Whiteboard for Windows Quick Start Guide
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Whiteboard for Windows is a digital whiteboard from myViewBoard that can connect with myviewboard.com to support cloud storage and third party apps for videostreaming and classroom management.
For a more detailed guide see Whiteboard for Windows.
View a printer-friendly summary of all toolbar icons for Whiteboard here.
- 1 Open Whiteboard for the first time
- 2 Import your existing materials
- 3 Create lessons in Whiteboard
- 4 Wireless presentation and screensharing
Open Whiteboard for the first time
After opening Whiteboard for the first time, you may need to activate the software by entering an email address, and following the link in the email. If there is no prompt to do this, skip this step.
Core digital whiteboard functionality such as the pen tool is available without signing in. To access extra functions such as cloud account and videostreaming services, it is necessary to sign in to your myViewBoard account.
A sign-in box appears by default in the bottom-right of the screen. Click the icon in the bottom-right of the screen to open the sign-in box if it is hidden.
Sign in with the method you created your myViewBoard account, such as:
- email and password
- Google, Microsoft, or Apple account
- You can also use the myViewBoard Companion app to scan the QR code (this is often easiest if you have your phone to hand).
Working area and toolbars
Whiteboard has two toolbars - the main toolbar, which snaps to either the bottom, left, or right of the screen, and the floating toolbar which can be freely moved. Below is a list of all toolbar icons and their functions. For a printer-friendly list see all toolbar icons for Whiteboard here.
Windows toggle button
Enable Whiteboard tools over the Windows interface. Click again to switch back to Whiteboard.
Enable and manage wireless presentations and video conferencing.
Take a screenshot, video, or audio recording and paste it onto the Whiteboard canvas.
Click/touch and drag to move the toolbar.
Options for opening, saving, exporting and printing Whiteboard files
Add files, widgets, videos, and interactive elements from local or cloud storage, and conduct quizzes.
Move and zoom the canvas. Click twice for canvas overview.
Select objects, text, and other elements on the canvas.
Erase objects. Click twice for more options.
Draw various shapes, arrows, and add tables. Click twice for more options.
Add text. Click the icon twice for handwriting recognition.
Undo the previous action.
Redo the previous undo action.
Click here to create, select, rearrange, copy, and delete pages.
Move Floating toolbar
Drag to move the Floating Toolbar around the canvas.
Switches the canvas to fullscreen mode.
Paste from clipboard
Paste the current clipboard content onto the canvas.
Opens the built-in browser to access internet resources, which can be dragged onto the canvas.
If the canvas contains multiple pages, displays the previous page.
If the canvas contains multiple pages, displays the next page.
Adds a new page to the canvas.
Live Captions Settings
Opens the setting menu for Live Captions.
Opens Live Captions feature.
Import your existing materials
- Whiteboard for Windows can display your existing lesson materials in many common filetypes, such as Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, and also PDF files.
- Import lesson materials via Magic Box in the main toolbar.
|Whiteboard for Windows supported filetypes|
|Whiteboard files||.vboard for myViewBoard, .flipchart for Promethean, .notebook for SMART, .enb for Evernote, and .iwb for multiple brands|
|Documents||.pdf, .doc, .docx, .txt, .one, .url|
|Presentations||.ppt, .pptx, Google Slides|
|Images||.png, .jpg, .jpeg, .bmp, .gif, .ico, .tif, .tiff, .svg|
|Audio||.mp3, .aac, .wma, .wav, .m4a|
|Video||.wmv, .mp4, .mpg, .xesc, .3gp, .mov, .mp4, .mpeg, .mkv, .asf, .avi, .m4v|
Create lessons in Whiteboard
In addition to using existing lesson materials, creating lessons in Whiteboard can be done with digital whiteboard tools, the interactive tools found in Magic Box, and the embedded browser.
The core digital whiteboard tools such as pen, eraser, text and shapes tools are found in the main toolbar. By clicking twice on each of these icons you can also access further options - for example the pen tool includes Paint Brush, Highlighter, Laser, AI, Shape, and Magic Line Pen tools.
Magic Box for interactivity
Magic Box contains many useful options to add interactivity to the whiteboard. Click/tap Magic Box in the main toolbar, then click/tap the desired tool, and simply drag the selected tool or file onto the canvas.
From Magic Box you can access local and cloud storage, add sticky notes, useful tools such as timers and calculators, use the device camera for photos, add educational clips, add pre-approved web images and videos, widgets, and quizzes. Students can share documents to the whiteboard and participate in polls and quizzes via myviewboard.com. The teacher can then access these features through Magic Box in Whiteboard for Windows.
Change the background
The background can be changed via several methods, including importing images from local and cloud storage, and using myViewBoard custom backgrounds.
The background management icon is located in the bottom left of the screen.
myViewBoard also provides free content for educators to use, accessible from the background management pop-out window. Original Content is regularly updated and is also accessible from this page on the wiki.
Embedded web browser
Whiteboard for Windows also features a built-in web browser built-in, accessible by clicking in the floating toolbar when not in present mode. Using this keeps Whiteboard open in the foreground as normal, and displays the web browser in a pop-out window.
You can also access the full Windows operating system including web browsers by clicking the Windows Toggle Button .
Wireless presentation and screensharing
You can share the whiteboard screen wirelessly via the Wireless Presentation icon in the top-right of the screen. You need to be signed in to your myViewBoard account for this feature to work.
Alternatively, Whiteboard for Windows integrates with Zoom and Skype. Configure third party connections via the FollowMe settings on myviewboard.com.
Record screen and take screenshots
To record or screenshot your screen click the Screen capture icon in the main toolbar. From here, there are options to record the whole screen and save locally, or take full or partial screenshots and add the image onto the whiteboard canvas.
Note that screen recording and screenshots apply to your whole device, not just the whiteboard app.
By default Whiteboard opens into prepare mode. Switching to presentation mode makes the whiteboard fullscreen, hiding the Windows OS bar and the Whiteboard bar at the bottom and top respectively. This can be useful if recording or wirelessly presenting your whiteboard. Videos and media are interactive in the same way during both presentation and preparation modes, however the embedded browser is also hidden.