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Set up Internet Explorer (IE) Web Browser

The example security alert shown below indicates that a Blackboard course is trying to load content from outside of the course.  Blackboard runs in a secure (SSL) environment.  If you want to see the content, you should click No button. Clicking the "Yes" button will result in a "Navigation cancelled" Message. 

Tips: If you want to disable these prompts, please use the IE settings below for a more permanent fix. 

Modify Internet Explorer settings to allow Blackboard to function without the interruption of security prompts by designating the FHSU Blackboard as a "Trusted" site and allowing the following operations to occur unprompted for trusted sites like Document Downloading and Pop-up Windows.     

1. Set the FHSU Blackboard as Trusted Site

  • Open the Internet Explorer Web browser
  • Go to the Tools menu and select Internet Options  


  • Select the Security tab at the top of the window
  • Select the zone Trusted Sites 
  • Click the Sites button


  • Uncheck Require server verification (https:) for all sites in this zone
  • Under Add this website to the zone: type the following 
  • Click the Add button
  • Click Close 


2. Modify Trusted Site Settings

  • Select the Custom Level button under the Security Tab for Internet Options 


  • Scroll down about half down the list to the Downloads section and click Enable for the following items: 
    • Automatic prompting for file downloads
    • File Download


  • Scroll down a little bit down to the Miscellaneous section and ensure that
  • Display mixed content is set to Enable
  • Use Pop-up Blocker is set to Disable



  • Scroll to the bottom of the list and ensure that
  • Scripting of Java applets is set to Enable
  • Click OK 



  • After you have made changes, you will receive the warning below. Click Yes 



  • Restart Internet Explorer (IE) and you are ready to use Blackboard

Blackboard also requires the latest version of the Java Runtime Environment (JRE). The JRE can be downloaded from
Click here for Java installation instructions.