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    As time has passed, my use of my old Office for Mac 2011 has dwindled to only 1 real use in the late summer (for my daughter, the teacher) to create lists and name labels using the mail merge function of Word & Excel. As we all know, Mojave is the last MacOS that allows 32 bit apps to be used, in which my Office falls. I do have an older Macbook that runs High Sierra, but its age worries me. So--I am thinking of partitioning my 1 TB HDD on my iMac and installing a spare copy of Mojave there so that I can update my regular OS when the time comes this fall, then be able to run my MacOffice that one time of the year. I've got @ 500 GB available so I am thinking 150 GB (as the base size of MacBook air is 128). All my docs saved to icloud. Any problems I can look forward to ??

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    Can you not do this work with Pages or OpenOffice or any other word processor? Does it have to Word? While there might be a little bit of a learning curve or transition, that seems better than trying to come up with ways of running an older OS for an older app.
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    That seems a lot of trouble for a once-a-year use. You could get a small external drive to boot from for that one use. Although booting from an external drive is slow, if you get a small SSD for that purpose it may be acceptable for that one use. A 250GB external SSD is available at OWC for about $90. OWC Envoy Pro EX - External Portable SSD Drive

    Or, you could subscribe to the Office365 smallest subscription for Office at $7/month, or $70/year. Compare All Microsoft Office Products | Microsoft Office
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    Jake,
    It all comes down to cost. 2 Yrs @ $70 would buy me a new MacOffice. I did install on USB disk, but slow is being generous. I do have a 128GB stick, but it's USB2, but it would not install there. Even a USB C stick would be part way to buying an updated Office for Mac. Just trying to save $ for such little use

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    Raz0rEdge,
    It's the mail merge function I need. Pages/Numbers do not provide me with what i need. Hadn't thought about Open Office

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    You've gotten some alternate suggestions to consider...but in regards to the thread title "Multiple OS on same iMac"...you can absolutely do this no problem...and exactly as you mentioned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tape View Post
    Jake,
    It all comes down to cost. 2 Yrs @ $70 would buy me a new MacOffice. I did install on USB disk, but slow is being generous. I do have a 128GB stick, but it's USB2, but it would not install there. Even a USB C stick would be part way to buying an updated Office for Mac. Just trying to save $ for such little use
    I don't believe they were referring to USB sticks, more like a USB Disk drive like this, https://www.amazon.com/Extreme-Porta...dp/B07JHCLFGN?
    -- Bob --
    Please backup. Everything has a life cycle, unexpected and warning free. Nothing will last as long as you want it to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ferrarr View Post
    I don't believe they were referring to USB sticks, more like a USB Disk drive like this, https://www.amazon.com/Extreme-Porta...dp/B07JHCLFGN?

    +1!!!

    Coming in a bit late here, but I was just about to mention the same thing and to reinforce the point.

    Both may be "SS" flash drives, but quite a difference as to how each works and utilized, especially as far as speed is concerned.



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    Quote Originally Posted by ferrarr View Post
    I don't believe they were referring to USB sticks, more like a USB Disk drive like this, https://www.amazon.com/Extreme-Porta...dp/B07JHCLFGN?
    That USB Disk drive is interesting - seems USB flash drives and traditional SSD's are starting to converge.

    But for the OP, cost is a significant factor, so I wonder if something along these lines would not work
    https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B007JPVYFO/...NsaWNrPXRydWU=

    Not as fast and less capacity, but a lot less expensive.
    However, a MacOS & MS Office should take less than 10 GB, so there is lots of space for data.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tape View Post
    As we all know, Mojave is the last MacOS that allows 32 bit apps to be used, in which my Office falls.
    Microsoft Office 20ll is obsolete and all support for it from Microsoft ended two years ago.

    However, Microsoft Office 2016 has a free update to 64-bit support.

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...64-bit-upgrade

    Direct download:
    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=525133

    So, if what you want is Microsoft Office, and only Microsoft Office, an economical way to go would be to purchase the now outdated Office 2016 (Office 2019 is current) at the discounted prices being offered for leftover copies, and apply the updater.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy B. Singer View Post
    Microsoft Office 20ll is obsolete and all support for it from Microsoft ended two years ago.

    However, Microsoft Office 2016 has a free update to 64-bit support.

    So, if what you want is Microsoft Office, and only Microsoft Office, an economical way to go would be to purchase the now outdated Office 2016 (Office 2019 is current) at the discounted prices being offered for leftover copies, and apply the updater.
    Great Idea!

    But how do I know I get a legitimate copy of MS Office?
    When I google for MS Office 2016 for the Mac, I get prices all over the map on the very first page - even offers for MS Office 2019 cheaper than 2016 like the very first one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by krs View Post

    But how do I know I get a legitimate copy of MS Office?
    If the price seems too good to be true, it is. It's, at minimum, a grey market version of Office.

    The way to go would be to call around and see who locally has a boxed version of Office 2016 they are selling new. Failing that, look for a boxed version being sold as a leftover online. As long as it is new in the box, it's likely legit.
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    If the price seems too good to be true, it is. It's, at minimum, a grey market version of Office.
    You see those on eBay and elsewhere. Supposedly they're legitimate but many times they will fail to activate and even if they do, they will fail to update because of counterfeit serial numbers. Even a genuine copy of Office 2013 is still expensive and that version has long been superseded by 2016 and now 2019.

    I personally bit the bullet and purchased a copy of Office from the Mac App Store. I'm not in favor of the subscription process but I do need to keep current because of compatibility. If it were not for that, I would use Pages exclusively.

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    I personally bit the bullet and purchased a copy of Office from the Mac App Store. I'm not in favor of the subscription process but I do need to keep current because of compatibility.

    I don't need it and won't be bothering but I'm a bit confused when I look at the App Store.

    They don't even seem to list anything for Microsoft Office, and only separate downloads for word excel Etc. And even then there seem to be restrictions.

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    And most of the user comments are pretty bad:

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    Bottom line, it doesn't look like I could even buy a copy of MS Office from the Mac App Store if I wanted to. Maybe it's just a Canada App Store thing. But it sure seems confusing for those who do need a legit copy.

    Maybe their App Store shows things a bit differently with different options, but I don't know. All I know is I would have to look elsewhere, especially after reading the user comments.


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    They don't even seem to list anything for Microsoft Office, and only separate downloads for word excel Etc. And even then there seem to be restrictions.
    Not sure which version of the Mac App Store you have, but mine clearly shows Microsoft Office in addition to the Apps that are included such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook.

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