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Microsoft has released an update for Microsoft Office for Mac 2011. This update provides the latest fixes to Office for Mac 2011. Additionally, this update contains stability and reliability improvements.


Update details

Improvements that are included in the update

The Office for Mac 2011 14.2 update includes the following improvements.

Improvements for all Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 applications

  • Document Connection support for OneDrive documents is improved.
    Lets users view and access documents that are located at the root level of a OneDrive folder.

  • The drag-and-drop feature in Document Connection is added in Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion).
    Adds a drag-and-drop feature for files in Document Connection in Mac OS X 10.7.

  • Upload functionality for SharePoint sites is improved.
    Fixes an issue in which you receive the following error message when you upload a file to a SharePoint site:

    Upload Failed You must sign in to save your changes to the server.

  • The Italian grammar checker is improved.
    Fixes an issue in which the Italian grammar checker does not check a whole document.

  • The German grammar checker is improved.
    Fixes an issue in which the German grammar checker does not check a whole document when the document contains certain German sentences.

Improvements for Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011

  • The database and the rebuild utility are improved.
    Includes fixes that make the database more robust and that make the rebuild utility more effective. Outlook for Mac uses the Office database to store personal information, such as messages and contacts. This update fixes issues that cause database corruption, instability, and crashes. This update also improves database transactions and makes it easier to recover from certain errors. If there is a problem within the database, Outlook for Mac starts the Database Utility. The Database Utility tries to rebuild the database. After you install this update, the Database Utility recovers additional account information, such as shared resources and categories, and it takes steps to recover from corruption scenarios. This update also lets you cancel a database rebuild in Outlook for Mac.

  • IMAP account sync is improved. This includes support for synchronizing with Gmail.
    After you install this update, Outlook for Mac regularly updates new messages in IMAP folders. Additionally, Outlook for Mac users who use Gmail accounts can automatically map folders, such as Drafts, Deleted Items, Sent Items, and Junk E-Mail.

  • Outlook for Mac performance in key scenarios is improved.
    Introduces several performance improvements in the following areas:

    • General responsiveness during syncing

    • Deleting multiple records

    • Displaying email message content

    • Sending email messages

  • Exchange email message sync is improved.
    Introduces a new sync model for Exchange. This new model lets Outlook for Mac download an email message in parts. For example, Outlook for Mac first downloads and displays the message text and then downloads large images and attachments. Downloading messages in parts reduces the load on the Exchange server and improves performance for the user.

  • Support for calendar scheduling resources is improved.
    Improves support for calendar scheduling resources and for free/busy comparison functionality in the Scheduling Assistant.

  • Week numbers are added to the calendar display.
    Adds a preference to let the calendar display week numbers.

  • Distribution list expansion functionality is included.
    Lets you expand distribution lists into individual members when you add a distribution list in the To field or when you rest the mouse pointer on a distribution list.

Improvements for Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2011

  • Functionality for pasting special hyperlinks is included.
    Introduces functionality that lets you paste special hyperlinks in PowerPoint.

  • The list of co-authors is improved.
    Fixes an issue in which you cannot see the list of co-authors in a presentation.

  • Full Screen View in Lion is supported.
    Supports Full Screen View in PowerPoint. Additionally, when you close slide show mode in PowerPoint, edit mode opens automatically.

Improvements for Microsoft Word for Mac 2011

  • Printing PDF faxes is improved.
    Fixes an issue in which Word cannot send .pdf files as faxes.

  • The user information display in templates is improved.
    Fixes an issue in which a Word template does not display a user's name, address, telephone number, fax number, and email address when you view the template after the template is saved in .doc format.

Downloadable list of issues that the service pack fixes

The following workbook lists the issues that Service Pack 2 fixes, and it is available for download:

Download the .xlsx package that lists the fixes that are included in the Office for Mac 14.2 update

Note This is an English version of the workbook. The workbook is not available in other languages.


Before you install the Office for Mac 2011 14.2 update, 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 this prerequisite, click About This Mac on the Apple menu.

How to obtain the update

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

Download Download the Microsoft Office for Mac 14.2 update package now.

Release Date: April 12, 2012

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 Microsoft scanned this file for viruses. Microsoft used the most current virus-detection software that was available on the date that the file was posted. The file is stored on security-enhanced servers that help prevent any unauthorized changes to the file.

Updated files

For a complete list of the files that this update adds or changes, double-click the update installer, and then click Show Files on the File menu.

Note The Office for Mac 2011 14.2 update is also available from AutoUpdate. AutoUpdate is a program that automatically keeps Microsoft software up-to-date. To use AutoUpdate, start a Microsoft Office program. Then, on the Help menu, click Check for Updates.

For more information about resources for Office for Mac 2011, visit the following Microsoft website:


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

The third-party products that this article discusses are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, about the performance or reliability of these products.

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