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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Computer Software Recommendations

Page address: https://www.mnsu.edu/its/started/standards/software-recommendations.html

Before you access your course on D2L, your system and software should meet the following minimum recommendations.

Type Components Recommendations
Mac User Operating System OS 10.8 or newer
Office Suites Microsoft Office 2010
Windows User Operating System Vista, 7 or 8
Office Suites Microsoft Office 2010
Browser Internet Explorer 9
Common to both Mac and Windows Internet Broadband internet access (Cable, DSL)
Browser Mozilla Firefox 3.5 or higher
Browser Plug-ins
  • Java
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Flash Player

Download free programs and players

For Mac and Windows users

For Windows users

  • If you do not own Microsoft Office:
    • PowerPoint Viewer 2007 — This viewer will let you view full-featured presentations created in PowerPoint.
    • Excel Viewer — Open, view, and print Excel workbooks, even if you don't have Excel installed.
    • Word Viewer — View, print, and copy Word documents, even if you don't have Word installed.
  • Visio 2007 Viewer — This viewer will allow you to view Visio drawing and diagrams from within Internet Explorer.
  • Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for 2007 File Formats — Open, edit, and save documents, workbooks, and presentations in the file formats new to Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 using Office 2003.
  • Microsoft Works 6-9 File Converter — The Works 6-9 File Converter allows you to open, edit, and save documents created in Microsoft Works using Microsoft Word.

Purchase software

Students can purchase software applications and operating systems at academic pricing online from the Campus Computer Store.