Projector: Display Not Showing Correctly

Sometimes when you connect a vga cable (the cable that connects your computer to your projector) you will only see the background of your computer’s desktop. None of the other content is displayed. Here’s how to fix that.

Right click on an open spot of your desktop. (For some of you with icons filling every inch of your desktop this will be a challenge. Yes, you know who you are!)

Click on “Screen resolution” toward the bottom of the menu.

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When the “Change the appearance of your display” menu pops up, be sure “Duplicate these displays” is selected (NOT “Extend these displays”).

NOTE: If you select “Extend these displays” you basically have two screens for content. You can show the class something on one screen by dragging the box to the right or left so that you drag it onto the second screen. Then, you can work with the box on the other screen that the students can’t see.



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SMARTboard – Lesson Resources

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SMART Exchange – You can search SMART Exchange for almost any lesson you want. Searches include subject, grade level, and country. This will help you narrow down your search. Go to

Longwood School District – They have lessons sorted by grade level. The lesson downloads when you click on it. You’ll need to get it from your Downloads folder. Go to:

ABC Teach – You can enter your search phrase (use something general) and then narrow it down by category. Be sure to select “SMARTboard” as the file type. Go to:

Whiteboard Materials – You’ll want to select the subject area in the left column. Go to:

Eduscapes – Another site for SMARTboard lessons. Go to:

Rockingham Schools – Posted lessons. Check it out. Go to:

Gynzy – Interactive SMARTboard games . Go to:

SMARTboard – Updating Notebook Software

If you’re using SMART’s Notebook software you have probably received an update notice. If you haven’t already received the notice you will. In the past you just clicked on update and it updated automatically. Now when you try to update, you will receive the following message:


SMART, in their infinite wisdom (*insert eye roll here*) has decided to start offering subscription based web software. In short, that means you now have to pay for it. (I could go on a full “Sandy rant” about their promise of free software when they first developed it, but I’ll spare you my indignation.)

So, you’ll want to set your preferences so the Notebook software no longer automatically checks for updates. To do that:

Click on your Start button StartButton

Click All Programs >> SMART Technologies folder >> SMART Tools folder >> SMART Product Update

Uncheck the “Check for updates automatically…” box at the bottom of the dialog box. (See below.)

Click the red X in the corner to close the dialog box.