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Can I use the course to learn Excel on my Mac?

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#1 TheSmartMethod


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Posted 02 September 2013 - 03:42 PM

You can watch the videos on a Mac, as our video courses will work on any computer that has a correctly functioning web browser.


The courses teach Excel 2007, Excel 2010, Excel 2013 and Excel 2016 (the only versions widely used in the commercial world).


Excel 2016


Excel 2016 is available for both Windows and Mac computers, although there are several missing features in the Mac version and many features behave differently to the Windows version. You’ll also notice differences when using an operating system feature (such as the Save dialog) rather than an Excel feature.


We will be producing a Mac version of our Excel 2016 courses in the near future. We don't recommend using the Windows version of our courses to learn on the Mac.


Excel 2007, 2010 and 2013


Excel 2007, 2010 and 2013 are Windows-only programs and cannot be installed on a Mac (though it is possible to install both Windows and Excel 2007/2010/2013 onto a Mac).


Mac versions 2011 and 2008 (that can run on the native Mac operating system without Windows being installed) are cut-down versions of Excel that can’t open many of the sample files as the features being taught are not available on the cut-down Mac versions. The user interface is also radically different from the Windows versions.


To learn Excel 2013, 2010 or 2007 and to use the book, you need access to a Windows computer running the applications being taught or you need to load Windows and Excel 2007, 2010 or Excel 2013 onto your Mac.


Sample Files


Our "Recommended" sample files use a Windows executable file to automatically install the files to the correct location. This will not work on a Mac, but the alternative ZIP File option will work on a Mac without any problems.


If you need to download the sample files to your Mac, make sure to choose the ZIP File option.

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