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Access the full power of Microsoft Excel on Mac with Parallels Desktop

Run Microsoft Excel on a Mac and access the full power and complete capabilities of the business world’s most popular spreadsheet application — without a PC. Enjoy Microsoft Excel on a Mac (and other key Windows applications) with Parallels Desktop for only $99.99 with a 1-year subscription.

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Keyboard shortcuts and layouts

Keyboard shortcuts and layouts

Excel for Windows offers more keyboard choices and simpler navigation that are popular with power users. These include Windows-exclusive options like page break view, the customizable Quick Access Toolbar (QAT), and shortcuts for pasting links and pasting only formulas.

Power Pivot and data analysis

Power Pivot and data analysis

Excel for Windows includes full support for the Power Pivot feature, a business intelligence tool which enables users to import large amounts of heterogenous data into a single Excel workbook from various sources. Dynamic Pivot Charts and Pivot Tables are also exclusive to the Windows version of Excel (Excel for Mac offers static versions only).

Visual Basic Editor

Visual Basic Editor

If you build applications using Excel, then the Windows version is the more comprehensive option with extended ASCII characters, editable context menus, and VBA animations.

Use Windows-only plugins

Use Windows-only plugins

Use these plugins with full functionality that's not available on Mac without Parallels.: Collectica, SpreadsheetConverter, CapIQ, JetReports, PowerUser, F9, Kutools, XLGL, and ASAP Utilities.

Form Controls and Active X

Form Controls and Active X

These popular form creation tools or form controls are only compatible with the Windows operating system; they are not supported on Excel for Mac and must be constructed in the Windows version of Excel.

Data connectivity options

Data connectivity options

Excel for Windows also offers a variety of data connectivity options, including web, tables/ranges, Access, ODBC SQL, PDF, JSON, XML, and more. You can import data from a wide variety of file formats, including PDF, JSON, XML, and more which are not supported by Excel for Mac.

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* Windows 11 Pro and Enterprise
** Up to 22 CPU on a Mac with Apple silicon (M2 Ultra)

How to download Microsoft Excel on Mac with Parallels Desktop

  1. Download and install Parallels Desktop
  2. Open the Microsoft Office app inside Windows
  3. Click “Sign in” or “Create a new account"
  4. Click "Install apps" and follow the installation assistant steps
  5. Open Microsoft Excel from the Start menu, and you're ready to get started!

Frequently asked questions

System requirements

Run most applications such as Microsoft Office, accounting software, trading software, SAP, Matlab, and more.

Operating system

macOS Sonoma 14.0 or newer
macOS Ventura 13.2 or newer
macOS Monterey 12.6 or newer
macOS Big Sur 11.7 or newer[1]
macOS Catalina 10.15.7 or newer[1]
macOS Mojave 10.14.6 or newer[1]

Processor

Any Apple silicon chip
Intel Core i5, Core i7, Core i9, Intel Core M or Xeon processor

Memory

4 GB of RAM

Storage

600 MB for Parallels Desktop application installation
Additional disk space for the guest operating system (at least 16 GB is required for Windows OS)

Graphics

Apple M3, M3 Pro, M3 Max, M2, M2 Pro, M2 Max, M2 Ultra, M1, M1 Pro, M1 Max, and M1 Ultra chips

Intel, AMD Radeon, or NVIDIA graphics cards

[1] — an earlier product version is installed

For graphics-intensive applications, high loads, and running multiple virtual machines.

Operating system

macOS Sonoma 14.0 or newer
macOS Ventura 13.2 or newer
macOS Monterey 12.6 or newer
macOS Big Sur 11.7 or newer[1]
macOS Catalina 10.15.7 or newer[1]
macOS Mojave 10.14.6 or newer[1]

Processor

Apple M3, M3 Pro, M3 Max, M2, M2 Pro, M2 Max, M2 Ultra, M1 Pro, M1 Max, and M1 Ultra chips
Intel Core i5, Core i7, Core i9 or Xeon processor

Memory

16 GB of RAM or more

Storage

600 MB for Parallels Desktop application installation
Additional disk space for the guest operating system (at least 16 GB is required for Windows OS)

Graphics

Apple M3, M3 Pro, M3 Max, M2, M2 Pro, M2 Max, M2 Ultra, M1, M1 Pro, M1 Max, and M1 Ultra chips

AMD Radeon Pro graphics card

[1] — an earlier product version is installed

Supported Guest Operating Systems (Mac with Apple silicon):

Only Arm versions of operating systems are supported.

  • Windows 11 Pro and Enterprise editions (recommended)
  • Ubuntu Linux 23.04, 22.04, 21.10, 21.04, 20.10, 20.04
  • Fedora Workstation 38, 37, 36, 35, 34, 33-1.2
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9
  • Debian GNU/Linux 12, 11, 10
  • Kali Linux 2023.1, 2022.2, 2022.1, 2021.3
  • CentOS Stream 9
  • macOS Monterey 12 (in-app download)
  • macOS Ventura 13 (in-app download)
  • macOS Sonoma 14 (in-app download)

Supported guest operating systems (Mac with Intel processors):

Only x86 versions of operating systems are supported.

  • Windows 11 (recommended)
  • Windows 10[1]
  • Windows Server 2022
  • Windows Server 2019
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Boot2Docker
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 9,8 and 7
  • CentOS Linux 9 Stream, 8, 7
  • Fedora Linux 38 and 37
  • Ubuntu 23.04, 22.04 LTS, 21.10, 21.04, 20.04 LTS, 18.04 LTS, 16.04 LTS
  • Debian GNU/Linux 11, 10
  • Suse Linux Enterprise 15
  • OpenSUSE Linux 15.5 and 15.4
  • Linux Mint 20
  • Kali 2023.1, 2022.2, 2022.1, 2020.2, 2019, 2018
  • Elementary OS 7
  • Manjaro 22 and 21
  • Mageia 8
  • Gentoo Linux[2]
  • Solaris 11 and 10[2]
  • openBSD 6[2]
  • FreeBSD 12 and 11[2]
  • openVZ 7
  • eComStation 2 and 1.2[2]
  • ReactOS 0.4[2]
  • Android OS (in-app download only)
  • macOS Ventura 13.0[3]
  • macOS Monterey 12.0[3]
  • macOS Big Sur 11.0[3]
  • macOS Catalina 10.15[3]
  • macOS Mojave 10.14.x[3]
  • macOS High Sierra 10.13.x[3]
  • macOS Sierra 10.12.x[3]
  • OS X El Capitan 10.11.x[3]
  • OS X Yosemite 10.10.x[3]
  • OS X Mavericks 10.9.x[3]
  • OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.x[3]
  • OS X Lion 10.7.x[3]
  • OS X Lion Server 10.7.x[3]
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server 10.6.x[3]
  • Mac OS X Leopard Server 10.5.x[3]
  • and many more...
  • [1] — Only the 64-bit version is supported.
  • [2] — Parallels Tools are not available for this operating system.
  • [3] — Requires a Mac computer that supports the operating system as a host OS.

Note: To run legacy Windows OS versions (2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8/8.1), download and use Parallels Tools version 18.3.0. Learn more at https://kb.parallels.com/en/129252.
Parallels Desktop for Mac emulates PC hardware, so operating systems that are not present in this list can work as well. You can download the Parallels Desktop trial and install an operating system of your choice. If it doesn’t work and you believe it should be supported, let us know at Parallels Forum.
To learn more about limitations of running Windows 11 in Parallels Desktop, please visit KB 129497.

For information about supported Linux kernel versions, please visit KB 129963.

Access the full power and capabilities of Microsoft Excel on your Mac for only $99.99 annually with Parallels Desktop

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