We sometimes attach documents, or other files, to pages on Birmingham.gov.uk, for you to download.
We do this for a number of reasons: so that you can have printed copies; to preserve layout of forms and official documents, so that you can manipulate them on your computer, and so on.
We use a number of different file formats. Depending on the computer and software you are using, these may open in your browser, simply by you following the relevant link. Otherwise you may need to have special software to access them.
|File Type||File extension
(the last part of the file name)
|Text||.txt||Plain text.||Any text editor (such as Notepad, which is part of Microsoft Windows)|
|Rich Text Format||.rtf||A simple word processor format for text documents, with some presentational control.||Can be opened by many word processors (including all versions of Microsoft Word, and Open Office).|
|Microsoft Word||.doc||Microsoft's own word processor format.||Can be viewed and edited in Open Office if you don't have Word.|
|Microsoft Powerpoint||.ppt||Microsoft's own format for audio- visual presentations.||Can be viewed and edited in Open Office if you don't have Powerpoint|
|Comma Separated Variable||.csv||A plain text file, with columns of tabular data.||Can be opened in a text editor, or most spreadsheet applications.|
|Microsoft Excel||.xls||Microsoft's own spreadsheet processor format||Can be viewed and edited in Open Office if you don't have Excel|
|Microsoft Access||.mdb||Microsoft's own database format.||Can be viewed and edited in Open Office if you don't have Access|
|Portable Document Format||A format for documents, primarily intended for printing.||Adobe's PDF reader is free.|
|Zipped||.zip||Zipping is a method of compressing any kind of file.||Most current versions of Windows, OS X, and Linux have software built in; additionally many free and commercial applications can Zip and Unzip files.|
|MP3 audio||.mp3||Most popular digital audio format||Any media player|