Installer hung -- M$ Office 2011 on my new iMac.

Hello, Totally new Mac newbie here.  I am trying to install M$ Office 2011 on my new iMac.
The installer process stopped on the "installation" step and said I needed to quit Safari and Firefox before it could continue.  I did quit those apps (at least I think I did.) But now the installer reamins in a loop not recognizing that they are gone ... telling me I need to quit them.
The installer also will not let me quit out of it.   So there it sits in a loop.  Help?!?!?

There must be a more "normal" Mac way to shut down an application than using the Activity Monitor.  Please tell how a normal Mac user would do this.
It's more likely an issue with the MS installer. I suspect something about it was preventing the other apps from quitting in a timely fashion. I think I'm a "normal Mac User" as I've used Macs exclusively since ~1989 and command q always works to quit a program.
I also used a lot of MS Office versions and continue to do so. However, I've learned their installers can be rather demanding of resources, so I'm always careful to close all open apps before running an MS installer.
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