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Supported Web Browsers
When taking online classes, it is highly recommended that you use a computer operating system and Web browser that are compatible with Blackboard.
To help prepare your computer for online learning at MATC, we recommend reviewing this guide to supported browsers as well as the Minimum Computer Requirements page.
Choosing a Supported Web Browser
The Blackboard Learning Management System performs best in browsers that have been tested and found to be compatible with its interactive, dynamic, and secure features.
Compatible Web Browsers (Use)
For PC Operating Systems: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
- Mozilla Firefox Versions: 3.6, 4.0, 9.0, provisional support for latest stable release (Recommended)
- Google Chrome Versions: 10.0, 16.0, provisional support for latest stable release
- Internet Explorer Versions: 8.0, 9.0
For Mac Operating Systems: 10.5 or 10.6
Incompatible Technologies (Avoid Using!)
You may experience difficulties using Blackboard if you are using:
- Windows 8, Linux, or Ubuntu operating systems (not officially compatible)
- Mobile Web browsers on iPad, Palm, iPhone, or other mobile device
- Internet Explorer 7 (or lower) or Firefox 3.5 (or lower) on Mac or PC
- Safari 3 or lower; any version of Safari on Windows
- AOL, CompuServe, Opera, or other non-supported browser
If you find that you are using an unsupported browser, you can easily download and install a supported, up-to-date browser from the links found in the list of supported browsers.
A Few Words about Blackboard and Mobile Devices
Web browsers from tablets and mobile devices may not be compatible with Blackboard.
- The Web browser on your device is a stripped-down mobile version of what you’d find on a regular desktop or laptop computer. This type of browser does not have full Java compatibility, causing some Blackboard features to not work in their entirety.
- Students can download the MATC 2 Go or Blackboard Mobile Learn App for performing certain tasks on a mobile device. For more information, see the Student Guide to Blackboard & Mobile Access.
- PLEASE NOTE: Not all course content will be accessible on a mobile device. See guide for details.
How to Detect What Browser You are Using
To determine what browser and version you are using, either use our Browser Tester tool or perform the following steps with your browser open:
- At the top of the Web browser window, click the "Help" menu link.
- From the Help menu that appears, click "About".
- The version name and number of your browser should appear.