Tips for a successful install
- Be sure to read Steps for a successful install of Office 2011 before installing.
- To see a list of everything that gets installed see Installed files list for Office 2011
- Check your fonts after installing. See Font Management
- Do you meet the requirements? See list of requirements
- Outlook for Mac requires Exchange server 2007 or higher. If you are still using Exchange 2003, you will need to continue to use Entourage 2008.
- Create a folder named “Applications” in your User’s folder and move the Microsoft Office 2008 folder to this location.
- Please keep your CD Key in a safe place. Should you ever need to install again, you will need your CD Key. The Product ID is used to get Microsoft support.
- CD Key is on a yellow or bright orange sticker on the CD package.
- The Product key is given during the Setup Assistant process. The Product ID will look like this: 11111-130-0001111-12345. Write this Product ID down or take a screen shot.
- If you have a multiple license pack, be sure to note which key was used on each computer. Activation is required for Office 2011. You can use a key on only one computer. More Info on activation
- You will be cautioned to remove all versions of Office for Mac on your computer. It’s not necessary to do this at this time. In fact, you might need it to access your mail from the older version if the Setup Assistant fails to import your data from Entourage.
- If you installed the beta, you should remove all traces of the beta before installing.
- Customize using the installer. See options below
- Do not try to remove languages after installing.
- It’s best to install all applications. They take up very little space and it can result in failed updates in the future.
- Run Microsoft AutoUpdate after restarting to be sure you are completely updated! (see this linkfor current update)
- All applications should be quit when updating.
- Restart your computer after installing and after each update.
Install on your boot volume
The Microsoft Autoupdater (MAU) for Office 2008 and Office 2011 is now tucked out of view of Spotlight. In the past the Microsoft AutoUpdater could be found at the root level of the Application folder.
You can find the MAU for Office 2011 by following this path:
- To launch MAU, you can open any Office application and select “Check for Updates” under Help in the Menu bar.
- Once MAU is launched, select “Keep in Dock”
- Quit all Microsoft applications (Easy way: log out. When you log in, hold down the Shift key. This will disable all start-up items including the hidden ones. It’s important all Microsoft applications are quit, but quitting all applications will result in fewer problems overall. Any open application could be corrupted by the process.
- Launch the MAU from the Dock and select “Check for Updates”.
- Select to download.
- Run Updater again to see is there are more updates. Repeat install & restart.
- Remove MAU from the Dock
You can also select to download directly from Mactopia.