Microsoft’s recently released Service Pack 2 for Office for Mac 2011 had recently been pulled from their AutoUpdate tool due to a number of issues users were experiencing, particularly with the company’s Outlook software. However, Microsoft was pretty quick to fix those issues, and has released an update to the Service Pack that should improve your experience with the entire Office 2011 suite.
This update brings Office for Mac 2011’s version number up to 14.2.1, and is recommended for all users. The release notes are quoted below, and you can install it straight from AutoUpdate or from Microsoft’s web site.
Office database issues
When you first start Microsoft Outlook after you install Office for Mac 2011 Service Pack 2 (SP2), you have to upgrade the Office database. If any corrupted files are detected during the database upgrade, the database utility runs. The database utility rebuilds the Office database. After the process is complete, the database upgrade restarts when you start Outlook. After the database upgrade is complete, Outlook starts.
File location changes
AppleScripts are now copied to the new default script location.
If you previously used Office 2011 14.2.0, the scripts will not be copied.
You can manually copy AppleScripts to the new location. To do this, follow these steps:
1. On the Go menu, click Documents, and then open the Microsoft User Data folder.
2. Locate and then select the following folders:
Excel Script Menu Items
Outlook Script Menu Items
PowerPoint Script Menu Items
Word Script Menu Items
3. On the Edit menu, click Copy.
4. On the Go menu, click Go To Folder.
5. Type the following folder location in the Go to the folder box, and then click Go:
6. On the Edit menu, click Paste. The folders that you selected in step 2 are copied to the new location.
Autocorrect lists are now copied to the new Auto correction list [?] folder location.
If you previously used Office 2011 14.2.0, the autocorrect lists will not be copied.
You can manually copy your old autocorrect lists to the new location. To do this, follow these steps:
1. On the Go menu, click Go To Folder.
2. Type the following folder location in the Go to the folder box, and then click Go:
3. Locate and then select the autocorrect lists. They are listed as the following:
Microsoft Office ACL [LanguageName]
Note The placeholder LanguageName represents a language for which you have autocorrect lists installed.
4. On the Edit menu, click Copy.
5. On the Go menu, click Go To Folder.
6. Type the following folder location in the Go to the folder box, and then click Go:
~/Library/Application Support/Microsoft/Office/Preferences/Office 2011/
7. On the Edit menu, click Paste. The autocorrect lists are copied to the new location.
When you start Outlook, you are no longer prompted to select your Outlook identity.
You can now deploy Office 2011 SP2 updates by using a command-line installation or by using tools that call the command line, such as Casper or Munki, on Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) and on later versions of Mac OS X.