How to Use a SMART Board Without a Projector

By Richard Bashara

Collaborate with your team by writing out issues on the whiteboard.
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You can use your SMART board without a projector if you write with high-quality dry erase markers. SmartTech recommends using high odor dry-erase markers as they are less likely to stain the surface of your SMART board. Avoid scratching your SMART board, and erase dry-erase markings as quickly as possible to avoid damaging the board. Install SMART board software onto your computer to save the notes you take on your whiteboard and use other interactive features of the whiteboard without a projector.

Connect your computer to the SMART board and install any necessary software updates.

Click on the “SMART Board” icon from your desktop, and then select “Control Panel.”

Click the radio button for “Non Projected (Whiteboard Mode),” and then click “OK” to enable your SMART board to function without a projector.

Open the Notebook software on your computer.

Write on the SMART board with dry-erase markers. Erase with a standard eraser when you are finished with your notes.


To save your notes, remove the “Projection” label from the pen tray using the tip of a ball point pen, and make sure that “Whiteboard Mode” is revealed in the recessed slot. The upper pen tray button is configured to open a new page of notes in your digital notebook, while the bottom pen tray button can print your current notes onto a page. You can also save or open a new page of notes as usual with the Notebook software.