Excel in Office 2016 is very buggy – so I installed Office 2011 and it is better – wondering why I upgraded from Office 2008 now

I had been an Office 2008 user. When Office 2016 came out I subscribed, deleted Office 2008 and installed Office 2016. But Excel in Office 2016 is very buggy!

For example:

  1. When editing text in a cell, the blinking vertical cursor input point is different from where text actually gets input, which makes editing difficult.
  2. When trying to format an entire column to “wrap text” it doesn’t work.
  3. When in a cell in one spreadsheet, if I use CMD-tab to switch apps and then CMD-tab to switch back I end up in a completely different spreadsheet in a different cell! This makes copy/pasting from another app very error-prone and time consuming.
  4. Large spreadsheets open up slowly.

So with Support’s help I installed Office 2011 side-by-side. I’ve never used Office 2011 before.

All the above-mentioned bugs don’t occur in Office 2011 (they didn’t in Office 2008 either).

Anyway, since both versions are installed and Office 2016 should get automatic updates I can check periodically to see if the new bugs introduced in Office 2016 are fixed.

But I have to admit I’m wondering why I upgraded at all at this point. The 1 TB OneDrive was one attraction, but the limitations (10 GB files so I can’t backup Parallels VMs, inability to sync certain folder hierarchies because OneDrive thinks there are strange characters in folder names) made that fairly useless to me as well.


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Excel in Office 2016 is very buggy – so I installed Office 2011 and it is better – wondering why I upgraded from Office 2008 now — 2 Comments

  1. Hi,
    I have been using Office 2013 which was fantastic and I have just installed Office 2016 and found it to be SUPER buggy. it exhibits Win 95 style random Crashes. Excel and word both hang for no reason and hang at save. Outlook just dies at least once a day. If you are thinking of upgrading and are a power user, wait at least a year so that all the service packs have time to come out. Don’t spend the money quite yet. Also i can’t actually see any difference of how its better than 2013 so once again, its a marginal benefit if you are upgrading. Oh yea, I use Win7-64.
    Mike.

  2. The latest version of Office 2016 for the Mac has finally fixed some of the bugs. At least the Excel bugs I mentioned.

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