General Software Requirements, Viewers and Plugins Moodle ISU

This document will get you started with software requirements, accessing Moodle ISU, and correct settings of pop-up blockers.  For more information, please contact the ITS Helpdesk at 282-HELP, or contact your instructor.

This guide will help you to understand:

Software and Browser Requirements


Program and Link

What is it?


Mozilla Firefox Download

  • Firefox is a web browser created by Mozilla and is open source. This browser is recommended because it is most compatible with the settings in Moodle ISU.

Video Players

Adobe Flash Player Download

  • The Adobe flash player is used to play flash video files on Moodle ISU.

Other Plugins

Adobe Reader Download

Java Download

Other add-ons and plugins may conflict with Moodle ISU. It is important, especially when taking a quiz. that other plugins and add-ons are turned off.

Microsoft Office 2007 Viewers

Word 2007 Viewer Download

Excel 2007 Viewer Download

PowerPoint 2007 Viewer Download

  • 2007 Viewers are used to open documents created with the Microsoft Office 2007 programs (docx., xlsx., pptx.)

Open Office Suite

OpenOffice Suite Download

  • OpenOffice can be used to create documents, powerpoints, and excel spreadsheets (doc., xls., ppt.) in lieu of Microsoft Office

Getting Started

It is recommended that students log on to Moodle ISU using the latest version of Firefox. If you already have Firefox installed, you can check to see if you have the latest version.

  1. To check, Open Firefox.
  2. Locate the Help menu and Select About Firefox.


  1. If you have the current version of Firefox, the pop-up box will show Firefox is up to date.

  1. If necessary, Install the latest updates.

To Install Firefox

  1. Open another browser (i.e. Netscape, Internet Explorer) and Go to
  2. Click on the Download Firefox - Free link.
  3. Open the file and Install Firefox. Once installed, you should see a Firefox icon on the desktop.

Setting up the Pop-up Blocker

Firefox needs to accept pop-ups from Moodle ISU.  To enable pop-ups from Moodle ISU, follow the steps below:

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Locate the Firefox menu and Select Options > Options.
  3. Locate the Content menu.

  1. Place a checkmark next to Block pop-up windows (if not already done). There should also be a checkmark next to Load images automatically, Enable JavaScript, and Enable Java.

  1. Click on the first Exceptions button.
  2. In the Address of website box, Type "*" (without the quotations) and Click on the Allow button.

  1. Click on the Close button.
  2. Click on the OK button.

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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