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How To Manually Remove Microsoft Office 2004

Article ID = 20
Article Title = How To Manually Remove Microsoft Office 2004
Article Author(s) = Graham Needham (BH)
Article Created On = 3rd July 2011
Article Last Updated = 10th September 2014
Article URL = http://www.macstrategy.com/article.php?20

Article Brief Description:
Instructions for removing Microsoft Office 2004

How to Manually Remove Microsoft Office 2004

Some important points to note before proceeding:
  • Although the Microsoft supplied "Remove Office" application may work it does not fully remove Microsoft Office.
  • These instructions will help you manually remove all the Microsoft Office software (including MSN Messenger and the Open XML Converters), system items, preferences and email data.
  • Due to the sheer number of files and folders to be deleted we recommend you print this document first and tick off each line as you follow it.
  • The instructions below will delete some of your Office personal preferences and fonts plus your Office data such as email data/accounts/signatures/rules/schedules/attachments, calendar, tasks, notes and projects. If you want to backup/archive this data before deleting it, follow the instruction under "Backup/Archive Personal Data" first.
  • The instructions below include emptying the Trash so make sure you check the Trash for anything you may not want to actually delete.
  • These instructions will remove items for a specific version of Microsoft Office. However, some items are the same across different versions of Microsoft Office so if you are removing an older version but have a newer version installed that you wish to keep specific items not to be removed will be noted in red.

Backing Up Your Computer

You should always back up your computer before deleting software.

Backup/Archive Personal Data

  1. Restart your computer (and login using an adminstrator account).
  2. Quit any running applications.
  3. On your desktop create a folder called "Microsoft Office Backup".
  4. Go to Macintosh HD > Library > Fonts > Microsoft and copy all the fonts to your Microsoft Office Backup folder.
  5. Go to Macintosh HD > Users > ~your home directory > Documents and copy the "Microsoft User Data" folder to your Microsoft Office Backup folder.
  6. Go to Macintosh HD > Users > ~your home directory > Documents and copy the "Office Projects" folder to your Microsoft Office Backup folder.
  7. Go to Macintosh HD > Users > ~your home directory > Library > Fonts and copy the following fonts to your Microsoft Office Backup folder.
    • Abadi MT Condensed Extra Bold
    • Abadi MT Condensed Light
    • Andale Mono
    • Arial
    • Arial Black
    • Arial Narrow
    • Arial Rounded Bold
    • Baskerville Old Face
    • Batang.ttf
    • Bauhaus 93
    • Bell MT
    • Bernard MT Condensed
    • Book Antiqua
    • Bookman Old Style
    • Braggadocio
    • Britannic Bold
    • Brush Script
    • Calisto MT
    • Century
    • Century Gothic
    • Century Schoolbook
    • Colonna
    • Comic Sans MS
    • Cooper Black
    • Copperplate Gothic Bold
    • Copperplate Gothic Light
    • Curlz MT
    • Desdemona
    • Edwardian Script ITC
    • Engravers MT
    • Eurostile
    • Footlight Light
    • Garamond
    • Georgia
    • Gill Sans Ultra Bold
    • Gloucester MT Extra Condensed
    • Goudy Old Style
    • Gulim.ttf
    • Haettenschweiler
    • Harrington
    • Impact
    • Imprint MT Shadow
    • Kino
    • Lucida Blackletter
    • Lucida Bright
    • Lucida Calligraphy
    • Lucida Fax
    • Lucida Handwriting
    • Lucida Sans
    • Lucida Sans Typewriter
    • Matura Script Capitals
    • Mistral
    • Modern No. 20
    • Monotype Corsiva
    • Monotype Sorts
    • MS Gothic.ttf
    • MS Mincho.ttf
    • MS PGothic.ttf
    • MS PMincho.ttf
    • MT Extra
    • News Gothic MT
    • Onyx
    • Perpetua Titling MT
    • Playbill
    • PMingLiU.ttf
    • Rockwell
    • Rockwell Extra Bold
    • SimSun.ttf
    • Stencil
    • Tahoma
    • Times New Roman
    • Trebuchet MS
    • Verdana
    • Wide Latin
    • Wingdings
    • Wingdings 2
    • Wingdings 3
  8. Go to Macintosh HD > Users > ~your home directory > Library > Preferences and copy the following files to your Microsoft Office Backup folder:
    • com.microsoft.autoupdate1.plist
    • com.microsoft.autoupdate2.plist
    • com.microsoft.certmgr.plist
    • com.microsoft.Entourage.plist
    • com.microsoft.entourage.syncservices.plist
    • com.microsoft.error_reporting.plist
    • com.microsoft.OfficeNotifications.plist
    • com.microsoft.pst-import-tool.plist
    • com.microsoft.setupassistant.plist
    • com.microsoft.Word.plist
    • OfficeSync Prefs
  9. Go to Macintosh HD > Users > ~your home directory > Library > Preferences > Microsoft and copy the following files to your Microsoft Office Backup folder.
    • Clip Gallery Preferences
    • com.microsoft.Entourage.prefs.plist
    • com.microsoft.Excel.prefs.plist
    • com.microsoft.Graph.prefs.plist
    • com.microsoft.Messenger.prefs.plist
    • com.microsoft.MessengerDaemon.prefs.plist
    • com.microsoft.Office.prefs.plist
    • com.microsoft.PowerPoint.prefs.plist
    • com.microsoft.Word.prefs.plist
    • Custom Dictionary
    • Entourage Preferences
    • Equation Editor Preferences
    • Excel Toolbars (11)
    • MMicrosoftS Office ACL [English]
    • Microsoft Office Settings (11)
    • MSN Messenger User Cache
    • Office 11 First Run
    • Office Font Cache (11)
    • Office Registration Cache 11
    • OLE Registration Database 11
    • Organization Chart Clip
    • Organization Chart Settings
    • Proofing Tool Preferences
    • Word Font Substitutes
  10. Now archive the "Microsoft Office Backup" folder on your Desktop to another disk or a CD-R / DVD-R.

Manual Removal

NOTE: Depending on what Office software you have installed and/or used some or all of the following items may be present on your hard disk. If a listed item isn't on your hard disk, don't worry, ignore it and skip to the next step.
  1. Restart your computer (and login using an adminstrator account).
  2. Quit any running applications.
  3. Go to Apple Menu > System preferences > System > Accounts > your account name (on the left) > Login Items tab (on the right) and remove any Microsoft items.
  4. Go to Macintosh HD > Applications and delete the "Microsoft AutoUpdate" application.
  5. Go to Macintosh HD > Applications and delete the "Microsoft Office 2004" folder.
  6. Go to Macintosh HD > Applications and delete the "Open XML Converter" application.
  7. Go to Macintosh HD > Applications and delete the "PST Import Tool" application.
  8. Go to Macintosh HD > Library > Application Support > Microsoft and delete the following folders:
    • HV1.0
    • MAU2.0
    • Office Converter Support
  9. Go to Macintosh HD > Library > Fonts and delete the Microsoft folder.
  10. Go to Macintosh HD > Library > Receipts and delete all Office 2004 items (files starting with "Office2004_en…)".
  11. Go to Macintosh HD > Users > ~your home directory > Desktop and delete the "Microsoft Office Backup" folder (as long as you have already archived it).
  12. Go to Macintosh HD > Users > ~your home directory > Desktop and delete the "Remove Office log.txt" file.
  13. Go to Macintosh HD > Users > ~your home directory > Documents and delete the "Microsoft User Data" folder.
    • If you have installed a later version of Microsoft Office don't delete the "Microsoft User Data" folder. Instead go into the folder and just delete the following folders:
      • Office 2004 AutoRecovery
      • Office 2004 Identities
    • If you have installed Microsoft Office 2011 you can also delete the following folders:
      • Entourage Script Menu Items
      • Entourage Sound Sets
  14. Go to Macintosh HD > Users > ~your home directory > Documents and delete the "Office Projects" folder.
  15. Go to Macintosh HD > Users > ~your home directory > Library > Caches and delete the "com.microsoft.browserfont.cache" and "com.microsoft.netlib.crls" files.
  16. Go to Macintosh HD > Users > ~your home directory > Library > Caches > Metadata and delete the "Microsoft" folder.
  17. Go to Macintosh HD > Users > ~your home directory > Library > Fonts and delete the following fonts:
    • Abadi MT Condensed Extra Bold
    • Abadi MT Condensed Light
    • Andale Mono
    • Arial
    • Arial Black
    • Arial Narrow
    • Arial Rounded Bold
    • Baskerville Old Face
    • Batang.ttf
    • Bauhaus 93
    • Bell MT
    • Bernard MT Condensed
    • Book Antiqua
    • Bookman Old Style
    • Braggadocio
    • Britannic Bold
    • Brush Script
    • Calisto MT
    • Century
    • Century Gothic
    • Century Schoolbook
    • Colonna
    • Comic Sans MS
    • Cooper Black
    • Copperplate Gothic Bold
    • Copperplate Gothic Light
    • Curlz MT
    • Desdemona
    • Edwardian Script ITC
    • Engravers MT
    • Eurostile
    • Footlight Light
    • Garamond
    • Georgia
    • Gill Sans Ultra Bold
    • Gloucester MT Extra Condensed
    • Goudy Old Style
    • Gulim.ttf
    • Haettenschweiler
    • Harrington
    • Impact
    • Imprint MT Shadow
    • Kino
    • Lucida Blackletter
    • Lucida Bright
    • Lucida Calligraphy
    • Lucida Fax
    • Lucida Handwriting
    • Lucida Sans
    • Lucida Sans Typewriter
    • Matura Script Capitals
    • Mistral
    • Modern No. 20
    • Monotype Corsiva
    • Monotype Sorts
    • MS Gothic.ttf
    • MS Mincho.ttf
    • MS PGothic.ttf
    • MS PMincho.ttf
    • MT Extra
    • News Gothic MT
    • Onyx
    • Perpetua Titling MT
    • Playbill
    • PMingLiU.ttf
    • Rockwell
    • Rockwell Extra Bold
    • SimSun.ttf
    • Stencil
    • Tahoma
    • Times New Roman
    • Trebuchet MS
    • Verdana
    • Wide Latin
    • Wingdings
    • Wingdings 2
    • Wingdings 3
  18. Go to Macintosh HD > Users > ~your home directory > Library > Preferences and delete the following files:
    • com.microsoft.autoupdate1.plist
    • com.microsoft.autoupdate2.plist
    • com.microsoft.certmgr.plist
    • com.microsoft.Entourage.plist
    • com.microsoft.entourage.syncservices.plist
    • com.microsoft.error_reporting.plist
    • com.microsoft.OfficeNotifications.plist
    • com.microsoft.pst-import-tool.plist
    • com.microsoft.setupassistant.plist
    • com.microsoft.Word.plist
    • OfficeSync Prefs
  19. Go to Macintosh HD > Users > ~your home directory > Library > Preferences > Microsoft and delete the following files:
    • Clip Gallery Preferences
    • com.microsoft.Entourage.prefs.plist
    • com.microsoft.Excel.prefs.plist
    • com.microsoft.Graph.prefs.plist
    • com.microsoft.Messenger.prefs.plist
    • com.microsoft.MessengerDaemon.prefs.plist
    • com.microsoft.Office.prefs.plist
    • com.microsoft.PowerPoint.prefs.plist
    • com.microsoft.Word.prefs.plist
    • Custom Dictionary
    • Entourage Preferences
    • Equation Editor Preferences
    • Excel Toolbars (11)
    • Microsoft Office ACL [English]
    • Microsoft Office Settings (11)
    • MSN Messenger User Cache
    • Office 11 First Run
    • Office Font Cache (11)
    • Office Registration Cache 11
    • OLE Registration Database 11
    • Organization Chart Clip
    • Organization Chart Settings
    • Proofing Tool Preferences
    • Word Font Substitutes
  20. Go to Macintosh HD > Users > ~your home directory > Library > Sync Services > Schemas and delete the "MicrosoftOfficeNotes.syncschema folder.
  21. If you are running Mac OS X 10.6 or later:
    1. In the Finder go to the Go menu > Go to Folder…
    2. Enter "/private/var/db/receipts/"
    3. Delete all items starting with "com.microsoft.office…" or "com.microsoft.OpenXML…"
  22. Go to Macintosh HD > Library > Fonts Disabled folder and move the "Brush Script.ttf" font back to the Macintosh HD > Library > Fonts folder.
  23. Go to Macintosh HD > Users > ~your home directory > Library > Fonts Disabled folder and move any fonts back to the Macintosh HD > Users > ~your home directory > Library > Fonts folder.
  24. Restart your computer.
  25. Empty the Trash.
  26. Remove the relevant Microsoft Office related icons from the Dock e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Entourage, MSN Messenger, Office Notifications (just drag the icon off of the dock to remove it).

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