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10 Hidden Google Jamboard Gems

Google Jamboard, the interactive digital whiteboard from Google Workspace, has revolutionized collaboration both in and out of the classroom. Many users are familiar with its basic features, but there's so much more to discover. Explore 10 lesser-known features that will help you unlock the full potential of Google Jamboard.
10 Hidden Google Jamboard Gems

Google Jamboard, the interactive digital whiteboard from Google Workspace, has revolutionized collaboration both in and out of the classroom. Many users are familiar with its basic features, but there’s so much more to discover. Explore 10 lesser-known, hidden Google Jamboard, features that will help you unlock the full potential of Google Jamboard.

Google Jamboard Discontinued

Google Jamboard has been discontinued. Use FigJam by Figma instead! FigJam is free and has all the capabilities of Jamboard and more. 

10 Hidden Google Jamboard Gems

While Google Jamboard has been discontinued, these 10 hidden Google Jamboard Gems might help you to look for features in your collaborative whiteboard replacement. 

 

Hidden Google Jamboard Features

1. Version history


Did you know that you can access the version history of your Jamboard files? Click on the three-dot menu in the top right corner, select “See version history,” and view or restore previous versions of your Jam. This feature is especially useful for tracking changes or reverting to a previous state.

hidden google jamboard feature is to click on the 3 dots and the bottom option is version history

Unlike other Google products the version history is not granular enough to know WHO added the drawing or sticky note. You can only tell when someone was editing, not specifically what they were editing.

2. Custom backgrounds


Customize the background of your Jam to suit your project’s theme or aesthetics. Click the background icon in the toolbar, and choose from a variety of colors, patterns, and images. You can also upload your own image, making your Jam truly unique.

screenshot of the toolbar that says set background. The last option is to add a custom image.
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Convert Your Google Jamboard Jams to FigJam

Google is discontinuing Jamboard. GOOD NEWS! It is super EASY to convert your files into FigJam. Sign up for a FREE educator account at figma.com/education. Go to figma.com to import your Jamboards Jams. Check out my converted files at figma.com/@alicekeeler.



3. Autodraw


If you’re not an artist, don’t worry! Autodraw is here to help. Start drawing a rough sketch, and Jamboard will suggest possible objects based on your doodle. Click on the suggestion that best matches your intention, and the AI-generated drawing will replace your sketch.

Autodraw is a feature ONLY on the mobile app.

4. Rearrange Frames

For now, you are limited to 20 frames, pages. Use the frame bar, a double rectangle icon at the top center, to expand out the Jam frames. Grab and drag the frames in the frame bar to reorder the pages.

5. Export as PDF or image


Share your Jam outside the app by exporting it as a PDF or image file. Click the three-dot menu, then “Download as PDF.” This is an excellent way to distribute your work to individuals without access to Google Jamboard.

6. In-app Google Meet integration


Hold a virtual meeting with your team while working on a Jam. Click the “Video call” button at the top of the screen to launch a Google Meet session within Jamboard. This feature allows for real-time collaboration and discussion, no matter where your team members are located.

screenshot of google meet icon to start a meeting from within Google Jamboard.

7. Keyboard shortcuts


Some useful keyboard shortcuts include “Ctrl + Z” for undo. “Ctrl + Alt + Shift + P” to insert a Sticky Note. Try “Ctrl + Y” for redo. “Ctrl + D” for duplicating objects. “Ctrl + Alt + Shift + H” for version history.

8. Control Key to Toggle Modes

When drawing in Google Jamboard you may want to toggle to selection mode to move an object on the frame. Hold down the Control key (Command on a Mac) to temporarily be in selection mode. Release the Control key to effortlessly go back to drawing mode.

9. Paste Images

For now, you are unable to drag and drop images directly onto the Google Jamboard Canvas. However, you can “Ctrl + V” paste images onto the canvas. Right click on an image and choose “Copy Image.” This will allow you to simply paste it into Google Jamboard without downloading it.

10. Ink on Top

When you draw in Google Jamboard the pen strokes are always on top. WIth other objects you can select the object and click on the 3 dots icon to arrange the order. Such as “Send to Back.” However, this is. not an option with pen strokes. The pen strokes will ALWAYS be on top of other objects.

Hidden Google Jamboard

Google Jamboard’s web browser version also has several hidden features that can enhance your experience. For example, you can use the “line smoothing” feature to create smoother, more professional-looking drawings. Another useful feature is the ability to import images from the web directly onto your Jamboard. You can also use keyboard shortcuts such as Ctrl+D to duplicate objects, and Ctrl+Shift+D to duplicate and evenly space objects. Additionally, you can use the “handwriting mode” on mobile to convert your handwritten notes into typed text. These hidden features in the web browser version of Google Jamboard can help you work more efficiently and effectively, making collaboration and creativity easier than ever before.

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