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How to Open and Export a Word File on Mac

The most commonly used word processing application is Microsoft Word. That’s why it can be frustrating to receive a word file, document, or a .docx file on your Mac computer. The main reason is because Apple computers do not come standard with Microsoft Office products. However, you can purchase Microsoft Office applications for your Mac from Microsoft, but most of the options are now subscription based which can get to be pretty expensive.

In this article we will walk you through how to open and export a word file document using a Apple Mac computer. You can achieve this with Apple’s word processing software pages.

How to Open a Microsoft Word File on Mac with Apple Pages

1. Make sure that Pages is installed on your Mac. You can check this by going to the App Store and typing in Pages. It will say “Open” if it is already installed on your computer. If it is not installed, click “Get” and type in your Apple ID to install.

2. Go to Finder and locate the Word file (.docx). Once you locate the file, you can click it and then click the settings gear at the top of the finder window. Select “Open With” and choose “Pages”. This will now open the document with Apple Pages.

3. Once the file opens you may notice some differences depending on the font and formatting was used in the Microsoft Word document.

How to Export a Microsoft Word File on Mac with Apple Pages

1.Click “File” in the upper left hand corner in Pages and go to “Export To” and select “Word”.

2. Once you see the “Export Your Document” screen. Click next and select where you would like to save your document.

 

Working with Word file documents in Mac operating systems can be very simple. Apple has designed there Pages software to work pretty good with Microsoft Word. Just make sure that the formatting and font will translate well to other machines.

Apple Refurbished 5 Tips for Buying a Used Mac

5 Tips for Buying a Used/Refurbished Apple MacBook Pro or MacBook Air

Are you looking to purchase a MacBook? Perhaps for a loved ones birthday or maybe for your personal studio? With the high cost of Apple products a lot of people are turning to refurbished and used Mac products. The issue many people have when it comes to purchasing a secondhand Apple Mac Computer is knowing what to look for.

So you’re done researching and you understand what computer specs best fit you. Next step is finding a used MacBook. There are many different places online to search for a computer. Online marketplaces such as Amazon, eBay, or Mercari are a good place to get a good deal on Apple products. However, many of these sellers do not offer warranties or money back guarantees. I would recommend finding an online store that specializes in Refurbished Mac Computer. This will ensure you are getting a quality product, while also giving you peace of mind.

However, if you do decide to purchase from another source please check out these tips.

1. Check Battery Health (Cycle Count)

The battery cycle count on many Apple products is a good indicator for how much the computer has been used. Apple batteries are usually able to last about 1000 charge cycles before they need to be replaced. You will want to make sure the condition is normal and has a cycle count value below 1000. To check this you will have to click on About This Mac in the upper – left hand corner of your screen. Then click on System Report. Once System Report comes up click on Power in the left side menu under Hardware. There you will be able to see all the Battery Information including the Health Information.

2. Check for iCloud Lock

In order to check the status of iCloud on an Apple computer you will need to make sure the operating system is already set up. This will give you access to the System Preferences. So once you are logged in to the User account go into System Preferences.  Then click on the iCloud icon. If there is an account signed in you will want to make sure that is signed off before purchasing the computer. If you do not do this, you will have issues with many of the iCloud functionalities within the Apple Operating System.  Most Apple Refurbished resellers will check for this.

3.  Test all the Components

Make sure that when you are testing the used MacBook you confirm all the components are functioning properly.  When I say components I am mostly referring to all the ports, the keyboard, track pad, screws, etc… This seems like common sense, but many people forget to do this. By doing this you can avoid any drama or need for repair.

4. Check the Age

It’s important to check and make sure that you are purchasing the correct computer. There are two ways you can check the model of your Mac. The simplest way is to go to About This Mac in the Apple menu in the upper-left corner of your screen. An overview window will open once you click on About This Mac that will give you all the information you need. If the computer is not set up you can also find the serial number printed on the backplate. Once you locate the serial number you can enter that on Apple’s Check Coverage page. https://checkcoverage.apple.com/

5. Use Apple’s Hardware Test (AHT)

With every Apple computer comes a hardware testing application that is very advanced, yet easy to run. It can take a long time for it to run since it is checking many components, but it will pay off. It will report to you what is broke and will also give you health indicators for each hardware component.

To utilize AHT:

  1. Shut down the Mac. Then, press the power button to turn it back on.
  2. After pressing the power button, press and hold the D key
  3. AHT will begin to load. Once it is finished loading select your language and then click “Test”.

You can either choose to run the extended test or just do the basic test as well. Make sure the test completes fully before purchasing the machine. This will assure you that you won’t have any regrets after purchasing your used Apple Mac.

 

 

 

 

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Apple MacBook Pro (Unibody vs. Retina vs. Touch Bar)

The Modular Machine

It is easy to get confused with the language in the Macintosh world. Unibody, Retina, TouchBar, what do they all mean? Let’s just start with the basics. The MacBook Pro Unibody refers to all Apple Mac laptops from late 2008 to mid 2012. These computers have a bottom housing made from a single piece of aluminum. Which not only makes it look sleek, but it also helps with heat dissipation! These Apple laptops all came standard with an optical dvd drive and upgradeable hardware.

The Remarkable Retina

Then came the almighty Retina!  Apple introduced the Retina MacBook Pro in 2012. These units are characterized by their stunning retina display, and their lack of optical drive. The Retina computer is often referred to as one of Apple’s most popular computers because of its reliability, speed, and ease of use. The one complaint many people have about these models, is that Apple started to solder the RAM in on these computers. This seemed to cause a lot of confusion within the Apple community since the previous unibody models had upgradeable RAM.

The Tantalizing Touch Bar

Now the one that everyone wants to know, the famous Apple Touch Bar. Apple ended up changing the design of their keyboard in 2016 which got rid of the top row of function keys. Apple did this so they could include a touch-sensitive strip which changes key functions depending on the application in use. Now, these units do have what’s called an “ultra-retina” display, which is a even higher resolution than the previous retina display, but Apple will call these units “Touch Bar MacBook Pro” and the previous generation “Retina MacBook Pro” to make it as clear as possible.

 

 

 

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Best Apple Mac Laptop for High School and College Students

Are you feeling lost trying to decide what Apple Laptop to purchase for your upcoming school year? Maybe your old PC laptop just died and you are looking to upgrade to a reliable Mac computer. Below we will discuss some options for you and some questions you should be asking yourself when shopping online for a quality mac.

The Basics

The single most important question you should ask yourself when looking for an Apple computer is “What am I going to be using this for”? Most student’s don’t need a ton of power, while other students might. If you are going to be using your computer for note taking, spreadsheets, or for the casual night off watching Netflix, then you most likely won’t need a super fast MacBook Pro. However, if you are going to school for music production, video production, or graphic design then you might want to consider a high-end MacBook Pro.  There are some MacBook Pro’s that don’t have a bunch of power that would work well for a student.  But, the more common and practical option is the Apple MacBook Air.

The Ultra-Light MacBook Air

The Apple MacBook Air is an excellent choice for most students. The reason being is they have an ultra light; portable design, while still maintaining the speed, reliability, and ease of use we all know and love Mac’s for. They are also a lot more cost effective than most MacBook Pro’s.

Most MacBook Air’s have dual core processors with 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB RAM options. So say you are working on an word document, but you would also like to have music playing and Facebook open. Your computer will run a lot smoother with 4GB or 8GB of RAM vs. a MacBook Air with 2GB of RAM. The storage options came in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB Solid State Drive configurations.

We recommend trying to keep your computer’s internal drive as clean as possible by using an external drive. This will assure maximum speeds by taking a load off of the main drive.  This is also good practice in case your computer ends up failing.

The High Performance MacBook Pro

The Apple MacBook Pro is a great option for the productive student that needs a lot of computer power. These computers typically have higher CPU, RAM, and SSD configurations.  The 13″ MacBook Pro is a great option for those who are looking for portability while still maintaining power.  These models typically come with a dual-core processor, but newer models are now allowing a quad-core processor to be accepted.  The 13″ MacBook Pro can be configured to have 16GB of RAM and are able to host a 2TB SSD.

The 15″ MacBook Pro comes standard with a quad-core processor, but newer models are allowing up to 8-core processing!! Which means more computing power for those who need it.  These newer models can also be configured with 32GB of RAM and a 4TB SSD.  Also, the 15″ MacBook Pro can have its own dedicated graphics card to assure those who are going into video or photo won’t have any slow down issues.

Although most of the new MacBook Pro on the markets are a bit overkill, it is good to know that there are options out there for everyone.  Most older MacBook Pro models will work fine for student use as long as the specs are configured to your personal use.

Having a good understanding of what you will be using your computer for and knowing the differences will be beneficial for you in the long term.  This way you won’t be stuck having to upgrade shortly after you purchase your Mac computer.

 

 

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Apple MacBook Pro 15” Touch Bar vs. Apple MacBook Pro 13” Touch Bar

Apple has always offered two clear variations for the MacBook Pro. A model with a 15″ screen and a model with a 13″ screen, but is that the only difference? Far from it. From the early generations of the MacBook Pro we can see a pattern start to define itself. The 15″ MacBook Pro is larger, more powerful, and more focused on processor-intensive tasks. While it’s slightly smaller sibling is more about portability, and providing great value within its small form factor.

Similarities

  • Both MacBook Pro’s are available in Space Gray and Silver finish.
  • Force Touch trackpad is available on both models.
  • The latest generation of butterfly keyboard and touch bar is available for each model.
  • Both screens offer the same brightness and True Tone technology.
  • USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 are available for both models.

Differences

  • The 15″ MacBook Pro has more options for faster processing (4-Core, 6-Core, and 8-Core)
  • The 15″ MacBook models have dedicated graphics cards, while all the 13″ models have integrated graphics. This means they are much more suited to graphic intensive applications.
  • The 15″ MacBook Pro has faster RAM and higher configurations than the smaller 13″ MacBook Pro (2400MHz DDR4 compared to 2133MHz LPDDR3)
  • The 15″ MacBook Pro can host a 4TB SSD, while the 13″ can have a 2TB SSD max.

Summary

Apple MacBook Pro 15″ Touch Bar

The Apple MacBook Pro 15″ Touch Bar is considered Apple’s fastest laptop on the market.  Generally speaking, the 15″ model comes with a dedicated graphics processor, which means things like high resolution video editing, photoshop, or graphic design will all be within the wheelhouse of what this computer is capable of. The newer models are able to accept ultra high end graphics card to ensure the fastest possible speeds. Coupled with the fact that in the current generation, all 15″ MacBook Pro models come with a quad-core processor (upgradeable to 8-cores) instead of the dual-core processor found in most 13″ MacBook Pro models, it becomes quite the machine.

Apple MacBook Pro 13″ Touch Bar

Don’t need the extra power? The 13″ MacBook Pro has all the bells and whistles that the larger model has, while maintaining a healthy diet that keeps it a full pound lighter than it’s heftier sibling. A high resolution display, full backlit keyboard (including the innovative Touch Bar), and a wide range of available processors make the 13″ MacBook Pro a sleek and quick computer that works for students, executives, or anyone who wants to keep on the move.  The new models are now available to be configured with a quad-core processor. This means faster computing, while still maintaining portability.

Having a good understanding of what you will be using your computer for and knowing the differences will be beneficial for you in the long term.  This way you won’t be stuck having to upgrade shortly after you purchase your Mac computer.

 

 

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Apple Mac Laptop vs. PC Windows Laptop

Fans of both Apple’s OS and Microsoft’s Windows have been at it for generations. There are advantages and disadvantages to both sides. Which one you decide to choose is dependent on a couple different factors. We will discuss some of the main differences between a Mac and a Windows computer below.  Read on for more details!

Price Comparison

First and most obvious – the price advantage goes to the Windows machines. If you compare PCs to Apple products, as far as hardware is concerned, the PC side tends to have similar specifications for a lower price. Although, because Apple’s MacOS is designed and built around their specific hardware, it tends to run better than competing PC products.

A large factor between the two tends to be how capable the user might be. Windows users will have to update software drivers and get the ability to further customize their operating system, while Apple users generally do not have to deal with “maintenance” and don’t have to worry about the potential of messing with your systems advanced settings.

Device Compatibility

An advantage to being in the Apple Ecosystem is that all your devices will speak with one another and seamlessly transfer tasks from one to another. Texting someone on your phone but need to jump on your laptop? No problem. iMessage allows you to send texts through your MacOS capable device!

Ultimately the deciding factor is what you intend to do with your product, whether it’s a Apple computer or a PC. If you’re into gaming, or want to change how your computer operates, choose a PC. If you want a low-maintenance product with a hassle free operating system, go for an Apple product.