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Microsoft Office 2016 16.11

By Agen G. N. Schmitz
http://tidbits.com/article/17854

Microsoft has issued version 16.11 of its Office 2016 application suite with a number of improvements to the Outlook email app. The update now enables you to insert tables in messages and calendar events, schedule events across different time zones, and add a second time zone to monitor. It also enables you to increase or decrease the font size in the sidebar, message list, and reading pane, and fixes a daylight saving time bug.

Word gets an improved Focus Mode, which now opens at your set zoom level and shows the page number while you scroll. PowerPoint receives embedded font capability, ensuring that presentations look consistent on all computers. Excel addresses a security-bypass vulnerability that could allow an attacker to bypass certain security restrictions and execute arbitrary code by exploiting another vulnerability in the application. ($149.99 for one-time purchase, $99.99/$69.99 annual subscription options, free update through Microsoft AutoUpdate, release notes, 10.10+)

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Re: TidBITS: Microsoft Office 2016 16.11

Nigel Stanger-2
On Mon Mar 19 2018 11:56:57, TidBITS Articles spake thus:
> Excel addresses a security-bypass vulnerability that could allow an attacker to bypass certain security restrictions and execute arbitrary code by exploiting another vulnerability in the application.

It also removes the cmd-home and cmd-end shortcuts, which drove me absolutely crazy over the weekend, as I use cmd-home all the time. 15 years of muscle memory down the drain :(.

However, given that ctrl-home and ctrl-end still do the same thing, I wonder whether this was just an oversight. Fingers crossed for the next update…

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Re: TidBITS: Microsoft Office 2016 16.11

Vince Winterling

I'm an Office Insider. I've found Microsoft to be interested in feedback. I would recommend dropping them a line. I suspect they rarely hear from end-users.


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On Mon Mar 19 2018 11:56:57, TidBITS Articles spake thus:
> Excel addresses a security-bypass vulnerability that could allow an attacker to bypass certain security restrictions and execute arbitrary code by exploiting another vulnerability in the application.

It also removes the cmd-home and cmd-end shortcuts, which drove me absolutely crazy over the weekend, as I use cmd-home all the time. 15 years of muscle memory down the drain :(.

However, given that ctrl-home and ctrl-end still do the same thing, I wonder whether this was just an oversight. Fingers crossed for the next update…

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Re: TidBITS: Microsoft Office 2016 16.11

Nigel Stanger-2
On Tue Mar 20 2018 10:23:41, Vince Winterling spake thus:
> I'm an Office Insider. I've found Microsoft to be interested in feedback. I would recommend dropping them a line. I suspect they rarely hear from end-users.

I have been planning to, but just haven’t quite got around to it yet. Good to hear that they actually pay attention.

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Re: TidBITS: Microsoft Office 2016 16.11

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It also removes the cmd-home and cmd-end shortcuts, which drove me absolutely crazy over the weekend, as I use cmd-home all the time. 15 years of muscle memory down the drain :(.

Perhaps Keyboard Maestro can fill in until Microsoft addresses this.

cheers... -Adam



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Re: TidBITS: Microsoft Office 2016 16.11

Curtis Wilcox
On Mar 20, 2018, at 10:48 AM, Adam Engst <[hidden email]> wrote:

It also removes the cmd-home and cmd-end shortcuts, which drove me absolutely crazy over the weekend, as I use cmd-home all the time. 15 years of muscle memory down the drain :(.

Perhaps Keyboard Maestro can fill in until Microsoft addresses this.

Another update just came out.

Release Date: March 19, 2018

Version: 16.11.1 (Build 18031900)

This release fixes an issue where Word, Excel, and PowerPoint occasionally become indefinitely unresponsive on launch.



Are the Cmd-Home and Cmd-End shortcuts to move the cursor to the beginning of the document and to the end of the document, respectively? I've installed Word 16.11.1 and that's what they do.




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Re: TidBITS: Microsoft Office 2016 16.11

Nigel Stanger-2
On Wed Mar 21 2018 06:28:49, Curtis Wilcox spake thus:
Are the Cmd-Home and Cmd-End shortcuts to move the cursor to the beginning of the document and to the end of the document, respectively? I've installed Word 16.11.1 and that's what they do.

Yep, that’s what they _should_ do. I just installed 16.11.1, and they still don’t :(. They worked just fine until 16.11.

Weird.

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Re: TidBITS: Microsoft Office 2016 16.11

James R Cutler
Word 2016 Help has a section just for Keyboard Shortcuts.

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On Mar 20, 2018, at 4:35 PM, Nigel Stanger <[hidden email]> wrote:

On Wed Mar 21 2018 06:28:49, Curtis Wilcox spake thus:
Are the Cmd-Home and Cmd-End shortcuts to move the cursor to the beginning of the document and to the end of the document, respectively? I've installed Word 16.11.1 and that's what they do.

Yep, that’s what they _should_ do. I just installed 16.11.1, and they still don’t :(. They worked just fine until 16.11.

Weird.

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Re: TidBITS: Microsoft Office 2016 16.11

Jim Carr
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Nigel Stanger wrote, On 3/20/18, 1:35 PM:
On Wed Mar 21 2018 06:28:49, Curtis Wilcox spake thus:
Are the Cmd-Home and Cmd-End shortcuts to move the cursor to the beginning of the document and to the end of the document, respectively? I've installed Word 16.11.1 and that's what they do.

Yep, that’s what they _should_ do. I just installed 16.11.1, and they still don’t :(. They worked just fine until 16.11.

Weird.

Nigel:

Word 2016 16.1.1 (180319) handles these shortcuts as expected for me under MacOS 10.12.6.

Didn't test earlier versions.

If it doesn't work for you, perhaps some sort of key modification setting is intercepting those commands.

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Re: TidBITS: Microsoft Office 2016 16.11

Nigel Stanger-2
On Wed Mar 21 2018 15:24:11, Jim Carr spake thus:
> Word 2016 16.1.1 (180319) handles these shortcuts as expected for me under MacOS 10.12.6.

Excel, not Word :), but you raise a good point. Yep, they _do_ work in Word, but still don’t in Excel.

> If it doesn't work for you, perhaps some sort of key modification setting is intercepting those commands.

The laser-like specificity of it to just Excel says no, plus the failure of the keys to work coincided immediately with me installing the 16.11 Office update last weekend. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to discover it’s somehow gotten into some weird mode that requires an arcane keystroke to disable (like when you enable scroll lock by accidentally hitting F14).

Speaking of weird modes, while trying to figure this out I also discovered the bizarreness that is “End Mode” in Excel. Hit “End” and it goes into “End Mode”, which essentially enables similar behaviour to cmd-right, cmd-left, etc., but with the plain arrow keys (i.e., no  modifier). Apparently it’s been there since almost forever, but it would seem I’ve never used the Home/End keys on their own in the worksheet proper; only in the formula bar.

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Re: TidBITS: Microsoft Office 2016 16.11

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It also removes the cmd-home and cmd-end shortcuts, which drove me absolutely crazy over the weekend, as I use cmd-home all the time. 15 years of muscle memory down the drain :(.

However, given that ctrl-home and ctrl-end still do the same thing, I wonder whether this was just an oversight. Fingers crossed for the next update…

Here’s the word from my friend at Microsoft:

When we finally converged the Mac and Windows codebases together (and that converged code shipped as version 16.9 in January), the code aligned to the set of Windows Excel keyboard shortcuts, and we accidentally lost a number of the Mac-specific ones we’d had for many years.  We know about the issue and have a work item in our list that represents the work to bring back the Mac-specific shortcuts. We haven’t completed that work item yet; for the time being the Windows-specific keystrokes will work (Ctrl-Home and Ctrl-End). We know those aren’t helpful for people relying on muscle memory, and we do intend to fix the issue.


In the meantime, Keyboard Maestro is probably the best workaround for remapping Command-Home to Control-Home, for instance.

cheers... -Adam



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Re: TidBITS: Microsoft Office 2016 16.11

Nigel Stanger-2
On Thu Mar 22 2018 08:58:51, Adam Engst spake thus:
We know those aren’t helpful for people relying on muscle memory, and we do intend to fix the issue.

Awesome, thanks for that Adam! It just had that smell of being an oversight rather than a deliberate thing.

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