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Recommended browsers for use with this website

We recommend that you download the latest web-browser to view this website. All are free downloads, and the latest browser version will ensure the best site viewing and functionality.

As of August 2005, we recommend:

These web-browsers are regularly updated, so please visit the websites to keep up to date. Internet Explorer for Macintosh is not recommended because it is no longer supported by Microsoft.

Some links on this site will open a new window. These links include links to external sites and also links to the New South Wales Board of Studies site. Such links are indicated by a "new window" icon to the right of the link.

Downloading documents

There are many documents on this site available in the following formats:

  • Adobe Reader documents (pdf)
  • Microsoft Word documents (doc)
  • Microsoft Powerpoint documents (ppt)

What is an Adobe Reader (PDF) document and how can I view them?

The Adobe Reader Portable Document files (pdf) contain documents as they have been laid out in printed form, along with tables and/or graphics.

To view and print documents in pdf format, you will need to have a copy of Adobe Reader. You can download the latest Macintosh, Windows, and other versions of the Adobe Reader, from the Adobe website.

Get Adobe Reader

Installing Adobe Reader

The installation instructions come with the installer, but once you have selected the version you need, click the Download button, save the file to your computer in the Program Files folder. Mac users, save the file in the Applications folder.

When it is finished downloading, go offline and find the file (called ar50enu.exe or something similar on Windows computers) and double-click it. It will install itself.

Now when you click on pdf files, they will open easily.

Adobe Reader documents are marked with the following icon throughout this website:

PDF icon

The file sizes are shown next to the titles to help you estimate download time. For a dial-up connection, you should assume approximately one KB per second download time.

A hint for easier reading of pdf files

Instead of left-clicking on the link to launch Adobe Reader and open the pdf document - Right-click (Mac users, command click) on the link and select save target as...

Save the pdf file to your computer (somewhere you can find it; eg: the My Documents folder) and then quit your browser and double-click the pdf to open it.

It is a more trouble-free way of downloading the file, making it easier to open again later without going online to find it, and it prints more effectively.

If you are still having technical problems, please       email the web team.

Microsoft Word Documents

Microsoft Word Icon

Microsoft Word documents are marked with the above icon throughout this website. To view Word documents you will need Microsoft Word installed.

For those without Microsoft Word: Word document readers

For users without Microsoft Word, an alternative is to use a Word document reader. For Windows users, visit the Microsoft website, and download the free Word Viewer. For Apple Macintosh users, you can download a free trial version of Microsoft Office, or use Appleworks, which may have come with your computer.

Microsoft Powerpoint Documents

Microsoft Powerpoint Icon

Microsoft Powerpoint documents are marked with the above icon throughout this website. To view Powerpoint documents, you will need Microsoft Powerpoint installed.

For those without Microsoft Powerpoint: Powerpoint document readers

For users without Microsoft Powerpoint, an alternative is to use a Powerpoint document reader. For Windows users, visit the Microsoft website, and download the free Powerpoint Viewer. For Apple Macintosh users, you can download a free trial version of Microsoft Office, or use Keynote, which may have come with your computer.

Macromedia Flash and FlashPaper documents

There are a number of documents on this website that require the Macromedia Flash web browser plug-in. This plug-in allows viewing of audio, video, animated content, and FlashPaper documents.

If you don't have the Flash plug-in installed in your browser, some content may not view correctly, and your browser may indicate you need the Flash plug-in. If either of these occur, follow your browser's instructions, or return to this page and click on the Flash Player graphic below this paragraph. You will be directed to the Macromedia website, and to download the latest Flash installer. Save the installer where you can find it, eg: the desktop.

Get Flash Player

Installing the Flash browser plug-in

After downloading the Flash installer to your computer, double-click on the installer icon. You will see a box that asks you which browsers you wish the plug-in to be installed into. Choose your browser(s) and click OK.

After you close and restart your browser, the Flash plug-in will be installed. You should now be able to view Flash elements and FlashPaper documents on this website.

Contact details

Email for technical issues with this website.

General enquiries about the site - email the Board of Studies, New South Wales   Customer Liaison unit or telephone +61 2 9367 8178.

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