Depending on your tolerance for glitches, if you see the 2016 upgrade prompt (see image below) at the top of any of your Office programs…
You might want to IGNORE IT for now.
Now I almost NEVER warn against upgrading software, but in this case…
That’s right, I’m going to recommend that you consider waiting to upgrade to Office 2016.
Well Camile and I have just bought new computers (ThinkPad T450s…and we love it!) and were therefore automatically upgraded to PowerPoint 2016.
And we’ve been having some DEAL BREAKER issues.
While I have found some workarounds, these issues are so bad that I had to get my old machine out (ThinkPad X230) – thankfully still loaded with PowerPoint 2013 – just to finish off my deck…yikes!
Now, I’ve asked around the PPT community and others are also having similar 2016 woes, especially on their Macs, sooooo….
Read this post before you decide whether or not you want to update to PowerPoint 2016.
My Weird PowerPoint 2016 Issue
Okay, my own issue is really weird, so get this.
Whenever I try and apply a saved chart template, two weird things happen.
First off, my charts begin to blank out….
Below is a picture of how the chart should look and what the end result actually is after applying my chart template…it’s like the chart gets zeroed out or something.
That’s just not cool! The whole point of using chart templates is to speed up the charting process, not destroy it.
So that’s the first weird thing that happens but the second part is the real deal breaker in my mind.
The Presentation Gets Turned Into Read-Only Presentation Mode!
Or, what I’ve decided to call Read-Only-Destruction mode.
And what happens (quickly following my chart template issue) is that PowerPoint flips into a weird Read-Only Presentation mode that (and you’ll love this)…
Won’t let me save my work.
I’ve tried numerous times through a variety of methods. The dialog box opens, I rename my file, I click save and nada.
No file is ever saved.
I’ve lost all of my work three times due to this cute little bug and had to start over.
The Workaround To My Issue
So I’ve figured out a solution…it’s not pretty, but it works.
As soon as my deck pops into this Read-Only-Self-Destruction mode I now:
#1. Copy all of my slides, hit CTRL+A to select all in the slide thumbnail view on the left and then hit CTRL+C to copy;
#2. Hit CTRL+N to start a new PowerPoint presentation;
#3. Hit CTRL+V to paste in all of the slides;
#4. Immediately hit CTR+S to save the file.
So this works…but it’s still pretty annoying (I had to do this again just the other day, December 10th)
And because of these two issues, I’m keeping my old machine on hand with PowerPoint 2013 ready to bail me out if something else pops up (it’s not like I’m just going to leave my new computer rusting in the box).
Don’t Freak Out: Microsoft Is On This (I Hope…)
There is no doubt in my mind that Microsoft is on this and that this issue will get fixed.
As they’re committed to monthly updates to Office 2016, they’ll be removing bugs, adding features and fixing things along the way.
And MAYBE my two errors are somehow weirdly connected and it’s all my fault.
But after hearing horror stories from other people who have upgraded to PowerPoint 2016, my advice is still…
Consider whether or not you are ready to upgrade just yet!
There are some really cool new charting and animation features that I know you’ll want to dig into but…
If you CAN’T handle odd-ball glitches and bugs (especially if you are on a Mac)…I would wait a few months before upgrading.
I Still Love PowerPoint
Don’t get me wrong, I still love PowerPoint and I know that someone is on this BUT…
Give it some thought before you upgrade, especially if you don’t have a fail-safe computer with an older version of PowerPoint to bail you out in a tight spot.
I will report back with better news as soon as I have it.
In summary, if you’re considering upgrading to PowerPoint 2016, I’d ask yourself the following:
- Do I use charts a lot?
- Do little glitches drive me nuts?
- Am I okay with waiting a bit before playing with the new animations & effects?
Is you answered yes to most of these, I would DEFINITELY WAIT.
If not, give 2016 a go! Just keep your eyes peeled for little glitches and enjoy the new features.
What’s Your PPT 2016 Issue?
Love PowerPoint but found your own little bug?
Leave it below in the comments and maybe we can all help get it solved.
You can also share your feedback on the PowerPoint Team’s suggestion box site. This is where they are officially collecting issues that their programmers will work on.