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Word for iMac

By Chelbert ·
I cannot open my microsoft word 98
machintosh edition. I keep getting this
message: unexpected critical error. All my
other Microsoft programs work fine. Is there
an update I can download that would take care
of this problem?

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by p.j.hutchison In reply to Word for iMac

Word 98 is quite old now. Office 2004 is out for Mac!
Updates available at

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by ChrisCox1987 In reply to Word for iMac

i agree with him on that one but yes you can update it

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by slooksterpsv In reply to Word for iMac

BTW I've had this same problem, are you running OS 9?

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by bwarrene In reply to Word for iMac

Generally as this is running on OS 9 (Word 9 - you can go to the System Folder and Preferences and throw out the preference file for Word and restart the machine. This is a good first step in checking these non-specific errors and often solves the problem.

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by Murray Brydon In reply to Word for iMac

There was a VBA error that would cause this problem, and downloading the Office 98 Combined updater from fixes that. There should also be an OS9 update and W2K update in the same location.

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by anserman In reply to Word for iMac

There are actually TWO updates for Microsoft Word 98. The first is needed for Mac OS 8.6 but both are needed for Mac OS 9.x and above. If you can not find them on MS's site let me know and I will be happy to email them to you.

Marcel Vachon
Us & Company Computer's, LLC
Gray, Maine

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by kevinmi In reply to Word for iMac

One possibility is that you moved the icon to the desktop. You might see if you are clicking on a link. I don't know the OS that you are running. Try putting the Word Icon back into the Applications folder. Then try dragging the Word Icon to the Dock. If you want to open Word from the desktop you need to use a link. This link will need to be updated if you upgrade your Word application.

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