Google converts all file types it searches to either HTML or text (unless, of course, they already are in one of these formats). Google searches a variety of file formats including
|Adobe Acrobat PDF||A publishing format commonly used for product manuals and documents of all sorts.|
|Adobe PostScript||ps||A printing format often used for academic papers.|
|Hypertext Markup Language||html or htm||The primary language for web pages.|
|Lotus 1-2-3||wk1, wk2, wk3, wk4, wk5, wki, wks, or wku||A spreadsheet format.|
|Lotus WordPro||lwp||A word processing format.|
|MacWrite||mw||A word processing format.|
|Microsoft Excel||xls||A spreadsheet format.|
|Microsoft PowerPoint||ppt||A format for presentations and slides.|
|Microsoft Word||doc||A common word processing format.|
|Microsoft Works||wks, wps, or wdb||A word processing format.|
|Microsoft Write||wri||A Macintosh word processing format.|
|Rich Text Format||rtf||A format used to exchange documents between Microsoft Word and other formats.|
|Plain Text||ans or txt||Ordinary text with no special formating.|
Clicking on a link to a non-HTML file will launch the associated program for reading the file, provided it’s installed on your system.
If you can’t view the page in the native format — for instance, if you don’t have Adobe Acrobat on your computer, or if you want faster access to the file — click on either the “View as HTML” or “View as Text” link.
Note: Portions of some files converted to HTML or text may be difficult to read.
For more information about file types that Google supports, visit www.google.com/help/faq_filetypes.html.
These problems give you practice viewing files of different types. For hints and answers to selected problems, see the Solutions page.
- Find a document with tips on job interviewing and salary negotiation that is in PDF/Adobe Acrobat format. What differences in the appearance of the document result from viewing it in its native format, Adobe Acrobat versus HTML?
- Find a Power Point slide presentation on first aid and choking. View the presentation as HTML.
- Find pdf or Postscript documents and course notes on symplectic geometry that are on university and other educational sites.
This problem was inspired by Julian Uschersohn.
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