Unable to install Microsoft Office 2001 on Mac OS X

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  1. jasonlizard macrumors newbie

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    Hi I'm a newbie here.
    I want to install Microsoft Office 2001 on a Mac OS X whose version is 10.6.8. There is a folder and it has folders named Clipart, Office, Read Me, RESOURCE.FRK, Shared Applications and Templates. It also has Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Entourage, these are Unix Executable Files. I'd like to know how I can install Office 2001 on this machine. I don't have any prior Mac OS experience. Thanks.
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    That's because Office 2001 cannot run on OS X but rather OS 9 (or earlier). You need to buy a newer version of MS office.
     
  3. MacCubed macrumors 68000

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    Microsoft office 2001 requires a PPC Mac, you need either Mac OS 8,9, or running the software in the Classic environment on an OS less than 10.4.11.
     
  4. jasonlizard thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for your replies.
    I would like to know that how I can open and edit Microsoft Office 2001 documents in Mac OS X machine? Thanks in advance.
     
  5. RedRaven571 macrumors 65816

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    You can try Open Office for OS X (free); it allows you to open and edit Word, Excel, and Powerpoint files and edit, save, etc.

    http://www.openoffice.org/porting/mac/
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    Any newer version of Mac Office, Libra Office which is open source will work as well.
     
  7. AlliePallie macrumors newbie

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    Office 2001 Documents

    From bitter experience, working with M$ Office 2001 documents can be messy.
    I have a number of such documents (mostly Word) and found that opening any one of them cleanly with current software required trying Word 2015, Word 2011, OpenOffice, NeoOffice and LibreOffice. There was no predicting which software worked best with any given document. In general, OpenOffice and Office 2011 worked best, but, at best, some reformatting was always necessary. Note that the original documents had been prepared using Office 2001.
    As always, these are not necessarily universally true experiences so YMMV.
     
  8. RickyB macrumors regular

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    You can also install an emulator such as SheepShaver, although you'll need to be a bit technical to do that.
     
  9. California macrumors 68040

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    Get a 2011 Mac or earlier. Get Word for Mac 2004 or 2008. Load Snow Leopard, which comes with Rosetta.

    10.6.8 is Snow Leopard. Just get either 2004 or 2008 Word for Mac and you will be fine.
     
  10. BrianBaughn macrumors 601

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    If you have or get an Outlook.com account (free) you can open old Word files in the Word Online app. Same goes for a Gmail account and Google Drive.
     
  11. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Word 2015 is not release software. It is a serious mistake to draw conclusions based on the behavior of developmental software.

    That said, Microsoft Office is notorious for compatibility issues in going from version to version. In my experience, the most compatible version of Office on any platform was Office 2004 [for the Mac]. However, it requires a PPC-based Mac running MacOS X or an Intel-based Mac running a Rosetta-compatible version of OS X.

    As a rule, I recommend against OpenOffice or its siblings like LibreOffice and NeoOffice. However, with Office files, there is usually an exception to the rule. I once received an Office file that thwarted all attempts to open it with anything but NeoOffice. Well ... it would open, but it was a God-awful mess. In NeoOffice, it was OK. The problem, however, is that Office documents opened in OpenOffice siblings is that they have subtle formatting issues. Most notable is the fact that text does not wrap around graphics properly.
     

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