Software : Microsoft : Word for Mac

Microsoft Word for Mac

(as of 8/1/2019)

Software Overview

Main Features

  • Industry standard, widely-used word processing program
  • Support for the DOCX, DOC, and ODT formats
  • Customized application workspace toolbar layouts
  • Focus View for maximizing space for writing and reading documents
  • Reorder Objects for rearranging layers of text, graphics, and photos
  • Mail merge document generation and database integration
  • Advanced macro scripting support

Microsoft Word for Mac is an industry-standard word processing program included in the Microsoft Office for Mac suite along with Excel for Mac and PowerPoint for Mac. It was originally developed for only Windows but is now available for macOS, as well.

Word is used to create documents for personal and business use, such as reports, essays, resumes, posters, brochures, and newsletters. The word processor includes basic and advanced page and text formatting capabilities. Some advanced features include a Focus view for maximizing space for writing and reading documents, coauthoring for simultaneous collaborating, and Reorder Objects for rearranging layers of text, graphics, and photos. Word saves documents in the Office Open XML .DOCX format, while still supporting the old .DOC format. The application also provides support for the OpenDocument (.ODT) format.

Once you begin creating or editing your document, the word processor gives you ribbon-style toolbars and other document authoring and styling options. The Word user interface lets you manipulate text, pictures, shapes, SmartArt, and charts included in your document. Word includes thousands of downloadable online document templates, which serve as a starting point for creating new documents. Templates are available for several types of documents, including brochures, business forms, labels, envelopes, menus, newsletters, and planners. Custom templates, which are saved as .DOTX files, can also be created for company letterheads and other types of documents that require a consistent appearance.

Word for Mac brings Microsoft Word to the macOS platform. Its word processing features, support of popular office productivity file formats, and wide use set the application apart from the rest of the pack. If you are able to afford the Office 365 annual subscription, Microsoft Word for Mac is a great solution for all of your word processing needs.

Supported File Types

Primary file extension

.DOCX – Microsoft Word Open XML Document

Other file extensions used by Microsoft Word for Mac 2019

Supported File Types
.BMPBitmap Image File
.CRTXOffice 2007 Chart Template File
.DOCMicrosoft Word Document
.DOCWordPad Document
.DOCHTMLMicrosoft Word HTML Document
.DOCMWord Open XML Macro-Enabled Document
.DOCMHTMLMicrosoft Word MIME HTML Document
.DOTWord Document Template
.DOTHTMLMicrosoft Word HTML Document Template
.DOTMWord Open XML Macro-Enabled Document Template
.DOTXWord Open XML Document Template
.EFTXOffice 2007 Theme Effect File
.GIFGraphical Interchange Format File
.ODTOpenDocument Text Document
.PDFPortable Document Format File
.PICTPicture File
.PNGPortable Network Graphic
.PSWPocket Word Document
.PWIPocket Word Document
.RTFRich Text Format File
.TXTPlain Text File
.WBKWord Document Backup
Additional Related File Formats
.BPSWorks Document Backup
.DICDictionary File
.EDRWXXPS Drawing Document
.EPSEncapsulated PostScript File
.GLYWord Glossary File
.GRAMicrosoft Graph File
.MHTMHTML Web Archive
.RELSOpen Office XML Relationships File
.THMXOffice 2007 Theme File
.TXTRPTCommScope Teletilt Control System Report
.WPFWordPerfect Form
.WRIMicrosoft Write Document

Updated: August 1, 2019