OFF98: How to Remove Microsoft Office 98 from Your Computer

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Summary

This article discusses the three different ways to remove Office 98 Macintosh Edition from your computer. Methods 1 and 2 are automatic, and Method 3 is manual.

Method 1 removes all of the components that are installed by a Microsoft product. This includes any preferences that you may have set for these products. This does not include any of the documents that you have created.

Method 2 uses the Microsoft Office Installer to remove the main Office 98 program files from your computer. The Microsoft Office Installer does not remove any of your document files, custom templates, System folder items, or Value Pack components. The files that remain on the hard disk drive are listed, so that you can remove them if you want to.

Method 3 should be used only if the installation of Office 98 is damaged to the point that neither Method 1 nor Method 2 removes any files.

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Method 1: Use the Remove Office 98 Tool

You can use version 2.0 of the Remove Office 98 Tool to completely remove Office 98 from your computer.

To obtain the Remove Office 98 Tool, use your Web browser to browse to the following Microsoft Web site. Scroll through the available downloads to locate the Remove Office 98 Tool:
http://www.microsoft.com/mac/downloads
NOTE: You may have a file named Remove Office 98 on your Office 98 CD. However, due to a problem with the original version of the Remove Office 98 Utility, Microsoft recommends that you use the latest version from the Microsoft Web site.

For additional information about potential problems that may occur when you use the original version of the Remove Office 98 program, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
182936 OFF98: Remove Office 98 Utility Issue
To remove Office 98 from your computer, follow these steps:
  1. Browse to the Microsoft Web site for the Remove Office tool, and follow the directions for downloading the file.
  2. Double-click Remove Office 98.
  3. In the Install Location list, click the name of the hard disk on which Office 98 is installed.

    NOTE: If you select a network volume from the Install Location list, you receive the following error message:
    The selected disk named volume name is a network server volume. The Installer cannot install onto network server volumes. Please select another disk.

    The Remove Office 98 program cannot be used to remove Office 98 from a network server volume.
  4. Click Remove.
  5. You must decide whether to delete preference files and library files that may be shared with other programs. Click Keep to keep the files, or click Discard to delete the shared preference files.
  6. Click Discard when you are prompted to move the Office 98 folder to the Trash. If you click Keep, the Office 98 folder and its contents are not removed from the computer.
  7. Click OK in the dialog box that indicates that you successfully removed Office.
  8. Click Quit to close the Remove Office 98 tool.

    All of the Office 98 program files are moved to the Trash. If you want, open the Trash to view the contents of the Trash to see whether any of your document files have been moved there.

    Click Empty Trash on the Special menu to reclaim the hard disk space that is used by Office 98.

Method 2: Remove Office Manually

To remove Office manually from the computer, move the following files to the Trash.

NOTE: If you plan to reinstall Office, do the following before you move the Microsoft Office 98 folder to the Trash: Move to the desktop any of your personal files or files that you modified, including the Normal template.
   File Name                        Folder
   ------------------------------------------------------------------------

   Microsoft Office 98              Hard Drive
   Internet Config Extension        System Folder:Extensions
   Microsoft Component Library      System Folder:Extensions
   Microsoft Hyperlink Library      System Folder:Extensions
   Microsoft OLE Automation         System Folder:Extensions
   Microsoft OLE Library            System Folder:Extensions
   Microsoft RPC Runtime Library    System Folder:Extensions
   Microsoft Structured Storage     System Folder:Extensions
   MS C++ Library (PPC)             System Folder:Extensions:MS Library
                                    Folder
   MS Configuration Lib (PPC)       System Folder:Extensions:MS Library
                                    Folder
   MS Container Lib (PPC)           System Folder:Extensions:MS Library
                                    Folder
   MS Favorites Library (PPC)       System Folder:Extensions:MS Library
                                    Folder
   MS Internet Library (PPC)        System Folder:Extensions:MS Library
                                    Folder
   MS Parser Library (PPC)          System Folder:Extensions:MS Library
                                    Folder
   MS Preferences Library (PPC)     System Folder:Extensions:MS Library
                                    Folder
   MS Variant Lib (PPC)             System Folder:Extensions:MS Library
                                    Folder
   StandardOLE Types (PPC)          System Folder:Extensions:Type Libraries
   Standard OLE Types 2             System Folder:Extensions:Type Libraries
   vba en olb (PowerMac)            System Folder:Extensions:Type Libraries
   Configuration Manager            System Folder:Control Panels
   Microsoft Office Manager         System Folder:Control Panels
   Arial                            System Folder:Fonts
   Arial Black                      System Folder:Fonts
   Impact                           System Folder:Fonts
   Monotype Sorts                   System Folder:Fonts
   MT Extra                         System Folder:Fonts
   Symbol                           System Folder:Fonts
   Times New Roman                  System Folder:Fonts
   Wingdings                        System Folder:Fonts
   Advanced Networking              System Folder:MS Preference Panels
   Cookies                          System Folder:MS Preference Panels
   File Helpers                     System Folder:MS Preference Panels
   General E-mail                   System Folder:MS Preference Panels
   Home and <PathLink Type="URL" Value="http://www.microsoft.com/mac/downloads">http://www.microsoft.com/mac/downloads</PathLink>                  System Folder:MS Preference Panels
   Password Dialogs                 System Folder:MS Preference Panels
   Protocol Helpers                 System Folder:MS Preference Panels
   Proxies                          System Folder:MS Preference Panels
   Ratings                          System Folder:MS Preference Panels
   Security                         System Folder:MS Preference Panels
   User Passwords                   System Folder:MS Preference Panels
   Custom Dictionary                System Folder:Preferences
   Embedding Preferences            System Folder:Preferences
   Excel Settings (8)               System Folder:Preferences
   Internet Preferences             System Folder:Preferences
   Microsoft Office Settings (8)    System Folder:Preferences
   MS Office ACL (8)                System Folder:Preferences
   Office Registration Cache        System Folder:Preferences
   PowerPoint Settings (8)          System Folder:Preferences
   PPC Registration Database        System Folder:Preferences
   Word Font Menu Cache (8)         System Folder:Preferences
   Word Settings (8)                System Folder:Preferences
				
NOTE: If you delete the following files, you may cause problems in some non-Office programs. For example, deleting these files may cause Microsoft Internet Explorer to display garbled text.
   Arabic Encodings                 System Folder:Text Encodings
   Central European Encodings       System Folder:Text Encodings
   Chinese Encodings                System Folder:Text Encodings
   Chinese Encodings Supplement     System Folder:Text Encodings
   Cyrillic Encodings               System Folder:Text Encodings
   Greek Encodings                  System Folder:Text Encodings
   Hebrew Encodings                 System Folder:Text Encodings
   Indic Encodings                  System Folder:Text Encodings
   Japanese Encodings               System Folder:Text Encodings
   Korean Encodings                 System Folder:Text Encodings
   Symbol Encodings                 System Folder:Text Encodings
   Thai Encodings                   System Folder:Text Encodings
   Turkish Encodings                System Folder:Text Encodings
   Unicode Encodings                System Folder:Text Encodings
   Western Language Encodings       System Folder:Text Encodings
				

Method 3: Manually Remove Office 98

To locate all of the files that Office 98 installed, please see the following Microsoft Knowledge Base articles.

179629 OFF98: How to Remove Selected Office Components (Part 1 of 2)
179630 OFF98: How to Remove Selected Office Components (Part 2 of 2)

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Article ID: 179861 - Last Review: November 2, 2013 - Revision: 3.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft Office 98 for Macintosh
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