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: If you’re confused about how an individual mural or canvas differs from the MURAL dashboard, we cover the difference in our Introduction to the MURAL dashboard article.


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 and view a condensed list of other actions including but not limited to:

  • Show dot grid.

  • Publish as template.

  • Mural members.

  • Mural settings.

Facilitation Superpowers (B)

Click any of these icons to access the following features:

  • Voting session.

  • Private mode.

  • Custom toolbar.

  • Laser pointer.

  • Timer.

Note: Anyone can access the voting session feature, but only mural facilitators can access the others.

Mural members/share settings (C)

Click the members icon to access the mural’s member list. Or, click the share button to invite collaborators to the mural. Here, you can also download a copy of your mural to share outside of MURAL.

Collaboration options (D)

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

  • Chat.

  • Comments.

  • Activity log.

  • Outline.

  • Find.

Here, you’ll also find easy access to other Help resources like an option to chat with customer support and more articles just like this one!

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


Text (A)

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

  • Titles.

  • Text boxes.

  • Sticky notes.

Shapes (B)

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

  • Shapes.

  • Connectors.

Icons (C)

Click here to access icons you can search for by keywords and add to your canvas for a little extra sparkle and personality.

Images (D)

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

  • Web search.

  • Giphy.

  • Unsplash.

  • Creative Cloud.

Frameworks (E)

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

Table (F)

Click here to access custom-made tables you can add to sort your ideas and canvas.

Content library (G)

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

Files (H)

Click here to upload files to your canvas. You can upload files from:

  • Your computer.

  • Google Drive.

  • Dropbox.

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

Draw (I)

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


Zoom (A)

Click the - (minus) icon or the + (plus) icon to zoom out or in of your canvas. You can also drag along the zoom bar between the two icons to change your zoom level. A percentage next to the bar shows at which level you’re currently viewing your canvas.

Move mode/hand icon (B)

Click the move mode/hand icon to use your mouse to click and drag your way around your canvas. When move mode is on, you won’t select any objects on your canvas when you click on them. 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.

Mini-map (C)

A miniature image representing your canvas and its content. A highlighted box shows what you are currently viewing. Click and drag this box to move your view around the canvas.

Navigation settings button (D)

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

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

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