There has been a slight change in accessing files in Blackboard. When clicking on a link to open a file, e.g., Word document, Excel spreadsheet, PowerPoint presentation, etc., you may be presented with the follwing downoad alert in Internet Explorer (IE).
Click on the alert and choose Download file... from the menu. Unfortunately, this will return you to the homepage for the course and you will need to complete the steps to access the file again.
A new window will open and ask if you want to Open or Save the file. Choose according to your needs and you will then be presented with the file download progress window.
These settings will hold for the current Internet Explorer session, but will have to be completed each time a new Internet Explorer session is started.