How to Install Office 2011 for Mac - dummies

By Geetesh Bajaj, James Gordon

Installing Office 2011 for Mac is pretty simple, because Microsoft Office uses the standard Apple installer. Just double-click the installer icon to start the install process. There are no surprises, and you should be able to accept all the defaults unless you’re an advanced user and want to make a customized installation.

The installer takes you through six stages:

  1. Introduction.

    A friendly welcome screen is all you see here.

  2. License.

    This is where you get to read (and if you want, print) the license agreement between you and Microsoft. You need to agree to that license in order to continue the installation.

  3. Destination select.

    Normally, you install Office on your startup disk.

  4. Installation type.

    Here you can customize the install options if you feel you must.

  5. Installation.

    This is where the installer does the job of placing the Microsoft Office 2011 folder into your Applications folder. It installs the Office applications, fonts, templates, and the framework to make Office run.

  6. Summary.

    Click the Finish button to quit the installer.

When you get to Step 6, the Microsoft AutoUpdate application opens to check whether there are updates from Microsoft available for your Office software. You should immediately install all updates that are available.

If you’re pressed for time, make sure you install these updates as soon as you can.

It’s very important to leave your installation of Office exactly as the installer generated it. Don’t move or rename any of the applications, files, or folders of your Microsoft Office installation in the Applications folder, or Office or parts of it probably won’t work. However, it’s okay to make aliases that link to your Office applications.