University of Oregon

How to use a SMART Board


SMART Boards combine the features of a white board with a computer. You can annotate your presentations on the fly with digital ink and save those notes for later or use the digital ink to increase class interaction. Those are only a few of the possible uses of SMART Boards.


  1. First close all applications that are open on the computer
  2. Download the software from the SMART Website:
    • Mac OS X: open the .DMG and drag SMART Board Notebook 10 to desktop before installation.tion.
    • Windows
  3. During installation, uncheck the checkbox that says something similar to "Run at startup for all users".
  4. After restarting, the Driver will prompt you to update. It will take you to a SMART Board website where you will be asked to put in some information to start the download. It is not necessary to fill out this field correctly, for example the email address will allow you to move on. 

If you need to use this program for longer than 30 days, contact A&AA Computing Services at for a serial number.

Connecting a laptop to SMART Board

  1. Before you connect, open the SMART Board folder and select SMART Board tools. 
  2. Connect the laptop to the TV through the VGA cable (blue end).
    • If you are using a Mac this will require a DVI/Mini-DVI to VGA adapter.
  3. Plug the USB cord into the Laptop
  4. Power on the TV using the small power button beneath the back left panel of the screen or with the remote.
  5. The SMART Board should automatically appear as it draws power directly from the computer and will turn on once it is connected. 

Using the SMART Board

  1. The ready light, indicating the status of the interactive whiteboard, will be red while the SMART Board and the computer are establishing communication.
    • Note: Depending on the model of the SMART Board interactive whiteboard you are using, the red light is either located on the right side of the SMART pen tray or the lower-right of the frame.
  2. When the light turns Green you can begin the orientation process.
  3. Press the SMART Board icon in the dock and click OPEN in the top left corner and press ORIENT.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions, pressing your finger squarely on each target. Note: If you press the targets out of sequence or inaccurately, a Bad Orientation Point dialog box appears. Use the mouse to click OK, because the touch awareness is not available. 

Orienting your SMART Board

The SMART Board will automaticaly assign a default orientation, but you can perform a manual orientation to ensure the greatest possible level of accuracy.
  1. Open the SMART Board software, click OPEN in the top left of the screen, and press Control Panel
    • For Windows press the SMART Board icon in the systems tray
  2. Press SMART Board settings
  3. Select Alignment/Orientation Precision for the drop down list
  4. Press Quick (4 points), Standard (9 points), or Fine (20 points) Note: The setting remains in effect for all subsequent orientations until you change the orientation level again. 

Calibrating the cameras

Note: You only need to do this if, after Orientation, the mouse does not properly follow your finger.
  1. Open the SMART Board software and in the upper left corner click OPEN then Control Panel
  2. Choose SMART Board settings
  3. Select Advanced Settings from the drop-down list
  4. In DViT settings, press the calibrate button--when the calibration screen appears press the center of each target and hold until the target moves
  5. After you have pressed the final target, the orientation screen will appear
  6. Complete Orientation and press OK