File Viewing Information
This page provides links to software for accessing a variety of file types that are available to view or download from this website. The file types are listed below, with recommendations for use and links to available plug-ins.
Word: Documents formatted in Microsoft word processing software. Download these files if you have a word processor capable of reading the version and if you want to keep the formatting and edit the document electronically. A plug-in for viewing these files is available from Microsoft's Download Center.
HTML or HTM
HyperText Markup Language: The web versions of documents, complete with hyperlinks to referenced information, as available. Use these files if you want to read the document online with your browser.
Portable Document Format: A universal file format that prevents the accidental modification of the content, look, and layout of a printed document. These files are accessible through a free viewer published by Adobe. DSHS recommends using the latest release of the free Adobe viewer. Some toolsets including Microsoft Word allow the conversion of some PDF documents to an editable format, as well as, saving standard DOC/DOCX documents into a PDF format. Select this file type if you want to print a copy of the document. Tagged PDF files are generally accessible via assistive technologies.
PowerPoint Slide Show Presentation: Download these files if you have software capable of reading the version and you want to edit the slide show electronically. A plug-in for viewing these files is available from Microsoft's Download Center.
Excel Spreadsheet: Documents formatted in Microsoft Excel spreadsheet software. A plug-in for viewing these files is available from Microsoft's Download Center.
Disable Your Browser's Built-In PDF Viewer
Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge users, follow these steps from Adobe.
Firefox users, follow these steps from Adobe.
Chrome users, follow the steps below:
- Type "chrome://settings/content" into the address bar, without the quotes.
- Scroll down to PDF Documents.
- Check the “Open PDF files in the default PDF viewer application” checkbox.
- Click “Done”.
Download a Form to Your Computer
- Right Click (Ctrl + Click on Mac OS) on the blue form link.
- Click "Save link as" from the menu.
- Select the folder you want to save the file in and click Save.
- Navigate to the folder you saved the file in and double left-click the file to open.
Order Printed Forms
To order DSHS printed forms, please visit the Forms and Literature Catalog. For questions about your order, please e-mail HHSCDistributionWarehouse@hhsc.state.tx.us or call 512-250-7162.
For additional assistance please email us.