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Required Plugins and Applications

Web Browsers


Google Chrome Icon

:: Google Chrome

Highly recommended for the best experience: this browser combines minimal design with new technology designed to improve the user experience. 
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:: Mozilla Firefox Browser

The award-winning Web browser is better than ever. Faster, safer, and easy to use, Firefox delivers a better Web experience.
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:: Respondus LockDown Browser

Respondus LockDown Browser is a secure browser for taking quizzes and exams in Blackboard. If your course requires the use of Respondus LockDown browser, you will not able to take a quiz or exam with a standard web browser.

Respondus LockDown Browser should only be used for taking Blackboard quizzes or exams. It should not be used in other areas of Blackboard.

NOTE FOR MAC USERS:  You must have Safari installed on your computer to use Respondus LockDown browser.

Browser Plug-ins


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::Java Plugin Console

Java lets you enjoy the best that the digital world has to offer, including games and puzzles,
sports, chat, email, the arts, financial tools and much more. You will also need to have
Java installed in order for certain areas of Blackboard to function properly.

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:: Adobe Flash Player

Freedownload to view powerful video, multimedia, and application development features.
Many of our distance learning courses incorporate in a great deal of flash tutorials and
animations for a much more involved interactive learning experience.

Note: please UNCHECK the box "Also Install Yahoo Toolbar" (this is not required for operation of Flash Player and may cause Blackboard issues)

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:: Adobe Shockwave Player

Some courses use interactive media which utilize powerful video, multimedia, and application development features.

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:: Microsoft DirectX® End-User Runtime

Microsoft DirectX® is a group of technologies designed to make Windows-based computers an ideal platform for running and displaying applications rich in multimedia elements such as full-color graphics, video, 3D animation, and rich audio.

optional  APPLICATIONS* 

free Word Processing Software


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:: AbiWord

A free word processing program similar to Microsoft® Word. It is suitable for a wide variety of word processing tasks.

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:: Google Docs

Create and share documents on the web and access them from any computer or smart phone. The familiar desktop feel makes collaborative editing easy.

MS Office 365 Campus Edition

:: Microsoft Office 365

This automatically update-able subscription-based software ensures our students always have the latest version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and more for as long as they are a registered student at UT.

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:: OpenOffice

The leading free open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more.

Other Free Programs


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:: Adobe® Acrobat® Reader®

Free software that lets you view and print Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files on all major computer platforms.

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:: Apple iTunes Player

Free software that lets you organize and play everything on your Mac or PC. Then sync it to your iPod and bring it along. Anywhere.

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:: Apple QuickTime® Player

Cutting-edge digital media software for both Mac and Windows-based computers delivers unparalleled quality for creating, playing and streaming audio and video content over the Internet.

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:: Microsoft® Windows & Office Updates

It is important to keep your computer current with all Microsoft updates for computer efficiency and security. Download free updates and patches available at Microsoft.

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:: Real™ Player

The Real Basic Player gives you access to RealAudio, RealVideo, live events and more. The free player is called "Basic." RealOne SuperPass is an application for purchase by the company.

*Always review the course syllabus for specific software requirements.

Last Updated: 7/20/16