Importing MS Word files ...

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Cogmate, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2011
    I have a Dell, and a Toshiba.
    Both have extensive MS Word files .doc on them.
    I'd like to import those files into my MBpro.

    Do I need to purchase & install a copy of Word first?
    I assume I do. Just want to be sure.
    Can I buy Word by itself, or do I have to buy an Office Suite which I really have not use for.

    Is there anything else special that has to be done in order to bring the files in and begin to use and edit them?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2012

    TextEdit (comes pre-installed with OS) will read/edit .doc files effortlessly.
    So will an assortment of other Mac software.
  3. thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2011
    Nice clean answer, thanks.

    I imported all my photo files using a thumb-flash drive.
    Do you know if I can do the same with my Word files?
  4. macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2012
  5. Micky Do, Dec 22, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2012

    macrumors 65816

    Micky Do

    Aug 31, 2012
    Thailand, for now.
    If you have Pages (the Apple word processing app) installed you can open Word files using pages.

    Just right click on the file and you will get "Open with...." and a choice of apps available. (I am using a Logitech mouse, not an Apple offering)

    Choose Pages (or whatever you want to use) and you are good to go.

    Occasionally you get this:


    I have yet to find a problem that is not resolved; fonts etc are just changed to what is available. I just close it and edit where necessary.

    When it comes to exporting Pages documents they can be exported as a Word file. With OS X 10.8, click "Export" in the "File" drop down menu, and choose the format you want.

    I have Mac:Office installed, but seldom use Word on my Mac these days. Sure, Word has a few more features, but Pages has all the features I need, and I find it easier to use.

    I feel a bit of a hypocrite sometimes, when I chide students for submitting poorly formatted work, especially when they claim to be expert users of Word. Knowing my way around Pages, it is easy for me. I sat in front of a PC at work the other day, wanting to reformat a document using Word, and was fairly soon lost.....!
  6. thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2011
    Thanks, Micky Do, for all the info!

    I've been bumbling around in Pages.
    Maybe I should be more patient.
  7. macrumors 6502

    Aug 22, 2007
    TextEdit doesn't preserve everything.

    Pages works a lot better.

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