Just Joined - (correct forum?)

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by MasterBSOD, Oct 31, 2010.

  1. MasterBSOD macrumors member


    Oct 31, 2010
    Berks, PA
    I'm at the library and my connection is super slow.
    I'm a graduate Accounting student and fairly recent switcher to Apple.
    It seems everytime I mention to a professor that I use a Mac they make a funny face and say other students who used Macs had formatting problems when they sent in their homework.
    I haven't had that problem yet, because I set Office 2008 to save everything as the 97-2004 format - not those stupid XML files.
    So hopefully Apple will get more popular in the Accounting/finance sectors as time goes on.
  2. KeriJane macrumors 6502a


    Sep 26, 2009


    Welcome to the Forum!
    Also, welcome to Apple computing.

    Yes, this is a good Mac Forum.

    Yes, there can be "formatting issues" from time to time.

    Yes, using the older file types is a good idea when using MS Office.

    The formatting issues are at their worst when you format an external drive in Apple's native format HFS instead of Microsofts NTFS.
    You can also have problems after formating a drive in NTFS with a Mac.
    For anything like a thumb drive, always use FAT or FAT32 format. Most are already formatted this way when you buy one.
    For email attachments, make sure the "Send Windows Friendly Attachments" box is checked.
    For a Data CD, if an option to make it Windows Friendly pops up, use it.

    Other than the occasional problem interfacing with Windows, your new Mac is a fine computer. As time goes on and your learning progresses, you will probably wonder how you ever put up with Windows for so long.

    Have Fun,

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