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I'm trying to run Microsoft Word on a Mac mini (OS 10.4.7) The application runs fine under the administrator login but not at all under the normal user login. I noticed that there were not any preferences for Word in the normal user login, so I copied the prefs from the admin login to the normal user's prefs folder. I also went to the documents folder in admin and copied the Microsoft folder to the documents folder in the normal user login. Even after restarting with these prefs, Word would not start in the normal user login. I keep getting the following error message: The application "Microsoft Word" cannot be launched. -10661
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I did give the user read/write access to the Microsoft Office folder. Is this the folder you're talking about?
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This same error message appears when I try to open Word: "The application "Microsoft Word" cannot be launched. -10661"
The default settings for a program  is root all rights, group admin all rights, and other users read and execute. These are basically the settings for all programs and should apply to the "Microsoft Office 2004" folder too. Should you run Disk Utility,  Repair Instructions (a good thing to do from time to time) these rights will be reset on Applications in the Application Folder. However, not on subfolders, like the "Microsoft Office 2004" folder.

This might be your problem.

My suggestion is to give the user admin rights on the Mac. Go into the System Settings on the Apple Menu, select Accounts, choose the account, set the user to admin rights under "Password", the first page.

If this does not work, check that the "Microsoft Office Folder 2004" folder has the correct permissions. This must be corrected from an Admin account. Log on with an admin account (or root account). The easiest is to then find the Microsoft Office folder, press Apple+I (for "Show Info" from the File-menu), go to permissions in this window, check that the rights are read and write for system, read and write for group, others read.

Changing these settings in this window is a but clunky but possible, and the Get Info window  isn't complete.  I always use Batchmod or Terminal. You get up the correct rights quite easily with Batchmod which gives you a graphical front end to the correct unix commands. Download it (from www.macupdate.com), put it in the Applications folder, Start Batchmod. Drop the Microsoft Office 2004 folder onto Batchmod icon in the dock or the open Batchmod window. Make the rights "xxx" "xxx" and "x 0 x" (owner root all rights, group admin all rights, others read and execute). Very important to tick off (select) Apply ownership and privileges... (and unlock doesn't hurt either).

As a general good practice from time to time,  run Disk Utilty (Applications, Utility or from Finder Apple+U shortcut), choose the startup disk, Choose the First Aid choice, then run Repair Permissions.

See if this helps.

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