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Downloading files

Throughout this website, files for download are marked with the file type and size (in kilobytes) to help you estimate download time. Unless you have a very fast Internet connection, you should assume it will take approximately one second per kilobyte. Clicking on a link to a file will open it in a new browser window.

To save a file to your hard drive:

  • Right-click on the link
  • Select Save Target As... in Internet Explorer or Save Link As... in Netscape/Mozilla
  • Review the file name and location and click Save.

In order to view or edit a file, you will need the appropriate software installed on your computer, as outlined below.


To view our videos and other multimedia content online, you will need the Adobe Flash Player plug-in, which is installed by default with most web browsers. The player is available for download from the Adobe website.

Some Flash files (.swf, .flv) may require a particular version of the Flash Player to function correctly. You can check which version you have installed by viewing the version test for Flash Player.

Microsoft® Office

To view and print Microsoft Word (.doc), Excel (.xls) and PowerPoint (.ppt/.pps) files, you will need either Microsoft Office, or a Microsoft Office viewer. The viewers can be downloaded for free from the Microsoft website:

To edit these file types, you will require the full version of the appropriate Office software, or another application that can edit Office documents. (Note: Formatting and functionality may be lost when editing in non-Microsoft applications.)

MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3 (MP3)

Audio files on our site are available in mp3 format. Most computers have pre-installed multimedia player software that can open mp3s. This software can also be downloaded from the website for your operating system (e.g. Windows or Mac OS).

MPEG-1 Video (MPG)

Video files for download are available in MPEG-1 format. Most computers have pre-installed multimedia player software that can open mpgs. This software can also be downloaded from the website for your operating system (e.g. Windows or Mac OS).

Portable document format (PDF)

You will require a PDF reader to view and print PDF files. Adobe's Acrobat Reader can be downloaded free-of-charge from the Adobe website.

Users without reader software can convert most PDFs into text or HTML using Adobe's free online conversion tools.

Some of our PDF files, such as Chinese curriculum materials, contain Asian fonts. If you are using Acrobat Reader 5.0 and receive error messages when opening these files, we suggest that you install the appropriate Asian font pack, free from the Adobe website.

Embedded multimedia content requires Acrobat 9 minimum.

Functionality to save and/or email PDF form data requires Acrobat 8 minimum.


Windows Media Video (WMV)

Windows Media Video files can be played in most multimedia players on the Windows operating system, including the pre-installed Media Player. If you do not use Windows, you may be able to obtain the appropriate software by visiting the website for your operating system. A Mac version of Media Player is available from the Microsoft website.

Zip files

We use zip files (.zip) to package together multiple files and decrease the file size for downloading. To open a zip file, you will need a compression utility such as WinZip (the trial version can be downloaded for free). Many computers come with one pre-installed. If yours doesn't, you can search the Web for a program — try entering "extract zip file" in a search engine.

Last updated: 10 September 2008

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