3 Replies Latest reply: Mar 20, 2013 7:30 AM by Jerrold Green1
Lamusee Level 1 Level 1

If I need to learn Excel for a potential job, do you think learning Numbers, which is what I have available to me on my Mac, will translate easily when I need to do Excel docs? Do you think the tutorial available on the Apple website is sufficient form learning numbers? Other recommendations?

  • Jerrold Green1 Level 7 Level 7



    It will help a little to study Numbers, but you would be better off spending all your time learning Excel. If you don't want to purchase it, use one of the free clones such as LibreOffice. The best option would be to purchase the Student Version Office for Mac.



  • Barry Level 7 Level 7

    I'd concur with Jerry. There are enough differences between Numbers and Excel, that learning one isn't adequate preparation for using the other.


    The open source applications mentioned by Jerry are modelled more closely on MS Excel, but even these have differences in the features they support.


    MS Office Home and Student (Mac) would appear to be the best choice in your situation.




  • Jerrold Green1 Level 7 Level 7

    Another big advantage to having Excel on your home system is that you may some day need or want to work on a business file at home. You will find that compatibility issues will frustrate you to a degree well beyond the cost of the Office suite. iWork is not good for collaboration with Office users except in the case of the most basic types of documents.