Whiteboard tools reference and glossary

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Use the whiteboard toolbar to add and edit content.

Draw, erase, and add shapes

Tool

How to use it

Supported platforms

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Draw

Choose a pen and color. Then use your finger or a stylus to draw. Learn more about drawing in a whiteboard.

All platforms

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Erase

Choose the eraser to erase with your finger or a stylus. You can also use the eraser that comes with your Jamboard device.

Touch and hold the Erase tool to show the Clear Frame option. 

Note: The eraser only works with the drawings made using the pen. To delete an object, select it, then tap More "" and then Delete.

All platforms

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Handwriting recognition

Choose the Handwriting recognition tool and use your finger or the stylus to write text. The tool converts your handwriting into printed text. Learn more about using Handwriting recognition.

Not supported on web browsers

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Shape recognition

Choose the Shape recognition tool and use your finger or a stylus to draw a shape. The tool converts your drawing into a shape object. Learn more about adding shapes to a whiteboard.

Draw from one shape to another to add a line that connects the shapes.

Not supported on web browsers

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Autodraw

Choose the Autodraw tool to draw shapes and objects that can be recognized and transformed into actual images. Learn more about adding drawings to a whiteboard. Supported on Meet Hardware and Jamboard devices only

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Select

Use the Select tool to grab objects and drawings made with the pen tools.

Choose the Select tool, then use your finger or the stylus to outline a drawing. You can then drag it to move it around the frame or pinch to resize it.

When using Select, you can also move objects around quickly by just tapping on them and dragging them. No drawing strokes will be generated when using the Select tool.

Not supported in the mobile app

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Laser pointer

Choose the laser pointer and use your finger or the stylus to temporarily highlight items. 

Other users who are looking at the file from phone or tablet can also see these areas highlighted. When content is being presented on video calls, users on the call can also see the highlights.
 

All platforms

Add Drive files, images, and notes

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How to use it

Supported platforms

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Add a Drive file

You can add a file to the Jamboard from Drive on the phone or tablet app.  For details, see add Drive files to a whiteboard.

Mobile app only

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Search web

Choose the Search web tool and enter text to search for information. For details, see add a screenshot of a webpage.

Jamboard hardware only

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Search images

Use the Search images tool to find copyright–free images online. For details, see insert images in a whiteboard. All platforms

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Insert sticker or stencil

Choose the Insert sticker or stencil tool to add images from the gallery to your whiteboard. Stickers you add to the frame exist as objects which you can resize and move around. For details, see adding an image on a whiteboard.

Jamboard hardware only

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Insert note

Add a text note to your whiteboard. Double-tap a note to edit the text or change the color. For details, see adding notes to a whiteboard.

All platforms

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Take photo

Choose the Take photo tool to add an image to your whiteboard. For details, see adding a photo to a whiteboard.

All platforms

Jamboard glossary

Term Definition
companion apps

Phone app, tablet app, and the web editor.

drawing strokes

Anything that's written or drawn by using the pen tools. The drawings appear on top of the objects on the frame. For details, see drawing on Jamboard.

frame

The current screen of the whiteboard, equivalent to a page. Each jam can have up to 20 frames. You can view frames in the frame bar.

frame bar

A thumbnail view of the frames in your document. Appears in the top center of your whiteboard. Use the frame bar to switch between frames. You can also use it to reorder frames, view what frames collaborators are currently on or viewing, and to duplicate and delete frames.

Handwriting recognition

A tool that transforms your handwriting into printed text. For details, see drawing tools.

jam 

A jam is a set of frames saved from a live whiteboard session. You can also use the app or a web browser to create whiteboards. Each whiteboard jam is automatically saved in Google Drive once you've signed in and given the jam an owner.

Jamboard 

A digital whiteboard for Google Workspace customers. It consists of a custom 55-inch, 4K touch display that runs custom Jamboard software as its operating system. Integrated with Google Drive. Learn more about Jamboard hardware and software specs.

Google Admin console

The page where you can manage and access Jamboards in your organization.

Jamboard app

The whiteboard app that runs on web browsers, smartphones, and tablets.

Jamboard software

The software that runs the whiteboard features in web, mobile and hardware devices
laser pointer A tool to temporarily highlight items using your finger, a cursor, or stylus.

live session

A whiteboard session in real-time with participants.

objects

Any defined visual or text content, such as the font, converted shapes, or images. The object most recently touched or created appears on top of previously touched or created objects.

Objects always appear behind the drawing layer. You can delete objects by tapping them with 2 fingers and dragging them to the bottom of the screen. You can enlarge objects by tapping them with 2 fingers and drag outward or pinch open.

search images

A tool where you can enter any term to see and access a gallery of images or maps from the web. Tap and drag any image to drop the image into a frame. Only copyright-free images appear, which you can use for presentations.  For details, see insert images.

shape recognition A tool you use to create shapes. For details, see shape recognition.
sticker and stencil gallery A preset of images. Tap any sticker to drop it into a frame. You can think of stickers like objects and can work with them as such. For details, see add stickers.
stylus A tool that lets you draw, add shapes, and use menus. Google hardware devices recognize the difference between the stylus and your finger.
toolbar A menu that contains the drawing tools.

web snapshot

A function of the search web tool. Used to open a browser to search for web content to include in a frame. For details, see insert a webpage as an image.


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