A robust family of business software designed by Microsoft: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook (or Entourage) are the main programs available on OS X.

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Why does Numbers hide a huge PNG file in exported Excel sheets?

OK, this is a weird one. I take my blank Numbers sheet: ...and export it to Excel: Whoah, that seems a little large. Let's rename the Excel doc to .zip and have a look inside: Digging a ...
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Why does Office for Mac need Safari and Chrome closed for installation?

In an update for MS Office for Mac, the installer asks to close Chrome and Safari — why? What do those programs have to do with Microsoft Office? I only have Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
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How to add a line break in a cell in Excel for Mac

What key combination do I have to press to create a line break in a cell in Excel for Mac 2011? The Windows combination of Alt+Enter does not work on the Mac.
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What is the keyboard shortcut for editing a cell in Excel?

I can't find the keyboard shortcut for this on the mac. It's F2 on a windows machine.
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In Lion, how can I configure to not automatically re-open recent files that weren't closed?

For example: I opened some files in Excel, then I close Excel, without close each file (ex.: command + Q). In the next time that I will open Excel, it is going to open my recent files that weren't ...
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How do I disable smart quotes, apostrophes in Mac Outlook 2011?

In Mac Outlook 2011, when I type a message that contains an apostrophe or a quotation mark, Outlook corrects it to a "smart" apostrophe or a "smart" quotation mark, and I'd rather it didn't. Is ...
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Where are Microsoft Office for Mac My Templates stored?

Where do Word for Mac and Powerpoint for Mac store user templates?
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Mail.app - keyboard shortcuts to move mail and jump to folder

I'm coming to Mail.app with a background using both Outlook (on the PC) and GMail. In every mail client I've used, there are easy keyboard shortcuts to do these: jump to any folder I want, just by ...
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How can I recover my MS Office 2011 product key?

I want to use Migration Assistant to transfer my data from a Macbook Pro to a Macbook Air. I'm told that I need my product key for MS Office 2011. Is there a way to find my product key on my mac?
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Why does Microsoft Word need to allow incoming network connections?

When I turn on the Mac firewall I get prompted to allow the MS office apps (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) to accept incoming connections. Why is this, and is it safe to allow it ? I'm running Mac OS ...
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Can I sync Outlook 2011 with an iCalendar feed?

I want to sync my calendar with a Basecamp generated ical feed, like: webcal://test.basecamphq.com/feed/project_ical?token=c9d3d7b7d0a77ce8b9f615c8b4c2295eproject_id=8024071 Can it be done?
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How do I modify Word 2011 for Mac so I can see tracked changes inline and notes simultaneously?

Background: In Word 2011 for the Mac, it's possible to view tracked changes inline -- that is, see the changes made on the screen within the text itself, as opposed seeing them in a balloon off to ...
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Corporate alternatives to DropBox for iPad

I am currently the only iPad user in a large company, and am loving using it, especially for meetings. I keep a lot of information relevant to meetings on DropBox, such as minutes, reports, ...
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How do I disable Microsoft Outlook 2010 calendar notifications?

I use "Mail" as my default mail client and "iCal" as my default calendar. However I have to use outlook when sending emails to work because their outlook for windows clients don't support inlining and ...
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Is there a quick, free viewer for Word docs?

TextEdit will open them, but often doesn't display them correctly. I really like QuickLook, but it won't stay open and doesn't allow for copying text. OpenOffice seems to read the files adequately, ...
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Following Mavericks upgrade, Microsoft Word closes silently right after opening

After the Mavericks upgrade, I'm seeing Microsoft Word close silently, no error message, about a second after opening. If I open a .docx file directly, the file displays during that one second, so it ...
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What is the best way to move Microsoft Office 2011 to a new Mac?

I've purchased Microsoft Office for Mac Home & Office 2011 (single computer), and have installed and activated on my current Mac. Given that I've already activated the software for my current ...
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How can I hide the unread counter from Outlook 2011 Dock icon?

I find the unread counter on Microsoft Outlook 2011 for Mac distracting. Whenever it's there I feel the need to click on it. How can I hide the unread count? Mail.app provides an option to disable ...
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Free .CSV text file editor for Mac OS X?

I am looking for a free editor to edit comma-delimited text files, or .csv format.
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Sent items listed by sender's name (my name!) not recipient in Outlook for Mac 2011

Outlook 2011 on a Mac (OS X 10.7 Lion), on a (mostly PC) office network using Microsoft Exchange server. In Outlook 2011, in the network "Sent Items" folder, all emails are listed showing the ...
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Is it possible to mount SharePoint as a volume in 10.6?

Background My office uses: Microsoft SharePoint to store and version our documents Microsoft Office, with Microsoft Document Connection to connect to the SharePoint site. Question 1 Can Finder ...
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What is the keyboard shortcut to insert a comment during track changes in Word?

When I am editing a Word document using track changes it would be nice not to have to got to the mouse to insert a comment at the cursor (since this is most of what my editing consists of). What is ...
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How to convert Keynote to PowerPoint online

Is there a way to convert a downloaded Keynote (from slideshare) file to a PowerPoint file (or an open format like Open/LibreOffice) online?
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Curve text in Microsoft Word for Mac 2011

How can I make my text follow a curve or arch shape in Microsoft Word for Mac 2011?
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Is there a way to make Windows-style SMB share paths launch correctly?

We have a mixed Windows/Mac network, with Windows fileservers, and an Exchange/Outlook mailsystem. The Windows users send out emails with links to the shared files that look like: ...
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How similar is Microsoft Excel for Mac to Excel for Windows?

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 ...
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Stop Office for Mac from loading with earlier documents on top of the one I opened?

Here's an irritation that annoys me almost every working day: I need to work from a Word or Excel (for Mac, Office 2011) document. So, I find the document on the shared server, and open it. The ...
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How can I work in other applications while using PowerPoint presenter view on mac?

In Windows it is possible to switch between and work with open applications when PowerPoint is open in presenter view. In this mode, the audience sees only the PowerPoint presentation, while you use ...
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Comparison of Microsoft Word to Apple Pages

I'm thinking about getting a word processor for my Mac. The two most popular options are probably Microsoft's Word or Apple's Pages. Before I decide to buy one I need to make sure that it will have ...
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How to convert .number file to any of the readble format including excel and pdf without having mac

I have an important .number iworks file. My Mac is now no more... How do I convert .number file to any of the readble format including excel and pdf without having mac.
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Do the “Print to PDF” / “Save to PDF” options embed fonts in the PDF file?

Specifically: When doing this within the MS Office suite (Powerpoint, Word etc.), does the font get embedded within the PDF? Does Preview.app embed fonts when “Saving as PDF”? If I’m generating the ...
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Is there a way to assign a keyboard shortcut Outlook 2011 to move email to a specified folder?

In Microsoft Outlook 2011, I'd like to be able to quickly highlight an email and move it to a folder (e.g. "Processed") with a simple keyboard shortcut.
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Is there any way to view word documents within Safari on the Mac?

The title pretty much sums up the question. I have looked, and could not find anything, neither paid, nor free. I know about the DocPreview plugin, however that does not work in Safari 5.1+. There is ...
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Can Keynote on iOS play PowerPoint files with audio?

I have a family member who's considering buying an iPad. The biggest needs she has is to see PowerPoint presentations with music/audio. She currently has an iMac with Microsoft Office installed, and ...
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How do I open MS Word and MS Excel documents with Google Docs as default?

Is it possible to use Google Docs as the default document viewer for MS Word and Excel files?
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How can I solve false duplicate in Mail.app?

I recently switched to Mail.app from Outlook 2011 and have been importing some of my archive messages. The problem is that for many of the messages, Mail.app seems to think they are duplicates so it ...
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Note taking for school

I'm considering getting a Macbook or a Macbook Pro (I use Windows on my desktop computer), and I'm thinking about how note taking could be done. Most I'm thinking would use Microsoft Word/Pages, but ...
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How can I change the shortcut keys for my MacBook Pro so it doesn't conflict with my remote Windows shortcuts?

From my MacBook Pro, I use a Java program that allows me to remotely connect to my Windows computer. I use Outlook on this Windows computer where normally I use shortcut keys like ControlF2 or ...
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Is there a way to stop MS Word from automatically opening previously opened documents?

I know there's probably a setting in preferences, but I need to be able to do it without Word being open. The problem is one of my docx has become corrupt, so every time Word opens it immediately ...
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Markdown to .doc or .rtf

I'm interested in using a variation of Markdown for my work, but my target format is Word files (this is what my clients use, it's non-negotiable). Most implementations of Markdown would leave me with ...
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Excel CSV export encoding

According to my tests, Excel on Mac, when asked to save data as CSV file, uses MacRoman encoding. My questions are: Does it always happen or there is some setting that controls it? If there's a ...
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Microsoft Publisher: Mac Equivalent?

Microsoft Publisher is an excellent piece of software on Windows. Does a Mac equivalent of Microsoft Publisher exist in its own entity ?
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Why doesn't Microsoft Office/2008(& later) support RTL languages?

I have Microsoft Office/2008 on my MacBook Pro. Office doesn't support RTL languages like Farsi and Arabic, and I know that Office/2010 (for Windows) also has the same problem. Do you think the lack ...
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How can I find the product key of Office 2011 after restoring from backup?

I had to restore my iMac from a Time Machine backup. Everything seemed fine until I tried to start Office 2011 and it is asking me to re-enter my product key. I am trying to locate my key (I believe ...
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Incorrect apostrophe character in MS Word 2011 on Mac

I'm using Word for Mac 2011. When using the default font - Cambria - extra spaces appear when I type an apostrophe followed by another character. See the screenshot at: As you can see in the ...
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How to batch convert word documents to pdf?

Is there a scriptable way that I can convert several MS Word documents to PDF? I thought this might be possible using python, but I am unable to find any advice online on how best to do this.
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How do I view comments in Microsoft Word 2011 for OSX?

How do I view comments in Microsoft Word 2011 for OSX? I can turn on the review pane, but that shows me every edit I've done to this document and it's impossible to find the comments. I just want a ...
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Mac Lync Conversation History Storage Location

Anyone know where Mac Lync 2011 stores its conversation history? Since it isn't tied to Outlook, it isn't stored on the Exchange server is it? If not, I need to back it up...
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How can I change the default save location of Office for Mac?

I have Office for Mac 2011 and unlike Office PC, I can't find how to change the location where my files are to be saved. The default position doesn't suit my needs and I spend a lot of time ...
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Outlook 2011 Keyboard Shortcut for going to Inbox

Is there a keyboard shortcut in Outlook for Mac 2011 that allows me to jump back to the main Inbox folder? Under my Inbox, I have a long list of folders that spans more than a full screen. If I'm at ...