Downloading files from the D2L Dropbox

Important: When downloading or saving student submissions, it is imperative to maintain the privacy of student records, which should be saved on campus-housed, password-protected network storage rather than on local hard drives or portable storage devices. Questions about how long student records may be retained should be discussed with the UWM Records Officer.

1. From your Course Home page, click on [Dropbox] in the main navigation bar

2. Click on the name of the appropriate drop box folder.

3. To select all files in the folder, click the box at the top of the list of students


click the box beside the names of the student(s) whose files you wish to download.

4. Click [Download] or the green button with the white triangle to download selected files

5. In the popup window, click on the blue hotlink.

The link name will include:

    • your folder name
    • the word “Download”
    • current date and time
    • the file extension “.zip”

6. In the new popup window, choose [Save File], then click on [OK].

7. Choose a location on your computer (e.g., desktop) and save.

NOTE: Additional benefit when following the above procedure!

  • When any or all files in a D2L Dropbox are selected for download, they come out as a zip file. When the individual file (or files) are extracted, the filenames will begin with students’ last, then first name.
  • On the other hand, if you click on the file in the Dropbox, then just open it and save it to your desktop, the file retains the name given by the student. If many students have uploaded files called “Assignment 1″ it will be impossible to determine which belongs to which student … so we don’t recommend doing this!
*You may also view student submissions individually through the in-browser document viewer:

D2L 10.0 – June 2012