is it really this cumbersome to uninstall MS Office ??

unclejamaal

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Original poster
Feb 22, 2010
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I'm more accustomed to Windows than OSX, so maybe this is a silly mistake I'm making.

I installed MS Office and realised I need to uninstall certain components, and used this web page as a guide to uninstall the re-install again:

https://support.office.com/en-za/ar...om-a-Mac-ba8d8d13-0015-4eea-b60b-7719c2cedd17

The whole process is manual and if I wasnt referring to that web site I'd be stuck on what to do ad the process is not straightforward at all if not done it before.

The question is, is there an easier way to uninstall something like MS Office or selected components . Am I missing a trick here?
 

loekf

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Mar 23, 2015
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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
I'm more accustomed to Windows than OSX, so maybe this is a silly mistake I'm making.

I installed MS Office and realised I need to uninstall certain components, and used this web page as a guide to uninstall the re-install again:

https://support.office.com/en-za/ar...om-a-Mac-ba8d8d13-0015-4eea-b60b-7719c2cedd17

The whole process is manual and if I wasnt referring to that web site I'd be stuck on what to do ad the process is not straightforward at all if not done it before.

The question is, is there an easier way to uninstall something like MS Office or selected components . Am I missing a trick here?
Yes, it looks like it. I uninstalled Office 2011 last weekend, because I had the Dutch language version installed. You can reinstall the english version on top, but you'll end up with double files.

This is one of few things I don't like on OS X/iMac. Apple should enforce proper install and uninstall scripts. Specially uninstall scripts, which don't leave any clutter. Though it might look easy to just drag an app from the .dmg archive into the apps folder, when you run any app for the first time it will still install all kind of stuff in your Library and in other folders.
 

CreatorCode

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Apr 15, 2015
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This is one of few things I don't like on OS X/iMac. Apple should enforce proper install and uninstall scripts. Specially uninstall scripts, which don't leave any clutter. Though it might look easy to just drag an app from the .dmg archive into the apps folder, when you run any app for the first time it will still install all kind of stuff in your Library and in other folders.


That's just not possible, not without turning Mac OS into something like iOS. Apple can't "enforce" third-party apps from companies like Microsoft.

Can you imagine how upset people would be if Apple "banned" Microsoft Office?
 

macbookonthego

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Oct 12, 2009
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I installed MS Office and realised I need to uninstall certain components, and used this web page as a guide to uninstall the re-install again:



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