Getting Started in Online Learning

Software and Plug-ins

Online classes frequently require various file "viewers" and "players".  Many of these are available as "plug-ins" which can be easily downloaded and installed.  Examples of common "viewers" and "players" are:

  • Microsoft Word Viewer
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer
  • Microsoft Excel Viewer
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Apple QuickTime Player
  • Macromedia Flash Player
  • Macromedia Shockwave Player
  • Real Player

Very important!  Read this information before downloading or installing plug-ins!

These links to plug-ins and downloads are provided as a courtesy only. You must make sure that you download the correct version of the software for your computer and operating system. Central Arizona College is not responsible for any problems which might occur as a result of downloading and installing any software.

Some of the downloads are extremely large and may take several hours to download over a slow Internet connection.

Knowing what to download - check your course information

The links below to direct you to the correct download locations for plug-ins which allow you to view animated/video content and to hear audio content, or to viewers which allow you to open (but not edit) Microsoft files.  These plug-ins and viewers may not be required in all classes.  The information provided by your instructor in your course materials will let you know if the course requires any of the plug-ins or viewers. If you do need to install the plug-ins, you can download them FREE, directly from each software maker's website below. Please make sure that you have the CORRECT VERSION of each plug-in below, or you may experience problems.

Microsoft Viewers

Plug-ins and Media Players

Web Browsers


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