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What is the best way to move Microsoft Office 2011 to a new Mac?

I'm planning on reinstalling Mac OS Lion, but I don't have the MS Office install file or disk. Can I move my installed copy of Office to a USB drive and then back, or to another machine?

marked as duplicate by Kyle Cronin Dec 13 '11 at 23:37

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You can try to move the main folders to an external drive:

  • /Applications/Microsoft Office 2011
  • /Applications/Microsoft Messenger.app
  • /Applications/Microsoft Communicator.app
  • /Library/Application Support/Microsoft

  • /Users/username/Library/Preferences/Microsoft

  • /username/Documents/Microsoft-Userdata

Copy these Folders to the same path on your new system.


moving it to a USB will most likely not work, however if you've got the license key you can go on the office website http://www.microsoft.com/mac/downloads and download the installer.

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