South West Councils

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Help with downloading documents

Most of the documents available for download on this website are in PDF format. Other formats include Microsoft Word and rtf. The notes below are designed to help you if you are having difficulty downloading documents.

What is a PDF?

The downloadable documents available within this site are usually in Portable Document Format (often referred to as PDF). A standard adopted by governments and organizations worldwide (ISO 32000), PDF is a reliable format for electronic document exchange that preserves document integrity so files can be viewed and printed on a variety of platforms. We chose to make all downloadable documents in this file format for data security and integrity reasons.

How can I open and view a PDF document?

In order to view a PDF document, you need free software called Adobe Acrobat Reader, created by the company called Adobe. However their is a way in which PDF's can be Opened In browser without having to download the file to your hard drive. Depending on the version of your browser, you may need to get a plug in the see PDF's, or if you have the lasted browser version, the will probablybe a PDF view built in.

How do I Open a PDF in my web browser?

If you have the most up to date version of either Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer, then all you need to do is to click on the PDF link you want to see, and it should load automatically.

If you have an out of date browser, you can see PDF in browser by downloading a Plug in. the plug is downloaded when you download Adobe Acrobat Reader. the download is located here: http://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/?promoid=JZEFU. when downloaded, you will be able to see PDF's in browser.

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There are further features and capabilities of Adobe products that enhance electronic document accessibility for people with disabilities such as blindness, low vision, and motor impairments. You can visit their website using the link below, where you will find this information and links to resources that help people with disabilities work more effectively with Adobe software.

How can I view a Word file if I don't have Microsoft Word software?

Microsoft has made a free Word Viewer available to download at http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/details.aspx?id=4. this link will take you Directly to the page where you can download the Latest Version. This download will support the following Operating Systems: Windows 2000 Service Pack 4, Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1, Windows Vista, Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows 7. To download it simply click The language you want (Defaults to English) and then click Download. the follow the on screen instructions. You need to have Administrative Rights / Download and Install rights to Install this Program.