Patches aplenty: Microsoft sends out KB 2920807, KB 2920738 for Office

If you are running an installed version of Office 2010 or 2013, here are two more patches for your collection

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I bet you thought there were too many patches and pulled patches and botched patches that haven't been pulled and patches of patches and patches to terminate patches and Disappearing Silver Bullets this week. Guess what? Yet another one just entered the playing field -- two, actually.

Here's the short version.

If you're using Office 2010 or Office 2013 and you installed the October Office update (MS14-061/KB 3000434), you've been living with a bug for the past couple of months. A new TechNet post explains:

Shortly after the release of the October Public Update, we received notification of a potential issue affecting Office 2010 and Office 2013 users. In some cases, users running Office 2013 or Office 2010 may not be able update Microsoft Word fields in a few scenarios after the October Public updates are installed. We have since corrected the issue in Office 2013 Click-to-Run build 15.0.4675.1002. 

If you have Office Click-to-Run (one component of Office 365), you're already fixed. But if you use an installed version of Office 2010 or Office 2013, this bug has been lurking for a couple of months:

When you print or print preview a document in Word that has the Print Markup option enabled, the page numbers of the document may be displayed incorrectly.

No idea why it's taken months to articulate the bug or squash it.

The patch for Office 2013 is listed as KB 2920738. The patch for Office 2010 SP2 is KB 2920807.

Although the KB articles say the patches "are also available for manual download" -- which seems to imply they're about to be rolled out the Automatic Update chute -- they don't appear to be in the hopper yet. The master list of Windows Updates doesn't yet mention either one, and I can't find them in Windows Update. That may change over the next few hours.

(Confusingly, the KB article for Office 2013 says that the print problem occurs if you have installed hotfix KB 2889939, which was released as part of the October Office Update.)

If you're having problems with incorrect page numbers in printed Word documents -- or any other difficulty with getting Word fields updated -- it would be worth your while to run down and manually install the appropriate patch.