How to Run Microsoft Word on Mac

When it comes to productivity applications, Microsoft Word takes the cake. In fact, I’d even go so far to say that Microsoft Word is more than a productivity app; it’s a utility. A necessity for anyone who owns a computer—and yes, even if you own a Mac.

I use Microsoft Word every day. I used Word for writing blog posts like these (yes, including this one), for taking notes, writing video scripts, jotting down ideas, and so much more. And I’m not alone—according to Microsoft, the number of Word users out there is easily in the millions. In fact, Word is so popular that it’s difficult for anyone to use another word processor if it doesn’t allow you to save it as a .doc. This in particular is one reason so many Mac users need Windows—for must-have applications like Microsoft Word and the rest of Office Suite.


Thankfully, we already know how easy it is run Microsoft Word on Mac with Parallels Desktop. Yes, you could fire up Pages or download Office 2016 for Mac with a subscription to Office 365, but sometimes, the original can’t be beat.

How to Run Microsoft Word on Mac

How meta is this screenshot of this exact blog post in Microsoft Word?

If you’re not sure how to get started, here’s where you can learn more about Parallels Desktop and how to run Windows on Mac. Bonus: you can even try it for free.

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