How to use a Microsoft Publisher document on Mac (without using Publisher)?

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  1. TSmith16 macrumors newbie

    May 27, 2015
    I went from a Windows to an iMac. I had tons of documents from MS Office that I had to transfer to the iMac and for the most part it was pretty easy. I didn't want to buy MS Office for Mac, so I downloaded Apache OpenOffice, which seemed to take all of my Word and Excel documents perfectly fine.

    The problem was the Publisher ones.

    I discovered that Publisher has it's own special format and there was no other program to open and edit it. I did find a website that converted the format to something I could use, so I tried that, but when I opened the document, everything was messed up. Things like pictures were out of order and stuff got moved around to a different location during the reformatting. It's going to be a time consuming process to fix it.

    My question(s) is: Is there another program out there that will keep my document intact and allow me to edit as it was before? Anything thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated!
  2. Tinmania macrumors 68040


    Aug 8, 2011
  3. dianeoforegon macrumors 6502a


    Apr 26, 2011
  4. kohlson macrumors 68000

    Apr 23, 2010
    LibreOffice (which is difference than ProjectLibre), free to download and use, can open Microsoft Publisher files. Another option to consider is using a Windows virtual machine on your iMac - Fusion, Parallels, and so on.
  5. wwinter86 macrumors newbie


    Aug 13, 2009
    Wow thanks. That is a big help. I needed to take some Publisher files home from work and LibreOffice seems to be the only thing that opens .pub files on Mac. Thanks for the suggestion.

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