Uninstall Office 2011 from a Mac

Before you remove Office for Mac 2011, quit all Office applications and make sure there's nothing in Trash that you want to keep. Leave Office applications closed while you go through this process.

Note   You must be signed in as administrator to do these steps, and you probably already are, if you're using your own Mac. If you're at a Mac that's part of a network at work, you might have to ask someone in your IT organization for help with signing in as administrator.

There are several things to remove. This article steps you through each one.

Step 1: Remove the Microsoft Office 2011 folder

Click Go > Applications, and drag the Microsoft Office 2011 folder to Trash.

Step 2: Remove preference and license files and Office folder

Remove files from the folders at Home > Library and Computer > Library, as listed below.

Remove com.microsoft files and Office folder from Home > Library folders
  1. Click Go > Home, and open Library.

    Note   If you don't see the Library folder, un-hide it by holding down the Option key while you click Go.

  2. Open Preferences, and drag all files that begin with com.microsoft to Trash (To make these easy to find, arrange files and folders in alphabetical order).

  3. Still in Preferences, open ByHost, and drag all files that begin with com.microsoft to Trash.

  4. Caution   Before continuing, if you created custom templates that you want to keep, copy them to another folder.

    Back in Library, open Application Support > Microsoft, and drag the Office folder to Trash.

Remove com.microsoft.office.licensing files from Computer > Library folders
  1. Click Go > Computer, double-click your hard disk icon, and open Library.

    Note   The default name of your hard disk is Macintosh HD.

  2. Open LaunchDaemons, and drag com.microsoft.office.licensing.helper.plist to Trash (To make the file easy to find, arrange files and folders in alphabetical order).

  3. Back in Library, open Preferences, and drag com.microsoft.office.licensing.plist to Trash.

  4. Back in Library, open PrivilegedHelperTools, and drag com.microsoft.office.licensing.helper to Trash.

Step 3: Remove Microsoft folders and Office2011 files

  1. Click Go > Computer, double-click your hard disk icon, and open Library.

    Note   The default name of your hard disk is Macintosh HD.

  2. Open Application Support, and drag the Microsoft folder to Trash.

  3. Back in Library, open Fonts, and drag the Microsoft folder to Trash.

  4. Back in Library, open Receipts, and if you see files that begin with Office2011_ drag them to Trash.

  5. Go back to Go > Go to Folder and type /private/var/db/receipts. If you see files that begin with com.microsoft.office drag them to Trash.

Important   Following these steps removes the Microsoft Silverlight plug-in. When you've finished removing Office, go here to reinstall Microsoft Silverlight.

Step 4: Rename and optionally remove Microsoft User Data folder

If you ever reinstall Office, you'll want to restore your Outlook information and Citation Source Manager data. By renaming the folder, the data is preserved, and it won't be destroyed by a new installation of Office. Later, when you're sure you don't need the data anymore, you can remove it.

Rename the folder
  1. Click Go > Documents, and click Microsoft User Data.

  2. Press Enter, and type a new name such as Microsoft User Data Archive.

    Tip   If you reinstall Office, restore your data in two steps. First, remove the Microsoft User Data folder that the Office installation creates (drag it to Trash). Second, change your archived folder back to its original name: Microsoft User Data.

Remove the folder
  1. When you're sure you don't want to keep the data, click Go > Documents.

  2. Drag Microsoft User Data to Trash.

Step 5: Empty Trash and restart

Caution   If there's anything in Trash you want to keep, be sure to make a copy before you continue.

  1. Click Finder > Empty Trash.

  2. Click Apple > Restart.

Step 6: Remove Office application icons

Do the following for each icon:

  1. Hold down the Control key, and then click an Office application icon in the Dock.

  2. Click Options > Remove from Dock.

    Options > Remove from Dock

Applies To: Word for Mac 2011, Excel for Mac 2011, Lync for Mac 2011, Outlook for Mac 2011, PowerPoint for Mac 2011



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