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The SMART Board interactive whiteboard, through its touch-sensitive surface, gives you access to all the functions of your computer while presenting to your audience—making it great for teachers and other professionals who need to share different types of material. Join SMART Certified Trainer Steve Blatt as he shows how to use a SMART Board in conjunction with SMART Notebook software to design and organize dynamic presentations. Learn how to connect to your computer, manage objects, insert graphics, and dazzle your audience with reveals.
As you get more experienced with your smart board you'll discover your favorite tools. Then you'll want to customize your tool bars to make those tools more prominent. I have some favorite modifications to the panels I'd like to recommend. Now in order to make any changes to the tools, both the actions and the tools panel, we need to go over to this cog that's located in the upper right-hand corner. I'm going to go ahead and select the cog. This dialogue appears and, this is really simple, all you need to do is drag tools off and drag tools on to make the changes.
You'll notice that this Customize Toolbar dialog has two choices, you have your Actions tab, and your Tools tab. When I'm selected on the Tools tab, I can only drag and drop into the Tools panel, and when I'm selected on my Actions tab here, I can only drag and drop onto the Actions. Let's start by taking some stuff off. These are my preferences, by the way. I don't use the Measurements tool, so I'm going to pull it off. I have a document camera, but not the SMART one, so I'm going to pull that off. I'm going to pull the SMART Exchange link because I can always go there on my own.
And I'm going to pull the Tables link off as well, and I'm also going to pull the Clipboard off because I don't use that very often as well. And I'm going to pull the Open File because all I, I can do that in another way as well. So having pulled all those off, and in fact I'm going to pull this large icon off, as well. This is the Views icon, because I know that I can always put those back on when I need them. So now I'm going to do a little bit of re, rearranging, and I'm just going to drag that one up, and ooh, that looks nice. Now there's lots of room on that Actions panel, to add one of my favorite actions, and that's the Clear Ink button.
You've seen me use this, I love it. So now notice that when I'm dropping it, I could drop it as a small icon, but I'm going to make it, see where that blue line is a tall long blue line That will allow it to drop as a large icon. Okay, I think I'm pretty happy with my Tools, my Actions panel, if I ever wanted to change it like all the way back to normal, I can always hit Restore Default Toolbar, but I'm happy with that. So now I'm going to switch to my, Tools toolbar. Now aside from this one tool, which is the Fill, which I, I rarely use, I actually like all the tools that are up there.
So now I'm just going to add a few more. I'm going to add the Highlighter. And, you know that I'm just crazy about that Magic Pen, so not only am I going to add it, but I'm going to add it as a large icon. Okay, and I'm going to go ahead and drop one more on there, and that is the Calligraphy Pen. I, I love my Calligraphy Pen, so I'm going to go ahead and drop that Calligraphy Pen. Now if I wanted to rearrange things, I can do so. So I'm going to move maybe the Highlighter over. I'm going to move the Highlighter over and make it a small icon.
There we go. And I'm going to move over that Eraser. Oh, that looks great and that's the way I want my tools to be done and so I'm going to go ahead and hit the Done button and the dialog for making the changes retracts. Whatever choices you make for your toolbars can be quickly and easily altered as your preferences change or depending on what you're doing in your lesson. Modifying the toolbar is as easy as clicking on the cog and dragging the tools on and off.
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