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How To Manually Remove Microsoft Office v.X

Article ID = 25
Article Title = How To Manually Remove Microsoft Office v.X
Article Author(s) = Graham Needham (BH)
Article Created On = 2nd July 2011
Article Last Updated = 28th August 2012
Article URL = http://www.macstrategy.com/article.php?25

Article Brief Description:
Instructions for removing Microsoft Office v.X

How to Manually Remove Microsoft Office v.X

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, 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 > Users > ~your home directory > Documents and copy the "Microsoft User Data" folder to your Microsoft Office Backup folder.
  5. Go to Macintosh HD > Users > ~your home directory > Library > Fonts and copy the "MT Extra" font to your Microsoft Office Backup folder.
  6. Go to Macintosh HD > Users > ~your home directory > Library > Preferences > Microsoft and copy the following files to your Microsoft Office Backup folder.
    • Carbon Registration Database
    • Custom Dictionary
    • Entourage Preferences
    • Entourage Settings (10)
    • Excel Keyboard Shortcuts
    • Excel Settings (10)
    • Excel Toolbars (10)
    • Microsoft Component Preferences
    • Microsoft Office Settings (10)
    • MS Office ACL [English]
    • Office Font Cache (10)
    • Office Registration Cache X
    • Office X First Run
    • PowerPoint Settings (10)
    • Proofing Tool Preferences
    • Word Font Substitutes
    • Word Settings (10)
  7. 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 Office X" folder.
  5. Go to Macintosh HD > Users > ~your home directory > Desktop and delete the "Microsoft Office Backup" folder (as long as you have already archived it).
  6. 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 X AutoRecovery
      • Office X Identities
    • If you have installed Microsoft Office 2011 you can also delete the following folders:
      • Entourage Script Menu Items
      • Entourage Sound Sets
  7. Go to Macintosh HD > Users > ~your home directory > Library > Fonts and delete the "MT Extra" font.
  8. Go to Macintosh HD > Users > ~your home directory > Library > Preferences > Microsoft and delete the following files:
    • Carbon Registration Database
    • Custom Dictionary
    • Entourage Preferences
    • Entourage Settings (10)
    • Excel Keyboard Shortcuts
    • Excel Settings (10)
    • Excel Toolbars (10)
    • Microsoft Component Preferences
    • Microsoft Office Settings (10)
    • MS Office ACL [English]
    • Office Font Cache (10)
    • Office Registration Cache X
    • Office X First Run
    • PowerPoint Settings (10)
    • Proofing Tool Preferences
    • Word Font Substitutes
    • Word Settings (10)
  9. Restart your computer.
  10. Empty the Trash.
  11. 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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