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4 - Orienting the SMART Board

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. Free training material on how to use Notebook software is available for download

Orienting the SMARTboard or Sympodium

Press the SMART Board icon in the Microsoft® Windows® Notification Area, located in the bottom right of the screen.  

SMART icon in system tray

A menu of options will appear. Select "Orient..." from the menu.

Or, alternatively, press and hold both pen tray buttons on the SMART Board until the orientation interface appears. 

Begin orientation at the upper left corner. Press your finger or Sympodium pen squarely in the center of each red cross target as it appears on the screen. 

To use the Notebook Toolbar:

The Notebook toolbar gives you access to a number of tools for working with your Notebook file and changing the properties of objects in the file. By default, the toolbar appears at the top of the Notebook page. If you find it more convenient to have the toolbar at the bottom of the page, select an area of clear space on the toolbar and drag down.


iconOpen a Notebook file
iconSelect any object on the page

iconSave your file
iconWrite or draw on a Notebook page with the pen tool

iconPaste clipboard object(s) into a Notebook file

iconWrite or draw on a Notebook page with the creative pen tool
iconErase annotations on a Notebook page
iconUndo the last action you performed
iconDraw a line
iconRedo the last action you performed
iconCreate a shape
iconDelete any selected object(s)
iconCreate a text-entry box for typing on a Notebook page
iconDisplay the previous Notebook page
iconSet the current color of a tool, shape or object
iconDisplay the next Notebook page
iconSelect the line width of a tool or a selected object
iconInsert a blank page immediately after the active
iconSet the transparency of a tool or selected object page
iconShow/hide the screen shade
iconSelect the line properties of a tool or a selected object
iconLaunch full screen view

To use the Capture Toolbar:

The Capture toolbar allows you to capture a picture of a portion of a screen, a window or a full screen to a Notebook page. To access the Screen Capture toolbar, press the Capture button camera on the Notebook toolbar.

iconCapture a portion of a screen. Press and drag diagonally to outline the area you want to capture. Release pressure once the area is selected. Your capture will be saved to a Notebook page.

iconCapture an active window or a portion of an active window. Press within the window you want to capture. Release pressure once the desired window appears as a hatched area. Your capture will be saved to a Notebook page.

iconCapture the entire screen. Set up your screen the way you would like it to look. Then press the Capture Screen button. Your capture will be saved to a Notebook page.

To capture information with Notebook software:

Import screen captures, pages and entire files from other applications into Notebook software. This Quick Reference Guide shows you how. It also explains how to save Notebook files into other formats, such as PDF, HTML and image files (JPEG, GIF, etc.), so you can share information with colleagues who do not have Notebook software on their computers.

Use the Capture toolbar to capture a selected area, window or screen into Notebook software. 

1    Open Notebook software.

2    Launch the Capture toolbar by selecting View > Screen Capture Toolbar or pressing the  icon

3    Navigate to the screen you want to capture. The Capture toolbar will still be available if you open a Web browser or other application.

4    Press the Area Capture button and then, applying constant pressure, press and drag to outline the exact area of the screen you want to capture.  OR Press the Window Capture button, then press anywhere inside a  window to capture that window. OR Press the Screen Capture button to capture everything displayed on the screen.

area capture

The captured image will appear on a new page in the current Notebook file. If you want the captured image to appear on the current page, deselect the Save to new page check box.

To print information with Notebook software:

Use Print Capture to capture an image of all the information in a current document. You can add pages or an entire file from another application – like Microsoft® Word – into a Notebook file. Print Capture is similar to printing to paper.

1 Open the file you want to capture.

2 Select File > Print and select SMART Notebook Print Capture from the list of available printers.

3 Select the page range to capture (i.e., all pages, the current page or a defined page range) and press the OK button.

4 Each page of the document will appear on a separate page in your Notebook file. 

print screen

To save information with Notebook software:

The standard way to save the notes you’ve captured in Notebook software is as a Notebook (.xbk) file. If you want to edit the file using the features in Notebook software, you must save it in this format.

You can also save your notes in a variety of other file formats, as described below.

save screen

To export your files in other file formats:
You can export your Notebook file as a series of HTML pages, image files or a PDF. Each Notebook page is exported as a separate file or PDF page. Now people without Notebook software can view Notebook content on their desktops. To save a Notebook file in a different file format, select File > Export (PDF, HTML, Images)… and complete the export dial