Blackboard browser setup -- Installing Plugins
Blackboard Browser Setup -- Installing Plugins
Your browser uses various support programs and add-ons. We checked for the most important ones above. Here is some additional information about removing add-ons that aren't needed and installing those that are.
A few plugins interfere with Blackboard. For example, you should not have "Browser Highlighter" installed. To remove it from Firefox:
- Click the tools menu in your Firefox browser.
- Select the Add-ons menu.
- Click the Extensions tab in the Firefox window that pops up.
- Click on the Browser Highlighter logo in the list of extensions.
- Click the uninstall option.
- Click Uninstall in the prompt.
- Click the restart Firefox button at the top of the Extensions menu.
To remove it from Internet Explorer:
- Click the start menu, then Control Panel.
- Click Add/Remove programs.
- Select the Browser Highlighter.
- Click uninstall and follow prompts.
Installing required plugins
If you need to install any of the plugins identified in our browser check, you can download them FREE, directly from each software maker's website below. Please ensure that you have the CURRENT VERSION of each plugin below, or you may experience problems or create a security risk.
|Link to download||Plugin|
Adobe Flash Player
Make sure "Check for updates automatically (recommended)" is on.
After clicking above, select the link to download the FREE player. We recommend QuickTime 7.6 or later for both Mac and PC.
|Windows Media Player
PC only: WMP is normally installed automatically as part of Windows Update. We recommend WMP 10 or WMP 11.
Mac: we recommend installing Windows Media® Components for QuickTime from Flip4Mac rather than WMP 9.
Get programs for displaying Word and PowerPoint
Many courses post material in Microsoft Word format (files with names ending in ".doc" or ".docx") or as PowerPoint presentations (names ending in ".ppt" or ".pptx"). To view such files you need software able to display Word and PowerPoint. Other courses require that you submit homework assignments as Word documents.
If you have Microsoft Office installed on your machine, then you should be able to view Word, PowerPoint, and Excel files stored in Blackboard. Depending on your browser configuration, such files will either be downloaded to your hard disk or displayed directly in the browser window. Most recent versions of Office are ok, including (for PCs) 2007 and 2010, and (for Macs) Office 2008 and 2011.
If you don't have MS Office, then you need some other program to view these files (WordPad, built in to Windows, isn't good enough). For users who don't have Microsoft Office, we recommend the free LibreOffice suite (downloadable). Many other possibilities also exist for both Mac and PC. For example, Mac users who own iWork (including Keynote) will typically find that it adequately handles most Office files.