Known issues in PowerPoint 2011
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Last updated: December 2014
Copy and paste of a hyperlink crashes PowerPoint
If you copy a hyperlink and then paste it into PowerPoint 2011, PowerPoint crashes.
Applying a theme crashes PowerPoint
PowerPoint crashes when you apply a theme.
Hyperlink to another slide in the same presentation doesn't work
When you click a link to a different slide in the same presentation during a slide show, and the presentation's URL contains a space or non-ASCII character, PowerPoint opens a new document or slideshow. In normal view, the new window goes to the first slide, rather than the linked-to slide.
Files on OneDrive won't open after Mac OS X Lion is installed
If you are using Mac OS X Lion and cannot open documents on OneDrive, you can change a Safari or Firefox browser setting that will allow you to open documents. Do the following steps:
Quit Safari or Firefox.
In the Finder, click Applications, and then select the application icon for Safari or Firefox
On the File menu, click Get Info.
Select the Open in 32-bit mode check box.
Close and reopen Safari or Firefox.
Some new PowerPoint features are only compatible with presentations that use the .pptx file name extension
New features in Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2011, such as embedded media and sections, can be saved only with the .pptx file name extension. If you try to save it in the earlier .ppt format after you add new PowerPoint features to your presentation, you will likely encounter errors.
Use the .pptx file extension to take advantage of new features in PowerPoint 2011 and cross-compatibility with other Office for Mac 2011 applications. You can also download and install the Open XML File Format Converter for Mac 1.0.2. or an update that enables PowerPoint 2004 to open files that have the .pptx file name extension.
Office for Mac 2011 does not currently use some new Office for Windows features
The new Equations feature in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 allows you to create complex equations within text. However, PowerPoint 2011 does not currently support complex equations and converts them to a simplified form. To insert complex equations in PowerPoint 2011, you can use the Equations Editor OLE feature.
On the Insert menu, click Object.
Under Object type, click Microsoft Equation.
Note In Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, you can create complex equations by inserting an object. These equations are visible and editable in PowerPoint 2011 presentations. You can also save complex equations in a graphic format such as .png or .jpeg.
Embedded fonts in some Office for Windows Microsoft Office 2010 applications are not supported in Office for Mac applications. To avoid errors, use a font that is shared by both applications.
Office for Mac 2011 cannot currently play YouTube movies or Flash media files in a PowerPoint presentation or slide show. However, you can play Windows .wmv and .wma media files in a PowerPoint presentation by using Apple QuickTime Player with the Flip4Mac plug-in installed.
Note For more information about the Flip4Mac plug-in, visit the Windows Media Components for QuickTime information page (www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/player/wmcomponents.mspx.com).
PowerPoint for Mac 2011 cannot create or change new password-protected files for PowerPoint for Windows
Password-protected files that were created in PowerPoint for Windows can be opened in PowerPoint 2011. However, they cannot be created or changed.
Some characters cannot be used in file and folder names in PowerPoint for Mac 2011
Characters, including <"> and |, are allowed in file names in PowerPoint 2008 and earlier versions, but they must be removed from a file name before it can be opened in PowerPoint 2011.
iTunes files in presentations might not play on some computers
When you include music as part of a presentation, be aware that music files purchased from the iTunes Store can be played only on authorized computers.
Also, be aware of compatibility between different versions of PowerPoint and iTunes. Depending on their version of PowerPoint, people who you share presentations with might be unable to play some iTunes files. For example, PowerPoint 2008 and PowerPoint 2011 can play iTunes music files, but not iTunes movie or TV show files.
Movies that contain added effects might not play correctly on some computers
On some computers, movies that use added effects might not play normally, which is often caused by a drop in frame rate. This issue can be fixed by removing any added effects, notably Reflection and 3D.
Text with custom character spacing in PowerPoint 2011 running on OS X v10.5 may wrap differently than expected
Text in a presentation with character spacing (also known as kerning) that uses a setting other than normal may not wrap as expected on computers that run Mac OS X version 10.5 (Leopard).
Office for Mac files located on SharePoint or Windows Live OneDrive may not open if you have not opened Office for Mac 2011 at least one time
You cannot open files located on SharePoint or Windows Live OneDrive from Safari or Mozilla Firefox until you have opened Word, Excel, or PowerPoint at least one time.
Organization charts created by using Organization Chart cannot be edited
Earlier versions of Office for Mac included Organization Chart, a tool for creating and editing organization charts. Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 does not include Organization Chart. When you open a document that contains an object that was created by using Organization Chart, you can view it, but you cannot edit it.
A custom dictionary’s language-specific settings are ignored
When you set a custom dictionary to work only for a specific language, the language setting is not used when you check the spelling in Excel or PowerPoint.
You have to sign in multiple times when you access the Information Rights Management licensing server
If you clear the Save password in my Mac OS X keychain check box when you access the Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS) server, you will have to sign in multiple times. To work around this issue, make sure that the Save password in my Mac OS X keychain check box is selected.
You cannot paste and then ungroup a vector PICT image
Per Apple guidelines, when you paste a vector PICT image, it is saved as PDF instead of PICT, and you cannot ungroup the PDF image.
A linked picture from a Web site will not appear
If you add a link to a picture that is located on a Web site, the next time that you open the file, the picture is displayed as a red X. This occurs because the application does not recognize the Web site path. To work around this issue, on the Web site, copy the image, and then paste it into the Office for Mac application.
You do not see any clip art in the Entertainment, Emotions, or Food and Dining categories in the Clip Art Gallery
Office for Mac displays no clip art in the Entertainment, Emotions, or Food and Dining categories in the Clip Art Gallery. To work around the issue, search for the following clip art:
Entertainment: chess, roulette, dominoes
Emotions: crying, smiling
Food & Dining: bread, banana, cantaloupe, bamboo steamer, corn, strawberries, pepper, pineapple, bok choy, raspberries, orange, apple, blueberries, paper bag, cheeseburger, ice cream cone, bag of groceries, hot dog, sandwich, coconut, egg, morning, paper cup, wine, beer, martini, orange juice, fruit juice, birthday cake, chef
Note When you search for clip art and pictures online, you'll be directed to Bing, where you can save the image on your computer, and then insert it in your document. When using pictures or clip art from Bing, you're responsible for respecting copyright, and the license filter in Bing can help you choose which images to use.
The Clip Art Gallery is displayed in English instead of Chinese
The Clip Art Gallery is displayed in English instead of Chinese.
You cannot run certain workflows
The following workflows included with Office for Mac do not work:
In Excel, Import text file and create a table
In Outlook, Send image attachments to iPhoto
You cannot print a Visual Basic project
Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 does not let you print a Visual Basic project. To work around the issue, copy the code of your Visual Basic project, paste it into a text-editing program, and then print.