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How to download and view files

​​​​​There are a number of different file formats available for download on our Rochdale Borough Council website. All downloads should feature the name of the format and the file size close to the link text.

File formats

You can download free viewers for each of the downloadable formats from the external sites that we have added links to.

Adobe Acrobat

PDF files are files that are created using Adobe Acrobat. A PDF file retains the formatting of the printed version of a document in an easy to download, single file. To view PDF files you need the Adobe Acrobat Reader, the latest version can be freely downloaded. Download the latest version of Adobe Reader

If you have visual difficulties you may also find it useful to investigate services provided to improve the accessibility of Acrobat documents. Adobe Acrobat and Accessibility


If you are a Windows user and do not have Microsoft Word, the Word Viewer 2007 allows you view MS Word files. Download Word Viewer 2007


If you are a Windows users and do not have Microsoft Excel, the Excel Viewer 2007 allows you to view Excel files. Download Excel Viewer 2007


If you do not have Microsoft PowerPoint, the PowerPoint Viewer 2007 allows you to view PowerPoint files. Download PowerPoint Viewer 2007

CSV (Comma Separated Values)

A CSV file is the simplest way in which tabular data can be saved for importing spreadsheet applications such as Excel or database applications such as Access. No special reader is required for this format.

NOTE: Rochdale Borough Council is not responsible for the content and services provided on external websites or any third party software downloaded to your computer.


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