A mural is a place for you to share your ideas with your peers. In each mural, you have a set of tools as well as a canvas on which you can use those tools. Let’s take a quick look at those tools and the canvas itself to get you started.

Note: Does your canvas look different than what you see in our screenshots? Switch to the new Mural experience by clicking the “twinkle toggle” in the top right of the page.


Top bar

The “top bar” of a mural refers to the list of icons that stretch across the top of your screen when you’re looking at your canvas. The options you see here help you manage your mural, and it’s also where you find Facilitation Superpowers® to help you lead a meeting or working session.

Note: The options you see in the top bar will vary depending on whether you’re an owner of that mural or if the owner has granted you Facilitation Superpowers.

Let’s walk through each section of the top bar.

Top bar section


Mural name/settings (A)

  • Click the name of your mural to rename it.

  • Click the dropdown arrow to the right of the mural title to view a condensed list of other actions including but not limited to:

    • Add to Starred.

    • Duplicate.

    • Publish as template.

    • Mural access.

    • Mural settings.

Download/Find (B)

  • Use the Download function to download your mural or a selection of your mural as a PDF, PNG, PPT (PowerPoint), HTML, or CSV.

  • The magnifying glass opens the Find feature, which lets you search every object on your canvas.

Facilitation Superpowers (C)

Click any of these icons to access the following features:

  • Timer.

  • Voting session.

  • Private mode.

  • Laser pointer.

  • Custom toolbar.

Note: Anyone can access the voting session feature, but only mural facilitators can access the other Facilitation Superpowers.

Collaboration options (D)

  • Click the members icon to access the mural’s member list.

  • Click the Share button to invite collaborators to the mural.

  • This section holds other features that might be useful during collaboration, including:

    • Outline.

    • Comments.

    • Activity log.

Avatar and user options (E)

  • Here, you’ll also find easy access to other Help resources like an option to chat with customer support.

  • Click your avatar at any time to open user options such as profile settings and notification preferences.

Left sidebar

The “left sidebar” is also sometimes called the “visual thinking toolbar.” This is where you’ll find objects to actually add to your canvas.

We have another article that gives you an introduction to objects. And for those who might want some extra credit (we’re not actually grading you…), you can find a full deep-dive in our Objects in Mural article. But for now, here’s a list of what you’ll find in the left sidebar.

Left sidebar icon


Sticky notes (A)

Click here to access sticky notes. Drag and drop them directly onto your canvas.

Text (B)

Click here to access easy ways to add text to your canvas, including:

  • Headings.

  • Paragraphs.

  • Comments.

Shapes and connectors (C)

Click here to access other ways to illustrate your ideas, including:

  • Shapes.

  • Connectors.

Draw (D)

Click here to turn your mouse pointer into a drawing tool that lets you create your own works of art directly on the canvas.

Icons (E)

Click here to search and add icons to your canvas for a little extra sparkle and personality.

Images (F)

Click here to access a library of GIFs and images from the following sources:

  • Web search.

  • Giphy.

  • Unsplash.

  • Creative Cloud.

Or, you can import your own images from your computer, Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive.

Frameworks (G)

Click here to access frameworks, which can add pre-configured structure and organization to your canvas.

Table (H)

Click here to create custom-made tables to sort your ideas on the canvas.

Content library (I)

Click here to access your own content that you’ve saved for future use.

More tools (J)

Click here to access the Import files function, where you can upload files to your canvas. You can upload files from:

  • Your computer.

  • Google Drive.

  • Dropbox.

  • OneDrive.

Note: You can quickly add images, files, or links to your canvas by dragging them from their source directly onto the canvas.


Now, the top bar and left sidebar are always in the same place, but your mural can be as big as you want it, which means you need a way to get from one place to another. For that, you have a few options in the bottom right corner of your mural.

Here’s a breakdown of every navigation option in the bottom right of your canvas.

Navigation option


Move mode (A)

  • Click the move mode/hand icon to use your mouse to click and drag your way around your canvas without selecting objects as you click. Move mode keeps you from accidentally selecting or editing objects while moving around the canvas.

  • Click the move mode/hand icon again to turn off move mode once you’ve found the spot you’re looking for.

Note: You can also quickly access move mode at any time by holding the Shift key on your keyboard.

Navigation settings (B)

Click this to access navigation settings where you can switch between trackpad mode or mouse mode.

Mini-map (C)

Click this icon to open a miniature image representing your canvas and its content. A highlighted box shows what you are currently viewing. Click and drag inside the mini-map to move your view around the canvas.

Zoom (D)

  • Click the - (minus) icon or the + (plus) icon to zoom in or out of your canvas. A percentage next to the bar shows at which level you’re currently viewing your canvas.

  • Click the percentage number to open a menu with different zooming options, such as:

    • Zoom to fit.

    • Zoom to 50%, 100%, 150%, etc.

    • Show grid. (Shows the grid dots on your canvas when zoomed in far enough.)

    • Snap to grid. (When enabled, Snap to grid helps you align your objects with the grid dots.)

For more information, see our Navigating your mural and canvas article.

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