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Edit Files Using Easy Edit

If your institution licenses content management, users can edit and save files directly within Blackboard Learn without having to save it to their desktop. Easy Edit with Blackboard Drive integration allows users to open a file for editing directly from the user interface and makes editing as simple as three steps: click, edit, and save.

Blackboard Drive must be installed on your desktop to edit and save files directly within Blackboard Learn. Download and install Blackboard Drive by following the directions provided by your institution's administrator.

Users can also open a folder with Blackboard Drive to see the contents in Windows Explorer or Mac OS X finder. Access a folder's contextual menu and select Open with BbDrive.

How to Edit and Save a File Using Easy Edit

Blackboard Learn automatically detects if Blackboard Drive is installed. If so, it changes the standard Open option for files on which the user has write permission from clicking a link or Open in the context menu to Open with Blackboard Drive. The file continues to open in the browser if the user has read-only permissions. Files with write access may also be opened using Open with Browser. This option opens the file in the browser instead of Blackboard Drive. This may be desirable to view an image or html file in the browser instead of open in an editor, or to download a word processing document instead of edit it.

  1. From the Content Collection or Course Files, click a file to edit. The file opens directly in the native application.
  2. Edit the file.
  3. Save the file.
  4. From the Content Collection or Course Files, click Refresh to view the newly saved version of the file.