Student: Accessing PDF and MS Office Files in Moodle ISU  Moodle ISU


There are a variety of file types that you may encounter when using Moodle ISU.

This guide will help you to:

How do I view and print a PDF document?

(All the screenshots are of Firefox version 11.)  Note: PDF stands for Portable Document Format.

To view a PDF document:

  1. Click on the link to the file. If you have Adobe Acrobat already on your computer, clicking the link will automatically load the file for viewing. If you do not currently have Acrobat reader, you can download it for free from the following website:

To save a PDF file while viewing it:

  1. Click on the Save a Copy icon (the disk) on the toolbar of the Acrobat Reader program. The toolbar should be visible when you hover your cursor generally over the top or bottom of the page.

Note: Some browsers will use the Download icon on the top right corner on the toolbar to save a PDF.


To print a PDF document:

  1. Click on the Printer icon on the Adobe Acrobat toolbar.

Note: Some Browsers will have the Print Icon on the top right corner to print the PDF.  


Opening Microsoft Files from Moodle ISU using Firefox

To open a Microsoft file in Moodle ISU:

  1. Click on the file.
  2. Select either the Open with option or the Save to disk option
  3. Click on the OK button.

Note: If you do not have Microsoft Office, you can open the file with open source application like Open Office. To download Open Office go to

Note: If you select "Open with," the respective Microsoft application (Word, PowerPoint, & Excel) should automatically launch along with the file (if you have the application installed). If however, you select "Save to disk" Firefox will either save the file in a predefined folder (default is the Downloads) or you will be prompted with a dialog box asking you to browse to the location you want the file to be saved in.

Note: If for some reason the file doesn't appear to open, you can Click on the button that says Firefox at the left top corner of your window and Select Downloads (Shortcut Key is Ctrl+J).

This should bring a new pop-up window with list of downloads.

To open the file Double click on the file name or Right click on it and then Select Open.

Downloading to a Different Location

To download a file to a different location in your disk:

Accessing your Downloaded Folder

To access the folder where you have downloaded the file, right click on the file in the Downloads pop-up window and then Select Open Containing Folder.

Changing the Default Download

If you want to change the default Downloads folder to another location:

  1. Press Alt key on your keyboard: this should show the menu bar below the title bar in Firefox.
  2. Select Tools > Options from the menu bar.

  1. Select the Save files to radio button and Click on Browse to select the new folder.
  2. Click on OK button to save settings. The files will saved to the new folder automatically.

Opening Microsoft 2002/2003 Files

There are three ways to open a file in a Microsoft application like Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. You can open a file by:

Saving Microsoft 2002/2003 Files

There are two ways to save a file once you open a Microsoft application. You can save a file by:

Opening Microsoft 2007/2010/2013 Files

Like Microsoft 2002/2003, you can open files by double-clicking them.

Also, you can open a file once you have a Microsoft application open. To open, Click on the circular Office button located on the upper-left side of the application and Select Open.

Saving Microsoft 2007/2010/2013 Files

In Office 2007, Microsoft has introduced new file formats for saving files (docx, pptx, and xlsx). However, it is recommended that the files be saved in the formats that are compatible with previous editions of Microsoft applications (doc, ppt, and xls) instead of the new file formats. Otherwise, others will have to download an update in order to view 2007 or newer documents ( To save a file that is compatible with previous editions of the Microsoft applications, Click on the Office button located on the on the upper-left side of the application. Next, Select Save As and then Word 97-2003 Document.

If you have any additional questions regarding Moodle ISU, please contact the ITS Help Desk at 282-HELP (4357) or your instructor.

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