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I downloaded and installed the Windows version of Quantum GIS to view Pinellas County data. I can add the .shp, .shx, and .dbf layers, however do not see any data showing as far as road names, etc. I tried to add the .idm and .ind layers that come with the Pinellas County downloads and they show as not valid. Do I need those to see the data on the map? If so, how do I add them.

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You would need to turn on labels under layer in qgis, check the label this layer with checkbox and select the column such name that you would like to label with. –  lewis Feb 9 '13 at 15:59
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If you want to use Shapefile data, you only need to load the .SHP file. The other files are used by the GIS automatically.

After loading the file, you should see the contained geometries. If you want labels, you have to enable labeling and tell QGIS which attribute to use.

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