INSTALL  MICROSOFT  OFFICE  2011  FOR  MAC


This example of software installation shows you how to install Microsoft Office For Mac - 2011 Edition. This example should be the same for any future versions of Microsoft Office For Mac simply because Microsoft tend to be very uniform with their installations. As an example; The installation of Microsoft Office For Mac - 2008 Edition is more or less the same as shown in this example (some actions are switched around only).


To install Microsoft Office 2011; Begin by inserting the Microsoft Office Mac 2011 Installation DVD into your cd/dvd drive and then wait for the Installation Wizard to launch (Fig 1.1). If it doesn't launch (start up) double click on the cd/dvd drive icon, located on the desktop, which should now be displaying the Microsoft Office 2011 icon instead of the generic cd/dvd icon and then wait for the Installation Wizard to launch.



Fig 1.0  Double click on the CD/DVD Drive icon, if necessary, to launch the Installation Wizard

The first step of the installation wizard is to offer you two ways of installing Microsoft Office For Mac - You can either use the step-by-step Office Setup Assistant or drag the Microsoft Office For Mac folder (icon) onto your hard drive or desktop for a manual, customised, installation. To keep things simple though you should use the recommended step-by-step office setup assistant option by double clicking on the OFFICE INSTALLER icon.



Fig 1.1  Double click on the OFFICE INSTALLER icon to continue

After double clicking on the OFFICE INSTALLER icon you are presented with the Welcome screen. Read the information on it and then click on its CONTINUE button to proceed. Doing so takes you to the License Agreement (Fig 1.3).



Fig 1.2  Read the information on this Welcome screen and then click on the CONTINUE button to proceed




Fig 1.3  Read the Terms & Conditions carefully before clicking on the CONTINUE button

Read the License Agreement carefully. Although license agreements tend to contain useless information, they usually explain Copyright issues or Usage issues that clarify who can use the software and who cannot. So if, for example, you are told that a certain piece of software is Free and/or Free To Use you may want to clarify this by reading the agreement. Some installation wizards (setup assistants) do not allow you to continue, by fading out the CONTINUE button, until you have read (scrolled down) the license agreement.

If after reading the terms and conditions you agree to them, click on the CONTINUE button (above) and then on the AGREE button (below) to continue. The next step of the installation wizard (Fig 1.5 below) will then ask you where you would like the actual Microsoft Office 2011 files stored (installed). You normally select your apple mac hard drive - The hard drive that has OS X (Lion) installed (stored) on it. In this example the Macintosh HD hard drive.



Fig 1.4  If you agree to the Terms & Conditions click on the AGREE button to continue




Fig 1.5  Make sure your Apple Mac hard drive (Macintosh HD) is selected and then click on the CONTINUE button

If you only have one hard drive available, without partitions (sections), it will be the selected hard drive by default and therefore you will not need to physically select it (click on it). Microsoft Office 2011 will be installed on that hard drive regardless. Once an hard drive has been selected, by you or the installation wizard, click on the CONTINUE button to continue to the next step.

In this next step you can customize the installation of Microsoft Office 2011 - You can choose which applications (programs) are to be installed. In this example I don't want Microsoft Outlook installed, but I do want all the other applications installed; so I have clicked on the CUSTOMIZE button instead of the INSTALL button. If you just want to install the whole office package, without caring what will be installed!, simply click on the INSTALL button only.



Fig 1.6  Click on the CUSTOMIZE button if you only want certain Microsoft Office applications installed

After clicking on the CUSTOMIZE button you are presented with a list of Microsoft Office applications that will be installed. Applications such as Word, Excel, Outlook and MSN (Hotmail) Messenger. Click on the right-facing grey triangle, to the left of the Microsoft Office 2011 listing, to expand the listings and then untick (deselect/blank) the items you do not want installed. In this example I have deselected (unticked) Microsoft Outlook because it will only be a 90 Day trial version. When you have made your selections and/or deselections, so that those applications you want installed are ticked (selected), click on the INSTALL button to continue.



Fig 1.7  Click on the grey triangle, to the left of the Microsoft Office 2011 listing, to expand the listings.




Fig 1.8  Deselect (untick) the applications you do not want installed and then click on the INSTALL button

Before clicking on the INSTALL button you can always revert back to doing a standard install, by clicking on the STANDARD INSTALL button instead, which means all the Microsoft Office applications will installed; otherwise just click on the INSTALL button to carry on with your Custom Installation.

You can also tell the installation wizard that you would like to change the location (destination folder) used to store (install) the actual application files. In other words, you can state that you would like the installed application files (i.e. Word, Excel and Outlook) to be stored (installed) inside a folder called MY OFFICE for example by clicking on the CHANGE LOCATION button. If you do not want to do this simply ignore that button - The application files will be stored inside a standard (default) folder of the installation wizards choosing.

After clicking on the INSTALL button, regardless of a standard or custom installation, a security requester will appear asking you to authorise this installation of Microsoft Office For Mac 2011. Simply enter the password of the currently logged-in user account into the security requester's PASSWORD Edit Box and then click on its INSTALL SOFTWARE button to continue.



Fig 1.9  Enter the password of the currently logged-in user account and then click on the INSTALL SOFTWARE button

With the installation process now authorised to place files on your selected hard drive the installation wizard can continue by performing the actual file copying, file registration and overall setup procedure. The above steps were just the preparation stages for you to customize, authorise and agree to with regards to where the actual application files will be installed and what actual applications will be installed.

If you need to cancel (quit) an installation process at any time, not just this one, you should click on the CANCEL button or QUIT button of the installation's current window; if one of these buttons are available of course. Or just click on the window's red eXit button. In some cases, generally speaking, even if you click on a CANCEL button the installation might have gone too far for it to be stopped, cancelled and/or reversed. So think very carefully before deciding to install any software on your computer.



Fig 1.10  The installation wizard is preparing the application files ready for copying and so on




Fig 1.11  The installation wizard is writing (copying) the application files and other settings files onto the selected hard drive




Fig 1.12  The installation wizard is registering (recording) certain aspects of the installation process with your apple mac




Fig 1.13  The installation wizard has finished - click on the CLOSE button to continue

The Figures above show certain installation points - In Fig 1.10 for example the installation wizard is preparing the application files ready for copying. And in Fig 1.11 the application files and settings files are being written to (copied onto) the selected hard drive. In Fig 1.12 the applications are being registered (recorded) so that OS X (Lion) knows how to uninstall them and so on. When the installation process is complete click on the CLOSE button (Fig 1.13 above).

ACTIVATE  MICROSOFT  OFFICE  2011  FOR  MAC


At this point the application files and settings files that make up the Microsoft Office 2011 software package have been installed, set up and registered. All is well. However, your particular copy of Microsoft Office 2011 needs to be registered online with Microsoft so that it can be activated; otherwise it will not function properly/fully. Hence the unique Product Key (Serial Number) on the cover of your particular copy of Microsoft Office 2011.

Activation is done via the Activation Wizard that is built-in to Microsoft Office 2011. It should launch itself after the above installation process, but if it doesn't you will need to launch it manually by clicking on any application icon of Microsoft Office 2011; such as clicking on the Microsoft Word (W) icon in the dock.



Fig 2.0  Click on the ENTER YOUR PRODUCT KEY button to continue

The first step of the Activation Wizard (above) asks you to click on the ENTER YOUR PRODUCT KEY button (if you have a valid product key) or click on the PURCHASE A PRODUCT KEY ONLINE button (if you don't have a valid product key). If this is your first time at installing and activating your copy of Microsoft Office 2011 you should click on the ENTER YOUR PRODUCT KEY button. The other button is for those ocassions when you are installing Microsoft Office 2011 without a valid product key (i.e. when you have, unknowingly, used up your three product keys/licenses). Either way, at this point make sure your computer is connected to a live internet connection.

Clicking on the ENTER YOUR PRODUCT KEY button takes you to step two (below) which asks you to enter your, valid, product key (serial number). As said; it will be on the packaging of your Microsoft Office 2011. Locate it and type it into the PRODUCT KEY Edit Box before clicking on the ACTIVATE button - The ACTIVATE button is initially faded-out (disabled) and will only become available (enabled) when you enter a valid product key.



Fig 2.1  When a valid Product Key (Serial Number) has been entered the ACTIVATE button can be clicked on

After entering a valid product key and clicking on the ACTIVATE button (above) the activation wizard then tries to connect to the Microsoft Server (its Registration computer) via your live internet connection in order to register your copy of Microsoft Office 2011 and therefore tell your computer that it has a valid, activated, copy of Microsoft Office 2011 installed on it. Hence why it's important to have that live internet connection.

Assuming all went well you should then see the following "Activation Successful" message - Simply click on the CONTINUE button to continue with the activation process.



Fig 2.2  This copy of Microsoft Office 2011 was successfully activated

The next step of the activation wizard asks you to customize your copy of Microsoft Office 2011 by adding your name to it. This basically means typing your First Name into the FIRST NAME Edit Box and your Last Name into the LAST NAME Edit Box. The Company Name entry is optional. When you have filled in your details click on the CONTINUE button to proceed.

Technical Note - This information might be planted into the PROPERTIES of your documents, such as in the Author property. So if you e-mail someone your Microsoft Word document for example it might have your name and company details on it, depending on how you set up your Microsoft Word PROPERTIES settings.



Fig 2.3  Make sure you fill in the FIRST NAME and LAST NAME edit boxes before clicking on the CONTINUE button

These next step asks you whether or not you want to receive Microsoft Office updates (security updates and software fixes) and whether or not you want to help Microsoft by joining their Customer Experience programme, which basically means they will gather anonymous information about your Microsoft Office habits and crash reports. I always recommend that you have both of the YES options selected.....unless you have something against Privacy and/or Microsoft.....and/or something to hide?



Fig 2.4  Click on the CONTINUE button when you have made up your mind on how to answer these questions

That's it!! All you need to do now is click on the DONE button of the last step (below). As you can see; installing Microsoft Office 2011 is simply a process of clicking on a few buttons called CONTINUE, INSTALL and FINISH with a couple of things to remember along the way such as the Product Key! and agreeing to the License Agreement. So hopefully it wasn't as bad as you thought it would be.



Fig 2.5  Click on the DONE button to complete the whole installation process

With the installation process fully completed you could now open (run/execute/launch) Microsoft Word for example by clicking on its docked W icon.



Fig 2.6  Click on the docked (parked) W icon to launch the application file called Microsoft Word.app




Fig 2.7  The Microsoft Word 2011 window displaying a blank document

If you have allowed Microsoft Office Updates to be included in your general Software Updates (Fig 2.4 above) then you might need to run through some of the above steps again once the Microsoft Updates have been downloaded, but this depends on the actual update as to whether or not it requires a small alteration to Microsoft Office 2011 or a big alteration (i.e. reinstallation of major applications/components).