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How Do I Get Mac Excel and Word Back After Catalina Upgrade?

i just upgraded my MacBook Pro to Catalina and lost my Mac Excel and Mac Word. The app
store only has apps for MS Word 365 which requires a subscription.????? Help

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Pat Schelling

Comments: 15 Responses to “How Do I Get Mac Excel and Word Back After Catalina Upgrade?”

    4 weeks ago

    So it sounds like you were using very old versions of Word and Excel that were 32-bit. Catalina only supports modern 64-bit apps. I did a video on this a while back: https://macmost.com/what-to-do-about-32-bit-apps-before-updating-to-macos-catalina.html

    So you need to update. You can use the current versions in the Mac App store with an Office 365 subscription. A regular one is $100 per year, and they have a personal subscription for only $70 per year. https://products.office.com/en-us/buy/compare-microsoft-office-products-for-mac

    Software subscriptions are the way things are going as the developers need a sustainable way to update software. The old method where people bought it as cheap as possible and then didn’t update for 10+ years was killing the industry.

    As you can see wit that link they still do offer a “Office Home & Student 2019” one-time purchase for $150 if you really want that. But I’d imagine eventually it will be subscription-only.

    If having Word and Excel aren’t important enough to you to spend $70/year, then there are alternatives. You can just use Pages and Numbers, which you get for free with your Mac. Or, you can use Google Docs or Open Office or something else.

    Les schreiber
    4 weeks ago

    Does that mean Microsoft does not plan to upgrade the office sweet, so I should discard it from my applications?
    I also have Quicken which falls in the same category what do I do with that?

    4 weeks ago

    Les: Microsoft has been constantly upgrading the office suite. There are new versions out this year, including versions now distributed through the Mac App Store. The Quicken site shows Quicken 2019 for Mac, so it appears they are up-to-date as well. Just check the developer sites and you’ll see.

    Klaus
    3 weeks ago

    I have the latest Excel version (16.30) but with Catalina I cannot open newer documents, message says …not accessible

    3 weeks ago

    Klaus: Have you contacted Microsoft support about that?

    Neil Nothard
    2 weeks ago

    Gary, thanks for the advice. I will be moving to Pages and Numbers. How do I get an existing Word or Excel file to open in Pages and Numbers? Thanks

    2 weeks ago

    Neil: Just open it and it will convert. Try it.

    Marianne Leone
    2 weeks ago

    I cannot open any word docs after upgrading to Catalina. Would like to move my word docs to pages, but they won’t open. How do I open them?

    2 weeks ago

    Marianne: Is this because you had an old version of Word that no longer works? If so, one option is to simply get a newer version of Word. If you want to leave Word and switch to Pages, then you should be able to open them in Pages. Drag and drop on to Pages or choose File, Open in Pages and select those documents. If not, what happens when you try?

    Marianne Leone
    2 weeks ago

    I have tried to drag and drop files but Pages rejects them> I did, apparently, have an old version of Word that didn’t work with the Catalina upgrade. This Word does not seem to have an “open in pages” option. It has “open” but that is just to open the file.

    2 weeks ago

    Marianne: Launch Pages. Go to File, Open. Then select the Word document in there.

    Marianne Leone
    2 weeks ago

    Thanks, I just discovered your comment up at the top of the page and guess I will do the one year subscription and then move everything to Pages!

    Helen Killick
    2 weeks ago

    Where can I buy a new version of Word, excel etc for Apple in the UK?

    2 weeks ago

    Helen: Did you check in the Mac App Store? It is there in the US, but I’m not sure about the UK. Then you would go to Microsoft’s site to get the subscription. If not, you can always download from the Microsoft site too, I’m sure.

    Pradeep Desai
    19 hours ago

    i tried dragging the file from word document as well as copy and past it doesn’t work
    Microsoft needs money desperately

    pages & number ( free) is the way to go

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