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Uploading Files to the Content Area in D2L

D2L allows you to share share files with your students in the Content area. Common file types like PDF, DOC, DOCX, PPT, and PPTX are displayed within a document viewer in the Content area, and students also have the option to download them. Students will need to download other types of files before they can view them.

Please know that you must first create a module before you can add files in the Content area. 

  1. Go to the module in which you want to add the file in your course site's Content area.
  2. Click the (A) blue New button, then select (B) Upload Files from the dropdown menu. After you select this option, The Add a File pop-up window will open.
  3. Click the Upload button to locate the file on your computer, or drag the file from your computer's desktop and drop it within the dotted box.
  4. Click the Add button at the bottom of the window. The file will now appear as a link within the module or submodule.

Note: You can select more than one file at a time in step 3. This will save time if you're uploading multiple files at once.


You might need to reorganize your files within the Content area after you've added them. View the Reordering Modules and Topics guide for more information.

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