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Viewer Software

Use these links to locate and download some popular viewers and helper applications for file types you may find on the VA's Web sites. Installing a viewer on your computer will allow you to view files (with filename extensions like .doc, .ppt, .xls, .pdf, etc.) when you don't have the software that was used to create the files.

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All the links marked with asterisk ( * ) are External links. By clicking on these links, you will leave the Department of Veterans Affairs Website. VA does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of the linked website.

Free Viewers, Plug-Ins and Readers
Company Product Name Extensions Windows Mac Other
Adobe Adobe Reader* .pdf Yes Yes Yes
Adobe Flash Player* .swf Yes Yes No
Apple QuickTime* .mov, .qt Yes Yes N/A
Microsoft Word* .doc, .docx, .rtf Yes No No
Microsoft Excel* .xls, .xlsx Yes No No
Microsoft PowerPoint* .ppt, .pptx Yes No No
Microsoft Visio* .vsd, .emz Yes No No
Microsoft Windows Media Player - PC* .wmv, .wma Yes No N/A
Microsoft Flip4Mac*
(plays Windows Media files in
QuickTime on a Mac)
.wmv, .wma No Yes N/A
Real Free RealPlayer* .ram, .ivr, .rmm Yes Yes Yes