Answered By: Daniel Kiely
Last Updated: Oct 17, 2016     Views: 162

These are the most common document formats that can be printed on library computers:

 

  •  .docx and .doc files: these files are created in Microsoft Word.
    • If you have Word on your laptop or on your home computer, you should not have problems transferring your document to a library computer.
    • You can save your Google Docs' files as .docx files and open them in Word.
  • .pdf files: this file type is created in a number of applications and can be opened with Adobe Reader and various web browsers.
    • Most word processors-- Apple's Pages, Microsoft Works, Open Office-- can save documents as .pdf files.
    • You can save your Google Docs' files as .pdf files and open them in Reader or a web browser.
  • .rtf: this file type, "rich text format" is created in a number of applications and can be opened with Microsoft Word.
    • Most word processors-- Apple's Pages, Microsoft Works, Open Office, Google Docs-- can save documents as .rtf files.
  • .pptx and .ppt files: these files are created in Microsoft PowerPoint.
    • If you have PowerPoint on your laptop or on your home computer, you should not have problems transferring your document to a library computer. Most presentation applications-- Keynote, Open Office, Google Slides-- can save documents as a PowerPoint file.
  • .xlsx and .xls: these files are created in Microsoft Excel
    • If you have Excel on your laptop or on your home computer, you should not have problems transferring your document to a library computer. Most spreadsheet applications-- Numbers, Open Office, Google Sheets-- can save documents as an Excel file.

If you are using a program on your laptop or at home, it is best to save your documents in multiple formats. Usually, you can do this by using "Save as" from the File menu.

 

** You cannot open documents from Pages (Apple) or Microsoft Works on library computers. **

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