Use the Jamboard tools

Use the Jamboard toolbar on the side of the screen to add and edit content in a Jam. Note: The Jamboard and the Jamboard tablet app have the same editing tools.

Work with tools, objects, and menus

Drawing tools

At the bottom of the toolbar, click Expand Expand  or Collapse Collapse to see additional tools. 

Tool

How to use it

Draw

Draw

Choose a pen and use your finger or a stylus to draw (if the finger erasing option is on, then using your finger will erase rather than draw). You can draw with other people at the board at the same time or collaborate with people on the tablet app.

Erase

Erase

Choose the eraser and erase with your finger, a stylus, or a Jamboard eraser. You can use more than one finger to make the eraser bigger. Touch and hold the Erase tool to get the Clear Board option. 

Note: The eraser only works with the drawings made using the pen.  If you want to erase or delete an object, touch and hold it and drag it to the bottom of the frame.

Shape recognition

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.

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

Handwriting recognition

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.

Autodraw

Autodraw

Choose the Autodraw tool to draw shapes and objects that can be recognized and transformed into actual images on the jamboard.

Select

Select

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

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.

Laser pointer

Laser pointer

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

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.
 

Add objects

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How to use it

Add a Drive file

Add a Drive file

You can add a file to the Jamboard from Drive on the phone or tablet app.  For details, see Use mobile apps and web viewer

Search web

Search web

Choose the Search web tool and enter text to search for information. For details, see Add images and content from the web. On the keyboard that appears, you can use Glide Typing in addition to the regular keyboard.

Search images

Search images

Use the Search images tool to find copyright–free images online. For details, see Add images and content from the web. On the keyboard that appears, you can use Glide Typing in addition to the regular keyboard.

Insert sticker or stencil

Insert sticker or stencil

Choose the Insert sticker or stencil tool to add images from the gallery to your jam. Stickers you add to the frame exist as objects which you can easily resize and move around.

Insert note

Insert note

Add a text note to your jam. Double-tap a note to edit the text or change the color. To duplicate a note, touch and hold the note and then in the top-right corner tap Copy Copy.

Take photo

Take photo

Choose the Take photo tool to add an image to your jam.  Add an image stored on your device or tap Take photo Take photo again to take a new photo.

Duplicate You can touch and hold any object to use the Duplicate tool. When you press the tool, the object will be duplicated.
Move objects

To reposition an object, touch and hold it until a green border appears around the object. You can then drag it to a new location, pinch it to resize it or drag it to the bottom of the frame to delete it. To copy an object, touch and hold it and tap Copy Copy.

Use Undo  Undo or Redo Redo if you make a mistake (or change your mind).

Menu options

Action

How to do it

Save a jam

To save your jam and access it later, tap Menu Menu and then Add owner and share. Enter your email address, tap Add Add and then Confirm owner

Share your jam

To share and collaborate with others in real time, tap Menu Menu and then Add people. Add their email address and tap their name. To remove them, next to their name in the list, tap Remove Remove

To share a Jam code with other users in your organization, tap Menu Menu and then Share via Jam code. Turn on Turn on to display the Jam code. Then share the code with the other users.

Join a jam 

From the menu, select Open a jam and enter the Jam code. To access it after the meeting, get added as a collaborator. You can also use your mobile device. Navigate to the jam you want to open onto the board. Tap Push to board  and select the nearby board you want to push it to or tap your phone on the NFC reader on the bottom left hand side of the Jamboard.

Adjust volume and screen brightness

Change volume and brightness levels by selecting the respective settings in the menu.

Navigate between jam pages

You use the frame bar at the top of the board or app to navigate between the different pages (or frames) in your jam. 

  • Tap the frame bar to see what pages other collaborators are on.
  • Touch and hold a page to drag it to a new spot. 
  • Swipe a page down to delete it.
  • Swipe a page up to make a copy.

Choose a background for your pages

You can use the frame bar at the top of the board to select backgrounds for your pages:

  1. Tap the frame bar to see thumbnails of your pages.
  2. Tap the striped box in the lower right.
  3. Tap a background pattern to select it for the current page. Tap Apply to all to set the backgrounds of all pages in the current jam.

Understand drawing and adding objects

When you create content, you need to understand the difference between the drawing layer and object layer.

  • Drawing—Anything that is written or drawn using freestyle tools, such as a pen from the Draw tool Draw, is part of a drawing. Drawings always appear on top of objects on the page. To move a section of drawing strokes, circle it with the Select tool Select and drag it to the new location. To erase a drawing, select the Erase tool Erase and rub out the object with your finger, the stylus, or the Jamboard eraser.
    Note: Items made with the Handwriting recognition tool Handwriting recognition and the Shape recognition tool Shape recognition are considered objects, not drawings. Therefore you have to delete by selecting the object and dragging to the bottom of the screen and not by erasing. 

  • Objects—Any defined visual or text content, converted shapes, or images.. Objects can be placed on top of each other. The most recently touched object is always on top. However, drawings always show up on top of objects.

Tool limitations

  • Enlarging—To enlarge a drawing, you need to first select it with the Select tool. Then, pinch 2 fingers and pull them apart to enlarge the object.
  • Grouping—You can’t currently group drawings and objects in a frame. You can however, move objects and drawings together by using the Select tool.

The Jamboard product team is actively working on product and feature improvements. For the latest improvements, see What’s New.

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