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    Oct 31, 2011
    Microsoft formats and OSX?

    So my question is do i have to download some specific programs for the latest OSX to tead .docx/.pptx files? And can OSX own programs also save files in these formats?

    And if not, i need the Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac, right?


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    Member Since
    Dec 13, 2011
    Nottingham, U.K
    Late 2009 Macbook 2.26GHZ 4GB RAM 250GB HDD 64GB SSD

    I've had both Pages and Word on my mac, I've also had Powerpoint and Keynote.

    Pages can open word files from Microsoft Word doc and docx files, however by default it will save in Pages format; you'd need to export it as a Doc file to be able to open your work in Word on a PC.

    Keynote can open pptx files but seems to always have formatting issues for me! It can also save in pptx format.

    The choice is up to you, whether you buy iWork or MO for Mac. Have a look around at people's reviews and make an informed decision!

    Let me know if you have any other questions or if I haven't been clear.


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    harryb2448's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac i5 2.7GHz, 16GB memory, OS 10.11
    Yes Office 2011 and it is a great product. For PowerPoint think you will need the Business version and not Academic.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Member Since
    Jan 22, 2010
    Victoria, BC
    Mid-2012 MBP (16GB, 1TB HD), Monoprice 24-inch second monitor, iPhone 5s 32GB, iPad Air 2 64GB
    The actual answer to the OP's question is "no and yes."

    No, you do not have to buy anything (at all) to read docx files. Text Edit (included with the Mac) can read and write files in that format.

    For pptx, you will need a external solution. Either you can buy Keynote ($20) and step up to a whole new and better world of presenting, or buy MS Office for Mac, or download one of the free "Office-like" suites (LibreOffice is currently the best supported, or so I'm told).

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    chipz's Avatar
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    Jan 22, 2008
    Marlton NJ
    Early 2012 13" MBA Core i5 1.8 GHz, 4GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, OS X 10.7.4
    Libre Office is a free download from and can read the doc. and docx formats. It is a complete office suite and serves as a good replacement for M$ Office. I use it a lot and haven't had any problems so far. The Word processor, spreadsheet,presentation unit and database all work well - you get the full Office feeling for a lot less payout.

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