Australian Bureau of Statistics

Rate the ABS website
ABS Home
Help: How do I download a PDF publication?
 

Most ABS publications are now available in Adobe PDF format, and these can be downloaded free of charge from the ABS web site. The PDF file looks the same as the equivalent printed copy of the publication.




DOWNLOAD THE CURRENT ISSUE OF A PDF PUBLICATION
    PDF files are listed under the 'Publications' heading of the 'Product Details' tab. You can identify the files by the Adobe PDF icon on the left. To download the file, click on the 'Free Download' link.
    Figure 1: Shows how a link to a PDF Publication is displayed under the 'Product Details' tab.
    Figure 1: Shows how a link to a PDF Publication is displayed under the 'Product Details' tab.
    After the download is complete, you can open the file and view the publication with Adobe Reader. If you do not have this software installed on your computer, you can download it free from the Adobe web site at http://www.adobe.com. The link will open in a new window.
Back to top

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION ON PDF PUBLICATIONS
    For more information about the data in the PDF publication, check related links such as:
      a. Main Features under the Product Summary tab
      b. Glossary, Abbreviations, Technical Note and Data Source under the Explanatory Notes tab
      c. Related Products
      d. Past and Future Issues
    Figure 2: Look under any of the five tabs for additional information about the product
    Figure 2: Look under any of the five tabs for additional information about the product
Back to top

DOWNLOAD PREVIOUS ISSUES OF A PDF PUBLICATION
    Select the 'Past & Future Issues' tab for links to previous issues of the publication.
    Figure 3: All previous issues of the publication are listed under the 'Past & Future Issues' tab
    Figure 3: All previous issues of the publication are listed under the 'Past & Future Issues' tab
Back to top

DOWNLOAD OPTIONS FOR SPECIFIC INFORMATION
    There are a number of options for downloading more specific data:
      1. Look for (i) icons that link to additional information.
      2. If you only want core statistics from this publication, they may be available in the Main Features of the publication.
      3. Related Time Series Spreadsheets - these files have a ZIP, WKS or XLS file extension.
      4. Look for related Time Series versions of some of the publication tables. Where spreadsheets are available a link will exist in the Product Details tab under the 'Time Series Spreadsheet' sub-heading or next to the Excel/Lotus123 or ZIP icons.

    Figure 4: Shows the Product Details for an ABS product with icons and download links for the different file formats.
    Figure 4: Shows the Product Details for an ABS product with icons and download links for the different file formats.
Back to top

INCOMPLETE PDF DOWNLOADS

    A Blank PDF File:

    a. The PDF file may be blank if the PDF file is not downloaded completely.
    If the PDF file size is more than 500 KB, or is taking some time to download it is best to follow one of the techniques below.
      1. Download using a faster connection or at a different time - bottle necks with the connection during peak time may slow downloads.
      2. Select 'Save Target'

    Figure 5: Right click on the PDF file link to bring up the context menu then select the 'Save Target As...' link to save the file to your computer.
    Figure 5: Right click on the PDF file link to bring up the context menu then select the 'Save Target As...' link to save the file to your computer.

        Using 'Save Target' with Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 or later:


        1. Right-click (Windows) or hold down the mouse button (Mac OS) on the link to the PDF file, and then choose Save Target As from the pop-up menu.
        2. In the Save As dialogue box, specify a name and location for the PDF file, and then click Save.
        3. Choose File > Open and click Browse.
        4. Choose All Files from the Files Of Type pop-up menu.
        5. Select the PDF file you saved in step 2 and click Open. The Adobe viewer should open the PDF file inside the browser window.

        Using 'Save Target' with Netscape Navigator 3.x or later:

        1. Right-click (Windows) or hold down the mouse button (Mac OS) on the link to the PDF file, then choose Save Link As from the pop-up menu.
        2. In the Save As dialogue box, specify a name and location for the PDF file, and then click Save.
        3. Choose one of the following options to open the PDF file:
          - In Navigator 3.x for Windows or Mac OS, choose File > Open File.
          - In Navigator 4.x for Windows, choose File > Open Page, and then click Choose File.
          - In Navigator 4.x for Mac OS, choose File > Open > Page in Navigator.
          If you're using Navigator for Windows, choose either All Files or PDF files from the Files Of Type pop-up menu.
        4. Select the PDF file you saved in step ii and click Open. The Adobe viewer should open the PDF file inside the browser window.
    b. The PDF Viewer or the PDF file may be damaged if the PDF file is blank or returns an error after it is downloaded.
    Check the PDF Viewer

    Figure 6: Click on the Adobe Reader from the program menu
    Figure 6: Click on the Adobe Reader from the program menu

    Figure 7: To check if your Adobe viewer is functioning properly, open the Adobe Reader and press F1.
    Figure 7: To check if your Adobe viewer is functioning properly, open the Adobe Reader and press F1.

    Exit the browser, restart the viewer, and try to open an Adobe Online Guide from the Viewer's Help menu.

    If the Viewer cannot display an Online Guide, then the Viewer itself may be damaged.
    Contact Adobe Technical Support or un-install the PDF Viewer from your computer and download the Adobe Reader again from the Adobe web site at http://www.adobe.com.
    Check the PDF File
    If the viewer correctly displays the Online Guide, try opening the PDF file that you downloaded from the ABS web site.
    If the viewer displays the downloaded PDF file, then the PDF file isn't damaged.
    It could mean that your browser isn't working with the Adobe Reader Plug-in.

    c. Additional Help
    If none of the above solutions work, additional help with downloading can be found on the Adobe web site, navigate to Support > Downloads at http://www.adobe.com.
    Figure 8: The Adobe web site where you can get more trouble shooting tips on the Adobe Reader software.
    Figure 8: The Adobe web site where you can get more trouble shooting tips on the Adobe Reader software.
Back to top
    TIPS FOR USING PDF FILES

    Convert PDF documents to text

    You can copy and paste text from a PDF file and use it in other documents. Use the Text Select Tool to select sections of the PDF file and copy - paste to another application such as Notepad or Microsoft Word. You can also select text using Edit > Select All and then Edit > Copy from the task bar menu. Alternately, you can use keyboard shortcuts Control+A, Control+C and Control+V to select all, copy and paste the content to another file format.

     Figure 9: Image shows the Text Select Tool on the Adobe Reader menu bar. You can also use the task menu to copy and paste from a PDF document.
    Figure 9: Image shows the Text Select Tool on the Adobe Reader menu bar. You can also use the task menu to copy and paste from a PDF document.


    Adobe also has an
    online conversion tool (opens in a new window) where you enter the URL for the PDF document, select the conversion format and click on 'Convert'.

    Select and copy images

    • Select the Snapshot tool with the camera icon
    • Click anywhere on the PDF document
    • Drag to create a selection rectangle over the text or image or both
    • Release your mouse button to automatically copy the selection to your clip board

    Figure 10: Image shows the popup message that you see after you use the Snapshot tool.
    Figure 10: Image shows the popup message that you see after you use the Snapshot tool.


    For more information and tips on using PDF, look up the online
    Adobe Troubleshooting Guides (opens in a new window) or the Adobe Reader FAQ's page (opens in a new window).
Back to top

    Bookmark and Share. Opens in a new window


    Commonwealth of Australia 2014

    Unless otherwise noted, content on this website is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia Licence together with any terms, conditions and exclusions as set out in the website Copyright notice. For permission to do anything beyond the scope of this licence and copyright terms contact us.