Help and Navigation

Welcome to the DCMS Flag Flying website. The site is very simple to use and we hope you will find the navigation intuitive. If you get lost, the ‘home’ tab at the top left of every page will always take you to the home page!

Here are some useful tips:


The main navigation panel is the left hand side panel


Hyperlinks on this website are blue.

All hyperlinks will change to underline when you move your cursor over them.

We will always tell you if a link will open up a new window, this is usually the case if the link will take you to another website.


Every page on our website has a ‘bread crumbs’ trail showing you how you arrived at your current page. For example the trail at the top of this help page reads You are here: home > help. You can use the trail to go back to a previous stage by clicking on the link.

Downloading files

To download any documents on our website: Click the right-mouse button over the relevant links and choose ‘ Save Target As…’ , you’ll then be able to save the document in the appropriate place on your computer and view offline at your leisure.

The majority of our documents are published in Adobe PDF or RTF (Rich Text Format) format, all documents are clearly marked with the file size.

Adobe Reader is required to view PDF documents. If you don’t already have it, you can download free from the Adobe website.

Visually impaired users whose screen reader software is not compatible with Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or above can find online tools that convert PDF documents into text at the Adobe accessibility website.

Please read our accessibility page for more information.


To print a page go to File > Print and follow directions.

Optimum viewing

PCs: This website is best viewed in Internet Explorer 5.5 or later or Mozilla Firefox

Apple Macs: This website is best viewed in Safari or Mozilla Firefox.

Screen resolutions

You can set your computer to display different screen resolutions. has been designed to work best in 800 x 600 pixels or 1024 x 768. For information on adjusting the display resolution try the help files in your operating system or consult the manufacturer’s website.

Access Keys

We have provided access keys (press alt and 0 together then enter) for people who need or prefer keyboard shortcuts to navigate. You will find this list on the accessibility page.

More accessibility tips

Please read our accessibility page for more tips on how to make our website easier to navigate.

Contact the team

If you have any problems using the site or wish to feedback comments, please feel free to contact the web team –