Answered By: Daniel Kiely
Last Updated: Oct 03, 2018     Views: 571

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" or "Export" from the File menu.

 

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

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