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Browsers and Plug-Ins


Blackboard can be accessed using most Web browsers. View a list of supported browsers to make sure that you are using a Blackboard certified browser.

NOTE: Cookies and JAVA Script must be enabled within the Web browser.


Some software plug-ins may need to be installed on your computer depending on the course content. Here are a few examples:

  • Acrobat Reader – Allows you to view PDF files.
  • Apple QuickTime – Allows you to play online audio and video content.
  • Flash Player – Allows you to view some embedded multimedia files.
  • Java – Many tools in Blackboard requires Java to run.
  • Silverlight – An alternative to Flash Player, allows you to view some embedded multimedia files.