Formatting Differences in MS Word on Windows vs Mac
November 19, 2009 8:35 AM Subscribe
How consistent is MS Office between Windows and OSX? Will using MS Office on my Mac solve this formatting problem I'm having?
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints to Computers & Internet (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm have a MacBook Pro running Leopard,and I've been using Open Office to write my papers. It's great. I love Open Office (and love that it's free). When I need to turn something in, I just save it in PDF format, e-mail it to myself, then go to a computer lab, check my e-mail, and print off the PDF document. Perfect.
The problem is that I have a professor who needs some documents turned in via e-mail, and they use MS Word. I can save an Open Office document as a Word file (.doc or .docx), and for plain text formatting that's fine, but as soon as an outline or numbered list is created, things look crazy. It seems fine when I save it in Open Office, and it's fine when I then open that document using Open Office, but if the document is opened with MS Word, the formatting is horrible.
I can buy the MS Office suite for Mac at school using my student discount (it's around $35 I think). If I install that, and use Word to create these documents, will they appear the same when my professor opens them using Word, on her Windows computer?
If there will still be differences then I'll skip the $35 and just keep going to the computer lab to tweak things.
If I save a document in MS Word on a Mac and send it to a person using MS Word on a PC, are there formatting differences?