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Know The Tools

Know the tools. Use the tools.

With the Ultra experience of Collaborate you can do as little or as much as you want in a session.

Media space tools

Not sure where the media space is? Jump to Find Your Way Around.

Media space tools
Icon Tool Description
Share audio icon indicating audio is offAudio on shows a microphone in green Audio Turn your audio on. Lines through the microphone icon means that it is turned off. Select Share Audio to turn it on.

With your keyboard, press Alt + M to turn your microphone on and off.

Share video icon indicating video is offShare video icon indicating video is on Video Turn your video on. Lines through the camera icon means that it is turned off. Select Share Video to turn it on.

With your keyboard, press Alt + C to turn your camera on and off.

Hand raise iconHand raise icon indicating hand is raised Hand raise Raise your hand to answer a question or get another moderator's attention. Select Raise Hand.

With your keyboard, press Alt + H.

Open Collaborate panel icon Collaborate panel Open the Collaborate panel.

More on navigating the Collaborate panel with your keyboard

Open Session menu icon Session menu Open the Session menu.
Follow speaker view icon Follow the speaker view Switch to the follow-the-speaker view.
Grid view icon Grid view Switch to the grid view.
Picture-in-picture icon Picture-in-picture Change the focus of your screen. If shared content is on your main screen, switch to watching the speaker. Select the picture-in-picture to bring that content to your main screen.
Change status iconStatus away is yellow Status Show yourself as away. Point to the green checkmark by your avatar image and select Set as Away. Select I'm back! when you return.

Session menu tools

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Session menu tools
Icon Tool Description
Start recording icon Start/Stop recording Open the Session menu and select Start Recording.
Use your phone icon Use your phone Use your phone for audio during a session.
Report an issue icon Report an issue Report an issue with the session.
Get help icon Help Go to Blackboard Collaborate help on
Learn new user interface icon Learn about new UI Open the new user interface tour.
Leave session icon Leave session Exit the session and complete a quick survey to tell us about your experience.
Close Session menu icon Close Close the Session menu.

Collaborate panel tools

Not sure where the Collaborate panel is? Jump to Find Your Way Around.

Collaborate panel tools
Icon Tool Description
Open chat icon Chat Chat with participants. Open the Collaborate panel and select Open Chat.

The emoji pack for Collaborate with the Ultra experience supports diversified emojis and Unicode 8 characters.

Use one of five supported skin tones on any human emoji. Add underscore, tone, and the supported tone number (1 through 5) to your emoji when typing. Don't forget the colons on either end of your emoji text.

Example: :wave_tone5:

Collaborate's chat history only has 50 messages displayed at any given time.

More on keyboard controls for chat history

Open Participants panel icon Participants panel View the list of participants. Open the Collaborate panel and Select Open Participants List.
Open Share Content icon Share Content You can share a blank whiteboard, an application, PDFs, PowerPoint® presentations, and images in GIF, JPEG and PNG formats. You can also poll participants. Open the Collaborate panel and select Share Content.
Open My Settings icon My Settings Add a profile image, set up your audio and video, your notifications, and session settings. Open the Collaborate panel and select My Settings.
Close Collaborate panel icon Close Close the Collaborate panel.
Share Whiteboard icon Share Whiteboard Share a blank whiteboard from the Share Content panel.
Share application icon Share application Share your entire desktop or a single open application from the Share Content panel.
Share files icon Share files Share PDFs, PowerPoint® presentations, and images in GIF, JPEG and PNG formats.
Start polling icon Polling Start a simple poll to share with your participants.
Breakout groups Start breakout groups.
Open options icon Options Open the participants options menu.

Content editing tools

Use these tools to edit and mark up shared files and the whiteboard.

Content editing tools
Icon Tool Description
Select icon with a sketch of an arrowSelect icon active Select Use the arrow to select an object on the whiteboard. After you select it you can resize, move, and delete it.
Pointer icon with sketch of hand pointingPointer is active Pointer Use the hand to point to different areas of the visible slide. Participants see wherever you are pointing on the slide.
Pencil icon with a sketch of a pencilPencil is active Pencil Use the pencil to draw free hand on the slide.
Shapes icon with a sketch of a squareShape tool is on Shapes Use the Shapes icon to draw a rectangle, ellipse, or a straight line. Your choice.
Text on with a letter TText tool is on Text Type text on the slide with the "T".
Clear icon with a sketch of an eraserClear is on Clear Use the eraser to undo everything.
Show view controls with sketch of paper and magnifying glass View controls Show or hide your zoom, fit, and size controls.
View controls open View controls opened Zoom in, Zoom out, Best Fit, Actual size

Best fit takes advantage of your screen real estate. Content adjusts to be completely viewable in the available area. It displays as large as possible while keeping the aspect ratio intact.

Preview and next arrows Slide navigation controls Move to the previous our next slide. 

With your keyboard, press Alt + Page Down to move back a slide and Alt + Page Up to move forward a slide. On a Mac, press Alt + Fn + Down Arrow or Alt + Fn + Up Arrow.

Select the slide name to view all slides.

Stop icon with a square in a circle Stop Stop sharing content.

Audio and network indicators

Audio and network indicators
Icon Tool Description
Video is visible indicator icon On-air Collaborate tells you when others in the session can see your video. If you see an eye, your video is the focus of everyone else's screen. If you see an eye while content is shared, others see your video as their picture-in-picture.
Participant's mic is on indicator Audio status See who is speaking and who has their microphone turned on. Microphones appear next to participants who have their audio turned on. A dark microphone is used to represent the current speaker. As with the follow-the speaker view, the dark microphone moves to the current speaker as the discussion unfolds.
Network status indicator icon Network status You can tell at-a-glance who is in your session and who might be having trouble connecting. Network indicators have been added to the Participants panel. These tell you when someone is in the process of joining your session, if users are connected, and how their connection is. Move your pointer over participants in the Participant panel to see the indicators. Move your pointer over the indicator to see network status information.