Promethean ActivInspire – Adding Graph Paper and Grids

One of the things that I often get asked by teachers when delivering whiteboard training sessions is how to get graph paper onto their whiteboard screens. With the old ActivStudio/ActivPrimary (and also in Smart Notebook) you had to select these grids from the resource library.

With ActivInspire this has been made a lot easier. The grid is always there on the page, it’s just hidden by default so you can’t see it. Although it’s simpler, it’s often a feature that is missed by most teachers – it’s not an entirely obvious way to get it. I thought it would be worth highlighting this method for Promethean ActivInspire users.

So here is how to get graph paper in Promethean ActivInspire. On the flipchart page where you want the grind, choose the selection tool (the arrow) then right click on the page and click on “Hide grid“. This will toggle between the grid being visible and being hidden.

activinspire grid

This will make the grid appear. If you want more control over the size of the squares and the look of the grid then you can also access a grid designer menu.

To open the grid designer, right click on the page again and choose Grid Designer. A window will pop up.

In this window you can control the look of the grid. Click on the plus and minus buttons to make the squares larger or smaller.

Click Close when done.

If you want to have horizontal lines for writing on – change the Direction to Y only.

For diamond or isometric paper – change Grid Style to 45 degree, or choose Angle and define an angle for the diamonds.

If you choose Allow Snap then objects that you move on the page will line up to the nearest corner – good for lining things up on the screen. This works well with shapes but also lines and text boxes.

If you draw lines using the line tool, the lines will go from a corner to a corner – which helps when trying to draw neat diagrams in maths or Design and Tech.

You can even have “Allow Snap” turned on, but have the grid hidden. So text and shapes will align themselves on what appears to be a regular page.

With Allow Snap turned on, any shapes that you draw will be forced to match the size of a grid square – good for looking at areas.

And something else to try. Draw several squares, right click on each and select “drag a copy” to create a very fast pictogram/bar chart where each square will snap in place.

So that’s it. It’s quite quick to get graph paper in ActivInspire, you just have to know about the right click toolbar and the Grid Designer.

If you spend time setting up the axes of your graph with the line/arrow tool – you can then put this graph into your resource library. Right click on the page from the Page Browser at the side of the screen and choose Add to Resource Library and then Add Page to Resource Library. The page will then always be available to you from your area of the Resource Library. This is a good thing to do with any page template that you use a lot – from lesson objectives, tables etc.

For more ActivInspire Guides look in the Guides section of this website. And for information on thePromethean Promethean ActivInspire training I can offer, visit my Think Bank website to learn more.

Author: Danny Nicholson

Danny is an author, Science teacher, ICT Consultant, PGCE lecturer and computing / interactive whiteboard trainer. He has delivered training courses across the UK, in Europe, and in Canada. Please get in touch with your training requests.

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  1. can it work with out whitebord

  2. The Activ software will work without the IWB attached.

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