MS Word for Mac

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  1. flyinhigh macrumors member

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    I've upgraded from a G5 to an iMac running Mavericks. I was using Microsoft Office for Mac 2004 on my G5. Can't run it on my iMac, can't read my backed up files on external hard drive. Can I purchase just a stand alone Microsoft Word for Mac application? Will it read my old Microsoft Office (Word) documents. Getting there..I'm not a young 'un! Advice appreciated.
     
  2. exegete77 macrumors 6502a

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    I have MS Word 2011 (actually all Office, for $99 last spring). Just this week I opened some MS Word files from 1992 (MS Word 5.1) and they opened fine.

    From an even older codger.:D
     
  3. Pharmscott macrumors 6502a

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    It doesn't look like you can buy just Word for Mac though. You have to get the whole Office suite. $139 for a home edition but there are deals out there (like exegete77 said).

    Alternate idea. Find a friend with Office and have them open the file then save in a newer format that is compatible with your setup.
     
  4. garycurtis macrumors 6502

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    I also owned a G4 (not 5) and MS 2004. And now have a big iMac with MS 2011. I think you have to purchase the entire office package, not just Word alone. But the important thing to you is that it will read .doc or .docx files dating back 2 decades.
     
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  7. Bending Pixels macrumors 65816

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    Don't...DO NOT listen to this person.

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    Pages should be able to open and edit these files. Word and Excel in Office 2011 are fine, but Outlook for Mac is borked.
     
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  9. talmy macrumors 601

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    Download OpenOffice.org or LibreOffice (basically the same thing). Its a free, compatible office suite.
     
  10. flyinhigh thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the pages pointer. i was trying to open my old .doc files directly off my external, wouldn't open. Opening pages first and reading from there is working fine, all I need. You just saved me bucks!! thanks.
     
  11. koban4max macrumors 68000

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    you should. :)
     
  12. flyinhigh thread starter macrumors member

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    Are documents saved as or created on 'pages' going to be readable by PC/Office users if I email them to them as attachments?
     
  13. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Office, whether on Windows or the Mac, cannot read .pages files. They must be exported as .docx or .doc files. They are then readable by Office. Documents converted to .doc/.docx may, however, require tweaks to address formatting glitches.

    Word to the Wise: Never ever assume that a document that has been converted to .doc/.docx is the finished product.
     

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