I was asked the question today. How do I open some Microsoft Publisher files with the .pub extension on my shiny new Mac. The answer is that you cannot really do this unless you have a virtual windows machine running in your Mac.
This is something that a lot of people do after they convert over from Windows to Mac, because they feel lost without the BSD (Blue Screens of Death) and the constant security messages.
“Would you like to open the web page that you just asked to open”. “Would you like the web page that you just acknowledged that you want to open to open.” “Do you realise that content on the web is insecure and may harm your junk Windows machine?” “Would you like to remember these settings?” Well guess what, you can’t because you don’t have the permissions as the only user on the computer to change these settings!”
Anyway, most Mac users soon get used to the fact that you can do everything a Windows machine does, just a lot easier. So they soon blow away the virtual machine.
Unfortunately .pub files cannot be run natively on any Mac software. But there is a solution.
Point your Web browser to pdfonline.com/convert-pdf. This is an online resource that will convert many different file formats to PDFs.
Click "Choose File" and select the PUB file you would like to convert and view. Your operating system’s file manager open so you can find your file.
Type your output file name in the appropriate text box.
Type your email address in the appropriate text box. Make sure you are using an email client that allows for attached files.
Click "Convert to PDF" button located on the bottom of the screen. It should take only a few minutes for your file to arrive in your email inbox.
Open your email client and locate the email from Doc2PDF Online.
Download the file from your email client and open it with a PDF viewer. Your PUB file should be viewable as a PDF with all of the original file formatting.