How to Get PowerPoint on a Mac

Get the widely used presentation tool

What to Know

  • From the Mac App Store: Apple Menu > App Store > search for PowerPoint > Get > Install > enter Apple ID if prompted > Open.
  • PowerPoint requires a subscription from Microsoft. You can sign up via In-App Purchase or at the Microsoft Office website.
  • Keynote, Apple's alternative to PowerPoint, comes pre-installed on new Macs (and can be downloaded from the Mac App Store).

This article explains how to get PowerPoint on a Mac, what is required to use it—including a subscription—and some free alternatives available on the Mac.

How Do I Get PowerPoint on Mac?

Getting PowerPoint on your Mac is very easy. Just a few clicks and you'll be ready to start making slides and building presentations. Here's what to do:

  1. Open the Mac App Store by going to the Apple menu > App Store or the Applications folder > App Store.

    You can also download PowerPoint directly from Microsoft, but these instructions focus on the Mac App Store.

  2. Search for PowerPoint.

    Mac App Store with PowerPoint search highlighted
  3. On the search results screen, click Get.

    Mac App Store search results for PowerPoint with Get highlighted
  4. Click Install.

    Mac App Store getting PowerPoint with Install highlighted
  5. Enter your Apple ID password when prompted.

    Apple ID info when installing PowerPoint with Enter Password highlighted
  6. When the download is finished, click Open to launch PowerPoint.

    Mac App Store with newly downloaded PowerPoint listing and Open highlighted

Once you've opened PowerPoint, you'll need to sign into your Microsoft account or use a free trial.

Is PowerPoint Free for the Mac?

PowerPoint is not free on the Mac (or on Windows, for that matter). Microsoft offers a free, 30-day trial after you download PowerPoint. Once the free trial expires, you need to pay to keep using the app. Options include a one-time purchase price or a monthly or annual subscription, which includes cloud storage features and ongoing technical support. You can subscribe through Microsoft's website or using in-app purchases via your Apple ID.

Do Macs Come With PowerPoint?

No. To get PowerPoint on your Mac, you need to download and install it using the steps from the first section of this article (or, as noted before, directly from Microsoft).

What Is the Mac Version of PowerPoint?

While PowerPoint may be the most well-known program for making slides and creating presentations, it's far from the only one. In fact, your Mac probably came with one of the major alternatives pre-installed.

Apple makes a program called Keynote which is a direct competitor to PowerPoint. It offers all of the core features of PowerPoint—creating slides and presentations, animations, templates, presenter mode, etc.—and it integrates tightly with Apple's other software and services like iCloud.

Keynote comes pre-installed for free on all modern Macs. Chances are good it's in your Applications folder as you read this. If it's not, and if your Mac and version of the macOS are compatible with it, you can download it for free from the Mac App Store by searching for "Keynote."

Need to make slides and want to avoid both PowerPoint and Keynote? There are a number of other PowerPoint alternatives, but a good place to start is Google Slides, which is free, web-based, and integrates with your Google account and other Google productivity tools.

FAQ
  • How do I print a PowerPoint with notes on a Mac?

    To print PowerPoint slides with Notes on a Mac, open your presentation and select Print. In the Print dialog box, select Show Details. In the Layout box, select Notes. Configure the rest of your printing options and select Print.

  • How do I record my voice on a PowerPoint on a Mac?

    The easiest way to record a voiceover in PowerPoint on a Mac is to record by slide. Select the slide where you want to add the narration, then select Insert from the menu bar and click Audio > Record Audio. Enter a name for the narration, select Record, read your script, and select Stop when you're finished recording.

  • How do I convert a PowerPoint to video on a Mac?

    To convert PowerPoint to video on a Mac, open the presentation you want to save and select File > Export. In the export window, next to File Format, select a file format option, such as MP4 or MOV. Choose your video quality, choose whether you want to include narrations, adjust timing, and select Export.

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