March 8, 2016, update for Excel 2016 (KB3114848)

Applies to: Excel 2016

This article describes update KB3114848 for Microsoft Excel 2016, which was released on March 8, 2016. This update has a prerequisite.

Be aware that the update on the Microsoft Download Center applies to the Microsoft Installer (.msi)-based edition of Office 2016. It doesn't apply to the Office 2016 Click-to-Run editions, such as Microsoft Office 365 Home. (How to determine?)

Improvements and fixes

Fixes the following issues:
  • If you open a workbook that's saved by OneDrive or OneDrive for Business from its local synchronization point (a local file system path) and then save it, the links to files on the same disk of the local file system are broken.
  • When you edit cells on which phonetic guides are enabled in Excel 2016, Excel 2016 may crash or cause the file to be corrupted.
  • When you run the Find and Replace operation in a workbook in Excel 2016 with listeners registered for certain VBA events, Excel 2016 may crash.
  • When you right-click a chart that contains alternative text and then select Move Chart to move the chart to a different sheet, the alternative text that is defined for the chart disappears.
  • When you open a workbook that's protected by a write access password in Excel 2016, the last character of the user name that contains DBCS characters may not be displayed correctly.
  • DisplayAlert property isn't respected for sheets deletion in Excel 2016.
  • It takes a long time to remove a filter on a large column in Windows 10 that has certain accessibility tools. This update fixes performance issues associated with filtered columns.

How to download and install the update

Microsoft Update

Use Microsoft Update to automatically download and install the update.

Download Center

This update is also available for manual download and installation from the Microsoft Download Center.If you're not sure what platform (32-bit or 64-bit) you're running, see Am I running 32-bit or 64-bit Office? Additionally, see more information about how to download Microsoft support files.

Update information

Restart information

You may have to restart the computer after you install this update.


To apply this update, you must have Microsoft Excel 2016 installed.

More Information

To determine whether your Office installation is Click-to-Run or MSI-based, follow these steps:
  1. Start an Office 2016 application.
  2. On the File menu, select Account.
  3. For Office 2016 Click-to-Run installations, an Update Options item is displayed. For MSI-based installations, the Update Options item isn't displayed.
Office 2016 Click-to-Run installationMSI-based Office 2016
The screenshot for Word click to run The screenshot for Word MSI


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File Information

The global version of this update has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table.