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Plug-Ins / Viewers

Several file formats are used on this CD for presenting text, tables, and charts. Most are automatically resolved by your browser, but a few require separate, commonly-available software applications. You can either configure your browser to recognize and display these files, or save the files to disk and view them later.

acrobat logoAdobe Systems Incorporated developed Adobe Acrobat Reader, a freely available viewer for files that conform to the Portable Document Format (.pdf) specification. The Reader allows you to view, navigate, and print PDF files across all major computing platforms. The PDF files closely match the formatting of our printed reports.

MS excel logoMicrosoft Excel Viewer lets you view and print Microsoft Excel for Windows (version 2.0 and greater) and Microsoft Excel for the Macintosh (versions 2.2a and greater) spreadsheet files.

Configuring Your Browser for viewers

Several file formats are used on this CD for presenting text, tables, and charts. Most are automatically resolved by your browser, but a few require separate, commonly-available software applications called viewers. You can either configure your browser to recognize and display these files, or save the files to disk and view them later.

set-up helper screen shotYou can configure Netscape or Internet Explorer to use the readers/viewers as a helper application (helper applications automatically launch when you choose a link to an external file, such as a link to a PDF file). To configure your browser to use helper applications, choose "General Preferences" under the "Options" list. Find the "Helpers" tab and locate file type "application/pdf". Choose "launch the application" and browse to find the path of your Acrobat Reader (where you installed the Acrobat reader - acroread.exe). Click OK.

For additional, detailed information on how to view Excel spreadsheets, see our section on configuring your browser:

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