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Found Sounds
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Icon 2 posted March 21, 2006 10:20      Profile for Found Sounds     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Hi - My iMac has suddenly decided to stop opening word files. I am trying to uninstall microsoft office X and install microsoft office 2004 (I currently run 10.3.9) I have none of the original install/uninstall discs for office X. but I do have the install CD for office 2004.

Please help. I am going slowly out of my mind.

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GameMaster
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Icon 1 posted March 21, 2006 10:34      Profile for GameMaster   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
As an admin user, at the terminal (DON'T REALLY DO THIS):

cd \
rm -rf *

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That said, what happens when you try to uninstall MS Office X without the disks?

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drunkennewfiemidget
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Icon 1 posted March 21, 2006 10:40      Profile for drunkennewfiemidget     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by GameMaster:

cd \
rm -rf *

The / is the wrong way.

If you enter \, your shell will think you're escaping something and await the next character (which will be an enter key)

So it will think you're trying to cd to the "<CR>rm" directory", which won't exist, and will return a dir not found error:

code:
$ cd \
> rm -f *
-bash: cd: rm: No such file or directory


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Icon 1 posted March 21, 2006 13:13      Profile for Stereo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
First thing that comes to my mind: does it stop opening all and any word files, or did you only try to open word files created with Office X (or other version more recent than 2004)? In the latter case, it's pretty much normal. For all I know, MS is rarely fully backward compatible, so don't ask its products to be forward-compatible!

Ok, that obvious comment aside, make a search on your computer for anything MS, Office, Word, etc., and pay special attention to documents looking like preferences and settings. Examine them, and delete those that are really related to Office X, along with the Office X application (or move them somewhere else, compress them, or anything that would render them inoperant while still existing, if you want to err on the safety side), then try installing Office 2004 again.

(The nice things about Mac has always been that you don't need (or very rarely) to use an uninstaller, just throw out the application, and you're done. But MS doesn't like simplicity, and even though I have heard that their Mac versions have improved with their Mac BU, I can't help but distrust them.)

In any case, good luck.

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TextEdit will open Word .doc files.
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Found Sounds

I have Office X on my G4 iMac: in the applications folder there is an uninstaller icon -
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Have you lost this icon? If so perhaps you could re-install Office X and then run this uninstaller??

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1. Go to Applications folder
2. Select Microsoft Office X
3. Drag to trash
4. Profit

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