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Like the title says - how similar is Microsoft Excel for Mac to Excel for Windows? Is it confusing when you have to keep switching from one to the other when working on a complicated excel file? (For example using a Mac at home and Windows at work). Are the formatting and formula inputs exactly the same? Thanks for any answers!

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If you have Office for Mac 2011, there is a 100 percent compatibility ratio, as described on the BrightHub review.

I work with both and personally, I find Excel for Windows much more intuitive and more user friendly, but basically you can do (almost) the same with both versions.

But the most important part is, the two versions are 100% compatible with each other.

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'Almost the same'?.. Could you possibly expand on that? –  user22253 Apr 30 '12 at 11:54
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I meant qua lay-out. All functions and formatting are the same. –  Michiel Apr 30 '12 at 11:59
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I have Excel for Mac 11 and also use Excel 97, Excel 07 and Excel 10 on various Windows machines. Needless to say, there is confusion all over the place with the different menus, shortcuts, ribbons. Shortcuts are different, keyboards are different. They do the same things, and that really depends on how complex your spreadsheets are as I think even with newer software, most people don't get too complex with Excel, be prepared that it will have to be done differently from machine to machine. I think MS will let you do a trial so can get get a feel for it.

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Your mileage may vary depending on your requirements.

Visual Basic Applications (VBA) macros while supported in Excel 2011 don't always work when they were set up in Excel for Windows. Also ActiveX controls do not work in Excel 2011.

I wouldn't call that 100% compatibility but it is a lot better than previous versions of Excel for Mac.

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