|File Type Conversion|
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
File Format Suffix Description 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.
You can use the Advanced Search form or the filetype: search operator to restrict your results to a particular format.
For more information about file types that Google supports, visit www.google.com/help/faq_filetypes.html.
This problem was inspired by Julian Uschersohn.
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