How to Use the Web Version of Jamboard

How to Use the Web Version of Jamboard

This post is a great addition to the information offered in the last week’s post: Using Jamboard for Network Mapping.

You can download the guide in today’s post HERE as well in the Post-It Note Mapping Module

This guide hopes to offer just enough information to get going with Google’s web version of Jamboard; it is not intended to be all-encompassing.

Why This Guide? 

Google makes three versions of Jamboard: 1. a physical hardware Jamboard, 2. a Jamboard app, and 3. a web version. Google’s online help guides are a little tricky because of the three versions; they don’t have a separate guide just for the web version. So we made one! 

Some of the content in this guide comes from Google’s online help guide.

Create and Save a Jamboard

  1. Go to
  2. Click the circle with + in the bottom right hand corner of your screen:
  1. Name your Jamboard by clicking your cursor in the top left hand of the Jamboard.
  1. Your Jamboard automatically saves to your Google Drive account and in your Jamboard home.
  2. To go to your Jamboard home when you are in a Jamboard, click the Jamboard icon in the top left of the screen.

Write, Draw, and Add Notes

In the Jamboard, you’ll see a menu on the left side, with icons for a pen, eraser, selecting, sticky note, add image, and laser. Select which one you want to use by clicking on it. Some additional functionality notes for the pen and sticky notes are below.

Pen: If you double-click on the pen, you’ll find further options for marker, highlighter, or brush tool, as well as changing colours. 

Sticky notes: Tap a color to change the note’s color, and then use your keyboard to add text to the note. As you type, you will see a bar advance along the bottom of the sticky note showing how much room you have left on your sticky note. Click save. When you hold your cursor over the note, you can “drag and drop” to move the sticky note, pull a corner to re-size it, or hold the top left corner to turn it. In the top right corner, you can click the three dots to Edit, Duplicate, or Delete the note. 


Click the Undo sideways u-shaped button at the right hand of the top menu to Undo. 

If you want to erase everything on your Jamboard, click Clear Frame in the top menu. 

Important note: Jamboard doesn’t have the same revision history functionality as other Google drive documents. You are limited to the Undo and Redo buttons. 

Adding Text 

There are times when you might want to create a text header, or display a question on your Jamboard. You can now use the Text Box tool on the left hand menu:

  1. Click the Text Box tool.
  2. Click on the Jamboard where you want your text box to go. A text box will appear. 
  1. Type the text you want to display on the Jamboard.
  2. You can also drag and drop, resize by dragging a corner, or duplicate as needed. 
  3. An alternative: You could also use other image creation programs (e.g. Canva, Photoshop, etc) to create the text and then paste or use the Add Image icon.

Add, Duplicate, Reorder, and Delete Jam Frames

You can have multiple frames in a Jamboard. 

  1. Adding a Jam Frame: At the top of the Jamboard, click the “>” to the right of the Expand Frame Bar image (the small rectangle with the numbers). This will add a Jam Frame. Note you can add a maximum of 20 Jam Frames. If you need more, just create a second Jamboard.
  1. Duplicating a Jam Frame: 
    1. Click the small arrow under the Expand Frame Bar image (the small rectangle with the numbers) to expand it. Note: you can click the small arrow to close the expanded view. 
    2. Click the vertical three dot in the top right corner of the frame.
  1. Click Duplicate.
  1. Reordering Jam Frames: 
    1. Click the small arrow under the Expand Frame Bar image (the small rectangle with the numbers) to expand it.
    2. Click on a Jam Frame to drag and drop to a new location to reorder.
  1. Deleting a Jam Frame:
    1. Click the small arrow under the Expand Frame Bar image (the small rectangle with the numbers) to expand it.
    2. Point at a jam frame and click More Moreand then Delete.

Sharing the Jamboard with Editable Access

Once you’ve created your Jamboard, you might want to invite others to use it with you. Here’s one way:

  1. Click the Share button in the top right corner. Make sure you are not in the Expanded Frame view or you won’t find the Share button.
  1. Click “Change” beside “Private – Only you can access”.
  1. Make two changes when the menu appears: 
    1. Select “On – Anyone with the link”.
    2. Change the Access dropdown menu to “can edit”, then click “Save”. This makes the Jamboard editable for those who have the link.
  1. Copy the highlighted link. 
  1. Paste the link somewhere your participants can access it (e.g. in the Zoom chat, etc.). 
  2. Bonus tip: Once you are working with the Jamboard live with others, “Save as PDF” regularly (found under the ‘three dots’ menu More) to save the content just in case someone accidentally deletes a Jamboard Frame. If someone does this by accident and hasn’t closed their screen they could try clicking “Undo” to get the Jamboard Frame back. 

Download the Jamboard as a PDF or PNG Image

  1. Download as PDF: At the top right, tap the ‘three dots’ menu (More) then Download as PDF. This will save all the Jamboard Frames in one PDF.
  2. Download as PNG: At the top right, tap the ‘three dots’ menu (More)More Morethen Save Frame as image. This will only save the Jamboard Frame you are on as a PNG image.

Amanda Fenton

I teach, design and host circle-based processes for groups who want to meet and work together in a more collaborative way.

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