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Use the File feature in a Content Area (left side menu item) to add a file such as a PDF or ZIP to your Content Area. If you need to describe your file with detailed text, attach the file to an "Item" instead of the method described below.

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  • Go to the Content Area (left side menu item) that you'd like to add a file to. If you do not yet have a content area created, Create a New Content Area before continuing with the instructions below.
  • On the Action Bar, point to Build Content.
  • Select File.
  • If you've already uploaded the new file to your courses Content Collections area, click Browse Course, otherwise click Browse My Computer to locate the new file you want to upload.
  • After you've loaded your file, you will see the File Name listed.
  • You can modify the Name your students will see, e.g. Syllabus 2013 (PDF).
  • If your file is a PDF, it's recommended that you set Open in New Window to Yes.
  • Check that Permit Users to View this Content is set to Yes.
  • Press Submit to save your changes.
  • BbLearn displays a success message at the top of the page and the File you added now appears in the Content Area.
  • Click on the new link to file to be sure it functions as expected.

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