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File Attachments

You can add file attachments to different areas in your course, such as to a content item, an assignment, or a discussion board post. Users open a file by clicking a link to the file that appears in the course.

Locate the file you want to attach:

  • To upload a file from your computer., click Browse My Computer.
  • To upload a file from the course's storage repository:
    • If Course Files is the course's storage repository, click Browse Course.


    • If your institution licenses content management, click Browse Content Collection.

After selecting a file to attach, you may add a name for the link to the file. This link title appears to users, instead of the name of the document. For example, type "Biology Lab" as the link title instead of using the file name lab_bio_101.doc.

Accepted Characters in File Names

Blackboard Learn allows the use of all characters in file names. However, a user's operating system and browser may limit the types of characters accepted. For example, some browsers do not accept multi-byte characters, and some may not have the languages installed to display the special alphabetic characters specific to them.

Recognized Attachment File Types

The following file types are recognized by Blackboard Learn. These files can appear within a content item.

Blackboard Learn can recognize additional file types and associated applications if a MIME extension is added. Contact your institution to learn more about adding MIME extensions.

File Types
Extension File Type Programs associated with the File Type
aam Multimedia Adobe® Authorware® plug-in. Note that the AAM file is the starting point for a series of files that must be enclosed in a ZIP file.
aiff Audio Audio media player
asf Multimedia Microsoft® .NET™ Show
au Audio Real Audio Player™
avi Video Video player (not Macintosh® compatible)
doc Text Microsoft® Word or other word processor
exe Executable Executable file
gif Image Graphics program or web browser
html, htm Web page HTML editor or web browser
jpg, jpeg Image Graphics program or web browser
jif Image Graphics program or web browser
mp3 Audio Audio media player
mpe Audio/Video Audio media player
mpg, mpeg Audio/Video Audio media player
moov,movie Movie QuickTime® movie player
mov Video Movie or media player
pdf Text Adobe® Acrobat® Reader
png Image Portable Network Graphics
ppt, pps Slideshow Microsoft® PowerPoint® and PowerPoint® Player®
qt Movie QuickTime™
ra Audio Real Audio Player™
ram Video Real Audio Movie™
rm Audio Audio media player
rtf Text Rich Text Format
swf Multimedia Adobe® Shockwave® plug-in
tiff, tif Image Graphics program or web browser
txt Text Text or HTML editor, word processor
wav Audio Audio media player
wma Audio Audio media player
wmf Graphic Microsoft® Windows®
wmv Video Microsoft® Windows®
wpd Text WordPerfect® or other word processor
xls Spreadsheet Microsoft® Excel®
zip Text WinZip®