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We've tried to make this site easy for first time Internet users but if you are having problems, this section should help you.

How do I get around this site?

To move around the site, click on the menu items with your mouse. The main menu is along the top. When you have clicked on a main menu item, a sub-menu appears on the left. Sometimes a section will have more links at the top of the main text area.

Whenever your cursor looks like a hand rather than an arrow, it means you can click and go to another page. Links in the text areas are underlined.

Once you have left the home page, you'll notice that a line of text at the top left of each page shows you which section you are in. The words are links and can be used to trace your steps back to the home page.

You can also use the back button on your browser to return to the page you last visited.

How do I change my screen settings?

This site looks best with a screen resolution (the size of what is shown) of 800 x 600. To change this on a PC running Windows operating systems, go to Start > Settings > Control panel > Display > Settings and change the desktop area by using the sliding bar.

On an Apple Macintosh, you can use the Monitor & sound control panel to change the resolution.

How do I get back to this site if I leave it?

The address of our site is

If you want to come back to this site at any time, type in the address in the browser address bar and press enter.

To save you doing this more than once, add the page to your Favourites (in Internet Explorer click on Favourites > Add to Favourites > and then name the page something that you will remember like NZ Navy).

If you are using Netscape Navigator - go to Bookmarks. This works like Favourites.

How can I find what I need on your site?

Try using the Search facility - type in a word or phrase, careers and recruiting for example, and then click GO. A list of links to pages containing your search word will come up.

What are PDFs and how do I read them?

PDF stands for Portable Document Format. It's an established way of publishing documents on the web and retaining their original printed look. We've used PDFs on the site for application forms for certain services for you to print off and return to us by mail.

Sometimes large pdf files may crash your browser, rather than open the pdf file directly, right click on the link and choose "save target as ..." from the menu. This will allow you to save the file to your local hard drive.

You need the free Adobe Reader to read these files. This is available to download free of charge at
How can I view a Word file if I don't have Microsoft Word software?

Microsoft has made a free Word Viewer available to download.

The text is too small for me to read - how can I change it?

In Internet Explorer go to View > Text size and select the text size, e.g. Larger or Largest

Netscape works in a similar way.

My browser is out of date - how can I get a new one?

This site is designed to be viewed using version 4 and above of Internet and Netscape browsers.

The latest versions of Internet Explorer and Netscape can be downloaded free of charge from their websites:

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You'll also find that lots of the computer magazines for sale in newsagents include CDs with copies of the latest browsers.

Other questions?

If you have any questions about this site, or you find something that we haven't covered in this section that you would like to know about, use the form in Feedback to let us know and we will do our best to answer your questions.

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