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Browsers & Add-Ons

If students are having technical problems or problems with speed, it sometimes helps to suggest they try a different browser. Some browsers seem to work better and faster for some functions in Blackboard and not others (this sometimes has to do with how Bb uses Java within each browser). Also, many, many tech problems are simply a matter of not having the correct or latest browser plug-in. For a ready-made page with all these links included (perfect to post in Bb), see the sidebar.

 

Browser/Link
Company
Comments

internet explorer logo

Microsoft
PC only; most compatible
safari logo

Apple

Mac and PC; seems best for screen refresh
firefox logo
Mozilla
Mac and PC
chrome logo
Google
PC only; very fast refresh
opera logo
Opera
PC only; has screen enlarging functionality for accessibility

 

 
Add-On
Company
Comments
acrobat logo
Adobe
Combines text and graphics on a print-like page
java logo
Sun
Used for interactivity in Bb
flash logo
Adobe
Animations, graphics
shockwave logo
Adobe
Animations, graphics
quicktime logo
Apple
Movies
realplayer logo
Real
Movies, audio
powerpoint logo
Microsoft
Allow those without PP to see presentations

 

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Sidebar - In Focus

Stack of booksADD-ONS>
A ready-made page for students with all browser and plug-in links provided. (Open below and then right-click on the page and choose "Save page as")