Plugins, Viewers, and Other Tools

This page provides access to plugins, viewers, other tools that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) uses to present documents, datasets, and other files on the NRC’s public Web site. If you don’t already have this software on your computer, you may need to download one of these tools to view or use the non-HTML files available through our public Web site.

The vendors for these tools allow Web users to download their tools free of charge. Follow their instructions for downloading the tool(s) you need.

Some of the links on this page will take you away from the NRC’s Web site. In most cases, you can return to the NRC site by using the Back button in your browser's tool bar. If you regularly use the NRC page you are exiting, you may want to bookmark the page before you exit.

Some of the links on this page are to non-NRC servers and websites and are provided solely as a reference for the convenience of users. NRC cannot guarantee the authenticity of documents or the validity of information obtained at these non-NRC websites. See our Site Disclaimer for more information.

File Type Download Center and Description
PDF Icon Adobe Acrobat Reader enables you to read and print Portable Document Format (PDF) files on all major platforms.
Excel icon graphic Microsoft Excel Viewer allows you to open, view, work with, or print a workbook or dataset, even if you don't have Excel installed.
 PowerPoint icon graphic Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer allows you to view, print, and copy PowerPoint slide presentations, even if you don't have PowerPoint installed.
MS Word icon graphic Microsoft Word Viewer allows you to view, print, and copy Word documents, even if you don't have Word installed.
CSV Comma-separated values (CSV) format, also known as comma-delimited text, is a simple, open file format that is widely supported, so it is often used to transfer tabular data between different applications from a spreadsheet to a database program, for example). In this format, numbers and text are stored as plain text that can be read in a text editor, so no plugin or viewer is required to view or print these files.
XML Extensible Markup Language (XML) is a set of rules for encoding documents in machine-readable format. To open, view, or print Word documents saved in this format, you’ll need the Microsoft Word Viewer, together with the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint File Formats.
JSON JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) is a text format that is completely language-independent, but uses conventions that are familiar to programmers of the C-family of languages (e.g., C, C++, C#, Java, JavaScript, Perl, Python, etc.). Because it is easy for humans to read and write, and also easy for machines to parse and generate, it is widely recognized as an ideal, open data-interchange language. No plugin or viewer is required to view or print these files.
ReadSpeaker assistive technology logo consisting of the word ReadSpeaker in two-color text with the Read portion being orange and the Speaker portion in blue with an image of a sheet of paper with lines on it overlapped by an image of an electronic audio speaker both also in blue color ReadSpeaker is an assistive technology solution that allows you to instantly create an audio version of the website (text-to-speech). No download is needed. Simply click the ReadSpeaker link (top right on every web page) to read the entire page, or highlight desired text to be read, and click the ReadSpeaker button which will pop up on the page (pop-up blocker must be disabled). Once the ReadSpeaker player is opened, it is fully user configurable with several options to select. Select the "gear" icon for settings, or select one of the other icons for volume, or to download an MP3 file of your selected text.
Windows Media Player icon graphic Windows Media Player enables you to view video files on devices running the Windows and Windows Phone operating systems. (If you've got a Mac, you can download Windows Media Components for QuickTime to play Windows Media files.)

Page Last Reviewed/Updated Wednesday, November 25, 2020