D2L - Managing Files and Folders

Last Updated: 05/06/2014
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Overview

The following documentation shows how to manage files and folders from within the Manage Files section of a D2L course. 

Note: This documentation covers how to open a file or folder, view properties of a file or folder, sort files and foldersedit an existing HTML or TXT filecopy a file or foldermove a file or folderrename a file or folderdelete a file or folderunzip a file, and zip a file in Manage Files. Be sure to pay attention to the step titles to see to which topic the documentation corresponds.

This tutorial is operating system independent.

Step 1

To access the manage files section of a D2L course, click the Edit Course link on your course navigation bar, then click on the Manage Files link. 

Note: If you have the Course Management widget on your homepage, click Manage Files under the Tools heading.

Step 2

Open a file or folder

To view a file or to open a folder in Manage Files, click on the name of the file or folder.

If a file requires specific software to open it, then you must have that software installed on your computer. For example, to open a PowerPoint file you must have Microsoft PowerPoint installed.

Note: You can view file and folder properties such as Size, Type, and Last Modified Date. The link icon beside a file name indicates that the file is in use as a content topic.

Step 3

Sort files and folders

To sort files and folders ascending or descending by name, size, type, and last modified date, then click on the corresponding column header.

Step 4

Edit an existing HTML or TXT file

If you would like to edit an HTML file, then you will need to first locate file in the Manage Files area. 

Click Edit File from the file's context menu.

Step 5

To edit your content, you will need to use the HTML Source Editor.

To open up the HTML editor, click on the button that has a greater than angle bracket and a less than angle bracket on it. This button is located in the bottom right-hand corner of the window. 

Step 6

Click Update

Step 7

Copy a file or folder

To copy a file or folder in the Manage Files are, select the check box beside the folder or file you want to copy.

You can copy multiple files or folders by selecting the check boxes beside those files or folders.

Step 8

Click the Copy icon in the action bar. Then navigate to the folder where you want to place the copied content.

Step 9

From the folder bar, click the Paste icon. The folders or files you selected are copied to this location.

Step 10

Move a file or folder

To move a file or folder in the Manage Files area, select the box beside the folder or file you want. . You can move multiple files or folders by selecting the check boxes beside those files or folders.

Once you have done that, click the Cut icon in the action bar.

Step 11

Navigate to the folder where you want to place the content you want to move. From the folder bar, click the Paste icon.

Note: Use caution when moving files and folders if they are referenced in the Content area. Moving a file that is currently in use as a topic might result in a broken link.

Step 12

Rename a file or folder

To rename a file or folder in the Manage Files area, click Rename in the context menu of the file or folder you want to rename.

Step 13

Type in a new name for the file or folder and click Save.

Note: If you rename a file in use as a topic in your course, it automatically updates the file reference in the Manage Content area.

Step 14

Delete a file or folder

To delete a file or folder in the Manage Files area, select the check box beside the file or folder that you want to delete. You can delete multiple files or folders all at once by selecting the check boxes beside those files or folders.

Step 15

Click the Delete icon in the action bar. When the confirmation message pops up, click Yes.

Step 16

Unzip a file in Manage Files

To unzip a file or folder in the Manage Files area, go to the folder into which you want to extract files.

Upload your ZIP file. See Uploading and Downloading Files to learn more about uploading files.

Step 17

Click Unzip in the zipped file's context menu. The files are extracted into the current folder.

Step 18

Zip a file in Manage Files

To zip a file or folder in the Manage Files area, go to the folder that contains the files or folders you want to compress.

Select the check boxes beside the files or folders you want to compress.

Step 19

Click the Zip icon from action bar. The files are compressed into the current folder.

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