SMART Board Interactive Whiteboard Basics for Windows

SMART Board Interactive Whiteboard Basics for Windows
Quick Reference
SMART Board Interactive Whiteboard Basics
This Quick Reference provides an overview of the information you need to begin using a SMART Board ™ interactive
whiteboard. Before you begin, make sure the appropriate SMART Board software has been loaded on your computer. For
more information, refer to your SMART Board User’s Guide.
Starting the SMART Board interactive whiteboard
1 Ensure the interactive whiteboard and projector are connected to the computer
2 Turn on the projector, then the computer. The interactive whiteboard draws power from the computer and will be
activated automatically. The Ready Light, indicating the status of your interactive whiteboard, will be red while the
board and the computer are establishing communication.
Depending on the model of the SMART Board interactive whiteboard you are using, the Ready Light is either
located on the right side of the SMART Pen Tray or the lower-right side of the frame bezel.
Ready Light on right
side of pen tray
Ready Light on
lower-right side
of frame bezel
3 Log on, if required, using the computer keyboard. When the Ready Light on the pen tray turns green, the computer
and the interactive whiteboard have established communication. The board is now touch sensitive, and you can open
any application available on the connected computer.
Orienting the SMART Board interactive whiteboard
You should orient your interactive whiteboard when setting it up or if either the projector or interactive whiteboard has been
moved since you last used it.
1 Press and hold the On-Screen keyboard and the right mouse buttons simultaneously until the Orientation screen
Pen-tray buttons
Pen-tray buttons
2 Begin the orientation process at the upper left-hand corner of the Orientation
screen. Press your finger or pen tool firmly on the center of each cross in the
order indicated by the white, diamond-shaped graphic
The Orientation screen
Your finger is your mouse
A press on a SMART Board interactive whiteboard is the same as a left-click with a mouse. To open
an application such as an Internet browser, double-press the application icon with your finger.
Writing and erasing notes
To write over your desktop image or application, pick up a pen tool from the pen tray and write on the
interactive whiteboard. To write in a different color, pick up a different-colored pen tool. The color
recognition comes from the optical sensors in the pen-tray slots and not from the pen tools themselves.
Pick up the eraser from the pen tray and move it in a smooth motion over your notes to erase them.
The interactive whiteboard only recognizes the last tool removed from the pen tray. For example, if you already have
a pen tool in your hand when you pick up the eraser, the interactive whiteboard will assume you want to erase, regardless
of whether you touch the board with a pen tool or an eraser. To avoid confusion, return each tool to its proper slot when you
have finished using it.
Saving your notes
You can easily save the notes you have written on your interactive whiteboard for future reference.
1 Pick up a pen tool from the pen tray. The Digital Ink Layer border will
appear on your screen. To save what you write on the board when
this layer is in place, press the Capture writing button in the top
right- hand corner of the border. An image of the screen, including
your writing, will be saved in a new Notebook™ file.
Digital Ink
Digital Ink
NOTE: If the Digital Ink Layer border does not appear when you pick
up a pen tool, you may be working in an Ink Aware application (e.g.,
Microsoft® Word). If the application is Ink Aware, buttons will be
available in the application’s own toolbar for capturing writing.
2 If you wish to capture a specific area of your screen, press the
SMART Board icon
located in the Windows Notification Area at
the bottom right of your screen. Choose Other SMART Tools > Screen Capture Toolbar... from the menu to launch
the Screen Capture toolbar.
Area Capture
3 To save a selected area of your notes, press the Area Capture button on the Screen Capture toolbar. Press the
interactive whiteboard and, without releasing pressure, drag the selection box using your finger to outline the area you
want to capture.
The Screen Capture button in Ink Aware applications will capture an image of your entire screen.
4 Notebook software will open automatically, and your capture will be saved to a new Notebook page.
5 Select the unsaved Notebook file from the taskbar to view your
captured image in Notebook software. Select File > Save to save
your notes for future reference.
Quick Reference
Notebook software
Notebook software acts as an electronic notebook that can be used to edit, save and distribute information
written on a SMART Board interactive whiteboard. Open Notebook software by pressing Start > Programs >
SMART Board Software > SMART Notebook.
Additional training material on how to use Notebook software is available at
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Technologies ULC in the U.S and/or other countries. All other third-party product and company names may be trademarks of their respective owners. Printed in Canada 04/2008.
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