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Am new to Mac (2 days).Have Leopard OS and wish to know how to create documents like those available in Microsoft Word.Have discovered that if I open text/edit folder I can create a word document but have no options of changing text style or size.Cannot find spreadsheets etc.Do I need to purchase a compatible Microsoft Word or Office program?Be gentle & kind & give simple instructions as I have just got my L plates for the Mac way.
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New Macs come with Microsoft Office and Apple iWork trials installed, but these only last for about 30 days. If you don't want to pay for the full product, you should take a look at NeoOffice.
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New Macs come with Microsoft Office and Apple iWork trials installed, but these only last for about 30 days. If you don't want to pay for the full product, you should take a look at NeoOffice.
Neither of these programs on computer.
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The trial versions might be on one of the disks you got. I don't have my disks near me to check but someone else might be able to tell you where they are.

You have a few options. First if you really want Microsoft Office you will need to purchase it. The best option for regular users is the Home and student edition Office 2008.

Next you can get iWork which is Apple's suite and you can save documents in office form. This is fairly cheap.

Then you can download openoffice for free and it has all the suite programs you need but isn't as polished as the other two.

It all depends on how intensive your needs are.
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The trial versions might be on one of the disks you got. I don't have my disks near me to check but someone else might be able to tell you where they are.

You have a few options. First if you really want Microsoft Office you will need to purchase it. The best option for regular users is the Home and student edition Office 2008.

Next you can get iWork which is Apple's suite and you can save documents in office form. This is fairly cheap.

Then you can download openoffice for free and it has all the suite programs you need but isn't as polished as the other two.

It all depends on how intensive your needs are.
Thank you for info.
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Neither of these programs on computer.
These should be under Macintosh HD - Applications.
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Is this a brand new Mac? You purchased it new?
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Am new to Mac (2 days).Have Leopard OS and wish to know how to create documents like those available in Microsoft Word.Have discovered that if I open text/edit folder I can create a word document but have no options of changing text style or size.Cannot find spreadsheets etc.Do I need to purchase a compatible Microsoft Word or Office program?Be gentle & kind & give simple instructions as I have just got my L plates for the Mac way.
I, too, was faced with choosing an office suite when I bought my Mac a lottle over a month ago. I chose iWork '08 and have not regretted it. It includes Pages (word processing), Numbers (spreadsheet) and Keynote (presentation). It's definitely worth checking out!

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Is this a brand new Mac? You purchased it new?
Yes.Delivered on Thursday from Apple with extra 1 gb of memory.Airport feature a beauty for connecting to internet.
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I, too, was faced with choosing an office suite when I bought my Mac a lottle over a month ago. I chose iWork '08 and have not regretted it. It includes Pages (word processing), Numbers (spreadsheet) and Keynote (presentation). It's definitely worth checking out!
Again,thank you to all who have replied.
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The very latest Macs do not include any trial software. There is no trial for the latest version of Microsoft Office anywhere.

The iWork trial can be downloaded from Apple's site.
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I use neo office (free); it works really well. I just got a copy of Office 2008 Home/Student vers. and it works really well too; it has some great templates for flyers, signs etc.. $90.00 is not a bad price.
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The very latest Macs do not include any trial software. There is no trial for the latest version of Microsoft Office anywhere.

The iWork trial can be downloaded from Apple's site.
I can confirm that they weren't. I downloaded iworks 08.

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The very latest Macs do not include any trial software. There is no trial for the latest version of Microsoft Office anywhere.

The iWork trial can be downloaded from Apple's site.
Thanks for that heads up Tech. That is what I was thinking also. Thanks for confirming it.
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sassa,

I did get the trial version of Microsoft Office on my new Macbook, for a 90 day trial, so I used it for a while but didn't want to pay the price...

I tried OpenOffice, which is free, but it required the X11 platform to run it and I didn't like the way that was structured, so then I downloaded NeoOffice, which is the OpenOffice program running on OS X instead of X11, as I understand it. It's free and it does just about everything Microsoft Office does, as far as I can see. It has a Spread Sheet, Drawing program and some other extras I haven't tried yet.

It's free, give it a try. If you don't like it, you can always buy one of the others suggested.

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