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Installing Office 2008 is a four-step process.  After downloading the installer, you will install Office 2008, check your Office Identity, and install any updates. Re-start your computer and you're done. 

To complete the installation, you must be logged into your computer as an administrator. You will also need to be connected to the Smith network to download the installer and updates.

Depending on the speed of your computer and your network connection, the installation will take 30-45 minutes.

Click on the links below for detailed instructions:

  1. Download the Office 2008 Installer
  2. Install Office 2008
  3. Update Office 2008

you install Office 2008 on your Smith computer, be sure to:

  • Review the System Requirements for Office 2008.

  • Review the Office 2008 and Office 2004 compatibilty considerations, and discuss your plans with colleagues in your department who may be affected by your decision to upgrade.

  • The directions below will not remove your old copy of Office 2004.

If you have any questions, please contact User Support at x4487.

1. Download the Office 2008 Installer

  1. Quit all running applications.

  2. Click on your Desktop.

  3. Select Connect to Server from the Go Menu.

  4. Type into the Server Address text field. Click Connect.

  5. Type your Novell username in the Name area. Enter your password, then click Connect.

  6. When asked to select a volume to mount, choose STUFF.DATA and click OK.

  7. The system will place a STUFF.DATA icon on your desktop and open a new Finder window with the contents of STUFF.DATA. Double-click on the STUFF.DATA icon to navigate the network drive.

  8. Go to STUFF.DATA/UserFiles/Mac/

  9. Drag MSOffice2008_12.2.1.pkg to your desktop. It will take between 10-20 minutes to copy, depending on the speed of your computer and your network connection.

  10. When MSOffice2008_12.2.1.pkg is finished copying to your desktop, drag the STUFF.DATA icon on your desktop to the Trash to disconnect from the Smith Network STUFF drive.

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2. Install Office 2008 for Mac

  1. Double-click on the MSOffice2008_12.2.1.pkg icon on your desktop to launch the installer.

  2. In the Welcome window, click Continue.

  3. When the Standard Install on Macintosh HD window opens, click Install.

  4. In the Password window, enter your password and click OK.

  5. When the Install Succeeded window appears, click Close.

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3. Check Your Office Identity

Your Office Identity will be configured automatically from your address book. To check and/or edit your user information:

  1. Open Microsoft Word.

  2. Go to Preferences/ Personal Settings/ User Information.

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4. Install Updates

  1. Open Word and wait for the "Optimizing font menu" process to finish running.

  2. Open the Help menu and click on Check for Updates.

  3. If any updates are available, run them. If not, click OK.

  4. Re-start your computer and you're all set.

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 |  Last updated January 10, 2013

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