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Many ExcelTips are equally applicable to versions of Excel for the Mac. In fact, there are many newsletter subscribers who use only Excel for the Mac. The differences in implementation for the Mac are not pointed out in ExcelTips, however. In addition, I don't point out the basic usage differences between Windows and Mac systems, such as holding down the Ctrl key as you click the mouse to simulate a right-click.
There is one other thing to keep in mind for those using Excel 2004 for the Mac: This particular version of Excel does not include support for VBA. This means that none of the macros detalied on this site will work for you. There is only a single recourse—update to a later version of Excel which does include VBA support. (Microsoft was roundly criticized for not including the support in Excel 2004 for the Mac.)
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