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Notes on Viewing and Downloading Files

The instructions below provide assistance for downloading several file types housed on the AGID Web site. This gives you the opportunity to save many documents directly to your computer, including .txt, .pdf, .html, .shtml, and .zip files. Image files associated with these files will not be included in the downloaded version.

ASCII files

We do not recommend viewing public use data files in ASCII format. To view SAS programming statements in ASCII format, left-click on the file link. To download an ASCII file while using Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox, right-click to bring up a menu and then left-click on "Save Target As" or "Save Link As" to bring up the "Save As" window.

HTML files

To view an HTML file, left-click on the file link. To download an HTML file while using Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox, right-click to bring up a menu and then right-click on "Save Target As" or "Save Link As" to bring up the "Save As" window. Please note that images associated with these files will not transfer.

PDF files

We recommend that users print the PDF versions of files (where applicable) rather than the HTML formats. The PDF versions of the documents on the MEPS Web site are designed for readability and to produce the most consistent results.

To view and print PDF files, you need Adobe® Acrobat® Reader™, a free software program you can download from the Adobe® Web site. To download a PDF file, right-click on the file to bring up a menu, then left-click on "Save Target As" or "Save Link As" to bring up the "Save As" window.

If you are unable to open or experience an error accessing a PDF file, please upgrade to the most recent version of Adobe Reader from the Adobe® Web site. Several potential resolutions are posted at Adobe Tech Notes:

  • Can’t view PDF in web browser (Windows)
  • Error: "The Adobe Acrobat/Reader that is running cannot be used to view PDF files in a web browser..."

Excel files

To view Microsoft® Excel files, you will need to have Microsoft Excel installed on your computer or you may download the free Excel Viewer from Microsoft®.

Zipped files

We do not recommend viewing zipped files. Downloading data files in the compressed format (designated by the extension .zip) will significantly reduce download times. To uncompress and download, while using either Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox, right-click to bring up a menu. Then, left -click on "Save Target As" or "Save Link As," which will bring up the "Save As" window, and follow the directions of your zip file utility to download the file.

Compressed files greatly reduce download times. Files in zipped format can be uncompressed using a zip utility (see below).

If you do not have a zip file utility already installed on your computer, there are many vendors on the Internet who can provide zip file format utilities for Windows®, Mac®, Linux, and Unix.