About file types and readers
This page provides information about the file types used throughout this site, along with links to download viewers for each of the file types.
Acrobat Reader (.pdf files)
Use Adobe Acrobat reader for viewing and printing Acrobat (PDF) files.
Accessible Acrobat Reader
Use the Accessible Adobe Acrobat reader for viewing and printing Acrobat (PDF) files. This version of the Acrobat Reader supports assistive technologies such as screen readers or screen magnifiers.
Microsoft Word (.doc files)
Use the Microsoft Word Viewer to view and print Word (DOC) documents if you do not have Microsoft Word on your computer.
Microsoft Excel (.xls files)
Use the Microsoft Excel Viewer to view and print Excel (XLS) spreadsheet files if you do not have Microsoft Excel on your computer.
MS PowerPoint (.pps files)
Use the Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer to view PowerPoint show presentations (.pps) if you do not have PowerPoint on your computer.
ZIP (.zip files)
Some learning resources on this site are packaged as .zip files. A zip file may contain one or more files compressed to a smaller size. You will need to unzip or extract the file(s) before you able to use the compressed file(s).
For Windows users:
If you download a .zip file using an Internet browser you may be given the option to extract the files immediately. Otherwise, save the file to a location on your computer. Once you have done this, locate the file and extract the file(s) using one of the following options:
- In the explorer window, select File and Extract all and follow the steps in the extraction wizard; or
- Right click on the file name and select "Extract all" and follow the steps in the extraction wizard.
If you download a zip file using your Internet browser the file will usually be unzipped automatically. The uncompressed files will be saved to the same location as the downloaded zip file.
If not, you will need to locate the file in your downloads location. The zip file may have the suffix .zip on the end of the file name. Doubleclicking the file should start the unzipping process. The uncompressed files will appear in the same location as the downloaded zip file. The original zip file can be deleted after extraction.
Learn more about the Accessibility features available on this website.