps:
        1. On the Go menu, click Documents, and then open the Microsoft User Data folder.
        2. Locate and then select the following folders:
          • Excel Script Menu Items
          • Outlook Script Menu Items
          • PowerPoint Script Menu Items
          • Word Script Menu Items
        3. On the Edit menu, click Copy.
        4. On the Go menu, click Go To Folder.
        5. Type the following folder location in the Go to the folder box, and then click Go:
          ~/Library/Application Support/Microsoft/Office
        6. On the Edit menu, click Paste. The folders that you selected in step 2 are copied to the new location.
    • Autocorrect lists are now copied to the new Auto correction list [?] folder location. 
      • If you previously used Office 2011 14.2.0, the autocorrect lists will not be copied.
      • You can manually copy your old autocorrect lists to the new location. To do this, follow these steps:
        1. On the Go menu, click Go To Folder.
        2. Type the following folder location in the Go to the folder box, and then click Go:
          ~/Library/Preferences/Microsoft/Office 2011/
        3. Locate and then select the autocorrect lists. They are listed as the following: 
          Microsoft Office ACL [LanguageName]
          Note The placeholder LanguageName represents a language for which you have autocorrect lists installed.
        4. On the Edit menu, click Copy.
        5. On the Go menu, click Go To Folder.
        6. Type the following folder location in the Go to the folder box, and then click Go:
          ~/Library/Application Support/Microsoft/Office/Preferences/Office 2011/
        7. On the Edit menu, click Paste. The autocorrect lists are copied to the new location.

    Starting Outlook
    • When you start Outlook, you are no longer prompted to select your Outlook identity.

    Command-line installation
    • You can now deploy Office 2011 SP2 updates by using a command-line installation or by using tools that call the command line, such as Casper or Munki, on Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) and on later versions of Mac OS X. 

This update is recommended for all users.

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Prerequisites

Before you install the Office 2011 14.2.1 update, make sure that you have Office 2011 14.1.0 or a later version installed on your computer. Also make sure that the computer is running Mac OS X v10.5.8 or a later version of the Mac OS X operating system.

To verify that the computer meets the OS version prerequisite, click About This Mac on the Apple menu.

To verify that Office 2011 14.1.0 is installed on your computer, follow these steps:
  1. On the Go menu, click Applications.
  2. Open the Microsoft Office 2011 folder, and then open any Office application (for example, open Word).
  3. On the Word menu, click About Word.
  4. In the About Word dialog box, notice the version number that is displayed there. It should be 14.1.0.

How to obtain the update

The following file is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:

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Download the Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 14.2.1 update package now.

For more information about how to download Microsoft support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: 
119591 How to obtain Microsoft support files from online services
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Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

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Article ID: 2705358 - Last Review: April 25, 2012 - Revision: 1.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Office for Mac Academic 2011
  • Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Business 2011
  • Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Business 2011 Home Use Program
  • Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student 2011
  • Microsoft Office for Mac Standard 2011
  • Microsoft Excel for Mac 2011
  • Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011
  • Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2011
  • Microsoft Word for Mac 2011
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