Computer Newbies forum

Resolved Question

converting pc documents to mac files????

by Shera77 / March 10, 2012 7:33 AM PST

I need detailed help on how to convert my pc files in Word to mac files in my new computer. Please Please help!!!!!!


Shera77 has chosen the best answer to their question. View answer
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: converting pc documents to mac files????
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: converting pc documents to mac files????
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.

All Answers

Best Answer chosen by Shera77

Collapse -
Just a small question
by lacsr / March 10, 2012 9:35 PM PST

If the question means Microsoft Word files, then all that is needed is to install Microsoft Word on the Mac and all should still work. Just save the word files to a USB flash drive and then import them on the Mac.
Now if the intention is to not install Microsoft Word on the Mac but use whatever Mac uses for that, that is a different question. OpenOffice makes Mac app, that should be able to open the Word files:

Collapse -
Some files......
by Shera77 / March 10, 2012 11:52 PM PST
In reply to: Just a small question

Some of my files are shaded light grey and when I need one I have to transfer it to my desktop and try to open from there and then I get a popup asking me what I want to use to open the file ( a list of about 10 different ways) or it trys the web to find an app that will do it. Not all my docs are in file folders and there are lots I can't even get at. I just need to know if I need a file converter and if so is there a free html or pdf one out there????

I have Office 2011 and some of the microsoft files convert and some have issues......

Collapse -
Re: files
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 11, 2012 12:31 AM PST
In reply to: Some files......

Seems like the format of the file isn't recognised by the Mac. Which leads to the following questions:
1. Which MS Office formats are recognised and which aren't. Just giving the file extensions (like .xls, .rtf, .docx, .xlsm, .ppt) is sufficient.
2. What office programs (word processing, spreadsheet, presentation) are installed on your Mac?

And what do you mean with "not all my docs are in file folders"? Where are they? And why can't yout get at a lot of them?


Collapse -
USB stick!!
by Shera77 / March 11, 2012 1:40 AM PST
In reply to: Re: files

I am using my usb stick to try to transfer these files to my mac the files shaded are .doc, .xlsx, .xls, .rtf, .ctt, .ics, .wma and .docx files

I have adobe, microsoft office 2011 also vlc.

Collapse -
R%e: filetypes
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 14, 2012 8:03 PM PDT
In reply to: USB stick!!

.doc, .xlsx, .xls, .rtf. and .docx are Microsoft Office files. You should be able to open them with File>Open (or the Mac equivalent) in MS Word and MS Excel on the Mac.

.wma is Windows Media Audio. I think you should be able to play them with VLC player. Just try File>Open like in Office.

.ctt seems to be related to MSN Messenger. That might be problem on a Mac. See

.ics seems to be related to Apples iCalendar. How did you get those on your USB stick from Windows?


Collapse -
Thanks for the help!!!
by Shera77 / March 16, 2012 10:48 AM PDT
In reply to: R%e: filetypes

I can save any file to my usb stick .ics files must have been saved after I started using the mac.

I can get the files but I have to drag them to my desktop and then resave them. A lot of files are greyed out and I can't figure out why........ shaded and only accessible if I drag them to the desktop. THanks for all the help I will try what u suggested. Have a great weekend and Happy St. Paddy's day!

Collapse -
Re: drag to desktop
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 17, 2012 4:58 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks for the help!!!

If that works, use that.

The common view about USB sticks is that they are mainly good for moving data between machines. Not for permanent storage. So this is excellent.


Collapse -
by llucyy / March 23, 2012 12:56 PM PDT

Would "Macdrive" be any good?

Popular Forums
Computer Help 51,912 discussions
Computer Newbies 10,498 discussions
Laptops 20,411 discussions
Security 30,882 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 21,253 discussions
Windows 10 1,672 discussions
Phones 16,494 discussions
Windows 7 7,855 discussions
Networking & Wireless 15,504 discussions


Want to see the future of car technology?

Brian Cooley found it for you at CES 2017 in Las Vegas and the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.