Step 1: Check System Requirements



Running QPP on a Windows-based Computer

  • QPP is an Excel-based program. You must have Excel to run QPP.
  • To our knowledge, QPP does not run in alternatives to Excel (such as Open Office.)
  • You must have an operating system that supports your version of Microsoft Office.
  • Company Networks Some networks do not allow files/programs to be downloaded. Please check with your network manager to see if this will be a problem.
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Running QPP on a Macintosh Computer

Yes, QPP runs on Macs! (Please read carefully, however.)

As QPP is an Excel based program, Mac users have historically had more hurdles than other users. In Office 2011 (for Macs) the issue has apparently been resolved!! We have confirmed that QPP runs smoothly (and accurately) on a MacPro 1.1 (2006) as well as an iMac (2010), both running Office 2011 (for Macs). For this reason, we believe that QPP will run on any Mac that supports Office 2011.

If you do not have Office 2011, a workable solution is the following: If you have an Intel-based Mac you can install Parallels *see below* (which gives you the ability to switch to a whole different operating system on the fly.) Once you have Parallels with Windows with MS Office’s Excel, it is easy. You just start Parallels and make sure the networking part is working (e.g. by opening a browser in the Windows session and making sure you can get somewhere). Then open Excel, open QPP, and follow the directions. If you have an older Mac (Motorola processor) this solution will, unfortunately, not work.

*An option for Mac users besides Parallels is to use VirtualBox, which is free emulation software (http://www.virtualbox.org). As with Parallels, users must own a licensed copy of Windows, but with VirtualBox, you save the cost of Parallels.

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