Office 2008 Installation
Installing and configuring Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac
- 1 System Requirements
- 2 Steps to take before installing (recommended)
- 3 Installation steps
- 4 Steps to take after the installation finishes
- 5 Known issues with Office 2008
To run Microsoft® Office 2008 for Mac, your computer must meet the following requirements:
- Processor: A Mac computer with an Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (500 MHz or faster) processor
- Operating System: Mac OS X version 10.4.9 or later
- Memory: 512 MB of RAM or more
- 1.5 GB of available hard disk space
- Hard Disk: HFS+ hard disk format (also known as Mac OS Extended or HFS Plus)
Steps to take before installing (recommended)
(If you use Entourage) Backup the Entourage database: COPY (do not move) the folder called "Microsoft User Data" (located in the "Documents" folder inside your Home directory) to an external medium (network drive with sufficient storage, external hard disk), or a different folder on the computer, such as the Desktop.
- Use the default options that the installer offers.
- During the installation process, you will be asked to provide some personal information. Your first and last name are sufficient. (Note: None of this information is sent to Microsoft, or other parties, it is used solely to make your installation of Office more personal).
- At the end, the installer will offer to help you update. Please use this opportunity to update Office before launching any applications. See Office_2008_Installation#Performing_Updates_.28HIGHLY_recommended.29 the recommended notes, below.
Steps to take after the installation finishes
Performing Updates (HIGHLY recommended)
- It is highly recommended to update Office to the latest version, before using it. Microsoft has fixed many bugs that were present in the initial version. Some of the more serious bugs that will be resolved by updating include the inability to save and open documents in certain situations.
- Updates can be performed using Microsoft AutoUpdate. To launch Microsoft AutoUpdate, you should choose the "Update" option available at the end of the install process. You can also open one of the Office applications (such as Word), and start the update process by clicking on the "Help" menu and then clicking "Check for updates". It is recommended to set the updating frequency to "Weekly".
Recommended tweaks for Microsoft Word
(Note: It may take a minute or two to open Word for the first time. Subsequent launches should be faster. )
Click on the "Word" menu in the top left corner and click "Preferences".
- In the preferences window click on "Save", and from the "Save Word files as" menu select "Word 97-2004 Document (.doc)".
- Click on "Show All", then click "Compatibility" and set "Recommended options" to "Microsoft Word 2000-2004 and X".
(the following recommendations may not be necessary if you had earlier versions of Office installed)
- The default font for Word 2008 is Cambria. To change to Times New Roman (or another font):
- Click on the "Format" menu and click "Font".
- In the Font box enter "Times New Roman".
- Click "Default", then click OK.
- The default spacing in Word 2008 is double. To change this:
- Click on the "Format" menu.
- Select "Style", then select "Normal", and click "Modify".
- Click on the drop-down menu in the lower left corner and click "Paragraph".
- Under "Spacing", change "After" to be 0 pt.
- Click OK and OK, again.
- Click "Organizer", and under "Styles" highlight "Normal" in the list on the left and click "Copy".
- Confirm that you want to replace the Normal template. Click Close. Quit Word (it doesn't matter if you save the document or not, the normal template will be saved automatically).
Recommended tweaks for Microsoft PowerPoint
(Note: It may take a minute or two to open the application for the first time. Subsequent launches should be faster. ) Click on the "PowerPoint" menu in the top left corner and click "Preferences".
- In the preferences window click on "Save", and from the "Save PowerPoint files as" menu select "PowerPoint 97-2004 Document (.ppt)".
- It is not possible to change the default font, theme or slide layout in PowerPoint. The line spacing in PowerPoint is normal, so there is no need to change it.
Recommended tweaks for Microsoft Excel
(Note: It may take a minute or two to open the application for the first time. Subsequent launches should be faster. ) Click on the "Excel" menu in the top left corner and click "Preferences".
- In the preferences window click on "Compatibility", and from the "Save Excel files as" menu select "Excel 97-2004 Document (.xls)".
Recommended tweaks for Microsoft Entourage
- Please skip this section if you do not plan to use Entourage as your e-mail client.
- If you have never used Entourage before, but you would like to start using it, you should follow the directions in this document:
After following the above instructions, or if Entourage is already configured, you should consider making the following modifications:
- Click on the "Tools" menu and click "Junk E-Mail Protection"
- Click on the "Level" tab, and click on "Low", then remove the checkmark next to "Delete messages from the Junk E-Mail folder" (just a recommendation)
- Click on the "Safe Domains" tab, and enter middlebury.edu Read the note there on how to add other domains to this safe list.
- Click on the "Entourage" menu in the top left corner and click "Preferences".
- Under Fonts set "Arial" for HTML messages and "Courier New" for plain text messages.
- Under "Spelling" remove the checkmark next to "Ignore words in UPPERCASE" and place a checkmark next to "Always check spelling before queuing outgoing messages".
- Under "Compose" => "Attachments", set "Encode for" to "Windows". Ironically this works better for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Also place a checkmark next to "Append file name extensions".
- If you are missing the "Save" button when writing an e-mail message:
- Click on the "View" menu and click "Customize Toolbar". Drag the "Save" button to the toolbar, next to the "Send" button.
- If you are missing the "Move" button when you are viewing received messages:
- Click on the "View" menu and click "Customize Toolbar". Drag the "Move" button to the toolbar.
- To disable the "My Day" application:
- Click on the "My Day" button. Click on the "My Day" application in the Dock.
- Click on the "My Day" menu in the top left corner, then click "Preferences".
- Remove the check mark next to "Open at login".
Known issues with Office 2008
- FULL list of known issues is available at the Mactopia Microsoft site
- There is no visual basic support, so Visual Basic macros won't run in Office 2008. More information on how to resolve this is available at the Mactopia Developers site
- With Office 2004 and 2008 installed at the same time, the applications from Office 2008 are always the default applications for opening documents. There's not way to change this.