Editing an Excel 2008 file in Excel 2004 on Mac

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Coryellas, Sep 10, 2008.

  1. Coryellas macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2008
    I've been trying to work with an excel file that was made on a PC in Excel 2008 and emailed to me. I have Office 2004 for mac and am working on a Macbook with Leopard. I can hardly scroll around on the document without sending my macbook into overdrive and the program will often just freeze or close. The file is in xls format. What can I do to be able to work on this file on my macbook more smoothly? Update I can get or setting i can change?

    also. . . I had saved the file in microsoft 2003 format . . . but my mac still struggles with it.
  2. ant-macyourself macrumors member

    Sep 1, 2008
    Is it a fairly large file? Since you're running Office 2004, I would think that Rosetta is what's causing the bad slowdowns you're experiencing. Unfortunately, an app that's not a Universal Binary (like Office 2004) can bring even a speedy machine like a Macbook to a crawl.

    Maybe you could download a trial of iWork '08 and see if your XLS file will open in Numbers?
  3. kkat69 macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2007
    Atlanta, Ga
    Also (unsure how much customization you have) but I think (could be wrong) google docs has a spreadsheet editor online that edits files.

    Neo Office can also assist here as well.
  4. jerryrock macrumors 6502


    Sep 11, 2007
    Amsterdam, NY

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