Size limit for importing Excel to Numbers?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Jim GDT, Mar 1, 2009.

  1. Jim GDT macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2009
    Is there a size limit for importing an Excel File into Numbers? The error message says the file is too large. Has this been changed in i-work 09? The file has multiple sheets that refer to each other, but i can't even open at this point. It is 3.1 MB. Thanks for any info!-- Jim
  2. Cromulent macrumors 603


    Oct 2, 2006
    The Land of Hope and Glory
    Not that I have found and I get some pretty big spreadsheets from my suppliers.
  3. Ashka macrumors 6502a


    Aug 9, 2008
    New Zealand
  4. HardyH macrumors newbie

    May 19, 2009
    Size limit for large tab-delimited text files

    I am generating 20MB tab-delimited text files in a statistical program that are >30,000 rows x >40 columns. I have always imported them into Excel for further analysis without a problem (32-bit Windows XP or Mac OS X 10.4 and up). I am trying out Numbers and find that it won't import this data because it is too large. What a let-down.

    Check this review out, which offers some explanation.
    Seems like Numbers is a heavy application...and I thought that was a fault of Excel.

    MacBook Pro
  5. JediMeister macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    One thing that a lot of iWork users are not aware of is that Numbers is very RAM dependent. The more RAM you have idle/installed the more information Numbers can process and read. Not saying that everyone who wants to open huge Excel files with Numbers needs to get a Mac Pro with 32 GB of RAM, but it may help for some people with older computer systems that are only running with 1 GB of RAM when they can upgrade to 2 or 4 GB in some cases.

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