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March 29, 2018 at 18:01:31
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I am considering buying a Mac to replace my worn-out PC. Will Excel and Word files that were created using MS Office 2010 load/work on Mac? The Excel files contain macros and jpegs.

If so, can a flash drive and/or email attachment be used to transfer the files?

Thank you.
Brian W

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March 29, 2018 at 19:20:15
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March 30, 2018 at 01:23:31
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I run Mac OSX nowadays, and regularly view and edit Word and Excel files from Ofiice 2010 onwards, and some from Office Lbre too; generally have no problems at all.

Likewise my Office 2011 files are no problem for other users of Office for Windows, or Office Libre.

I do generally use the .xl and .doc formats rather than the later versions, as that ensures others can read/write to (edit) my files “out of the box” as it were.

No problems with jpegs etc. either.

Transferring files from PC to Mac... I would be more inclned to network the Mac and PC and share/transfer content that way. Also I’d splash out on an external hard drive too and ensure all important files are safely duplicated to it at regular intervals. Ideally use an external drive that can be networked, rather than usb connection. If using a usb method then you have to deal with the Mac and ntfs issue;whereas over a network file formats issues are abstracted (they don’t matter). Also if files are on a networked drive there is no need to have the PC on all the time, or whenever in order to access files.

Perhaps consider a small NAS too? I have a Qnaps two drive, mirrored system, and it’s been very reliable; and their tech support has bern excellent when I have needed their input. I also have it backed up on an external usb drive.

Paragon make an excellent ntfs utility for Macs which I highly recommend. It allows read only (freebie version) and full read/write (paid for version).

Using flash drives for data transfer will be slow and cumbersome; similarly dvd? Whichever method you use, copy the files from the PC rather than cut ‘n paste... That way the souce files will still be wherever if the transfer media should give problems?

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March 30, 2018 at 17:48:36

Thank you for your assistance.

Brian W

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March 30, 2018 at 17:50:01

Thank you for for suggestions. I will now consider purchasing a NAS.

Brian W

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March 30, 2018 at 18:05:53

In addition to consider purchasing a NAS, I will change the extension names on the files to make them more compatible with the Mac import.

Thanks for your assistance.
Brian W

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March 30, 2018 at 23:58:20
You can email files to yourself, as you suggested in your initial post, but of course it’s a very cumbersome approach... I do use email as means of storing some info in a sort of (free) cloud environment, and thus allowing me to have some content anywhere I can access those emails.

Useful way to duplicate and store software keys etc. as well as having them elsewhere chez-vous (typically hard copy, on a home/office computer, on an external drive and/or an NAS).

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March 31, 2018 at 19:36:18

Thank you for your comments. I was now thinking of using Dropbox as a way of transferring files from the pc to the Mac.

Brian W

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