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Using PDF Files

How to download and use the Adobe PDF files available on this site.

PDF (Portable Document Format)

The PDF format is used on the Treasury web site to enable site users to view, download and print publications and documents largely as they appear in print.

You will need the Adobe Reader software on your computer in order to be able to view and print PDF files.

PDF files we make available on this web site have generally been made compatible with all versions of Adobe Reader since Adobe Reader version 4.

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

Example PDF link: Monthly Economic Indicators September 2007.

Installing Adobe Reader

The Adobe Reader software is free to download from Adobe Reader on the Adobe web site.

Viewing PDF Files

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

Depending on how your browser is configured, the PDF file will open inside the browser window, inside a separate Adobe Reader window, or in your browser's Adobe Reader helper application.

Saving PDF Files

Instead of immediately viewing the PDF file in Adobe Reader, you may wish to save the file to your computer first and then open it in Adobe Reader. Doing so can avoid some bugs within Adobe Reader that cause trouble when accessing the PDF file directly from web sites.


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 PDF 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 PDF file.

Printing PDF Files

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

PDF files will print best on a PostScript printer.  PDF files may print legibly on other printers, but using a PostScript printer will ensure that fonts and images print legibly.

Problems Opening PDF Files

If you experience problems opening PDF files please check settings on your computer.  See Adobe Reader support on the Adobe web site for assistance with troubleshooting PDF problems on your computer.  However, if you think that your problem is caused by a broken link to a PDF file on our web site, please do alert us and we will fix the broken link as soon as possible.

HTML Versions of Documents for Impaired Users

Many of the Treasury's publications contain complex tables of data and fnancial information. We give priority to converting to HTML documents that are lilely to most widely used.  Our practice is to endeavour to make at least a document's executive summary available in HTML.

The Treasury will convert to HTML on demand PDF files requested by impaired users.

Please be aware that the Treasury may not be the 'owner' of some documents, particularly third parties' documents that have been released as part of an official information request, and may not be able to access a machine-readable version to use for conversion to HTML.  Some complex documents may take some time to convert to HTML.

Last updated: 
Tuesday, 20 March 2018