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How to Download Data to Spreadsheets

Step Zero: Orientation

Identify where your browser saves files; perhaps the simplest target is directly onto the computer's desktop (caveat about public machines). Also, know where the Microsoft Excel or other spreadsheet application is located on your computer.

Step One: Downloading

Step Two: Importing

Step Three: Delimiting


Example

Try downloading and importing the Chichester School District Data Book Profile from the Government Information Sharing Project, one of the sites from our Sets of Data page.

Step Four: "If all else fails . . ."

Caveat
In library or computer lab public machines, the save location is often restricted to a "user folder," located on the top level of the hard drive. Often, the contents of user folders are automatically deleted upon restart; so if you're working at a public machine and want to save downloaded information, bring a disk and copy the contents of your user folder to it before leaving the public machine.

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