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D2L Students: Content

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The Content tab in D2L includes various materials that your instructor has compiled for the course including articles, websites, videos, podcasts, PDFs, etc. Instructors often organize materials according to the course units.

This page includes information on:

Icon Descriptions

Icon Description
 Download Button This view allows you to check the boxes of the items you would like to print or download from the course content. See Print/Download Course Files for more information.
bookmarks  This button shows you the course content that you have bookmarked. 
 Last topic viewed This button allows you to view the last course content topic you viewed.
 pdf Course content type: Adobe Acrobat document.
 quicklink Course content type: Quicklink.
 webpage Course content type: Web page.
 word document Course content type: Word document.
  PowerPoint Course content type: PowerPoint slideshow.
 submit feedback When you are viewing a topic, this button allows you to rate the item and leave feedback. 
Note: You can opt to make your rating and comments anonymous in the Submit Feedback dialog box.
 show hide sidebar When you are viewing a topic in the course content, you can click this button to show or hide the sidebar which shows the Content Map.
 undock  When you are viewing a topic in the course content, this button allows you to undock the topic so you can view it in a new window.
 add bookmark When you are viewing a topic, this button allows you to bookmark a topic to make it accessible from your Bookmarks.
 Print When you are viewing a topic, this button allows you to print the item.
 Previous2 This button allows you to view the previous course content topic.
 Next This button allows you to view the next course content topic.


Print/Download Course Files

To print individual course content items,

  1. Open the desired item from the Content tab.

  2. Click Print Print

  3. Select your printer » click Print.

To print multiple Course Content items,

  1. Click the Content tab.

  2. Click Download. NewPrintandDownload

  3. Select the items you wish to print.

    Note: If you select the box next to the unit, it will select all items within that unit.

  4. Click Print. Print2
    The Printable View dialog box will appear with your selected items.

  5. Click Print.

  6. Select your printer » click Print.

Downloading Course Files

While many files within your course may be web pages that simply appear when you click on them, other files may need to be downloaded to your computer before you can work with them. If you click on a file and it opens, your computer is configured to work with the file. However, if the file does not open, you will need to follow these instructions:


  1. In Desire2Learn, click the file link.
    The File Download dialog box appears.

  2. Click Save.
    The Save As dialog box appears.

  3. Using the Save in pull-down menu, select the desired save location.

  4. Optional: In the File name text box, type the desired document name.

  5. Click Save.
    The file is saved to the specified location.
    The Download complete dialog box appears.

  6. To open the file immediately, click Open.
    To open the folder the file was downloaded to, click Open folder.
    To close the dialog box, click Close.

  7. Using the appropriate software program, open the file.


  1. In Desire2Learn, click the file link.
    The Downloads dialog box appears and automatically downloads the file to the desktop.

  2. When the download is completed, close the Downloads dialog box.

  3. Using the appropriate software program, open the file.

Content Browser Widget on Course Home

On the Course Home page, you can view the Content Browser widget on the right-hand side of the page.


  • The default view shows you the course content units. You can click on these units to view a list of the content items, and then the individual items.
  • By clicking Bookmarks, bookmarks you can view your bookmarked course content items.
  • By clicking Recently Visited,recently visited you can view the course content items you recently viewed.
  • By clicking Collapse Content Browser,ContentBroswerCollapse you can collapse the widget on the Course Home page.


Working with PDF Files

A PDF file is a document saved in the Portable Document Format. To read a PDF file, you do not need the original program used to create the file, but you do need Adobe Reader. This software is free and can be downloaded from the Adobe website.

The instructions may vary slightly depending on your individual computer setup. The Learning and Technology Services Help Desk is available to help if you have problems. They can be reached at 715-836-5711 or at

Requirements for Accessing PDF files

Here are the requirements you will need in order to access PDF files:

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Internet Browser
  • Network Connection
  • Time to download the files

Downloading and Installing the Adobe Reader


Adobe Reader is a program that is provided free by Adobe and will allow you to access PDF files. You only need to download and install the program on your computer once.

  1. Go to the Adobe Reader website.
    The Adobe Reader Download page appears.

    Adobe reader download
  2. Unclick the check box if you do not want to install the Google Toolbar.

  3. Click Download Now.
    A list of steps and a Security Warning dialog box appears.  

  4. Click Run.
    The software downloads and another security warning box appears.

  5. Click Run.
    A User Account Control dialog box appears.

  6. Click Yes to allow the program to make changes to your computer.

  7. Save the file preferably on the desktop where you can find it easily.

    Note: Depending on your type of computer, operating system, and Internet browser, these steps may vary slightly.

Installing Adobe Reader

  1. Go to the folder that you saved the Adobe Reader install program in.
  2. Double click the install program icon. Adobe install icon

  3. Click Next.

  4. To confirm the location, click Next again.

  5. At the Thank You dialog box, click OK.
    The installation of the program is now complete.

Reading PDF Files with the Adobe Reader

Depending on your computer setup, you will either be able to read PDF files automatically, or read them by saving them to your computer first.

Reading PDF Files by Saving Them First

  1. Right click the link to the PDF file » select Save Link As... or Save Target As...

  2. In the Save As dialog box, select the location where you want to save the file.

  3. Click Save.
    The file will begin downloading.

  4. When the Download Complete dialog box appears, click Open.
    The file will open in Adobe Reader.

    Note: You can access the file again by navigating to the folder you saved it in.

Reading PDF Files Automatically

  1. Click the link to the PDF file.
    The file should open in Adobe Reader automatically.
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