In my last article I introduced Microsoft Whiteboard, an open canvas where you can draw anywhere, insert text boxes, sticky notes and images, and the accessibility features built into each of those. Today, Day 93 of 365 Ideas for Office 365, we will explore the rich options available in the Insert Menu.
Just look at all these options in the Insert Menu!
These are all items you can insert onto a Whiteboard canvas.
A Note grid is a collection of sticky notes. When you add sticky notes, you can change the color. I color-coded these into three categories- items you can add to a whiteboard canvas from the Insert Menu, an accessibility tool built into Whiteboard and apps you can send/insert a Whiteboard into. But I can sort these notes by color, alphabetically or by number of likes.
List from the Insert Menu
The next item on the Insert Menu is List. It’s an ever-expanding sticky note that is bulleted to add your daily (or weekly, or whatever) tasks to.
The list options include copy/paste, delete, edit the list, likes, and reordering the list alphabetically or by number of likes.
Items in the list have the same options, plus one to move that task to another location in the Whiteboard (like another Note grid) or just out onto the canvas.
You can also add stickers from a library, although that library is pretty limited right now compared to the stickers available in other apps like Teams, but hopefully that full library will be coming soon.
PDFs, Word and PowerPoint from the Insert Menu
One of the most interesting options on the Insert Menu is to add a printout of a PDF, Word document or PowerPoint slideshow. If you choose any of these options, Windows Explorer opens up so you can insert any of these file types on your device. (Need something from your OneDrive? Sync your OneDrive to your device.) Once you select the file, it asks if you want to insert all the pages/slides, or just select which one(s) to insert on the Whiteboard.
Besides being able to provide content for discussion, this allows text to be marked up with the inking tools and labelling diagrams or marking on maps, all collaboratively.
Finally, and most promisingly, you can insert a template. Choices include:
- Effective Meeting
- Project Planning
- Project Milestones
- Problem Solving
- Weekly Planner
- Empathy Map
- Persona Builder
Granted, a few of these are specific to businesses, many of them are specifically for education.
Possibly the best aspect of this Rather than converting the whole canvas into that template, the entire process indicated by the template is one “window” on the canvas. That means you can continue to use the other features in conjunction with the template, or even have multiple templates on the same canvas.
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