PowerPoint for Mac - Release notes for Insider Fast builds

Insider builds for Office for Mac are updated on a regular basis to provide new or improved features, security updates and bug fixes.  To see similar information about other Office for Mac apps, go to Release notes for Insider Fast builds of Office for Mac.

Learn how to install Office for Mac updates, and check out the information below to learn about each Insider Fast release.

Oct 30, 2018 release

Version: 16.20 (Build 181029)

New or Improved Features:

  • Modern new icons -- The ribbon has a new look. New icons have crisp, clean lines and improved contrast to make Office more inclusive and accessible.

  • Dark Mode -- A new look that is easy on your eyes and helps you focus on your work (requires macOS Mojave).

Recent Fixes:

  • This update contains stabilization improvements and minor bug fixes

Please provide feedback about any issues you find by clicking the smiley-face button near the top corner of the application window.

Version: 16.19 (Build 181024)

New or Improved Features:

  • Embed a subset of the fonts - you can now embed only the characters used in the presentation. This option works best, if you try to reduce the file size.

  • Export a presentation to media with narration audio playback

  • Summary Zoom - See all of the pieces of your presentation at once in an interactive table of contents. When presenting, get the flexibility you need to be creative and show your slides in any order, skip ahead or jump back as needed

Recent Fixes:

  • This update contains stabilization improvements and minor bug fixes

Please provide feedback about any issues you find by clicking the smiley-face button near the top corner of the application window.

Version: 16.18 (180926)

New or improved features:

  • Sensitivity labeling

    • When composing a presentation, under the Home tab you'll now see a Sensitivity button if you are signed in with an Office 365 work account

    • If your administrator has configured sensitivity labels for you, you can use this button to apply a sensitivity label to your email

    • For more information, see the documentation here: https://aka.ms/officemipdocs

Fixes:

  • None

Known issues:

  • None

Version: 16.18 (Build 180903)

New or Improved Features:

  • Animation Trigger - you can now set a special start condition for your animations.

Recent Fixes:

  • This update contains stabilization improvements and minor bug fixes

Please provide feedback about any issues you find by clicking the smiley-face button near the top corner of the application window.

Version: 16.16 (Build 180718)

New or Improved Features:

  • Embed Fonts - you can now embed fonts in your presentation. See the Answers post for more details.

Recent Fixes:

  • This update contains stabilization improvements and minor bug fixes

Please provide feedback about any issues you find by clicking the smiley-face button near the top corner of the application window.

Version:  16.16 (Build 180702)

New or Improved Features:

  • Performance improvements for co-authoring scenarios

Recent Fixes:

  • Fixed the issue where content is not rendered in high fidelity when the presentation is saved to a PDF.

  • Fixed several minor bugs

Please provide feedback about any issues you find by clicking the smiley-face button near the top corner of the application window.

Version:  16.15 (Build 180612)

New or Improved Features:

No new features were released in this build - click the Help menu and choose What's New to see information about the latest new features.

Recent Fixes:

  • Fixed several crashes and minor bugs

  • General performance improvements

Known Issues:

  • Lines, arrows, and text underlines are rendering incorrectly (too thick) when the presentation is saved to a PDF

  • [Intermittent] Images blurry on export to PDF with Quality set to High

Please provide feedback about any issues you find by clicking the smiley-face button near the top corner of the application window.  

Version:  16.15 (Build 180605)

New or improved Features:

No new features were released in this build - click the Help menu and choose What's New to see information about the latest new features.

Recent Fixes:

  • Fixed performance issues related to real time collaboration

  • Improvements to general app stability

Known Issues:

  • Lines, arrows, and text underlines are rendering incorrectly (too thick) when the presentation is saved to a PDF

  • [Intermittent] Images blurry on export to PDF with Quality set to High

Please provide feedback about any issues you find by clicking the smiley-face button near the top corner of the application window.  

Version:  16.15 (Build 180602) 

New or Improved Features:

No new features were released in this build - click the Help menu and choose What's New to see information about the latest new features.

Recent Fixes:

  • This update contains stabilization improvements and minor bug fixes

Known issues:

  • Lines, arrows, and text underlines are rendering incorrectly (too thick) when the presentation is saved to a PDF

  • [Intermittent] Images blurry on export to PDF with Quality set to High

Please provide feedback about any issues you find by clicking the smiley-face button near the top corner of the application window.  

Version:  16.15 (Build 180528)

New or Improved Features:

No new features were released in this build - click the Help menu and choose What's New to see information about the latest new features.

Recent Fixes:

  • This update contains stabilization improvements and minor bug fixes

Known issues:

  • [Intermittent] Images blurry on export to PDF with Quality set to High

Please provide feedback about any issues you find by clicking the smiley-face button near the top corner of the application window.  

Version:  16.14 (Build 180524)

New or Improved Features:

No new features were released in this build - click the Help menu and choose What's New to see information about the latest new features.

Recent Fixes:

  • This update contains stabilization improvements and minor bug fixes.

Version:  16.14 (Build 180520)

New or Improved Features:

No new features were released in this build - click the Help menu and choose What's New to see information about the latest new features.

Recent Fixes:

  • This update contains stabilization improvements and minor bug fixes.

Version:  16.14 (Build 180516)

Recent Fixes:

  • This update contains stabilization improvements and minor bug fixes.

Version:  16.14 (Build 180513)

Recent Fixes:

  • This update contains stabilization improvements and minor bug fixes.

Version:  16.14 (Build 180509)

Recent Fixes: 

  • This update contains stabilization improvements and minor bug fixes.

Version:  16.14 (Build 180507)

Recent Fixes:

  • This update contains stabilization improvements and minor bug fixes.

Known Issues:

  • Replace Fonts dialog is not working correctly

Version:  16.14 (Build 180502)

Recent Fixes:

  • This update contains stabilization improvements and minor bug fixes

Known Issue:

  • Replace Fonts dialog is not working correctly

Version:  16.14 (Build 180429)

Recent Fixes:

  • This update contains stabilization improvements and minor bug fixes.

Version:  16.13 (Build 180424)

Recent Fixes:

  • This update contains stabilization improvements and minor bug fixes.

Version: 16.14 (Build 180422)

Recent Fixes:

  • This update added Convert Object to SVG button back to the ribbon.

  • This update contains stabilization improvements and minor bug fixes.

Version: 16.14 (Build 180416)

Known Issues:

  • Convert Object to SVG button is missing from the ribbon.

Recent Fixes:

  • This update contains stabilization improvements and minor bug fixes.

Version: 16.13 (180411)

Known Issues:

  • Convert Object to SVG button is missing from ribbon

  • Inconsistent issues with third-party fonts

Version: 16.13 (180409) 

New and Improved Features:

  • Support for SVG file format

  • Insert Icons feature 

Recent Fixes:

  • Delete, FN-Delete and Arrow Keys work again (broken in previous build)

Known Issues:

  • Convert Object to SVG button is missing from ribbon

Version: 16.13 (180404)

Recent Fixes:

  • Slides that contain fonts embedded from Windows can now be saved

Known Issues:

  • Delete, FN-Delete, and Arrow Keys are not working

  • Convert Object to SVG button is missing from ribbon

Known issues:

  • Unable to save slides that contain embedded fonts

Version: 16.13 (180329)

Recent Fixes:

  • Fixed garbled rendering bug so app and fonts now render correctly

Version:  16.12 (180314)

Known issues:

  • Intermittent issues when copy/pasting a table from Excel

  • Occasional image loss for images inserted from DropBox

Version:  16.12 (180312)

New or Improved Features:

  • Print Quality settings for both Paper and PDF allow users to customize export quality (size vs image quality)

    • To access these settings, go to Settings > General> Print Quality (Paper/PDF) Screenshot of Image Quality Settings

Recent Fixes:

  • No recent updates in this version of PowerPoint

Known issues:

  • Intermittent issues when copy/pasting a table from Excel

  • Occasional image loss for images inserted from DropBox

If your PowerPoint is still missing the Change Picture function in the right click contextual menu, be sure to restart app while connected to the internet

Version:  16.12 (180308)

Known issues:

  • Intermittent issues when copy/pasting a table from Excel

  • Occasional image loss for images inserted from DropBox

If your PowerPoint is still missing the Change Picture function in the right click contextual menu, be sure to restart app while connected to the internet

Version:  16.12 (180305)

Recent Fixes:

  • Improved general app stability and performance

Known issues:

  • Intermittent issues when copy/pasting a table from Excel

  • Occasional image loss for images inserted from DropBox

If your PowerPoint is still missing the Change Picture function in the right click contextual menu, be sure to restart app while connected to the internet

Version:  16.11 (180226)

Known issues:

  • Intermittent issues when copy/pasting a table from Excel

  • Occasional image loss for images inserted from DropBox

Version:  16.11 (180220)

New or Improved Features:

  • Rendering support for embedded fonts - PowerPoint for Mac can now correctly display fonts embedded on PowerPoint for Windows

  • Text Highlight - Draw attention to certain pieces of text using text highlighter; available for Office 365 subscribers only

  • "Change Picture" function from right click menu has been restored

Recent Fixes:

  • Fixed crash related to clicking on Design Tab

Known issues:

  • Intermittent issues when copy/pasting a table from Excel

  • Custom and 3rd party fonts continue to experience rendering problems

Version:  16.11 (180214)

New or Improved Features:

  • Text Highlight - Draw attention to certain pieces of text using text highlighter; available for Office 365 subscribers only 

Recent Fixes:

  • Fixed crashes related to Graphic tools, etc.

Known issues:

  • Intermittent issues when copy/pasting a table from Excel

  • Problems related to rendering certain 3rd party or custom fonts

  • Crash when clicking on Design Tab (fixed on 2/15)

Version: 16.11 (180205)

Recent Fixes:

  • Improvements to general app stability and performance

Known issues:

  • Intermittent crashing when using color tools

  • Issues rendering symbols and certain 3rd party fonts

Version: 16.11 (180130)

Recent Fixes:

  • Improvements to general app stability and performance

  • Improved typing speed

Known issues:

  • Keyboard shortcut for save is broken [Norwegian language only]

  • Issues rendering symbols and certain 3rd party fonts

Version: 16.10 (180124)

Recent Fixes:

  • Improvements to general app stability and performance

  • Update help dialog to reflect KB shortcuts

Known issues:

  • No new known issues introduced in this release

Version: 16.10 (180120)

Recent Fixes:

  • Improvements to general app stability and performance

Known issues:

  • Inconsistent issues when working with images stored on Dropbox

  • Image compression feature is not working

Version: 16.10 (180114)

Recent Fixes:

  • Improvements to general app stability and performance

Known issues:

  • Inconsistent issues when working with images stored on Dropbox

  • Image compression feature is not working

  • Working with Ivy charts may be unstable

Version: 16.10 (180109)

Recent Fixes:

  • Improved general app stability 

Known issues:

  • Image compression feature is not working

  • When changing shape size from Format Shape pane, you have to type in "pt" for value to apply

Version: 16.10 (180102)

Recent Fixes:

  • Improved performance, especially when working with tables

Known issues:

  • Search is slow Image compression feature is not working

  • When changing shape size from Format Shape pane, you have to type in "pt" for value to apply

  • Export to PDF yields very large file sizes for some deck types

Version: 16.9 (171226)

Recent Fixes:

  • No recent fixes in this update

Known issues:

  • Search is slow, especially for large presentations

  • Export to PDF yields very large file sizes for some deck types

  • Slow performance when working in tables (specifically when typing)

Version: 16.9 (171219)

Recent Fixes:

  • Improved general app stability

Known issues:

  • Search is slow, especially for large presentations

  • Export to PDF yields very large file sizes for some deck types

  • Slow performance when working in tables (specifically when typing)

Version: 16.9 (Build 171217)

Recent Fixes:

  • Fixed crash on boot 

  • QuickStarter feature has been re-enabled

  • Improved general app stability

Known Issues:

  • Export to PDF yields very large file sizes for some deck types

  • Slow performance when working in tables (specifically when typing)

If you haven't already, be sure to check out October 2nd release notes for info on our latest, major release.

Version: 16.9 (Build 171212)

Recent Fixes:

  • Improved rendering of Unicode symbols 

  • Improved typing performance 

Known Issues:

  • Intermittent app crashing on boot - Crash has been addressed and fixed as of 12/14

  • QuickStarter feature is not available in this build

  • Slow typing and table performance 

  • Intermittent problems when embedding PDF into PPT file

If you haven't already, be sure to check out October 2nd release notes for info on our latest, major release.

Version: 16.9 (Build 171210)

Recent Fixes:

  • Spellcheck language now respects language of document, instead of language of keyboard in most cases

Known Issues:

  • Unicode symbols not rendering correctly

  • Slow typing and table performance

  • Intermittent problems when embedding PDF into PPT file

If you haven't already, be sure to check out October 2nd release notes for info on our latest, major release.

Version: 16.9 (Build 171206)

Recent Fixes:

  • Improvements to general app stability 

Known Issues:

  • Unicode symbols not rendering correctly

  • Slow typing and table performance

  • Intermittent problems when embedding PDF into PPT file

If you haven't already, be sure to check out October 2nd release notes for info on our latest, major release.

Version: 16.9 (Build 171204)

Recent Fixes:

  • Improvements to AutoSave stability

Known Issues:

  • Intermittently unable to resize table columns (specifically for Chinese language users)

  • Slow typing and table performance

If you haven't already, be sure to check out October 2nd release notes for info on our latest, major release.

Version:  16.9 (Build 171129)

Recent Fixes: 

  • Fixed a couple of crashes

Known Issues:

  • Spellcheck respects language of keyboard, not language of document

If you haven't already, be sure to check out October 2nd release notes for info on our latest, major release.

Version:  16.8 (Build 171126)

Recent Fixes: 

  • Improved AutoSave experience

  • Fixed a couple of crashes

Known Issues:

  • Spellcheck respects language of keyboard, not language of document

If you haven't already, be sure to check out October 2nd release notes for info on our latest, major release. 

Version: 16.8 (Build 171114)

Known I ssues:

  • Spellcheck respects language of keyboard, not language of document

  • Comments not working well in offline environments

  • Intermittent difficulty connecting to SharePoint with mixed authentication

If you haven't already, be sure to check out October 2nd release notes for info on our latest, major release. 

Version: 16.8 (Build 171111)

Recent Fixes:

  • General performance improvements

  • Improvements to fonts experience

Known Issues:

  • Spellcheck respects language of keyboard, not language of document

  • VoiceOver behaves inconsistently, especially when working with tables and hyperlinks

If you haven't already, be sure to check out October 2nd release notes for info on our latest, major release. 

Version: 16.8 (Build 171107)

Though there are no new features in this particular release, version 16.6 (Build 171002) included several exciting new features such as real time collaboration, QuickStarter, Trim Media UI and Designer improvements. See October 2, 2017 release notes for more information.

Recent Fixes:

  • Fixed crash when clicking on Design Ideas button

  • Fixed problems with custom fonts and font selection encountered in last release

Known Issues:

  • Spellcheck respects language of keyboard, not language of document 

Version: 16.7 (Build 171029)

New + Improved Features:

  • Laser pointer in Slide Show is now on Mac! Turn your mouse into a laser pointer to draw attention to a particular part of your slide (as seen in screenshot below)

Laser pointer sample

Version 16.6 (Build 171002) included several exciting new features such as real time collaboration, QuickStarter, Trim Media UI and Designer improvements. See October 2, 2017 release notes for more information.

Recent Fixes:

  • Fixed bugs related to font picker

  • Fixed slow performance when working with tables editing 

Known Issues:

  • [ODP] ODP files do not always save correctly

  • [Accessibility] VoiceOver can be unstable, especially when used with tables or for editing notes pane

  • [Paste from OneNote] Team is actively investigating a crash related to pasting an image from OneNote

Version: 16.7 (Build 171020)

Though there are no new features in this particular release, version 16.6 (Build 171002) included several exciting new features such as real time collaboration, QuickStarter, Trim Media UI and Designer improvements. See October 2, 2017 release notes for more information.

Recent Fixes:

  • Improved perf when opening large SMB files

Known Issues:

  • [Font picker] Font picker is working inconsistently, especially with custom fonts

  • [ODP] ODP files do not always save correctly

  • [Accessibility] VoiceOver can be unstable, especially when used with tables or for editing notes pane

Version: 16.7 (Build 171016)

Though there are no new features in this particular release, version 16.6 (Build 171002) included several exciting new features such as real time collaboration, QuickStarter, Trim Media UI and Designer improvements. See October 2, 2017 release notes for more information.

Recent Fixes:

  • Keyboard shortcuts for edit commands work again, broken in version 16.7 (build 171008)

  • Printing when on OS High Sierra no longer causes crash

  • Spell check language can now be changed from different than keyboard language

  • Custom fonts are now supported

  • Fixed AutoSave prompt bug

Known Issues:

  • [ODP] ODP files do not always save correctly

  • [Accessibility] VoiceOver can be unstable, especially when used with tables or for editing notes pane

Version: 16.7 (Build 171008)

Though there are no new features in this particular release, version 16.6 (build 171002) included several exciting new features such as real time collaboration, QuickStarter, Trim Media UI and Designer improvements. See October 2, 2017 release notes for more information.

Recent Fixes: 

  • Fixed bug that was causing cursor to disappear

  • Editing Excel charts from within PowerPoint no longer crashes application

Known Issues:

  • [Keyboard] Keyboard shortcuts for edit commands do not work in non-English languages

  • [Fonts] Downloaded custom fonts do not work

  • [Printing] For OS High Sierra, Printing causes PowerPoint to crash

  • [AutoSave] When user exits a cloud file, they will be prompted to save their document even though AutoSave is on

  • [ODP] ODP files do not always save correctly 

  • [Spell check] Can not change spell check to a language different than keyboard language

  • [Accessibility] VoiceOver can be unstable, especially when used with tables or for editing the notes pane 

Version: 16.6 (build 171001)

New and Improved:

  • Real Time Collaboration - Mac PowerPoint now has the same collaboration features found in Windows PowerPoint making it easier than ever to work on an online presentation at the same time as your colleagues. Note: to collaborate, presentations must be stored on OneDrive or SharePoint.[available for O365 subscribers only]

    • See where others are working in your shared presentation and view changes live as they happen with real time presence and real time typing.

    • Document changes with revision tracking to keep track of all edits made to the presentation by you and other contributors.

    • Don’t worry about losing your work! Any changes made to the presentation will save automatically in real time.

  • QuickStarter –  PowerPoint QuickStarter is now on Mac! Powered by the Bing Knowledge graph,  QuickStarter reinvents the deck creation process by building a presentation outline to help you get started researching a topic of your choosing. [available for O365 subscribers only]

  • Trim Media UI – Trim Media is now available for Mac PowerPoint! Trim the unwanted content from the beginning and/or end of inserted audio and video clips. [available for O365 subscribers only]

  • Designer improvements –  PowerPoint Designer on Mac now supports additional triggers and layouts – matching the full functionality found in PowerPoint Designer on Windows. [available for O365 subscribers only]

Known Issues:

  • Using VoiceOver with PowerPoint can be unstable

    • Editing notes pane using VoiceOver may cause PowerPoint to crash

    • VoiceOver does not work well with tables

  • Saving ODP files behaves inconsistently 

  • Custom fonts do not work; default font (Kammada MN) is used instead 

  • For OS High Sierra, Printing causes PowerPoint to crash

  • Editing Excel charts may crash PowerPoint 

  • Cannot change spell check to different language than keyboard 

Notes and Additional Information:

  • Because this is the first preview of the next major version, we do expect to see some issues. We have noted the known bugs above but if you encounter any additional problems, please report your issues or provide feedback directly to the team: 

    • Click the smiley face in the upper-right corner of the app, and then click Tell Us What You Like or Tell Us What Can Be Better.

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

Version: 15.39 (170919)

No fixes, known issues or new features this week.

Version: 15.39 (170912)

No fixes, known issues or new features this week.

Version: 15.39 (170905)

Known Issues:

  • [Slide Editor] Slide editor stops responding to error key after a few presses

Version: 15.39 (170829)

Fixes:

  • [Accessibility] Voiceover can now be used to edit notes after changing slides in MacOS Yosemite

Version: 15.38 (170822)

Known issue: 

  • [Network shares] PowerPoint does not save modifications to files on network share on some versions of MacOS High Sierra beta

Version: 15.38 (170815)

Known issue: 

  • [Accessibility] Unable to use voiceover to edit notes after changing slides (MacOS Yosemite only)

Version: 15.38 (170808)

No fixes, known issues or new features this week.

Version: 15.38 (170801)

No fixes, known issues or new features this week.

Version: 15.38 (170725)

No fixes, known issues or new features this week.

Version: 15.37.0 (Build 170718)

New and Improved:

No new features were released in this build - click the Help menu and choose What's New to see information about the latest new features.

Recent Fixes:

  • [Slide Show] Fixed a crash related to using touch bar with slideshow

Additional information:

  • To report issues or send feedback directly to our team, click the smiley face in the upper-right corner of the app, and then click Tell Us What You Like or Tell Us What Can Be Better.

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

  • To get on the Fast level, click Help > Check for Updates > Join the Office Insider program to get early access to new releases > Office Insider Fast.

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