The following browser recommendations and settings will improve your experience using Moodle and ensure access to the activities and tools in your Moodle courses.
Note: UMass Amherst IT Computer Classrooms and Library Learning Commons computers are set up for Moodle.
For security reasons, UMass Amherst IT recommends updating browsers to the most recent version for your operating system.
Recommended browsers and versions
Recommended browsers for the best experience in Moodle:
- Firefox, most recent version
- Chrome, most recent version
- Safari 6 for OS X 10.7 or later
- Internet Explorer 10 or later
Other browsers and versions
Moodle will also operate on the browsers listed below, but with qualifications:
Safari 5 (minimum version)
- Only the most recent version of Safari, Safari 6 (OS 10.7 or later required), supports drag-and-drop upload.
Internet Explorer 9
- Internet Explorer 9 does not support drag-and-drop upload.
Internet Explorer 9 may cause layout bugs:
On some Moodle pages, I.E. 9 will not display the layout correctly unless the browser is operating in compatibility mode. To turn on compatibility mode in I.E. 9, in the tool bar, click the Compatibility Mode icon (to right of address bar). Compatibility Mode is enabled when the icon is shaded dark.
Note to Internet Explorer 8 users: Please upgrade or use the latest version of Firefox or Chrome.
The following browser settings should be selected:
- Enable Cookies
Instructions for browser settings for are available here:
- Firefox help: http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/home?as=u
- Chrome help: http://www.google.com/support/chrome/?hl=en
- Internet Explorer help: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/internet-explorer/help
- Safari: go to Safari > Preferences. The settings are located on the Security and Privacy tabs.
Note: In most browsers (not Safari), you can make an exception for Moodle if you don't want to use these settings for all websites.
You may find it useful to install the following add-ons if your browser does not already have them:
A PDF Reader
To view PDF files, you need a PDF reader to be installed on your computer. A PDF browser plugin will let you view PDFs in a browser window without opening a separate program.
- Download Adobe Reader at http://get.adobe.com/reader/. The download includes the browser plugin. To install this plugin, follow prompts.
Apple Quicktime provides easy access to multiple audio and video formats that can be posted on Moodle. Macintosh computers come with Quicktime already installed.
Note: Windows users should also install Quicktime.
- Download Quicktime at http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/.
Adobe Flash Player
The Adobe Flash Player plugin for your browser will allow you to access Flash video and interactive media which may be posted by some instructors.
- Download Adobe Flash Player http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
1. Check supported browser versions.
Check to see if your problem is related to known issues with your browser version, above.
2. Clear your browser's cache.
Clearing your browser's cache may help to resolve problems such as trouble using drag-and-drop features, or trouble viewing the gradebook. See Clear Your Bowser's Cache.
3. Try a different browser, and/or move to a different computer.
You may find it helpful to have more than one browser installed on your computer. If you run into problems using Moodle, moving to another browser may resolve your issues. You can also try moving to a different computer to see if the problem persists. This may help to discern whether your issue was a problem with your browser or computer, or with Moodle.
4. Still having problems?
If the issue persists in several browsers, and on different computers, please report your problem to the IT Help Center for assistance. (See links on this page, at right)