Insider release notes for Office for Windows desktop

Last updated: September 14, 2018

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.  

September 14, 2018 Version 1810 (build 10904.20005)

What's new

App

Description

Outlook

Stop seeing reminders for past events in Outlook

Now, you can set your calendar to automatically dismiss reminders for events after they've ended. When you've been away from your desk for a few hours, or when you've been out of the office for a week, the Reminders dialog in Outlook shows lots of old meetings that happened in the past. This new option lets you keep the Reminders dialog clear of meetings in the past that you no longer need to be reminded about. (Some users like to keep old meeting in their Reminders dialog to remember to send notes or take other follow-up actions, so we've made this an option to continue supporting that workflow.)

Getting Started

  • From Outlook: File > Options > Advanced. Find the "Reminders" section on this dialog.

  • Check the option to "Automatically dismiss reminders for past calendar events".

Scenarios to try

Use Reminders as usual; observe whether the reduction of noise in the Reminders dialog has any impact on your workflow or focus.

Reminders

Access

Black and Dark Gray themes support

There are now four Office themes that you can apply to Access: Colorful, Dark Gray, Black, and White. To access these themes, go to File > Account, and then click the drop down menu next to Office Theme.

Getting Started

To access these themes, go to File > Account, and then click the drop down menu next to Office Theme.

Dark Theme

Notable fixes

In the table below, you'll find key fixes in the latest Insider build. 

App

Description

Word

  • We fixed a lock issue with co-authoring

Excel

  • Various performance and stability fixes

PowerPoint

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Outlook

  • We fixed an issue with on-prem calendar sharing invitations

  • We fixed a syncing issue with new email

  • We fixed an issue with copying calendar items

  • We fixed a scaling issue with opening additional mailboxes on Surface Book

Access

  • We fixed an issue where continuous forms could not scroll to the last item

  • We increased the timeout value for SharePoint List client

Project

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Previous release notes

To see release notes for earlier Insider builds, click below. To find a history of updates for both the Insider and Monthly Channel (Targeted) levels, see Update history for Office Insider for Windows desktop.

What's new

App

Description

N/A

  • There are no new features to highlight this week.


Notable fixes

In the table below, you'll find key fixes in the latest Insider build. 

App

Description

Word

  • We fixed an issue with large inline images from external emails. 

Excel

  • We fixed an issue where the Comment pane was not auto selecting the corresponding comment of selected cell

  • We fixed an issue with high DPI settings incorrectly scaling pivot table dialog boxes

PowerPoint

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Outlook

  • We fixed an issue with duplication of Outlook lists

  • We fixed an error message that occurs when saving attachments to a mapped network drive

Access

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Project

  • Various performance and stability fixes

All Apps

  • We fixed an issue where high DPI settings could affect menu hit tests, resulting not being able to execute expected menu item (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

What's new

App

Description

N/A

  • There are no new features to highlight this week.


Notable fixes

In the table below, you'll find key fixes in the latest Insider build. 

App

Description

Word

  • We fixed an IRM protection issue with XPS files

  • We fixed a Word network connection issue

Excel

  • Various performance and stability fixes

PowerPoint

  • We fixed an issue where properties were missing from IRM protected files when synced by NGSC

Outlook

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Access

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Project

  • Various performance and stability fixes

What's new

App

Description

Outlook

People suggestions in the Scheduling Assistant

See recommendations for attendees to add when you schedule a meeting. No more switching back and forth between the Scheduling Assistant and the To line.

How to use this feature:

Create a new meeting, go to the schedule assistant, add meeting attendees. You'll see suggestions as you type.


Notable fixes

In the table below, you'll find key fixes in the latest Insider build. 

App

Description

Word

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Excel

  • We fixed an excel application crash issue

  • We fixed unexpected cell font changes that occurred when inserting certain Japanese characters

PowerPoint

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Outlook

  • We fixed an issue where the subject line and special characters were removed from sent emails

Access

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Project

  • We fixed a crashing issue that potentially occurred when saving projects to XML format

  • We fixed an error where a local custom field with a formula was stored in the Global Template overwrites the same field in a Project not containing a defined formula

All Apps

  • We fixed a coauthoring issue that could cause incorrect merges between different platforms (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)

  • We fixed a first time user sign in error with accessing folders in OneDrive (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)

What's new

App

Description

Word, Excel & PowerPoint

You asked for it: get to work in fewer clicks

No more bouncing to your browser
Links to OneDrive and SharePoint Online documents will open in desktop Office when you click them in your Office app. You have the option to update your preferences.

Note that if you open Office links from the web (e.g. SharePoint on the web, Outlook on the web, etc.), these document links will continue opening in the browser for context continuity.

Word, Excel & PowerPoint

Rename your OneDrive or SharePoint files

You can now rename your Word, Excel and PowerPoint files if they are stored in One Drive or SharePoint.

In Word, Excel & PowerPoint, you can see this new Rename capability by clicking on the top-level app title bar.

Word, Excel & PowerPoint

Delete your OneDrive or SharePoint files from Word, Excel or PowerPoint

You can now delete your Word, Excel and PowerPoint files from the Most Recently Used (MRU).

In Word, Excel and PowerPoint, you can see this new delete capability by right clicking on the file name from the backstage file list.


Notable fixes

In the table below, you'll find key fixes in the latest Insider build. 

App

Description

Word

  • We fixed a crashing issue when saving to the cloud

  • We fixed an issue where Design Mode was toggled on by default

Excel

  • We fixed the macro recording icon visibility on the status bar

  • We fixed an Excel crash when closing a workbook after changing SmartArt Quick styles via context menu

  • We improved the visibility of selected comments in the Comments pane

PowerPoint

  • We fixed an issue that could cause a system beep upon opening certain files

  • We fixed a rendering issue with themes

Outlook

  • We fixed an issue where Reply to encrypted emails was not working

Access

  • We fixed a regression where users could not email reports

  • We fixed an issue where STSLIST.dll crashed IE due to buffer overrun on printf of version info

Project

  • Various performance and stability fixes

All Apps

We fixed an issue where the Save button was disabled when saving a document opened from email attachment (Word, Excel & PowerPoint)

What's new

App

Description

N/A

There are no new features to highlight this week.


Notable fixes

In the table below, you'll find key fixes in the latest Insider build. 

App

Description

Word

  • Various performance and stability fixes

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

  • Various performance and stability fixes

What's new

App

Description

PowerPoint

Better Tables in PowerPoint with Designer
Showcase your tables. Insert a table and get recommendations on how to make your slide more impactful. This feature saves you time designing, resizing, and laying out your table and provides new professional styles to better communicate your information.
 

Getting Started:

  1. Insert a table onto a Title + Content layout slide

  2. Click on the Design Ideas button in the Design tab to get table design ideas

  3. Click on a design idea to apply it to a slide

Scenarios to Try:

Paste a table from Excel, Word, web pages, live Visual Studio Online. etc. into an empty Title + Content layout slide to automatically see design ideas with source formatting.

Table1

Table

Restrictions:

  • Works best on Title + Content layout slides

  • Only in-box themes supported (no custom themes)

Known Issue:

Very large tables as well as multiple tables aren’t currently supported


Notable fixes

In the table below, you'll find key fixes in the latest Insider build. 

App

Description

Word

  • We fixed an issue in Word VBA, which caused a crash after executing Selection.Range.WordOpenXML many times

  • We fixed an issue in Word VBA where changing the Application.Caption was not reflected in the UI.

  • We fixed the Navigation pane failing to open from the View tab or Search/Tellme

Excel

  • We fixed a regression where an existing file containing an invalid external link may be shown as corrupted when re-opening  the file

  • We fixed an issue with the Excel Styles in the Ribbon gallery

PowerPoint

  • We fixed a timeout issue with secure reader

Outlook

  • We fixed a printing issue with A4 paper type in Landscape orientation

Access

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Project

  • Various performance and stability fixes

All Apps

  • We fixed issues with opening OneDrive sync’d files created when offline (Word, Excel & PowerPoint)

What's new

App

Description

N/A

  • There are no new features to highlight this week.


Notable fixes

In the table below, you'll find key fixes in the latest Insider build. 

App

Description

Word

  • We fixed a scaling issue with ToDo tags

  • We fixed a crashing issue with Print to Fax driver with Uncollated option

Excel

  • Various performance and stability fixes

PowerPoint

  • We fixed a coauth issue with multi user’s comment fields being overwritten

  • We fixed an accessibility issue in the Black and the Dark Grey Office theme where the text color contrast is too low in the Animation Pane

Outlook

  • We fixed an issue with RTF attachment order

  • We fixed an issue with sending encrypted mail to recipients in the secondary account GAL

  • We fixed an issue with saving all attachments to a network share when using map network drive

Access

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Project

  • Various performance and stability fixes

All Apps

  • We fixed an issue where SVG as background graphic was bitmapped on PDF export

  • We fixed a issue where entering text in a chat would cause the app to crash

What's new

App

Description

N/A

  • There are no new features to highlight this week.


Notable fixes

In the table below, you'll find key fixes in the latest Insider build. 

App

Description

Word

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Known issues

  • When opening a non-local file as read only, you may not have the latest changes from the server.

Excel

  • We fixed an issue with Edit Workbook button showing for read-only users

  • We fixed an analytic chart and grid filter error

PowerPoint

  • We fixed an Open file crash when existing file was in Slide Master view

Outlook

  • We fixed a scroll issue in the Address Book dialog

Access

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Project

  • We fixed a Project hanging issue

What's new

App

Description

Outlook

Finding a room gets a littler easier

The Room Finder add-in now lets you reserve conference rooms from more than 1 room list. (Room Finder used to delete previously selected rooms when the user changed room lists.) Room Finder will also remember and automatically show available conference rooms from the user's most recently used room list. This will make it faster to find a room, since the rooms' availability can be retrieved while the user is filling in other meeting details.

Getting Started:

  1. Create a meeting in Outlook. The Room Finder add-in appears as a pane alongside the meeting form.

  2. Select a room list and choose an available Room.  With these improvements, you can now:

Scenarios to Try

  1. Change the room list without losing the selected room.

  2. Create another meeting and the room list will automatically be chosen for you.

  3. Choose multiple rooms (from more than 1 room list) for a meeting. For example, a team meeting between two co-located offices may include conference rooms from two different cities.

Room Finder


Notable fixes

In the table below, you'll find key fixes in the latest Insider build. 

App

Description

Word

  • We fixed an issue with page numbers not printing correctly when the Print XML tag is enabled

Excel

  • We fixed a potential crashing issue that occurred when adding data to Funnel chart

  • We fixed an issue where Macro enabled file open has been slow

PowerPoint

  • We made performance improvements to coauthoring scenarios.

  • We fixed an issue in master view where pressing CTRL + D on a selected shape duplicates the master slide, instead of the shape.

  • We fixed a table resize issue

Outlook

  • We fixed an issue where scheduling assistant was showing items one hour off

  • We fixed a download failure issue when attaching a file from SharePoint Online using ActiveX (JavaScript)

Access

  • We fixed a crashing issue which occurred when closing the logic manager during data macro creation

  • We fixed the Hyperlink address box string limit

Project

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Shared across apps

  • We fixed a custom cursor size and scaling issue (Word, Outlook)

What's new

App

Description

N/A

  • There are no new features to highlight this week.


Notable fixes

In the table below, you'll find key fixes in the latest Insider build. 

App

Description

Word

  • We fixed a hanging issue that occurred when moving a table column

  • We improved on typing in comments

  • We fixed a bug  in IME typing

  • We fixed an issue in line height with Yu Gothic

Excel

  • We fixed some #REF errors in Excel Online

  • We fixed a scaling issue with the Comment pane

PowerPoint

  • We fixed an issue with summary zoom freezing while editing with autosave

Outlook

  • We fixed an issue with resending messages in online mode

  • We added a right-click menu in the Meeting Appointment location field

Access

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Project

  • Various performance and stability fixes

All Apps

  • We fixed an issue where the Paste All option was not working from the clipboard

What's new

App

Description

N/A

  • There are no new features to highlight this week.


Notable fixes

In the table below, you'll find key fixes in the latest Insider build. 

App

Description

Word

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Excel

  • We changed the border color of the reply text in the Modern comments pane in the Dark Gray Theme

  • We fixed an issue where Cell formats changed to dates or currency on open of workbook

PowerPoint

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Outlook

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Access

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Project

  • Various performance and stability fixes

All Apps

  • We fixed an issue with fonts showing as cloud fonts even after they were downloaded

What's new

App

Description

N/A

  • There are no new features to highlight this week.


Notable fixes

In the table below, you'll find key fixes in the latest Insider build. 

App

Description

Word

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Excel

  • We fixed an issue that could occasionally cause Japanese vertical text to display incorrectly on PCs without the font installed

  • We fixed an issue where a cell using a specific character turned all cell text into Wingdings font

PowerPoint

  • We fixed an issue with playing and exporting 3D animations

Outlook

  • We fixed an issue with Search in some non-English environments

Access

  • We fixed a sizing issue with the navigation pane

Project

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Shared across apps

  • We fixed an issue with that made resizing a window when using High Contrast themes really difficult

What's new

App

Description

Word, Excel, PowerPoint & Outlook

Insert SVG’s with Filters Applied

If you’re looking to use more complex SVG’s in your Office documents, we now support the rendering of SVG’s that have filter effects applied to them.

Try It out:

  • From the Insert ribbon, click Insert Picture to insert a SVG file that has a filter effect applied.

  • Use the Graphics tab to edit the SVG’s fill, outline, size and much more!

SVG Filters


Notable fixes

In the table below, you'll find key fixes in the latest Insider build. 

App

Description

Word

  • We fixed an issue with the Save As dialog that was displaying during a collaboration session and some other minor autosave and collaboration issues

  • We fixed a scaling issue that occasionally occurred during the restart of Word

  • We fixed a VBA performance issue

Excel

  • We fixed an issue where double-click to select text in a cell with special characters did not select full text

PowerPoint

  • We fixed an issue with entering square brackets when using some non-us keyboards’ shortcuts

Outlook

  • We fixed an issue with complex search queries

Access

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Project

  • Various performance and stability fixes

Shared across apps

  • Various issues with the size/layout of collab corner buttons in visual refresh were fixed (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

What's new

App

Description

N/A

  • There are no new features to highlight this week.


Notable fixes

In the table below, you'll find key fixes in the latest Insider build. 

App

Description

Word

  • We made the workflow for document opens in multiple windows more robust.

  • We fixed an issue with Compare feature on documents with tables.

  • We updated the icon for "Missed heading level".

Excel

  • Various performance and stability fixes.

PowerPoint

  • We fixed an issue with summary zoom where an Ampersand “&” in a slide section title turns into an underscore “_”

Outlook

  • We fixed an issue with email grouping when time zones are changed

  • We fixed an issue with SharePoint 2010/2013 file attachments

  • We fixed multiple issues with saving documents from Outlook

  • We fixed an issue with an iCloud add-in crashing Outlook

Access

  • Various performance and stability fixes.

Project

  • Various performance and stability fixes.

Shared across apps

  • We updated the file icons to improve performance, consistency, and appearance at different screen resolutions. (Word, Excel & PowerPoint)

What's new

App

Description

PowerPoint

Title your slides with a pen

Use your pen to ink in a title, and watch PowerPoint convert it to text.

  • Write into a title placeholder with your pen and see the OOUI appear. [screenshots 1 & 2]

  • Select it to convert your ink to text into the placeholder, respecting the template design, no matter what pen you used. [screenshot 3]

  • Whether you change the layout or the design template, your text will move and adjust appropriately since it is part of the placeholder [screenshot 4]

Step 1

Step 1

Step 2

Step 2

Step 3

Step 3

Step 4

Step 4


Notable fixes

In the table below, you'll find key fixes in the latest Insider build. 

App

Description

Word

  • Various performance and stability fixes.

Excel

  • Various performance and stability fixes.

PowerPoint

  • We fixed an incorrect string with a File Open permission prompt - should be a Yes/No question not a statement.

Outlook

  • We fixed an issue, where changing a user’s primary SMTP email address in an Outlook profile the old email address was still showing in the folder Nav pane.

  • We fixed an issue where meeting declines showed incorrect time zones.

Access

  • Various performance and stability fixes.

Project

  • Various performance and stability fixes.

What's new

App

Description

Project

Sprint management just got easier

Quickly add, update, or delete agile sprints.

  • Open a New Project

  • Go to Project Tab, click on "Agile". Select "Scrum" radio button. OK.

  • Hit Manage on the Scrum Tab that has now appeared on the Ribbon.

Manage sprints

Notable fixes

In the table below, you'll find key fixes in the latest Insider build. 

App

Description

Word

  • We fixed an issue where a date field added as a custom property to a documents information was occasionally incorrect

Excel

  • Various performance and stability fixes.

PowerPoint

  • Various performance and stability fixes.

Outlook

  • We fixed an issue in outlook calendar font settings when replying to a meeting request.

Access

  • Various performance and stability fixes.

Project

  • Various performance and stability fixes.

Shared across apps

  • We fixed an issue where trying to share a file whilst in safe mode could cause a crash (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)

  • We fixed a licensing problem that could cause some users applications to crash on launch (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote)

What's new

App

Description

All                  

Build Numbers: Microsoft Office is changing the format of the build numbers from four digits to five digits. For example, from Build 1234.5678 to Build 12345.67890. To find the build number, start an Office app, such as Word, and go to File > Account and look under the About section.


Notable fixes

In the table below, you'll find key fixes in the latest Insider build. 

App

Description

Word

  • Various performance and stability fixes.

Excel

  • We fixed an issue where Excel becomes unresponsive or crashes when printing a workbook with a lot of ActiveX controls.

PowerPoint

  • We fixed an issue where PowerPoint either reports an error or crashes when programmatically changing the Shape.Visible property.

Outlook

  • We fixed an issue where Outlook crashed when resending a digitally signed message.

Access

  • Various performance and stability fixes.

Project

  • We fixed regression where only tasks from the first summary task show up in the Add Existing Tasks to Timeline dialog.

  • We fixed an issue around filtering by Date fields through Autofilter

What's new

App

Description

Access

New charts to visualize data

If you’re designing forms and reports in Access, use Access’s new charts to modernize data visualization.

Try it out, and you’ll see that not only are you able to create visually appealing charts, but creating and editing experiences are user friendly and intuitive.

  • From the Design ribbon choose Insert Chart and select the chart type best matching your needs.

  • Use the Charts Settings Pane to bind the new chart to a data source and format the chart’s data series. Use the Property Sheet to set the chart’s properties and format the chart.

New Charts to Visualize Data

Notable fixes

In the table below, you'll find key fixes in the latest Insider build. 

App

Description

Word

  • We fixed an issue in track changes with table merge.

  • We fixed an issue with bulleted item font size when viewing in html.

  • We fixed a reliability issue in file open.

Outlook

  • Various performance and stability fixes.

Excel

  • Various performance and stability fixes.

PowerPoint

  • We fixed an issue where the presentation is opened in background, instead of foreground

  • We fixed an issue where an AutoSave notice would show, even when AutoSave is toggled off.

Shared across apps

We fixed an issue where pinned docs were not showing up pinned on the Home Page.  (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

What's new

App

Description

Outlook

  • Turn off forwarding for a meeting

    If you're organizing a meeting (and using Office 365), you can prevent attendees from forwarding your meeting to others. Click Response Options on the ribbon to try it out.

    Create a Meeting on an O365 calendar in Outlook.

    From the ribbon: Response Options > Allow Forwarding.  This option is checked by default; uncheck Allow Forwarding to prevent attendees from forwarding this meeting invitation.  

    Allow Forwarding option in Outlook
     

  • View three time zones at once

    Need to schedule a meeting across time zones? Add multiple time zones to your calendar to easily see the time that works for all.

    From Outlook: File > Options > Calendar. Find the "Time zones" section on this dialog. Check the option to "Show a third time zone" and choose the 3rd time zone of interest.

    Third Time Zone Option


Notable fixes

In the table below, you'll find key fixes in the latest Insider build. 

App

Description

Word

  • We fixed an issue on document close

  • We fixed an issue with the dictation button

Outlook

  • We fixed an issue where HTML draft became plain text on drag & drop

Excel

  • We fixed an issue in some languages where we were not respecting the users default font choice in our advanced application settings

  • Fixed an issue where templates were not showing on desktop start

PowerPoint

  • We resolved an issue where Recovery pane incorrectly appears when AutoSave is on

  • We resolved an issue where sign-in was not shown preventing users from accessing their file

Shared across apps

  • We fixed issue with text stretching within an EMF image when saving to PDF

  • We expanded a GPO that should hide OneDrive/SharePoint from the backstage to cover Visio, Project and OneNote

  • We fixed an issue where templates were not showing on desktop start or File> New (Excel, PowerPoint, Word)

What's New

App

Description

N/A

There are no new features to highlight this week.

Notable fixes

App

Description

Word

Fixed an issue where, when comparing documents containing tables, some users would see a table corruption error and missing text.

Excel  

Fixed issues with mouse-wheel scrolling so that users can move through workbooks using the mouse wheel when the workbook is not active.

PowerPoint

Fixed an issue that caused intermittent crashes when opening presentations from online locations.

Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Fixed an issue that caused a Server File Updated error to appear during the process of restoring an earlier version of a file saved in a legacy format, such as PPT, XLS, or DOC.

What's new

No new features this build

Notable fixes

App

Description

Word

  • Fixed issue with keyboard shortcuts incorrectly changing when regional settings change.

  • Fixed issue where inking comments may sometimes not work.

Known issues

No known issues this build.

How to reach the Insider team

  • We love Insider feedback! To report an issue in an Insider build, or to make a suggestion, click File > Feedback in any app. In Outlook, you can also click File > Support > Contact Support to report issues and work directly with an Outlook support agent. Using this method allows us to collect troubleshooting information from you, so we can more quickly resolve Insider issues and get you unblocked. 

  • Connect with us (and with other Insiders) in the Office Insider community or by reaching out through Twitter.

  • Not yet an Office Insider? Want to become one? We'd love to have you join.

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