Opening File Types

The Course Content page will contain all of the information, course materials, links, and resources that your instructor has made available to you. You can access it by clicking Course Content at the top of your course homepage. On the left of the Course Content page, you will see the Table of Contents, which will list all of the contents of your course.

Your instructor may upload material in a number of different format types, and your browser should open all file types without navigating away from Brightspace (D2L). If you have any trouble viewing files in your browser, here are alternate ways to view each file type.

PDF Files
A very common file type used in Brightspace (D2L) courses is PDF. Instructors choose it because it is simple to view and cannot be edited. If you have not already installed Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer, we suggest you do so. Acrobat Reader is one of many free PDF readers that will allow most, if not all, browsers to open any valid PDF file. If your browser is having trouble displaying the file, you can use the Download button found below the viewer to download the file to your computer. By default, the file will save to your computer’s Downloads folder. Once downloaded, the PDF file should open with your default PDF reader.

Slideshow Files
Instructors often provide students with information in slideshow format, especially the slides they present in class. If your browser is unable to open slideshow documents, you will need to download the file to your computer. Most browsers will download the file automatically when you click on the item in the course content. By default, the file will save to your computer’s Downloads folder. You will need to have appropriate software installed on your computer in order to view the downloaded slideshow. Although the most common program is Microsoft PowerPoint, there are several other options:

    Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer: this is Microsoft’s free PowerPoint viewer. It will not allow you to create or edit PowerPoint files.
    OpenOffice: this is another free software, which you can use to open, edit, and create PowerPoint files.
    Google Documents: after you download the file to your computer, drag and drop it to your Google Drive, and open it there.

These are just a few examples of the available free software that will allow you to view PowerPoint slides. Please ensure that the freeware you are downloading is safe!

WORD Files
If your browser is unable to open Word documents, you will need to download the file to your computer in order to view it. Most browsers will download the file automatically when you click on the item in your course content. By default, the file will save to your computer’s “Downloads” folder. You will need to have appropriate software installed on your computer in order to view the downloaded file. Although the most common program is Microsoft Word, there are several other options:

    Microsoft Word Viewer: this is Microsoft’s free Word viewer, which you can use to open, view, and print documents that were created using Microsoft Office Word 2007, 2003, 2002, or 2000.
    OpenOffice: this is another free software, which you can use to open, edit, and create Word files.
    Google Documents: after you download the file to your computer, drag and drop it to your Google Drive, and open it there.

These are just a few examples of the available free software that will allow you to view Word files. Please ensure that the freeware you are downloading is safe!