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Use Microsoft Word for Free on Mac: A Comprehensive Guide

Free Microsoft Word for Mac: Quick Guide

For those wondering about how to use Microsoft Word or any other Microsoft application on a Mac, you’re in luck! Surprisingly, you have two choices: You can either pay or use it for free. 🤔🖥️🆓 Yes, you read it right! Let’s dive into this more extensively.


Paid Options for Using Microsoft Applications

Microsoft offers numerous paid options that one can consider. You can purchase Word individually as a one-time payment for eighty dollars 💰 or get the whole office suite for 149 dollars. Additionally, Microsoft encourages users to subscribe to their 365 package, which comprises Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, and a whopping one terabyte of OneDrive storage all for 70 dollars a year. Alternatively, they offer a family package at a hundred dollars a year for six people. 🏷️ However, if you land on the Mac App Store and merely download Word, you’ll be prompted to subscribe.


How to Use Microsoft Word for Free

Now you must be wondering—why put up with all that, when you can get Microsoft Word for free? First, you only need a Microsoft account. If you remember life pre-Google and Gmail, you might have a Hotmail account. Or for the younger ones, you could own a or an email address. 💌 All these accounts will function perfectly, but if you don’t have one, sign up—it’s free! Navigate to via Safari, and log in with your credentials or create an account.


Use Online Microsoft Office Applications

Once logged in, skip the premium prompt and welcome the Office homepage, which is your gateway to all Office applications. 🚪✨ To create a Word document, click on the Word icon in the left panel and select ‘New Document,’ which fires up the application in your browser. Handy as this free online Office version is, bear in mind that you can’t save files offline to your Mac. Instead, all your documents save to Microsoft’s cloud storage named OneDrive. Give your document a name, and to view all of your documents in your OneDrive account, simply click on the application icon in the side menu.


Benefits of the Online Version of Office

The beauty of this online version is its accessibility from any computer and on any platform—Mac, Windows, and mobile devices. 💻📱 Consider checking out more information in our previous video. That’s the rundown on getting Microsoft Word on your Mac for free.

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Yes, you can use Microsoft Word for free on a Mac. Certain features, however, require a paid Microsoft 365 subscription.

Free users can create, edit and save Word documents. Other advanced features like collaboration, desktop app and premium templates require a paid subscription.

Microsoft 365, formerly known as Office 365, is a subscription-based service that grants access to a suite of Microsoft apps, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more.

Not necessarily. Basic features are available for free, while the full suite of capabilities requires a subscription.

Yes, you can install Microsoft Word on your Mac by downloading it from the Microsoft website or the Mac App Store.

You can download the Microsoft Word app from the Mac App Store. After installation, you can use it for free with limited features.

A Microsoft 365 subscription gives you access to advanced features in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other Microsoft apps. It also offers cloud storage space on OneDrive.

Yes, with a Microsoft 365 subscription, you can collaborate with others in real time on Word documents.

Microsoft Word is included in the Microsoft Office suite, which can be installed on a Mac. However, there isn’t a standalone Word app.

Yes, with a Microsoft 365 subscription, you can use Word offline on your Mac.

Internet connection is required for initial setup and some features like document collaboration. However, you can work on documents offline too.

Yes, you can save your Word documents to iCloud. In fact, you can automatically save documents to iCloud by changing Word’s default save location.

Yes, a Microsoft 365 subscription allows you to use Word and other Microsoft apps on up to five devices.

You can upgrade to Microsoft 365 from within the free Word app by choosing ‘Subscribe’ from the ‘Account’ menu.

Microsoft Word supports MacOS versions 10.14 (Mojave) or later.

While Word’s core functionality remains the same, there are some minor differences in the interface between the Mac and Windows versions.

Yes, Microsoft offers student discounts for Microsoft 365. Students and educators at eligible institutions can sign up for Office 365 Education for free.

Yes, there are multiple free alternatives to Microsoft Word for Mac. Notable examples include Google Docs, Apple Pages and LibreOffice.

Yes, you can open and edit Microsoft Word documents with compatible apps like Google Docs or Apple Pages. However, some Word-specific features may not be supported.

Yes, Word allows you to export documents in multiple formats including PDF, RTF, HTML and more.

Yes, Mac users can access and use a wide range of Word templates. Some premium templates, however, require a Microsoft 365 subscription.

Word Online is a browser-based version of Word with fewer features. Word on Mac, particularly with a Microsoft 365 subscription, offers more robust functionality.

Yes, Word on Mac supports tracking changes and making comments, making it perfect for collaborative work.

Yes, you can customize the Word toolbar on your mac to suit your working style.

Yes, Word supports Mac’s Dark mode and will switch to Dark mode if it’s enabled on your system settings.

Yes, Word for Mac includes a ‘Focus mode’ feature that hides all Ribbons and controls to create a distraction-free workspace.

With AutoSave feature, documents are automatically saved every few minutes. However, this feature is only available for Microsoft 365 subscribers.

You can contact Microsoft support through their official website or through the Help option within the Word application.

You can set a default save location in Word’s Preferences menu, under ‘Save’, you can choose ‘iCloud’ or ‘On my Mac’ as your default save option.

Yes, you can print directly from Word on your Mac. Ensure your printer is properly set up and connected to your Mac to do so.