9 Replies Latest reply: Jun 20, 2008 10:53 AM by mattathayde
twoandtwinz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Someone had sent me a file written in excel. Is there anyway to get it to open on my mac? Is there something I can buy?

Thank YOu

mac book, Mac OS X (10.5)
  • mattathayde Level 3 Level 3 (565 points)
    you should first off have a trial of office (at least it used to come on the macs and i dont see why it wouldnt now), a trial of iwork which 08 i think is supposed to handle office files. you can buy either of those and/or google neo office, its a free suite that is basically ms office, works smoothly but is not the best option for everyone if they have to use office all the time

    -matt
  • John Guo Level 5 Level 5 (5,265 points)
    There is Microsoft Office for Mac, there's iWork (Mac version of Office). If your co-workers or friends uses Office and you have to read many Office files, then I would recommend getting Office. If you want to create a nice looking productivity file then iWork is the choice. The cheapest version of Office is $150 (student & teacher version) and iWork is $80.
  • AHeneen Level 1 Level 1 (100 points)
    I did not receive a trial of Office with my new MacBook Pro (last Aug.), but there is a trial of iWork (Apple's version of Office). Numbers (the spreadsheet application in iWork) will open and export in Excel. While you can open an Excel file, in order to save it in a format which can be read by Excel you must select File>Export>Excel. I have had no problems opening Excel (both 2003 and 2007) documents with Numbers '08. There is the occasional glitch when exporting, however. I would recommend buying iWork if you occasionally need to use a word processor, spreadsheet, or presentation software and Office 2008 for Mac if you will need to use such programs frequently(make sure to buy the Mac version, and 2008 runs many times faster that Office for Mac 2004).

    Hope I could help.

    -AHeneen
  • mattathayde Level 3 Level 3 (565 points)
    hmmm there should have been, at least all my friends that had bought that machine abut a month earlier than you had it.

    thats kinda weird, nothing in apps that is an office trial?
    -matt
  • twoandtwinz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have iworks 06. I don't see anything in applications that pertain to office.
  • mattathayde Level 3 Level 3 (565 points)
    hmmm thats weird

    just try a spotlight search for it, im not sure why it wouldnt be there because i am pretty sure it was in the standard apps, but it could have been changed so i dont know
    -matt
  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,810 points)
    iWorks '06 does not have the spreadsheet application, called Numbers. That was introduced in iWorks '08.

    Try the freeware NeoOffice. That can read and write Excel spreadsheets as long as they're not in the new format (.xlsx).
  • phoo Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    If you only need to view the Excel document, you should be able to use Quick Look
    Save the file locally, then ctrl-click (or right click) on the file and select "Quick Look" from the sub menu.
  • mattathayde Level 3 Level 3 (565 points)
    but will that work with out any application installed that can view the doc?

    -matt