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Using MS Excel Files

Page updated 26 Nov 2007

How to download the MS Excel files available on this site.

MS Excel Format

Files in MS Excel format are used on the Treasury web site to enable site users to view and use data and Treasury's models in spreadsheets.  The types of data made available in this format include economic indicators, tax outturn data, Budget data (revenue and expenses).  The Treasury's models include the Fiscal Strategy Model, Long Term Fiscal Model and NZS Fund Contribution Rate Model.

These data and models are special purpose documents - they are designed and made available so that users can analyse data and model scenarios themselves.  The Treasury is not able to supply HTML versions of the data and models it publishes in Excel format.  However, the year end Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand and the forecast financial statements in Economic and Fiscal Updates are published in HTML format.

MS Excel files we make available on this web site have generally been saved to be compatible with at least Microsoft Office 2000 versions and later of MS Excel.

MS Excel files on this web site have an Excel icon associated with them. Our practice is to use the file name of the MS Excel and its file size in kilobytes or megabytes as part of the link text.

Example MS Excel link: Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update 2005 - Economic Forecast Tables - prefu05-add2.xls (79 KB).

Viewing MS Excel Files

To view MS Excel files click your mouse on the link to a MS Excel file. In Windows and Internet Explorer this is a LEFT-MOUSE click action.

Your browser will generally prompt you with a message asking you to Open or Save the MS Excel file. Choose Open if you want to view the Excel file immediately.  Note that the Treasury's models are large files and will take some time to open.

Depending on how your browser is configured, the MS Excel file will open inside the browser window or inside a separate MS Excel window.

Once the MS Excel file has opened in your browser you may have to use the browser's Back button to return to the Treasury web site.

Saving MS Excel Files

Instead of immediately viewing the MS Excel file in your browser, you may wish to save the file to your computer first and then open it in MS Excel.

Firefox

In Firefox you can RIGHT-MOUSE click on the link, select 'Save Link As', and then choose a location on your computer to save the MS Excel file.

Internet Explorer

If you are using Internet Explorer RIGHT-CLICK on the link, select 'Save Target As...', and then choose a location on your computer to save the MS Excel file.

Printing MS Excel Files

If you want to print a large MS Excel file it is best to save it to your computer first, rather than print it directly from the Treasury web site. Large MS Excel files, such as the Treasury's models, require a lot of printer memory to print across the internet.

Problems Opening MS Excel Files

If you experience problems opening MS Excel files please check settings on your computer.

However, if you think that your problem is caused by a broken link to a MS Excel file on our web site, please do alert Information Services and we will fix the broken link as soon as possible.

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