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Office 2000 Setup - Select/Update Features
Remember old Office setups, when you were presented with the lists of features? Remember those dialogs where you had to browse your way through a seemingly endless collection of menu options? Even then, about the only choice you had was whether to install a component or not.

That's all changed with Office 2000, so much so, that it will probably be confusing the first time you see it. Not only can you specify where to install components, but you now have EIGHT other install options to choose from. Many of the options are already selected by default, but you can easily change between the others.

Click a plus sign (+) to see more features. The symbol next to the feature indicates how the feature is installed by default. You can change how the feature is installed by clicking its symbol and then selecting another symbol from the list that appears. If a feature has subfeatures, a symbol with a white background indicates that the feature and all of its subfeatures have the same installation method. A symbol with a gray background indicates that the feature and its subfeatures have mixed installation methods. The symbols and their meanings are as follows:

  • Run from My Computer - The feature is installed and stored on your hard disk.
  • Run all from My Computer - The feature and all of its subfeatures are installed and stored on your hard disk.
  • Run from Network - Note: This option appears only if you are installing from a network server. The feature is never copied to your hard disk; the files needed to use this feature remain on the network server that the feature was installed from. Features installed by this method require access to that network server in order to be available.
  • Run all from Network - Note: This option appears only if you are installing from a network server. The feature and all of its subfeatures are never copied to your hard disk; the files needed to use this feature remain on the network server that the feature was installed from. Features installed by this method require access to that network server in order to be available.
  • Run from CD - Note: This option appears only if you are installing from a compact disc. The feature is never copied to your hard disk; the files needed to use this feature remain on the CD that the feature was installed from. Features installed by this method require access to that CD in order to be available. For example, if you installed from the CD and try to use the feature when the CD isn't in the CD-ROM drive, you will be prompted to insert the CD in the CD-ROM drive in order to use the feature.
  • Run all from CD - Note: This option appears only if you are installing from a compact disc. The feature and all of its subfeatures are never copied to your hard disk; the files needed to use this feature remain on the CD that the feature was installed from. Features installed by this method require access to that CD in order to be available. For example, if you installed from the CD and try to use the feature when the CD isn't in the CD-ROM drive, you will be prompted to insert the CD in the CD-ROM drive in order to use the feature.
  • Installed on First Use - The feature will be installed on your hard disk when you use the feature for the first time. At that time, you will need access to the CD or network server you installed from in order to install the feature. This option may not be available for all features.
  • Not Available - The feature isn't installed. You can install it later if you want.