How to fix objects on Google Jamboard so you cannot move them

When doing group exercises on Jamboard, there is a problem teachers often run into. Students, either by accident or on purpose, move objects on Jamboard. In some cases, a mischievous student erases another student’s work, resulting in tears.

You can move objects that you want to stay in place by clicking a Jamboard frame and moving the mouse. This happens because you cannot fix or “glue” objects on Jamboard. How can we solve this problem? We show two ways to fix objects on a Jamboard frame.

  1. Set a custom image as background
  2. Create a transparent box overlay for a Jamboard frame

Let’s look at them in detail.

1. Set a custom image as background

Jamboard lets you set a custom image as background. Click Set background > click Image and upload image to use as background, as shown below. The background remains fixed to the frame and you cannot move it.

Click set background and select image to use as background
How to set a custom background image on Jamboard

Here are some ideas to create a background image for Jamboard:

  1. From PDF:  take a partial screenshot of the PDF using a screenshotting tool on your computer. For a full screenshot, use a PDF to image converter like pdf2png.com or pdfcandy.com. More details in this article.
  2. From Google Slides: compose the content in Slides and take a screenshot of the Slide.
  3. From Jamboard: to save a Jamboard frame as an image, click the ‘three dots’ icon on the top right. Click Save frame as image, as shown below.
click on the top right menu to save frame as image
How to save a Jamboard frame as an image

You can use the image you created as background for your Jamboard.

2. Create a transparent box overlay for a Jamboard frame

There is another way to “fix” objects to a frame. Draw a transparent box to cover the whole Jamboard frame. The box will shield objects from accidental clicking and moving the mouse. These are the steps:

  1. On Jamboard, click Shapes and select Square.
Click on Shapes> Square to add a square to the frame

2. Click inside the frame to drop a square. Click Color on the top menu and select Transparent.

A square shape is placed on the Jamboard frame

3. Move and stretch the square till it covers the full page.

Jamboard frame where square is stretched to cover page

4. Stretch the square till it is no longer visible on the page.

Jamboard frame where square is not visible

5. Now you can’t select or move objects beneath the transparent square.

jamboard frame with text

This method is not foolproof like the background image method as you can move the transparent square by clicking on it. But, this method is quick and can prevent accidents that shift objects.

You can use one or both of these methods at a time to fix or “glue” objects to Jamboard.

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