Mac problems with Lion and MS Office 2008

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Some days ago in my MacBook Pro I installed Lion, and everything was running fine. But tonight, when I tried to open any program in office, a horrible scratching noise comes from inside the laptop, and the attempt to open the program (i. e. word, excel, etc) will freeze everything, and eventually not respond. Then I will force quit, and the computer got back to normal.

Then I uninstalled Microsoft Office 2008 and reinstalled it again. But same problems occurred again. Is it my problem with Microsoft, or with Apple?

Need a solution. In fact I need to access Word so that I can close my term papers because its last week. Please help.

Thanks in advance.

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Answered By 0 points N/A #89337

Mac problems with Lion and MS Office 2008


Upgrading your system to lion still a complicated one. There are still some issues on it and apple inc is still on process on resolving some compatibility issues like the one you are suffering right now. Their first priority is still with office 2011 but they will fully test and take care significant issues of office 2008 as well and that's for sure. Just wait for some updates and you can fix your problem soon.

However, you can just download Office 2011 Standard (with SP1) (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint etc) because some says it works fine on lion.


I hope this can help.

Answered By 0 points N/A #89338

Mac problems with Lion and MS Office 2008


Hello there,

You should format your drive first using Disk Utility with start up disk. Remember to partition and reinstall Lion on one drive and Snow Leopard on another. After doing these steps, you may re-install MS office and don't forget to log in first as administrator.

Remember, there are some restrictions when running MS Office on Lion, first, Communicator for Mac crashes when you send an instant message or start an audio/visual call. An upcoming update for this is still yet to be released and Communicator is a corporate product that why many users may never use it.

Second, on Lion, Outlook can’t import mail from Apple Mail. And most important of all, regarding your term paper. The date format in MS Word 2008 may display the year as 2 digits instead of 4 digits. So be careful.

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