I have I windows pc with ms office. The work computer is mac and doesn't have ms office. How can I print my word documents at work from USB. What should i format the USB too what and how should I save the files , as pdf's?
Asking on behalf of someone else never played with a mac myself
All versions of OS X can read FAT32 and NTFS, and since three years ago also exFAT so you shouldn't have any trouble with the drive format.
You'll have no trouble with PDF. If the Word documents are fairly basic then the built-in TextEdit app should open them. The built-in "Quick Look" tool (click the file once then press Space) should also be able to display the Word documents but I don't know whether it can print them (when I select Print on my machine it launches Word so I don't know what will happen if Word isn't installed).
The hard thing is I'm trying to give advice to someone completely computer illiterate about an is I haven't used before. I had a USB that got formatted in a mac a few months ago the i tried formatting it in windows and it failed was only showing 10% of its size i tried everything to fix it but maybe that was just a coincidence that it failed
Use SkyDrive + Office Web apps. Install SkyDrive at home. Log on to SkyDrive at work mac. Edit your documents on the web browser and done. This is the official Microsoft Office Web apps so it will be the most compatible.
These are all good suggestions but the original question was how to print a word document on a Mac that doesn't have a native Office / Word app installed. The easiest solution is to print to PDF and then print this from the Mac at work. It will then open and print as intended.