678 ofﬁce x for macintosh: the missing manual
Regardless of the primary installation method you chose, you can also install a few
eccentric, optional Ofﬁce components by running something called the Value Pack;
see page 681.
Caution: Microsoft recommends that you install Ofﬁce on a hard drive that’s been formatted using Mac
OS Extended (HFS +), the default format for OS X. If your Mac came with OS X preinstalled, chances are
excellent that your disk is already formatted in this way.
If, however, your cousin built you a custom Mac on the cheap and you’re not sure how OS X made its way
onto your hard disk, check your disk’s format by running Apple System Proﬁler, a program in your
Applications→Utilities folder. After launching System Proﬁler, look in the Devices and Volumes tab, ﬁnd
the name of your hard disk, and then click its ﬂippy triangle.
If it turns out that your disk uses the wrong format, but you’re not sure how to proceed, be aware that you
are treading ﬁrmly on power-user territory. See Mac OS X: The Missing Manual for more information
about disk formatting—or make your cousin solve the problem.
Microsoft’s Macintosh Business Unit—the people responsible for building Mac pro-
grams at Microsoft—have done a lot of research to ﬁnd out what Mac people want
in their programs. One ﬁnding was, surprisingly enough, people don’t like compli-
cated installers. So Microsoft came up with the drag-and-drop installation, which
set a new world standard for simplicity and speed. (Or, more accurately, it returned
to an old standard. In the early days, all Mac software was installed this way.)
The major item of interest in
this window is the Microsoft
Ofﬁce X folder. To install Ofﬁce,
drag this folder onto your hard
drive. The most logical place to
put it is in the Applications
folder on your hard disk.