How to open and edit Doc and Docx files on Mac without Microsoft Word (Office)


Even after you move to the macOS platform, you will be haunted by certain formats that are native to Windows PC. Until now, the corporate segment prefers Redmond Word as the main tool for working with text. In this article, we will tell you how to open DOCX documents on Mac without additional software.

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Under macOS, there has long been a fully functional version of Microsoft Office that is no different from the one used on Windows. Moreover, there are others, including free word processors, including Apple’s OpenOffice or Pages, which can open and edit DOCX files. But what if you do not want to take up disk space for programs that are used at best once a month?

To tame the DOCX files, we will use the services of a regular macOS editor Texteditas well as a free application Pages in desktop and browser versions.

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How to run .docx files on Mac in TextEdit?

1. Open explorer Finder and select the .doc file (.docx) that you want to edit.

2. Right-click and select Open in program → TextEdit.

How to run .docx files on Mac in TextEdit?

TextEdit allows you to not only view DOCX documents, but also edit them and save all changes. True, there are also disadvantages – the images are not displayed and about any layout in the analogue “Notepad“I don’t have to say.

How to run .docx files on Mac in TextEdit?

And if you need more, we strongly recommend installing the Pages program from the Mac App Store, especially since Apple itself offers this option.

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How to run .doc (.docx) files on a Mac using Pages?

1. Download (free), install and run Pagesif the program is not installed on your Mac.

Download Pages for Mac (Mac App Store).

The program will be free for those who have purchased and activated any Mac after September 1, 2013.

2. Press menu FileOpen.

How to run .docx files on Mac in Pages?

3. In the Finder Explorer, select the document you are interested in and click “Open“.

In the following, the .DOCX format is associated with Pages and documents can be opened immediately from Explorer. With Pages you will have the opportunity to work with images and layout.

How to run .docx files on Mac in Pages?

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How to export edited .doc (.docx) file again .doc format (.docx) to Pages

To export a file from Pages to the original Doc or Docx, use the menu File → Export toWord (in detail).

How to save Pages files in Word format (doc, docx) on Mac

How to save Pages files in Word format (doc, docx) on Mac

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How to open and edit .doc (.docx) files in a browser

It is worth noting that Pages also exists in the browser version, which does not require installing the application from the App Store.

In order to work with Word files (Doc and Docx) go to icloud.com from your computer and enter your Apple ID account information.

How to open and edit .doc (.docx) files in a browser

Open the Pages web application.

How to open and edit .doc (.docx) files in a browser

Drag and drop the necessary Docx, Doc, or .pages files to the dashboard. After which they will be available for editing.

How to open and edit .doc (.docx) files in a browser

How to open and edit .doc (.docx) files in a browser

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