Office For Mac

Update: Office for Mac 2011 SP2

This post is outdated - visit this link to download the most recent update.

On April 12th, we released SP2 for Office for Mac 2011. The majority of our customers have been delighted with the improvements – new features and performance. Unfortunately, a small percentage are experiencing some issues with the update, specifically related to the Outlook for Mac database. We’ve documented the primary issue and work around in a blog post that can be found here.

Our goal is provide the simplest update experience for everyone – so we have temporarily stopped pushing out the SP2 update through Microsoft AutoUpdate while we investigate the issue. Customers are still able to obtain the SP2 update via the Microsoft Downloads site by clicking here. We encourage you to either wait for the AutoUpdate, or follow the directions in the above blog post before manually updating to ensure you don’t experience issues. We will provide an update once we have more information to share.

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Office for Mac 2011 SP2 database upgrade workaround

The Office 2011 SP2 release improves database resiliency and detects inconsistencies that went unnoticed prior to this release; however some users have experienced issues related to corrupted databases after the latest updates. We have support and workarounds available for you in the following situations: Before installing Office 2011 SP2, use the following article to rebuild [...]

April 17th, 2012
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SP2 now available for download

This post is outdated - visit this link to download the most recent update. Service Pack 2 for Office for Mac 2011 is now available for download here: We appreciated your feedback! As the newest member of the Office for Mac family, Outlook 2011 continues to get the most requests from consumers and businesses alike; therefore, our top [...]

April 12th, 2012
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Shape shifting Office objects

What? No egg shape? If you want to fine-tune a shape in Office for Mac 2011, or even create a different shape altogether, you can edit its points. For example, turn a circle into an egg shape. Or rearrange the points in a freeform shape that you created with the drawing tool. To see the [...]

February 3rd, 2012
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Excel time-saver keyboard shortcuts

Here are a few time saving keyboard shortcuts to get your week off to a productive start. I’ve also included the equivalents in Excel for Windows in case you have to jump back and forth between platforms like I do. – All Excel for Mac 2011 keyboard shortcuts – Common Office for Mac 2011 keyboard [...]

January 23rd, 2012
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Office collaboration, powered by SkyDrive

If 25 GB of free online storage wasn’t enough, here’s another great reason to try SkyDrive – it works with Office. Whether you use the free Office Web Apps, Office for Mac 2011, or Office for Windows 2010, you can save, download, and collaborate in real-time on all of your online documents. The latest Windows [...]

January 17th, 2012
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Template talk with Stephanie Krieger

I recently had an opportunity to speak with Stephanie Krieger. Stephanie is a Microsoft Office MVP and professional document consultant who built many of the templates for Office for Mac 2011. How did you come to build the templates for Office for Mac 2011? My expertise is in creating great documents and templates for the [...]

January 6th, 2012
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When it comes to editing pictures for your documents, don’t overlook all of the options built right into Word. When you click a picture in a document, the Format Picture tab appears on the ribbon. From here, you can quickly apply the styles and formatting you want. For example, I used the Format Picture options [...]

December 29th, 2011
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Ho-ho-holiday templates and images

If you’re like me and waited until the last minute to wrap up all of your holiday stuff, you might want to check out There are thousands of free images and templates, that you can download — everything from gift tags to thank you cards. Here are a few links to some seasonal templates [...]

December 22nd, 2011
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Toast the season with OneNote

Fall is my favorite season. When the leaves begin to turn, I can’t wait to light a fire and start planning for the holidays. To celebrate the season, I like to host dinner parties. I provide the main course, and my friends and neighbors bring salads, desserts, and everything else. For a while, we were [...]

December 13th, 2011
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