How do I view the files?
Documents on the Colorado Courts Web site are posted in one or more of four formats: HTML (.htm), Word 6.0 (.doc), Excel (.xls) or Adobe Acrobat (PDF). Viewing an HTML document requires no additional software and can be done through your browser. Viewing a Word document requires that you download the document and open it offline in Microsoft Word. Viewing an Excel spreadsheet requires that you have Excel or another spreadsheet program that will read Excel files. Viewing an Adobe Acrobat document requires the Adobe Acrobat Reader 3.0 or above for either online or offline viewing. Downloading a document requires that you right click on the file and select "Save Link As" or use the File/Save As option on your browser's toolbar.

Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 enables Netscape Navigator 3.0+ or Internet Explorer 3.0+ to view .pdf documents online through the browser. This means that you will not have to launch the Adobe Acrobat Reader separately after downloading .pdf documents because they will automatically be opened in the Adobe Acrobat Reader by the browser. You may still download and view the document offline through the Adobe Acrobat Reader without the browser if you choose to do so. Click here to download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 designed for your operating system or platform.

AOL Users: While the AOL 3.0 browser does support the Adobe Acrobat Reader, there is a technical problem within the browser that prevents it from displaying .pdf files online. This means that if you are using AOL, you need to download the .pdf file, save it to your hard drive and open it with the Adobe Acrobat Reader offline. Upgrading to the AOL 4.0 browser and adding Adobe Acrobat Reader as a helper application allows you to read the files within the browser. This is highly recommended.

Some files are provided as Excel 5.0 or Access 7.0 files. To view these files, you will need to download them and open them within Excel or Access.

Some large files and groups of forms are offered as a compressed file in .ZIP format or as an executable ZIP which ends in .EXE. Before you can view an ordinary .ZIP file, you will need to decompress or unZIP it with a utility like PKUNZIP or WinZip.
An executable ZIP ends in .EXE. Save it to the directory you wish the files in. Then "run" the program and it will unzip the files into that directory.