Security Tips

Keep Macintosh Office Programs Up to Date

Follow these instructions to keep Microsoft Office for the Macintosh programs up to date.

Check for Office Product Updates

Because there is no automatic alert for Microsoft Office updates, you will need to check manually for Office updates by going directly to the Office for Macintosh Update Web site. Bookmark this Web site for ease of use. Set up a weekly reminder in your calendar to check for Office Updates.

Install Office Product Updates

At the Macintosh Office Updates Web site (see below), you select the Office version (and other Mac products) you are using.

Mac Office Update Image 1

Choose the desired update to download. Here are some examples for Office 2004:

Mac Office Update Image 2

See the following screen examples from an Office X update session. To begin downloading, click on the English (.dmg) link on the following Download now screen:

Mac Office Update Image 3

The Download Manager will save the compressed installer file to your Desktop:

Mac Office Update Image 4

Double-click the compressed file to mount the installation drive and open the installer folder.

Mac Office Update Image 5

On OS X computers, you will be asked to enter your Macintosh's administrator name and password. This is the same name and password you need to enter whenever you install new software on your Macintosh. Then click OK.

Office Update Login

Next, read and Accept the End-User License Agreement:

Installation Agreement

Review the Read Me information and click Continue to move on:

Read Me

On the next screen, click the Update button to install the Product Updates. If asked to choose a folder location, use the default location suggested by the installer routine.

Install Product Updates

At this point you should see an installation progress window after which the installation should end. You may be asked to Restart your Macintosh or simply to Quit the installation routine at its end.

Keep your Office programs up to date each time Microsoft releases some more Office patches. Remember to check for Office Updates every week or so using a calendar reminder.