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Run Windows Excel on your Mac

Do you miss certain key features of the Microsoft version of Excel, but also can’t live without your Mac?

Run Microsoft Excel on a Mac and access the full power and complete capabilities of the world’s most popular spreadsheet software — no PC necessary. Enjoy advanced Excel features with Parallels Desktop for only $99.99 with a 1-year subscription.

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"It's very easy to install, it's intuitive to use, coherence mode alone is an amazing bonus that I was not expecting. I use Parallels Desktop primarily for the Windows version of MS Office Suite, specifically Excel, as the macOS versions are severely stripped down in terms of features and missing many keyboard shortcuts."

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"I like the ease of use and overall performance of Parallels Desktop. I use the Microsoft stack, specifically Power Bi, Power Query, and Excel, as well as some light gaming (an old game called Dark Age of Camelot)."

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"I have good experience in the last ten years using Word and Excel on Parallels Desktop. This is revolutionary to be able to enjoy in the same platform both Mac's and Windows advantages."

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Here’s why Excel is better in Parallels Desktop

Wondering where key tools like comprehensive VBA, Active X and Form Controls, Smart Tags, Power Pivot and more are in Mac Excel?

Mac users, you don’t have to miss out. Your solution is running a virtual machine with the Windows OS on your Mac. Access all the features you know and love in the Microsoft version of Excel and more.

Keyboard shortcuts and layouts
Power Pivot and data analysis
Visual Basic Editor
Use Windows-only plugins
Form Controls and Active X
Data connectivity options

See what features are available in Windows Excel vs Mac Excel

Features Excel on Mac Windows Excel
Comprehensive VBA code capabilities No Yes
Ability to connect to multiple data sources No Yes
View “Side by Side” option No Yes
“Smart Tag” feature No Yes
Ability to add visual effects No Yes
VBA support and animation No Yes
Extended ASCII characters No Yes
Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) Incomplete Yes
Power Pivot support No Yes
Active X & Form Controls No Yes
Data connectivity with ODBC SQL, HTML, Text, and Database (Microsoft Query). No Yes
Data connectivity with web, tables/ranges, Access, ODBC SQL, PDF, JSON, XML, etc. No Yes
Import data from a wide variety of file formats, including PDF, JSON, XML, etc. No Yes
Forecasting No Yes
Multi-item clip boarding No Yes
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  • Use 200,000+ Windows apps
  • Access the full range of Excel features
  • No need for a second Windows machine
  • Switch between macOS and Windows effortlessly

How to download Microsoft Excel on Mac with Parallels Desktop

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Download Parallels Desktop

Download and install Parallels Desktop on your Mac.

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Install Windows

Once installed, set up a new virtual machine and install Windows*

*Windows license required

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Launch Microsoft Excel

After installing Windows, you can run the Windows version of Excel and enjoy its full feature set and functionality, right from your Mac.

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Access the full power and capability of Microsoft Excel on your Mac for only $99.99 a year with Parallels Desktop

Enjoy Microsoft Excel on Mac, plus other key Windows applications without the need for a PC.