How to Use Microsoft Access on a Mac?

From time to time, Apple computer owners may wonder whether it is possible to use the features of Microsoft Access on Mac. Some of the functions may be really helpful no matter how you feel about Microsoft or Windows in particular. Most of the experts insist on a fact it is impossible to get Microsoft Access on Apple computers. Another question is whether any analogies exist and if there is any way to avoid the rules and install Microsoft Access on Mac OS X or macOS.

Finding Third-Party Solutions to Use Microsoft Access Databases

The good news is that one can open Microsoft Access databases from an Apple computer without having to set up Microsoft Access itself. Some other third-party applications exist to solve this issue. Try doing a fast Google search to obtain several results. Try to download apps from the official developer’s websites or App Store to avoid malware and adware.

Except for the multiple Access readers designed specifically for Apple computers, it is possible to find a special software for converting Access files to other formats compatible with Mac OS X. most of the online converters are free of charge with some limitations when it comes to the size of the file. Some apps like CrossOver Mac allows launching some Windows tools without installing Windows operating system on Mac.

Passing a Thorny Way to Install Windows on Mac

Of course, if you have Windows installed on your machine, you will be able to access Microsoft databases without any obstacles. Have you ever heard of the so-called Virtual Machine? Another solution is known as a Bootcamp partition. The main difference is that BootCamp makes the system run quicker after the installation.

So, it is not that difficult to set up Windows along with its version of Microsoft Office on Mac. However, be ready that your Apple computer may get slower when trying to operate two different systems. Well, it also depends on the tools you plan to use. For instance, using Parallels Desktop with Windows 10 and Office 365 may allow accessing Microsoft databases relatively fast.

How to Install Windows on Mac Using BootCamp?

Do not even think about installing Windows on your Apple computer unless the model is on this list:

  • MacBook Pro (since 2012);
  • MacBook Air (since 2012);
  • MacBook (since 2015);
  • iMac (since 2012);
  • Mac mini (since 2012);
  • Mac mini Server (since late 2012);
  • Mac Pro (since late 2013).

The rest of the Mac models are not compatible with the Microsoft products. Also, you won’t be able to set up the target operating system without a corresponding ISO file.

  1. Move to the official Microsoft Windows 10 ISO download page.
  2. Under Select Edition, you can find a drop-down
  3. In the Windows 10 Anniversary Update section, pick Windows 10. It is possible to download the Creators Update via Windows after the installation is complete.
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  1. Push the Confirm button.
  2. Pick the drop-down menu. It is under the Select the product language option.
  3. Decide on the preferred language.
  4. Push the Confirm button.
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  1. Choose 64-but Download.
  2. Select Save. The system will start downloading the ISO file with Windows.

Now, it is time to add Boot Camp into the game in order to finish the installation of Windows on Mac. Follow the instruction:

  • In the Applications folder, find and launch Boot Camp Assistant.
  • Push the Continue button. The Assistant will place the ISO file on the system.
  • Click and put the slider in the partition window.
  • Pick Install to start downloading Windows support applications.
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  • Enter password.
  • Press the OK button. The computer will reboot. Wait to notice the Windows 10 installation screen.
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  • Decide on the preferred language.
  • Choose Install Now.
  • Enter the product key/mention you do not have one.
  • Pick Windows 10 Pro.
  • Pick Next.
  • Click Custom: Install Windows Only.
  • Pick Drive 0 Partition X: BOOTCAMP.
  • Choose Next. The operating system will start to set up on your Mac. The machine may restart several times during the process.

This should do the trick. After that, you’ll just need to boot into Windows and install Microsoft Office with Microsoft Access included or set up Access separately as you would do that on a PC.