A Service Pack is something that Microsoft releases after the final release of a product to include enhancements and bug fixes. Most versions of Microsoft Office have had 2 or 3 Service Pack releases. Service Packs are often abbreviated as SP, so Service Pack 1 is called SP1, and similarly you have SP2 and SP3 releases.
SP1 for Microsoft Office 2013 has all the new updates which help in improving the security, performance, and stability of other Office 2013 products. Additionally, this SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.
Do You Already Have SP1?
Yes, that possible – to determine if SP1 was already installed within your Office 2013 installation, look at our Determine if SP1 is Installed within PowerPoint 2013 tutorial.
You can either install SP1 automatically, your Office 2013 programs will automatically notify you about the update or you can download SP1 and install it on your computer. The latter option is preferable if you have more than one computer where you want to install SP1, this will ensure that you don't have to download the large SP1 package multiple times.
Which SP1 Do You Need?
The SP1 update mentioned on this page applies only to Microsoft Installer (MSI) based versions of Office 2013. If you have the Click-to-Run version of Office, you do not need to install this update, as Office will automatically be updated through Click-to-Run. Therefore the techniques explained in this tutorial are only valid for conventionally installed MSI versions.
To start the update, first download the SP1 installer file from the Microsoft Download Center - based on your version of Office 2013, download either the SP1 for the 64-Bit Edition or the 32-Bit Edition. On the page select your required language (highlighted in green within Figure 1, below) and click the Download button highlighted in blue within Figure 1.
Figure 1: Microsoft Download Center page
Once the installer is downloaded, follow these steps to install the update:
- Double-click the installer file to start the update. This brings up a window, as shown in Figure 2 . Within the window, select the Click here to accept the Microsoft Software License Terms check-box (highlighted in red within Figure 2). Then click the Continue button (highlighted in blue within Figure 2).
Figure 2: Opening window of Service Pack 1 update
- This brings up the next screen. Here, the process of update detection runs, as shown in Figure 3.
Figure 3: Update detection
- Once the update detection is done, the progress of extracting files shows up, as shown in Figure 4.
Figure 4: File extraction in progress
- Thereafter, the installer determines the list of files that need to be updated (see Figure 5).
Figure 5: Installer determining the list of files that need to be updated
- This will start the update installation process, as shown in Figure 6. The installation may take some time.
Figure 6: Update installation in progress
- Once the installation is done, you will be prompted to reboot your computer to complete the installation of the package. Click the Yes button, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 7.
Figure 7: Reboot the computer to complete the installation
Here is a table showing you the issues fixed by Service Pack 1 (SP1) in PowerPoint 2013.
PowerPoint may crash when the slide is advanced in Slide Show mode, while another PowerPoint file is opened in protected view.
A crash may occur when PowerPoint slides are previewed in the Windows Explorer preview pane.
If a read-only PowerPoint file containing images is saved as another PowerPoint file, the images may be lost.
When PowerPoint slides are copied and pasted into Word, the slide/page numbers change.
It's not possible to undo the addition of tags to a presentation.
It's not possible to switch to Reading View when a presentation is in protected mode.
Presentations.Count may return incorrect value when trapping PresentationAdd, PresentationClose, PresentationOpen and PresentationClose events.
Creating a presentation programmatically and attempting to save it, results in a .potx type file instead of the default type (which is usually .pptx).
The preview pane in Windows Explorer does not show a PowerPoint slide show unless a Word document is previewed first.
Presentation.Fullname does not return the full name (path and file name) when it is called from inside a PresentationSave event during shutdown.
Bulleted text doesn't indent as expected when IndentLevel is set programmatically.