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How do I download a file?

Example of "save target as..."Windows Users
If using Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator, simply right click on file name listed in the file list. Choose the option to "Save Target as..." or "Save Link as..." This will open a dialog box which will allow you to choose the folder in which to save the file. Once chosen, simply click save to begin the downloading process.

Macintosh Users
If using Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator, simply click and hold down your mouse button on the file name listed in the file list. A menu dialog will appear. Select the "Download Link to Disk..." or "Save this Link as..." option. This will open a dialog box which will allow you to choose the folder in which to save the file. Once chosen, simply click save to begin the downloading process.

How do I view a file I have downloaded?

To view a file you have downloaded, you will need the appropriate type viewer for the file's type. File types are most commonly identified by a three letter extension added on to the end of the file name, seperated by a period. Below is a list of common file types and suggested viewers you may find useful for files downloaded from our libraries.

Note: Many of these file types can be viewed directly in your web browser!

.TXT

These are plain text files which can be viewed with any text editor or viewer. Common viewers include: 

Windows
Notepad, Wordpad, Write. 

Macintosh
PlainText
, Tex-Edit Plus, BBEdit Lite
 

.GIF
.JPG
.BMP
.PCX
.PNG
.TIF

These are common types of image formats generally used for images. Most webbrowsers support viewing these images (in fact, if you can see the images on our website, you can use your browser to view .GIF and .JPG files). Common viewers include:

Windows
Paint Shop Pro
, ACDSee

Macintosh
ImageViewer, JpegView
 

.DOC
These files can be plain text files, or Microsoft Word files. Check the description to be certain. If you do not have Microsoft Word, Microsoft supplies a special viewer for various platforms. Check the Microsoft Word Website for the latest versions of these viewers.
 
.ZIP
A popular data compression scheme used mostly for the Windows/PC platform but gaining popularity on other platforms as well. There are many programs that support unzipping of these files. The most popular include: 

Windows
Winzip, PKZIP 2.04g for DOS

Macintosh
PKZIP for Mac
 

.BIN
.HQX
.SIT


 
These are Macintosh file compression formats, MacBinary(.BIN), Binhex (.HQX) and StuffIt (.SIT). You can use StuffIt Expander to uncompress these types of files (Note: Since version 3.0, StuffIt Expander was packaged with Netscape for Mac, so you may install it from the Netscape Installer if you have not already done so.)
 
.WAV
A Windows sound file format. There are numerous players for WAV files, the most common being Sound Recorder, which is packaged with Windows, and Winamp

Macintosh
Winamp
, SoundApp 2.2
 

.AU
A Unix sound file format. 

Windows
Sound Gadget Pro (Win95)
 

.SND

 
A native Macintosh sound file format.
 
.AVI

 
A Windows video animation file format.
 
.MOV

 
QuickTime video animation file format.
 
 
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