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Many webpages include documents that cannot be viewed without additional software such as PDF, DOC, or PPT files. Included below are links to document viewers that are free to download and install. Viewers only provide the capability to read the documents. In order to make changes to these file formats you may need to purchase the complete program or suite.

Troy University does not endorse the software listed below. These links are provided as a courtesy and the University is not responsible for any risks associated with using these programs.

Portable Document Format
Microsoft Office Documents
Rich Text Files
Text Files
Adobe Flash

DOC | DOCX | PPT| PPTX | PDF | RTF | TXT | XLS | XLSX

 

Portable Document Format
PDF
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PDF is a document format typically used to represent information in a common format that can be read and printed in a consistent presentation regardless of the device used. Typically, the content of a PDF is created using a different program such as Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint and then converted to PDF.

Forms that can be completed and then printed are often in PDF format. PDF documents are usually not editable (read-only).

Adobe Reader (previously named Adobe Acrobat Reader) is commonly used to read PDF documents, though some operating systems (such as Apple OS X) provide the ability to display and print PDF documents without additional software.

Adobe Reader (PDF)
Windows, OS X, and more...
Download from Adobe

 

Microsoft Office Documents
DOC, XLS, PPT, DOCX, XLSX, PPTX
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Many documents available for download were created using Microsoft Office. A common example is a file with a .doc extension, which indicates the document was created with Microsoft Word. Microsoft Office documents can usually be edited (changed). Printing results may vary on the difference between the printer used by the author and the printer used by the reader.

Ideally, visitors will have a recent copy of Microsoft Office installed on their computers. However, Microsoft provides document viewers for the most common Microsoft Office file formats. Note that viewers cannot be used to modify documents.

Microsoft Word Viewer (DOC)
Windows 2000, XP, and Vista
Download from Microsoft

Microsoft Excel Viewer (XLS)
Windows 2000, XP, and Vista
Download from Microsoft

Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 Viewer (PPT)
Windows 2000, XP, and VIsta
Download from Microsoft

Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats
Windows 2000, XP, and Vista
This update enables Office XP and 2003 programs to work with the newer Office 2007 file formats.
Download from Microsoft

 

Rich Text Format
RTF
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The rich text format allows for minimal text formatting such as bold and italics. Most word-processing programs such as Microsoft Word can open, edit, and convert this form. Operating systems typically include a program that can manipulate RTF documents. For example, Microsoft Windows users may use WordPad and Apple OS X users may use TextEdit.

 

Text File
TXT
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A plain text file does not store display formatting information such as bold or italics. It only includes text with minimal layout control in the form of line returns and blank spaces. Word processors can manipulate plain-text files. Web browsers can display them and most operating systems include the capability to manipulate this format without additional software. Microsoft Windows users may use Notepad and Apple OS X users may use TextEdit.

 

Adobe Flash

Adobe Flash files are used to create interactive, dynamic Web animations or applications. A version of the Flash Player is typically pre-installed on a desktop computer. However, if it is not installed or must be updated it can be downloaded and installed for free from the Adobe website. Flash files are usually embedded directly in a webpage.

Adobe Flash Player
Windows, OS X, and more...
Download from Adobe

Last Updated: 07/24/2012


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