How to Convert an Excel File to Word on a Mac

By K.C. Winslow

Because Excel and Word are both part of the Microsoft Office suite of applications, they are compatible with one another. This compatibility is advantageous for users who want to convert an MS Excel file to an MS Word file on a Macintosh computer. No additional third-party software is required to convert between these two file types because Word for Mac contains an Excel Workbook Converter that launches when a user opens an Excel file in Word.

Step 1

Open Microsoft Word by double-clicking on it in the "Applications" folder.

Step 2

Select "Open" from the "File" menu.

Step 3

Use the browser to navigate to the Excel file you want to convert and highlight it. If the Excel file appears in gray and cannot be selected, you may need to adjust the "Enable" setting at the bottom of the window so it is set to "All files" or "All Readable Files." Press "Open."

Step 4

Click "Okay" in the onscreen prompt. In the "Open Workbook" dialogue box, select "Entire Workbook" in both spaces.

Step 5

Convert the XLS or XLSX file to a Word DOC or DOCX file by going to the "File" menu and selecting "Save As." Enter a name for the converted file and select a save location. In the Format pull-down menu, select the desired Word document type. Press "Save" to complete the process.

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