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Viewing and saving files

This page provides information for users needing assistance to display, download, save or print documents and files linked to this website. This website may contain some or all of the following types of files:

  • Portable document format files (.pdf)
  • Microsoft Office files (.doc/.xls/.ppt)
  • Flash (.swf/.flv)
  • Zip files (.zip)

Portable document format files (.pdf)

This website uses Adobe Acrobat PDF files to distribute electronic documents such as forms, brochures and other publications. Throughout this website, all PDF documents are marked with the text 'PDF' with the file size shown to help you estimate download time.

To view and print a PDF file, you will need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader software installed, which is available for free-of-charge from the Adobe website.

To view a PDF file:

  1. Select the link of the document that you want.
  2. The PDF document will load into the reader.
Note: The PDF file will open within the browser window once you have selected its link. However, for a more trouble-free way of accessing the file, you can save the file to your hard drive. You can then open it again later without going online to find it, and it prints more effectively.

To save a PDF file for later viewing:

  1. Right-click the link for the document you want.
  2. Selecting Save target as … in Internet Explorer (or select Save link As… in Firefox).
  3. Select Save (make sure you note where you have saved it).
  4. Use the Adobe Acrobat Reader view and print the file.

Adobe also provides a free, web-based service for blind and vision-impaired users where any PDF document on the Internet can be converted to HTML. For further information, refer to: online conversion tools for Adobe PDF documents.

Microsoft Office files (.doc/.xls/.ppt)

This website uses Microsoft Office files to distribute electronic documents such as forms, statistical data tables and presentations. Throughout this website, Microsoft Office files are marked with the text 'Excel', 'Word' or 'PowerPoint' with file sizes shown to help you estimate download time.

If you do not have Microsoft Office installed on your computer, you can download free viewers from the Microsoft website:

To download Office documents for later use or to edit:

  1. Right-click the link for the document you want.
  2. Select the Save target as… in Internet Explorer (or select Save link As… in Firefox).
  3. Select Save (make sure you note where you have saved it).
  4. Use the appropriate Microsoft Office program to open, edit and/or print the file.

Flash (.swf/.flv)

This website may use Flash to display interactive or animated multimedia content. To view Flash content, you will need the Adobe Flash Player plug-in, which is installed by default with most web browsers. If you do not have this installed on your computer, the latest version of the Adobe Flash player is available for download from the Adobe website.

Zip files (.zip)

Zip files are archives used for distributing and storing one or more files. Usually the files archived in a zip file are compressed to save space. Zip files make it easy to group files and make transporting and copying these files faster.

To open (unzip) a zip file, you require file compression software. Many computers come with the software pre-installed. However, if you do not have it already you can find software that allows you to open zip files from the Internet by searching for 'extracting zip files' in a search engine.

To save a zip file for later use:

  1. Right-click the link for the item you want.
  2. Select Save target as… (or select Save Link As… in Firefox).
  3. Select Save (make sure you note where you have saved it).
  4. Use your file compression software to open the zip file.