- First, you need to download and install the app that is available in the Microsoft Store.
- After installing, you will need to sign in to Whiteboard with your Microsoft account or Microsoft 365 account.
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Microsoft has a new whiteboard called just like that, Microsoft Whiteboard.
Microsoft Whiteboard is a freeform, digital canvas where people can collaborate about new projects and ideas.
In other words, wherever you are in the world, you can use Microsoft Whiteboard to hold a meeting with your team online.
How can I use Microsoft Whiteboard?
After installing, you will need to sign in to Whiteboard with your Microsoft account or Microsoft 365 account.
You can also install it on your iOS device from the App Store and if you’re a commercial user, you can use Microsoft Whiteboard in a browser, on the Microsoft Whiteboard site.
Lastly, if you’re a Surface user, you just have to tap on the Whiteboard icon from the Start Screen.
How can I add team members to Whiteboard?
- Click on the person sketch from the top right corner.
- Click on the Web sharing link button to turn the feature on.
- Copy the link and send it to your team members.
How can I change the settings in Microsoft Whiteboard?
To access the settings, you just need to tap or click on the three horizontal lines from the top right corner.
From there the most important or most used settings are the Export option where you can export the board as a PNG image or a high-quality SVG image and the Clear canvas option.
You might also want to play with the Toolbar location. By default, the tools are at the bottom but you can also place them on the left or right of the screen.
Other settings options
Object snapping – It helps you align your content by providing a visual cue. When you move an object, a line appears close to another object.
Ink to shape – When Ink to Shape is active and you’re trying to draw a shape it will automatically change the hand-drawn ink strokes to a precise shape on your whiteboard.
Ink to table – Whiteboard allows you to create tables with just a few ink strokes.
To begin a table, first draw a square on the canvas. Once it is recognized by Whiteboard, cross the shape with a vertical or horizontal line to create columns and rows, respectively.
After the first stroke, + and – signs will appear on the screen if you want to add more rows or columns faster like in the example below.
Format background – You can change the background color or you can add different orientation marks like dots, squares or even graph paper.
How can I use the tools in Microsoft Whiteboard?
1. The Inking tool
The first tool is the Inking tool, and the most important because there are the active tools that you will need to draw.
You have several color pens and if you click/tap them once again you get to select a color and the width of the line as you draw.
Note: When you change the thickness of the line, you will also change the pressure sensitivity gradient in you’re using an active pen.
Other tools for inking include the basic ones that you can find in any other drawing apps like a highlighter, a ruler, a lasso select and the Undo and Redo buttons.
2. Adding a picture and a sticky note
The next two tools from the tool menu are pretty self-explanatory. They are for adding pictures and sticky notes.
3. Adding a menu and other pictures and documents
The next button is a complex menu in itself because you can add a lot of content:
- Paste an element
- Add a text box
- Note grid – for adding more organized notes
- List – for adding an actual list
- Template – for adding a template already set up for different tasks like brainstorming, project planning and more
- Bing image – for adding a picture from the picture web search in Bing
- PDF -for adding a PDF document
- Word document – for adding a Word document
- PowerPoint document – for adding a PowerPoint presentation
Microsoft Whiteboard seems like a very business-oriented app extremely well molded on corporate needs. Tell us what you think about it in the comments.