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Microsoft publisher has been around for a long time but  it has never been able to run on Apple computers.   If you’re like me you  probably have friends who have Microsoft publisher files they occasionally email you. Sadly there is no way to open  a Microsoft publisher file on a Mac, until now…

Here are two websites that can convert Microsoft publisher files to PDF.

You can then open, read and print the pdf file on your Mac. You can even edit them.

I have tested both of these conversion sites and they both work pretty well.  They are both free.

Site one is easier, to use, just read the instructions below, but I’ve included two sites just in case one of them goes down or doesn’t work for you.

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116 Comments

  1. Thanks so much! I don’t understand why Publisher isn’t Mac-compatible when most Office products are.

  2. Oh, my goodness! I am so grateful for this! I have so many Publisher files that I haven’t been able to see since I bought my Mac in 2017; most of them being poems I’ve written. This will make it so easy to see them once again. Thank you, thank you!!!

    1. Lauren,

      The office suite is molded to the Mac by the Mac Business Unit at MS. They do so because those tools have little competition in the marketplace. When it comes to design functions, most of those on the mac are far surpassed by the Adobe product line – InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator. So MS doesn’t bother porting Publisher to the mac because it can’t compete. Simple cost-benefit analysis.

  3. In looking at the two sites offered here, both seem to have file size limitations. One actually states it at 100MB while the other just fails to work (I was parsing a 142MB file to PDF from PUB).

    A better working site, for me, has turned out to be https://www.zamzar.com/
    It actually appears to be a better site all the way around as it easily parsed my larger files and offers several conversion file types.

  4. Question – Our Creative department works on Mac’s but one of our clients needs files in Publisher (they work on PC’s) Is there any Mac software that will let you save as a Publisher file?

  5. I run a PC with Publisher and just spare my records as PDF’s. My Mac-based customers can’t alter them yet can explain remedies for me to actualize. Sporadically, they have utilized my pages as drafts and duplicated (can’t change over) them to Indesign or Quark for refined kerning and so on and for simplicity of repro/print yield. (For long content substantial records, Publisher can likewise spare as unformatted Word documents, in this way usable on PC or MAC.)

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