Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: Microsoft formats and OSX?

  1. #1

    Member Since
    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?


  2. #2

    Member Since
    Dec 13, 2011
    Nottingham, U.K

    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.


  3. #3

    harryb2448's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    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!

  4. #4
    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).

  5. #5

    chipz's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Marlton NJ
    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.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Macbook Pro (Intel), OSX Lion, Microsoft Exchange 2003
    By BigBossCorin in forum macOS - Operating System
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 05-21-2012, 09:37 AM
  2. upgraded to OSx but cannot read microsoft files
    By Koryo in forum Switcher Hangout
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 04-03-2012, 01:28 AM
  3. Microsoft Reserved HDD mounting problem on OSX
    By thgil in forum Running Windows (or anything else) on your Mac
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 04-14-2011, 01:54 PM
  4. Any free osx programs that rivals Microsoft media center add-ons?
    By damainman in forum macOS - Apps and Games
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 02-16-2008, 03:14 AM
  5. Microsoft Word for Mac OSX
    By iCure in forum macOS - Apps and Games
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 01-21-2005, 09:11 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts