How to set up your workstation before using SPAR and SeedMap SPAR logo

Before using the SPAR and SeedMap Web Applications, we recommend that you set up your workstation as follows:

Display Settings:

Display settings are usually a personal preference, determined partly by the size of your monitor.  The SPAR Web Application has been built to be viewed with a display setting of 800 X 600 or higher.  A setting of 1024 X 768 will display more of each page, requiring less scrolling up and down. 

If you find that your browser toolbar takes up a significant portion of your screen, you can customize your toolbar to make it smaller, or press F11 to go to Full Screen view.


Internet Explorer version 5.0 or higher is the preferred browser to run both the SPAR and SeedMap web applications. Note:  Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations users should contact their systems staff for any software installations on their workstation.  

Note:  The Web Application Design Environment that SPAR is built in does not support the use of the Back button on your browser's toolbar.

Adobe Acrobat Reader version 4.0 or higher.  You will also need to configure Adobe Acrobat Reader on your workstation as follows: 

  • Adobe 4.0 Reader - go to File, Preferences, General Preferences and remove the tick mark beside 'Web Browser Integration'.

  • Adobe 5.0 Reader - go to Edit, Preferences, Options. For the four Web Browser Options at the top of the screen, the only one that should have a tick mark beside it is 'Allow Background Downloading'. 

Note:   Downloads of Internet Explorer and Adobe Acrobat Reader are free.
To download Internet Explorer, Click Here 
To download Adobe Acrobat Reader, Click Here

Recommended Workstation Settings for SPAR Report Submission of Microsoft Word or Excel Report Formats: 

  • Double-click the My Computer icon on your Desktop. Depending on the Windows Operating system you are using - eg. Windows XP or Windows NT 4.0, there may be some slight differences on where to find these settings in My Computer.
  • In Windows XP, on the Tools menu, click Folder Options.
  • In Windows NT 4.0, on the View menu, click Options.
  • On the File Types tab, click the appropriate file type in the Registered File Types box. For example: Microsoft Excel Worksheet or Microsoft Word Document.
  • Click Edit.
  • Place a check beside Confirm Open After Download if it is not already checked off.
  • Click OK, and then click OK.

Submission of SPAR Reports:

If you follow the above recommended settings, when you submit a report in the SPAR Web Application, the File Download dialog box will appear. You will have the following options:

  • Open this file from its current location. When you select this option the appropriate software (eg. Excel, Word, Adobe Acrobat Reader) will open showing the report. The filename displayed will be 'Embedded File'. You may then print or save the report.
  • Save this file to disk. Select this option if you want to save the report before opening. After the report has been saved, you will be prompted to open the file. The appropriate software (eg. Excel, Word, Adobe Acrobat Reader) will open with the file selected.
  • Always ask before opening this type of file. Keep the checkmark in this box, unless you always want files to either open or save without this prompt.

For more help with using SPAR and SeedMap, check out the Online Help within the applications, or contact:

Seed Information Systems:

Phone: 250-356-1598