Oct 01


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.

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

Site one is obviously easier, 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.


Site one: http://online2pdf.com

With this site you upload on Microsoft publisher file and it automatically then converted and downloads it via your Safari web browser as a PDF file.

1. Go to online2pdf.com

2. Click on the browse button and upload your publisher file.

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3. The file will automatically download  as a safari download.

4.  Click on the download and it will open in preview and you can print it.

This has Google ads along the right hand sidebar so I assume it is funded by Google advertising.


 Site two: http://www.publishertopdf.com

1.  Go to publishertopdf.com

2.   Click on step one,  select your publisher file,  and click to upload it.

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3.  Click on step two, type in your email address,  and in about half an hour you will be emailed a link the file.

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This second site doesn’t have any Google advertising but it does try to sell you  a PDF conversion product which ironically is only for the PC!


I have tested both these sites and they both worked for the file I was converting which was a four-page document including text and images. I couldn’t see that one site worked any better than the other.

So give the first site ago but if for any reason it doesn’t work you might like to try the second one.






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45 Responses to “How to open a Microsoft publisher file on your Macintosh”

  1. Richard says:

    online2pdf.com: brilliant – does exactly what is says. Thanks for posting this tip!

  2. juanratb says:

    thanks a lot, great

  3. Susan says:

    Thank so much for this – not only did online2pdf.com create the publisher file to a pdf, but then I took the pdf and converted that to a word doc so I could copy and paste the text easily. It lost the formatting, but worked very well. Thanks again.

  4. Agnès Capella Sala says:

    Thank you very much for the information! Very useful!

  5. Michelle says:

    This worked perfectly and within 2 minutes I had the pdf and did not need to bother my client with this pesky file problem. Thanks a million!

  6. John says:

    Huge thanks for tip. online2pdf.com works great for converting pesky pub files to pdf.

  7. Alldaryl says:

    i was very nervous about doing this. Virus fears and all that. How ever it worked a treat. well please thanks to and the makers!

  8. sandrine says:

    Thank you very much! Was really helpful

  9. Chris says:

    Another big thumbs up for Online2PDF – thanks a lot for writing about it!

  10. Al says:

    How do we pay the makers? I want to thank them in a way that will encourage them to keep on making new content!

  11. Elsa says:

    THANK YOU!!!!!! I have been looking for a program forever and this is excellent. Would you mind if I share?

  12. Peter De Vile says:

    This is wonderful! Many thanks

  13. Sue says:

    This was exactly what I was looking for. It worked like a charm. Thank you!!

  14. Ben says:

    online2pdf is amazing! It changed my .pub files PERFECTLY unlike zamzar.

  15. Modern Microsoft Office variants (from 2013 I think) have the option to save Publisher files as PDFs too.

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