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Uplevel your Google Jamboard game with custom backgrounds


Update - Google Jamboards will be winding down in 2024 and you will not be able to create new Jamboards or edit exisiting ones after 1st October 2024. Make the most of them until then and set some time aside to find your alternative whiteboard platform (I'd recommend Miro)

So you’ve discovered Google Jamboard and are finding it a great tool to use with workshop participants.

But it can look a bit dull can’t it?

There’s one thing you can do that is super easy and will take your boards to the next level.

–> Add a custom background. <– 

Just like the one below!*

A custom background has many benefits;

  • Have a background that can’t be accidentally moved by people
  • Have sections identified for different questions / answers
  • Add your own branding and colours
  • Make it look better than a blank screen


The great thing is that it is really easy to create too.  Here’s how:

  • Create a PowerPoint slide to use as the background (or multiple slides for multiple backgrounds)
  • Save the slide/s as a png file/s
  • Go to your Jamboard
    • Select “Set background”
    • Select “image” (last option)
    • Browse for, or drag, your png file
  • Ta-da!

If you prefer a video demo, then here it is – just for you.

You can use this in so many ways, here’s a few you can easily start with:

  • Include your logo
  • Add a prompt question
  • Add a model, grid or framework
  • Create a template for people to fill in


It really does make your boards appear much more engaging, professional and inviting.

Give it a go and let me know what you think!


*Oh, and if you’d like to get your hands on the Car Park board above then you can grab a copy via the Playschool product in the Toybox.


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