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For cases, users sometimes find that their browser does not print very well, or cannot handle very large files. The best solution is to download the rich text format (RTF) version, where available, to the hard drive, and then load the file into your favourite word processor for printing. Alternatively, you can cut and paste the text you want from your web browser into your word processor.

Available File Formats

Plain text (ASCII) contains the entire text, however most formatting (eg fonts, bold, italics etc) is lost and sometimes the structure (eg tables) is lost. It is the "lowest common denominator" approach. The best idea is to save the file to your disk, and then load it into your word processor and format the document manually before printing.

Rich Text Format (RTF) is the preferred method of downloading and printing a document. Save this file to disk, then load it into your word processor to print the document. RTF files are often the original files as provided by the government agency that originally supplied the data (otherwise they may have been converted from the original file format). RTF files retain all formatting and structure.

Where there is no downloadable file format available, you can use your web browser's "File > Save as" facility to save a plain text copy of the file to your hard disk.

How to Save a File to Disk

To save a file to hard disk, click on the download link with the right mouse button (on a Mac, click and hold the mouse button). Your browser will ask you where you want to save the file. Once downloading is complete, open the file in your word processor. Alternatively, you can have the document opened in your word processor automatically. Consult your web browser help for how to configure it to do this.

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