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Tips for a successful install

  • Quit all applications before running the Office installer. Easy Way: Under the Apple in the Menu bar, select Log out. When you Log in, hold down the Shift key. This will disable all Login items including the hidden ones.
  • The Office Installer replaces old Office fonts with new fonts. If any open application is using a font that is replaced by the Office Installer, that application could become unstable or display information incorrectly.
  • It’s advised to install the entire suite. You save very little space if you don’t install an Application and it could cause future updates to fail. You can select not to install languages. This is the preferred way rather than try removing after the install with a third party application like Monolingual.
  • Restart after install and between each update.
  • Updates are important. They contain bug fixes and security updates. Under Help in the Menu bar select “Check for Updates”. I suggest check automatically. This way you will receive a notification whenever a new update is released. It does not install the update, it just notifies you.
  • Before updating either archive (zip) the Microsoft Office folder in Applications or have a backup on Time Machine or other backup drive. If the update has problems, you can easily revert to the archived copy. Updates do not include an uninstall feature. If you have a failed update and do not have a backup, to restore your applications to its original state you would need to delete it from your hard disk, reinstall Office from your original installation disk, and then install ALL updates.
  • Run Font Book to check for duplicate fonts after installing Office for Mac. See this article for help.
  • Run Repair Permissions in Disk Utility after installing.
  • Remember it’s easier to do it right than have to troubleshoot because you tried to use shortcuts to install.
  • If you have an eSATA drive, read this Microsoft KB before installing. IMPORTANT


Minimum Requirements Office for Mac 2011:*

System Requirements: A Mac computer with an Intel processor
Mac OS X version
10.5.8 or later (Leopard or higher)
1 GB of RAM
or more (personally I wouldn’t advise using Office with Snow Leopard with less than 4 GB, or Leopard with less than 2GB)
2.5GB hard disk space
1280 x 800 or higher resolution monitor
DVD drive or connection to a local area network (if installing over a network)
Safari 5 or later recommended

Outlook requires Exchange 2007 or higher

*Note: If you barely meet the minimum requirements, you will most likely not be satisfied with the performance.

You should note that OS X doesn’t like being run on a hard drive without a certain amount of free space. You will get “insufficient memory” error messages because the OS doesn’t have room to write virtual memory to. The OS may also have problems writing the directory, which can cause files to disappear.

Minimum Requirements Office for Mac 2008:*

System Requirements: A Mac computer with an Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (500 MHz or faster) processor
Mac OS X version 10.4.9 or later (Tiger or higher)
512 MB of RAM (For Tiger I would advise a minimum of 1GB. See above for personal recommendations for Leopard & Snow Leopard)
1.5GB hard disk space
DVD drive or connection to a local area network (if installing over a network)
1024 x 768 or higher resolution-monitor

Entourage will support Exchange server 2003. Upgrade to the EWS v13 if you have Exchange 2007 for best results. It’s a free upgrade.

*Note: If you barely meet the minimum requirements, you will most likely not be satisfied with the performance.

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