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File Formats

At the Office of Higher Education we utilize file formats to present documents and data to our visitors. Below is a breakdown of each file format along with a link to websites. You can find readers and viewers for these formats directly from the manufacturers through these links;

Comma Separated Value Data File (CSV); CSV files contain data that is separated by commas and are meant for import, into spreadsheets or databases. Any text viewer should be able to display CSV files. Whenever possible we recommend using this format of MDB or XLS formats.

ZIP Compressed Document; Occasionally large documents may be compressed in ZIP format to save space and reduce download times.

Portable Document Format (PDF); This format, created by Adobe Acrobat allows for easy document sharing. You can access the Adobe Acrobat reader at

Microsoft Word Document (DOC/DOCX); This format is commonly used for word processing and document creation. You can view DOC/DOCX files by using the viewer available at

Rich Text Format (RTF); RTF is a versatile document format that is preferred over DOC whenever possible. Most text viewers and word processing programs can read this format without any issues. Additionally RTF files do not transmit viruses.

Microsoft Excel Document (XLS/XLSX); XLS/XLSX files are primarily used for spreadsheet related tasks. To view these files you can utilize the viewer provided by Microsoft at

Microsoft PowerPoint Document (PPS, PPT/PPTX); PPS PPT and PPTX are file formats commonly associated with PowerPoint presentations. To view these documents without PowerPoint software installed on your device you may use the viewer available at

We hope this information helps clarify our file formats and assists you in accessing our documents.You can find software for unzipping files, on various websites like, and

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