How to Run Microsoft Excel on a Mac with Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition

One of the essential Microsoft tools for business is Excel, as it helps businesses carry out essential data-entry operations that are crucial to their success. There is an increase in the number of Mac users needing to use Excel with all its features and tools—however, the full version of Excel is not available to them. Therefore, in order to help businesses become more productive, Parallels Desktop™ for Mac Business Edition was designed to help users run their Windows-based programs effectively on Mac.  

In this post, I will take you through the process of setting up and running Excel in Parallels Desktop Business Edition on your Mac. In the end, you’ll be able to conveniently set up Excel for Windows on a Mac and carry out all your data entry and other essential tasks without hassle. 

What is Excel? 

Microsoft Excel is software included in the Microsoft Office suite. It allows users to create and edit spreadsheets, perform cell-based calculations and a host of other actions. It’s a valuable software for businesses because it provides several tools that allow enterprises to extract maximum value from their data, thereby forming the basis of maximizing their return on investment (ROI).    

How to set up Excel for Mac 

Although there is a version of Excel for Mac and iOS, it doesn’t support the full features of the original Microsoft Excel for Windows. This is a significant headache for businesses because some of the major tools (needed such as Pivot chat and Built-In Database Connectivity) are not available in Excel for Mac or iOS.  

To solve this issue, businesses can install Parallels Desktop Business Edition on their Mac devices and then create a Windows virtual machine (VM) where Excel can run smoothly.  

In order to set up Excel in Parallels Desktop, follow the simple procedures below: 

Opening Excel is as easy as opening a Mac application. There are several ways to open Excel for Windows using Mac:   

With these simple steps, you’ll be able to install Excel for Windows on your Mac and get all the full functions of the Microsoft Excel package—but that’s not all the benefits Parallel Desktop Business Edition offers. 

Parallels Desktop Business Edition is packed with great features that allow your engineers and system admins to simultaneously deploy the power of both Mac and Windows on a single PC, and easily switch between them without rebooting.  

Not convinced? See how Parallels Desktop can help your business grow and increase productivity by downloading the free trial version! 


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