Finding Microsoft office key

Posted on 2006-03-29
Last Modified: 2009-12-16
I' upgrading my G4 to an Intel dual chip Laptop. How do I find the key for my Microsoft Office 2003 ? The jewel case and installation book have disappeared.
Thanking you in advance
Patrick Butler
Terrace BC
Question by:patrickbutler
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    There is a sticker on the jewel case that says specifically "DO NOT LOSE YOUR CD KEY"...

    so you need to contact Microsoft and provide proof of purchase.
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    The number is in the upper right
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    by:Andrew Duffy
    There's actually no software method of retrieving the key from the computer at all - you definitely need the label.
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    Hi Is the MS OFFICE 2004 for mac you referring to I suppose.

    There is no way you can recover your Product key from the installed version.

    The below information for your reading reference only
    Resetting your MacOffice PID
    Note: This applies to Office 2001, Office v.X and Office 2004.

    When you first install Office, you type in your CD Key, which generates a PID (Product IDentification) code. If you need to change it for any reason, it can be difficult to find documentation on how to do it.

    The first option is to run the Remove Office application. For Office 2001, you should use the version available at MacTopia. For Office v.X, the application is found in the Value Pack folder on the Office installation disk. This requires reinstalling Office plus any Value Pack items, plus all the relevant updates (make sure you repair permissions afterward)

    An alternative is to, with all Office apps closed, delete these files (shown in their normal locations). For OS X, see the note below:

    Office 2001:

    HD/System Folder/Preferences/Microsoft/Microsoft Office Settings (9)
    HD/Applications (Mac OS 9)/Microsoft Office 2001/Office/OfficePID
    Office v.X:

    ~/Library/Preferences/Microsoft/Microsoft Office Settings (10)
    HD/Applications/Microsoft Office X/Office/OfficePID
    Office 2004 (SP1):

    ~/Library/Preferences/Microsoft/Microsoft Office Settings (11)
    HD/Applications/Microsoft Office 2004/Office/OfficePID
    (where ~ is your home directory). The OfficePID files are hidden, so you'll need to use the Finder's Find command [Find in MacOS 10.4 (Tiger) doesn't seem to find the OfficePID file - here's how to delete it in the terminal]. Add a search criterion: Visibility: invisible items:

    Important: Empty the Trash. OS X can maintain the links even when the files are in the Trash. OS X doesn't give you the option to empty the Trash containing only a hidden file by default. In that case, logging out and logging back in should work.

    Start up an Office app and you'll be asked for your new key.

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    To delete it in Terminal:

    1) Start Terminal
    2) at the prompt, change directories using the "cd" command. Type or
    paste the path exactly (though there's nothing bad that will happen if
    you don't, just try it again):

        cd /Applications/Microsoft\ Office\ 2004/Office

    You prompt should now include the path.

    3) Verify that OfficePID is there using the "ls" command (again, nothing
    bad can happen):

        ls O*

    You should see something like this

        OfficePID                       Organization Chart Template
        Organization Chart

    4) Remove OfficePID with the "rm" command:

        rm OfficePID

    5) Verify that it was removed:
        ls O*
    which should return:

        Organization Chart              Organization Chart Template

    6) Quit Terminal

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    accept my first comment and imacgouf's 1st comment as answers.. imacgouf supplied detail supporting info to my statement

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