Back to all courses

Practice Creating in MURAL

Course
Overall time: 
33
 min

Practice Creating in MURAL

Course

Send data to Jira from MURAL

Plan projects together in MURAL, then move them to Jira to manage and plan your next project.

Perform the Jira integration
Demonstrate how to move from idea board to Jira project tracker
Outline how to set up links to Jira

Create Jira tasks and issues within a mural

  1. In the mural, select the sticky notes or text you want to send to Jira. To select multiple objects, hold SHIFT while clicking and dragging. You will know what you’ve selected when the object is outlined in blue.
  2. Right-click the objects and choose Send to Jira. If you don’t see the 'Send to JIRA' option in the right-click menu, you need to install the Jira integration.
  3. Use the drop-downs to choose the project, issue type and priority. You can always change these once the issues are in Jira.
  4. Click 'Send to Jira'.
  5. Click the link to see all of the issues you just created in Jira. You can also click the tag to go to that specific issue in Jira.
  6. All Jira issues have a link to the mural where they were created from.
  7. The object you’ve imported to Jira will now have a link to the task or issue so you can move between MURAL & Jira

Import issues from Jira to a mural

  1. Right-click the mural. A drop down menu appears. Select import Jira issues.
  2. Filter the issues to import based on Project, Issue Type, and Priority. Alternatively, you can use JQL to perform more detailed and complex queries.
  3. Select individual or multiple issues to import.

Was this lessons helpful? Let us know!

Thanks for the feedback! This will help us improve our content.
If you still need help or guidance please contact the support team
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

Hello, Gino from MURAL here to remind you that only you can prevent yourself from moving from an idea board and MURAL to a project tracker. If you don't want to prevent yourself from moving from an idea board to a project tracker, it set up our handy JIRA integration to send any of your sticky notes to JIRA as an epic, a story, a bug or a test.

Now, what you can see here is I have my hills framework, and I've added a little bit of activity here of who's doing what and what that wow factor is going to be. And let's say we had to make some tests. I think making cookies is pretty important, at least personally to me. 

So I'm just going to right click on this sticky note, and then head to send to JIRA. A little pop ups going to happen so I can choose which project is going to be for what type of issue it is making cookies to me seems like a task project already, which is very high, almost a critical blocker. 

And that reporter is going to beat myself because I am actually putting it going to click Send to JIRA, you'll see that it was a successful and there's a little hyperlink here that you can actually click on this sticky note. So if I go ahead and click on this little link, it's going to open up in JIRA to say I need to make cookies. 

I'm the reporter put that priority is and then I can go back to the mural by opening it in the description. That was how you move from an idea board in MURAL. to a project tracker such as JIRA. I hope you learned a lot.

Add data from spreadsheets to MURAL

Transfer important information from spreadsheets to your mural for quick collaboration and data analysis.

Copy information from your spreadsheet
Move work from a spreadsheet to murals
Download your data

Add data from a spreadsheet to a mural

  1. Open your spreadsheet
  2. Select all the information you would like to see on your mural. Copy that data.
  3. Go back to the mural and paste the information. Right-click and select paste from the menu, or use the shortcut CTRL + V. 

Now, you’ve added the data to the mural as sticky notes or text boxes.

Move data from MURAL to a spreadsheet

  1. Select the objects you want to add to your spreadsheet
  2. Right-click the objects. A menu opens. Select copy as text from the menu.
  3. Use CTRL+V (or command+V on a Mac) to paste them into your spreadsheet

Download objects as a CSV file

It can be useful to download important data after a collaboration session for further analysis. In MURAL, you can download your data to a CSV file and it includes: 

  • ID number
  • Text
  • Background color
  • Sticky type
  • Borderline
  • X,Y coordinates 
  • Area name 
  • Hyperlink

Here’s how:

  1. Select elements in a mural
  2. Right-click on the selection and click Download to CSV
  3. Find the CSV file in the Downloads folder on your computer

Was this lessons helpful? Let us know!

Thanks for the feedback! This will help us improve our content.
If you still need help or guidance please contact the support team
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

Hello, Gino from MURAL here, and welcome to the most exciting minute and a half of your day today. That's right. Today we're talking spreadsheets. Now, while spreadsheets might not actually be the most exciting thing in the world, they can be extremely beneficial on a day to day basis.

What I'm here to talk about is a nice shortcut we have from getting your information from a spreadsheet to a mural. Now, I've got this nice blank mural here that I want to add cells from my spreadsheet to, I'm simply going to go to that spreadsheet. This is a Google Sheet, very important business spreadsheet with the foods I would eat foods I wouldn't eat, things that are green, and things that are clean. 

Now all I'm going to do is just grab all of that information and do a simple Command C or if you're on a Windows computer, Ctrl C, head back to my mural, Command V or Ctrl V, and you can see they all keep their same shape. So if I wanted to, I could simply bold all of these as well. So that way they could all show up just like the headers of my spreadsheet. Now, take this information do with it, what you will hopefully use it for good and not for evil. But that is how you get information from your spreadsheets to your mural.

Capture meeting notes

Practice working visually with a MURAL at your next meeting.

Capture concepts and ideas with visuals
Add objects to a mural to connect concepts and ideas
Practice sharing your work with other collaborators

The power of visual notetaking

If you’re new to working visually in MURAL, then consider meeting notes a great entry point to build your confidence. If you’re sitting in lots of meetings but forgetting the key ideas and takeaways, let MURAL be your space to save and share what you’re hearing throughout your meetings. Plus, when you take notes in a mural, you can easily access and share your work across devices. 

You don’t need to be an artist to capture meeting notes in MURAL. 

Capture meetings with icons and sticky notes

Getting started with icons and sticky notes is easier than ever. Here is where you learn the process, tips, and tricks to doing this successfully.

  1. Before the meeting starts, create a new mural in the room related to your meeting.
  2. Fill your mural with details for your upcoming meeting, such as the meeting name. It’s always great to have a title, as it gives an instant idea of what the mural is all about. 
  3. Include date and time, the purpose of the mural, and then you’re ready to capture anything going on as the note taker. 
  4. You can also import other files as references throughout the session.
  5. Have the mural open while actively listening to conversations. Look for keywords and ideas that are important enough to capture on your sticky notes.

Add sticky notes with shortcuts

Sticky notes and icons are simple and effective visuals to capture your conversations. Practice listening and using these objects to capture key points in the conversation.

  1. Add sticky notes with shortcuts
  2. Double-click the canvas to add a note. Type in the key (and brief) concept you’ve captured.
  3. Quickly add multiple notes by selecting a sticky note, then pressing the TAB on your keyboard.

Add icons

Taking meeting notes in MURAL allows you to capture ideas using visuals and keep track of conversations long after they happen. 

  1. In the toolbar in the mural, select the star icon. The icon menu appears.
  2. In the search bar, type in a keyword that captures what you’ve heard. You’ll see search results for your keyword.
  3. Search and identify an icon that matches your note. Once you find it, click and drag that icon to the spot on the canvas where you want it to appear.

Was this lessons helpful? Let us know!

Thanks for the feedback! This will help us improve our content.
If you still need help or guidance please contact the support team
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

Hello there, I'm Hailey Temple. Meetings are an awesome opportunity for you to practice visual thinking. That way, you are paying attention, capturing the meeting notes, and you have a record of the conversation that happened. So, let me show you my process and share some tips and tricks. First, before the meeting happens, start a new mural in a room related to that project. That way, it can be a space for you to capture all of the details of the meeting before it begins.

Now, it's time to capture those meeting details onto your mural. So for example, on the Mural, you might want to put the meeting name like Budget Planning Meeting. You'll want to add the date and time, and maybe you want to put the goal or purpose of that meeting. Whoever's running that meeting is going to appreciate that they have a note taker alongside them to capture anything going on. So, as you continue leading up to that meeting, you can also add more details. I love to add people's LinkedIn profiles so that I know who attended, and I could follow up with them later. Or I could import other important files or images to reference throughout the session.

Now, it's time for that meeting. What you're going to do is, have that mural open and you're actively listening to the conversation. What you're looking for are keywords and ideas that need to be captured that you think are important. You're going to capture those keywords and ideas on sticky notes. That's the easiest way to start. So if it's a budget planning meeting, I'll probably capture things like, budget for this year is, and then something like, the team needs to, or our goals are. So you're looking for these key pieces of information that will be helpful for you later on. A great tip in terms of capturing notes quickly in Mural is to use the tab key shortcut to quickly add notes. So if I double-click on a mural and I click my tab key here, I can add lots of notes at once and simply type in something. Yes, you can see, it makes adding notes a breeze.

Now, you've captured some keywords and concepts. Give yourself a moment to pause, listen again, and add some icons or images that bring those concepts to life. So, for example, I could use icons by looking up the term "budget" and I'll get some search results. Find when I like here. Let's strike this one on. And now I have an awesome visual representation of this keyword. Or I could search for an image and look for Team. Here we go. All right. This one looks pretty awesome. Let's do that.

So, you'll start building a visual vocabulary and a library that showcases what the meeting's all about. Keep listening and adding as you go. Once the meeting is over, it's time for you to share your work. You might feel like it's not quite ready for everyone to see, but trust me, people will think that you are a meeting magician, and they'll appreciate that you captured notes. Just use the Share button and invite people via email, or use the link.

Once you've done it for your first meeting, it's going to feel absolutely amazing. And what you need to do is, keep practicing. Whether you prepare for a meeting or not, just opening a mural and starting to capture those conversations is going to help you practice your visual thinking. It's going to help people keep a record of conversations happening. And since it's in mural, it's something that anybody can reference long after the meeting is over. So, use Mural to capture conversations when you're working anywhere. Happy collaborating.

Faster co-creation with shortcuts

Work with speed editing and moving around a mural.

Locate shortcuts in a mural
Modify content

Find shortcuts in the mural

Within a mural, find and learn the shortcuts from the help menu.

  1. Go to the question mark button at the top right corner
  2. Click shortcuts. This opens the mural shortcuts menu to reference. MURAL will show shortcuts specific to your device’s operating system.

What essential shortcuts do I need to know?

Leverage shortcuts to manage content and move around the mural. Know these five key shortcuts for your meeting or workshop.

Add a sticky note

  • Double-click on the canvas. Click the tab key to add multiple notes.

Pop-up an object on the mural

  • X + hover over the object

Select multiple objects

  • Shift +drag your cursor over the objects

Draw connectors

  • Hold the C key. Click and drag your cursor to create the arrow in the direction you want to go.

Undo

  • Control/Command Z

Duplicate content

  • Control/Command + D

Was this lessons helpful? Let us know!

Thanks for the feedback! This will help us improve our content.
If you still need help or guidance please contact the support team
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

Hello there. I'm Hailey Temple. Shortcuts are an awesome way to quickly add or edit your work. I'll show you where to find shortcuts and a few of my favorites. I'm in a mural and to go to the shortcuts menu. I'll click this question mark button for help in this help menu that appears I'll click shortcuts and a toolbar will pop up on the right side. 

Mural has lots of shortcuts that you can explore, but let's just focus on the general shortcuts. It's important to note that since I am on, an apple device MURAL is showing me apple specific keyboard shortcuts. If you're on a different device, the mural will guide you so a few favorites to duplicate elements. I can select that element and then press command D to add lots of them at once. I can select Command Z to undo anything that I did not want there. If I want to select multiple elements on the mural, I'll hold shift and then click and drag to select everything I want. 

Then I can group everything together with command G. These elements are all moving together Command Z to undo now, one of my favorites is to select a locked element. So let's say that I lock these elements down. Now. If I want to select that locked element, I hold shift to command and click it, and now I can unlock it. You can also do this with multiple elements. So, if I shift and lock all of these down, what I can do is hold shift command and select all of these locked elements and unlock them all at once. 

These are just a few of my favorite commands that I used to work quickly in MURAL. Try some out yourself. Happy collaborating.

Work visually with icons

Show what you’re thinking about without drawing anything from scratch.

Access over two million icons in a mural
Add and edit icons

Show rather than tell

Icons are powerful ways to represent concepts and ideas. When collaborators in your mural need an introduction to working visually, icons act as an introduction to explore what’s possible when you think and work visually. In MURAL, you can choose from millions of free icons in the Noun Project library to enhance your murals.

Search and add icons to murals

If you're looking for something specific, you can search by keyword for exactly the concept you want to represent visually.

  1. In the left toolbar in the mural, click the star icon. The mural displays examples of popular icons from the Noun project.
  2. Within the icon menu, click into the search bar. Type in a keyword for your concept.
  3. Select the icon you want to use by clicking and dragging it onto the desired location in the mural

Once you add an icon, you can edit its size, shape, color, and more using the formatting menu.

Was this lessons helpful? Let us know!

Thanks for the feedback! This will help us improve our content.
If you still need help or guidance please contact the support team
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

Oh hey. I didn't see you there. Gino for MURAL here. And why don't we use this time to talk a little bit more about icons. Icons in MURAL are a great way for you to actually showcase what you were thinking about visually without having to draw anything from scratch. In order to pull from our icon library, head to the left toolbar and click on the star icon. Once you click that, all of our icons will pop out, and you can simply scroll down to view all the different ones we have. But as there are over 2 million different icons to choose from, you might want to search by a keyword. First thing that comes to my mind is Thor. He's a pretty buff dude. So we're imagining myself as Thor. It's not the worst thing I've ever thought. But save some time rather than just one. Why don't we use a bunch of different icons together we've got Iron Man, wearing a bikini with a buff arm and a cartoony arm. And he's looking pretty good there. Other than just having fun with icons, you can actually use these when people are getting together with their ideas rather than just stating you're going to go to the park. Why not actually show people the idea of going to the park? This is how you can use icons to showcase your thoughts more visually. Go forth and prosper.

Change the color of elements

Bring personality into your work or create branded layouts with the color pallette.

Change the color of objects in the mural
Recognize custom colors in your palette
Practice making objects translucent or transparent

Change the color of objects in the mural

The icons, sticky notes, text, and other objects you add to the canvas can transform your mural into a digital wonder. Create eye-catching work by changing the color of these objects with the color palette.

  1. Select the object you want to change. You will know it’s selected when it’s outlined in blue. A formatting menu appears for the object.
  2. Select the color box in the menu. The color palette dropdown menu provides a range of options.
  3. Select one of the color options in the palette.

Add custom colors to your palette

You don’t have to stick to colors you see as your initial option on your color palette. If you know the exact color you need, then add it to the palette.

  1. Select the object you want to change. You will know it’s selected when it’s outlined in blue. A formatting menu appears for the object.
  2. Select the color box in the menu. The color palette dropdown will provide pre-selected options.
  3. Under the custom colors section, select the plus (+) sign from the dropdown menu. MURAL will open the color options.
  4. Use the dial to adjust the color you want to use. Or, insert the hexadecimal or RGB color value for the color you’d like.
  5. When you’re ready, click add. The color will become part of your custom color palette.
  6. Select the color from the color palette to change the color of the object.
  7. To remove or edit a custom color, right-click the color in your palette and select edit or delete.

Make objects translucent or transparent

Create spaces with layers and effects on the canvas using the color palette. 

  1. Select the object you want to change. A formatting menu appears for the object.
  2. Select the color box in the formatting menu. The color palette dropdown will provide pre-selected options.
  3. Under the custom colors section, select the plus (+) to extend the color palette
  4. Slide the bar to adjust the transparency. You will see the A value change in the color palette.
  5. When you’re ready, click add. The color will become part of your custom color palette.
  6. Select the color from the color palette to change the color of the object.

To remove or edit a custom color, right-click the color in your palette and select edit or delete the color from your palette.

Was this lessons helpful? Let us know!

Thanks for the feedback! This will help us improve our content.
If you still need help or guidance please contact the support team
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

Lindsey here, and I'm going to show you how to change the color and also customize it. Now you'll see here I have a sticky note and an icon. So, if I click on a sticky note, you'll notice that here in the toolbar, I have the option to change the color. Now I can change between any of the default colors that are loaded stock here in mural. But then you'll also notice that I can add custom colors and you'll see that I've added quite a few now toe. Add your own custom color. Just click on add color. At this point, you'll be able to search through the color wheel. Or, if you have the specific parameters for any of your colors, like the RGB code for it or hex code, you'll be able to edit them here. Now, say that I want to add this color. I'll click, add, and then you'll notice it's at the bottom of my list. If you ever want to remove any of the colors, you could do so by editing or deleting. Now I'm going to pick this one color for my sticky note, and you'll notice if I click on my icon. There's the little color change here is well, and I'm also able to see all of my custom colors, which I really, really like. Now. What's a reason why you might use custom colors? Because it's more than just the aesthetic for what our team does is we delineate the different people on our team with different colors, so I am actually always Navy blue. Jim is actually always the purple color, and Alicia is always the green color. So when we do activities as a team or we do an ideation or pretty much any activity that we do might do inside of a mural canvas, we'd use all of our different colors as a way to distinguish something different. Another item where you might use a different the different colors and use the customization is doing an activity like Rose, Thorn, Bud, where you have different color sticky notes that that mean different things based on the color so based on the color and then based on the content that is put into the sticky notes. All right now we've covered while how and why you might change and customize the color within MURAL. Whether it's the color for sticking out an icon or any of the other elements. Let me show you how to change the transparency of an element on the canvas or, to put it simply, make it see through. I love doing this to layer different parts on the mural, and it gives it a nice artistic Feel. I'll explain it in simple terms, and then I'll make it a little nerdy and explain the theory.

So let's say I wanted to make this rectangle see through so I can see the text behind it. I click on that element and I get a menu bar. So now I'll select the background color from that menu.

Mural gives me a rainbow of colors to choose from, but these are all solid colors. This last row here is actually different colors with different transparency, so from clear to a dark gray color.

So, if I select one of those now I can see through this rectangle. Let's say that you wanted to make it a specific color so purple, but also see through what I could do is at a custom color. So under this custom colors panel, I'll select add color, the plus sign right here and now I can use this dial to change the level of transparency from very, very see through to just a little bit.

I'll go somewhere in the middle for now, and it adds that color to my custom color palette here.

Now all I need to do is select that color, and it makes my element see through. You can tell any of these colors are see through by noting that there's a grid behind that color on the palate. So here's the nerdy park. This is actually called alpha in color theory, which is a channel that helps you determine the degree of transparency. So if I look at this color palette right here, if I change it to very transparent, it goes from one and it moves to zero and moving it back up from completely transparent as 0 to 1, I get different levels. So now you're learning a little bit about color theory along the way. That's how you change the transparency or alpha of your colors in MURAL. happy collaborating

What is Visual Collaboration?

What, why, and how visuals create meaning with others.

Was this lessons helpful? Let us know!

Thanks for the feedback! This will help us improve our content.
If you still need help or guidance please contact the support team
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

What do your thoughts look like? If you could hire an artist to make a masterpiece of your ideas and challenges, what would they create? Would it be black and white or full of color? Would it be full of lines and orderly grids; or would they flow and squiggle where they want to go?

At MURAL, we believe in showing your thoughts and concepts rather than telling. When you show your thoughts, you create clarity. Clarity that helps you and your teammates, customers, and clients work together to accomplish results. Clarity that solves complex problems and creates exciting innovations.

You do not need to be an “artist” to work visually. All you need to do is learn a few basic features and principles that help you show what your ideas look like… then, the determination to keep practicing with MURAL.

Soon, you will be able to work visually with your teammates, customers, and clients. Everyone will be able to show what they mean. Everyone has clarity because they created the visual together.

That’s how we envision work at MURAL. Helping people like you work together to create a shared understanding. To show thoughts rather than tell. To go from me to we.

That is visual collaboration. We believe you can bring your thoughts to life in MURAL.

Add titles and text boxes

Structure content on the mural into organized sections.

Differentiate between a title and textbox
Add titles and text boxes to a mural
Customize titles and text boxes with colors and sizes

When to use a title versus a text box?

Titles are great for separating different sections within a mural. They are usually bigger compared to a text box. You can add more texts with text boxes, including paragraphs, to explain a concept in detail. You definitely can’t do this with sticky notes designed to take smaller amounts of words.

How to add titles and text boxes

How can you bring more life to your canvas with titles and text boxes? Here are some simple steps to help you get started.

  1. Check the left tool for the first icon. Click this, and it reveals icons for the title and text box
  2. Click and drag Title or text box onto the canvas
  3. To edit the title and text box, select the object you want to edit. A formatting menu appears next to the object.
  4. Use the formatting menu to edit the font, color, background and text size. You can also add links to your title or text box to navigate collaborators to other content.

Was this lessons helpful? Let us know!

Thanks for the feedback! This will help us improve our content.
If you still need help or guidance please contact the support team
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

Hi there, Lindsey here, and I'm going to show you how to add titles and text boxes. To add a title or a text box, look at the left hand side menu. And in the first menu here in text, we have titles and text boxes. Now to add a title or a text box, click and drag them over into the mural canvas. This one's a title, so we can call this introduction. I can make the title bigger, I can change the color, I can pick purple, and I can make it bold. Again, I can pick that purple color, I can do a handful of different things. Now that I have my title to bring a text box, I just click and drag in a textbox. You'll notice that the textbox is a little bit smaller. Subtitles are used for different separating different sections or a different title within your mural. And then text boxes are for maybe when you want to add more text or say with introduction, this might include my instructions. So step one, open the mural. And so you can make you can make textboxes, wider or skinnier, depending what you're looking to do. The difference for when you might use a textbox versus a save maybe a sticky note and you'll notice you can switch types here on the end is sticky notes are great for when you have a certain smaller amount of words, right with the text boxes. If you need to add a paragraph or you need to add longer amounts of text. That's an instance when you might use a text box. I like to use text boxes for instructions like This and then I'll even sometimes add in an icon to show a list of steps. So now I have my title, introduction. And then I have my instructions. And I can do again I can duplicate and now I can have multiple step one, maybe step two is add a title, and textbox. Perfect, and then I can drag over my number a little number two. So now you've been able to see how to add a title and a text box to a mural.

Add shapes to murals

Organize content and build flowcharts in your murals.

Locate the shapes feature in a mural
Edit and rotate shapes

Add shapes to the mural

Shapes are more customizable than sticky notes. They can even be used to create grids, flow charts, and more. 

Add a shape to the mural

  1. In the mural, click the second option on the toolbar on the left toolbar. The menu opens with different shape options.
  2. Click and drag the shape you need onto the mural.

Customize your shapes

You can customize your murals and use shapes to make them more engaging. When you click on any of the options at the top of the shape. Here are some properties you can change:

  • Background color
  • Border color
  • Text format, font, and color
  • Border line type and width

Was this lessons helpful? Let us know!

Thanks for the feedback! This will help us improve our content.
If you still need help or guidance please contact the support team
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

Hey team, Agustin here, and I want to tell you a bit about our shapes, we have six different shapes that you can choose from in mural that you can simply drag out onto the canvas to customize your canvases a lot more. All that you need to do is simply click on the second option that you can see on the toolbar on the left side for shapes and connectors, and the bottom six options are all the shapes. So you can simply click and drag them out like this. And one thing that you may notice is that there are no text formatting options for these shapes. Well, the moment that you start typing in them, you actually get all of those options here. You can change the background color for them. You can change the border color, all the text format, the text font color, the line type that the border will have. So all of these things You can also increase the size. And when you increase the size, you can actually choose whether to make them either longer or wider. So it's a bit more customizable than, let's say a sticky note. And you can get very creative on what you can actually use the shapes for. So for example, I tend to use the square shape a lot for creating tables in MURAL, I tend to make them a bit of a rectangle, and then just simply duplicate them and align them to create maybe a grid, like I'm doing right here, since it's a lot easier than maybe drawing them out using the draw mode feature. So this is just one of the things that you can actually do with shapes. But then again, you with your own imagination can probably come up with many different ways to customize your murals and how to use the shapes to make everything is a bit more engaging.

Get to know the canvas

Build collaborative spaces on the canvas and adjust it to fit your needs.

Use canvas freely
Format the properties of the canvas in your murals

What is the canvas?

Within the mural, the canvas is the space where you and your team will collaborate. Remember collaborative sessions in person? This is the equivalent of your whiteboard or flipchart paper. You and your collaborators can add content to the canvas within your mural. Each mural has one canvas that you can modify to meet the needs for your meeting.

When you create a new mural, the canvas starts at a default size. However, you can change the size and color of the canvas to fit your design specifications and style.

To change the size of the canvas:

  1. Enter the mural
  2. Right-click on a blank part of the canvas
  3. Select Edit Mural Size
  4. Choose to extend the canvas horizontally, vertically, or choose your own custom size
  5. Click Save

Make content stand out with a different background color. To change the color of the canvas: 

  1. Click the drop-down menu next to the mural’s name 
  2. Select Mural settings
  3. Choose a background color and press Save

Was this lessons helpful? Let us know!

Thanks for the feedback! This will help us improve our content.
If you still need help or guidance please contact the support team
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

Hello there, Daniela here, let's talk about canvases. A Canvas is this surface upon which you will create your murals. So let's build one together, I'm going to click on the plus sign that says Create new mural and I'm going to choose blank mural. Once we do that, it will take us to a blank surface. And that is our canvas. And now I can choose different sizes for my canvas and even different background colors. So if I go to the drop down menu that is next to the title, I will be able to go under mural settings and choose my background color. And I'll go with default size for this time. So once again, the canvas is this surface upon which you will create all A wonderful content that you will be ready to share with the world. So get your canvases ready, create wonderful content and start collaborating.


Group objects together

Move and manipulate objects as one object in the mural.

Differentiate between grouping and using areas
Group and ungroup objects in the mural

Why group objects?

When you add objects like icons, shapes, and text to a mural you can individually move and edit them. You can combine objects together to create unique designs and have the content act as one object. 

However, it’s important to note you won’t be able to edit the individual objects once you group them together. In these cases, you would want to use areas to keep objects together while still having the ability to individually edit objects.

Group objects in the mural

To group objects together:

  1. Select all the objects you want to group. We recommend the multi-select shortcuts, including:
  1. Hold SHIFT, click and drag your cursor over all the objects
  2. Hold Control or Command and click all of the objects
  1. A blue outline appears around the objects you select to group in the mural. Right-click to open the options menu. 
  2. In the menu select group. The blue outline will now appear around the entire group. You can also use the keyboard shortcut G to group objects.

To ungroup objects, right-click the group to option the options menu. Select ungroup from the menu.

Was this lessons helpful? Let us know!

Thanks for the feedback! This will help us improve our content.
If you still need help or guidance please contact the support team
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

Hey there, I'm Hailey Temple. And I'm going to show you how to group and ungroup elements in a mural. This is really handy when you have lots of elements on a mural, and you want them to move around as a single unit, and you don't have to individually select them every time. So, here's what I'm going to do. First, I'm going to select all of the elements I want to group.

I do this by holding the Shift key on my keyboard, and then clicking and dragging my cursor to select all of these elements. I know I've selected all of them because they have this blue outline around them. And then there's this blue outline around everything. So, now I'm going to right click on the elements, and I get this pop up menu. I'm going to select group. What it's going to do is treat this now as one combined element, so all the sharks will move around together in the ocean. Now to ungroup these elements, I'm going to select the group, right click, and click ungroup. And, now they can swim independently again. So, one more time, multi select my sharks, right click, group and to ungroup simply right click again and click ungroup. That's it. Happy exploring in MURAL.

Build murals with frameworks

Add preformatted grids and diagrams to your mural to set up a collaborative space.

Locate frameworks in your mural
Define the value of frameworks

What are frameworks?

MURAL contains a collection of pre-formatted grids and diagrams. These are known as frameworks. Collaborators can add them anywhere in a mural. As soon as you add any object to a framework, the content in the framework will stick to the framework, similar to areas in a mural.

Find a framework for your method or process

To save time building murals, these pre-formatted frameworks host a variety of methods you can use with your collaborators. You can search and add these methods related to your team’s process or discipline.

Add frameworks to mural

To save you time building and designing collaborative spaces, the MURAL team has collected frameworks that contain methods like grids, calendars, methods for design and agile, and more. Frameworks are smart and will move the objects you add to the framework, treating them as a single unit.

  1. On the left toolbar, click the frameworks icon
  1. Browse through the menu to find icons related to different topics, like grids, design, agile and more
  2. To add the framework to the canvas, drag and drop the framework to the spot on the canvas where it belongs

Was this lessons helpful? Let us know!

Thanks for the feedback! This will help us improve our content.
If you still need help or guidance please contact the support team
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

Hey, it's Daniela. Let's talk about frameworks. Frameworks are one of the many types of content that you can get onto your murals. And as such, you will find them on your dashboard here to your left, you will click on the menu and you will see that they are organized by category. 

To use them, simply drag and drop them on to your murals. You can also use the search bar here. And it will pull all the different frameworks that match your search criteria. frameworks are pre formatted areas that serve a specific purpose. In this case, we have an idea prioritization framework. 

And as I said, once you pull them in, everybody will be able to start collaborating very easily. And once they do that, you can move this and it will become one l element and move all together. In this way. frameworks will save you a lot of time when preparing for your meetings. So use your frameworks wisely, and use your meeting time to bring your best ideas forward.

Build your content library

Save your favorite content from murals for convenient co-creation.

Save objects to the content library
Remove content from the content library
Re-use objects in the content library

What is the content library?

The Content Library is your personal centralized space to save charts, diagrams, exercises and other assets and re-use them in any mural in the future. Now, your most used assets live wherever you’re working in MURAL.

When you save objects to the content library, only you can access that content and re-use it in murals. However, other members can save whatever content they need if it’s on a mural.

Save to your content library

  1. Here’s how to save a group of elements to your content library:
  2. Select the group of elements you want to add to the content library using the SHIFT key and drag across it
  3. Right-click and choose Save to content library.
  4. Give your content a name for easy reference. This will allow you to search for it later by keyword when needed.
  5. To find your content, search by keyword or scroll through your content library.

Remove elements from your content library

Here’s how to remove a group of elements from your content library:

1. Click the bookshelf icon on the left toolbar. Locate the content you want to remove.

2. Select the three dots on the bottom right corner of the content. This will bring up a pop-up menu.

3. Select Remove from the library to remove the content.

Was this lessons helpful? Let us know!

Thanks for the feedback! This will help us improve our content.
If you still need help or guidance please contact the support team
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

Organize content into areas

Break your mural into sections that help collaborators navigate through content.

Identify areas and classify their type
Decide when to use an area
Add content to your area

What’s an area?

Areas are smart frames that allow you to keep all of the content together on a mural. There are two types of areas in a mural: freeform and grid.

  • Grid areas “snap”objects like sticky notes, shapes, and text into place and will automatically expand or contract when you add or delete content.
  • Freeform areas are more flexible. They keep content together, but won’t snap them into a grid.

Why use areas?

When you’re working in a mural, you might want to divide your work into different sections. This might happen for a presentation or when you have multiple methods in a mural. These areas give you the flexibility to move content on the mural together while still having flexibility to edit individual objects. 

Areas are also essential to building outlines in murals, which can be a great way to help collaborators navigate around these different sections of the mural. Now, get ready to add these areas to your mural.


Add content to an area

If you want to move multiple objects around without having to move them individually, you can add them into an area. A quick way to create areas is by using the “organize into area” function.

  1. Click and drag the content you want to group together on the mural.
  2. Click near your chosen content, then drag the blue highlight box over it to multiple-select. Once you release the highlight box, an outline will form around the selected elements.
  3. Right-click within the outline, then select organize into area from the dropdown menu. You will now have a permanent outline around your area.
  4. Once you’ve added content to your area, the content will stick and move with the area in the mural.
  5. Let’s say you don’t need an area anymore. Right-click the area and select delete from the menu. You will have two options: area only or area and content.

Formatting areas

Now that we’ve got the basics covered, what else can you do with areas? Once the objects are in the area, the title box will pop up. Write directly in the box to create the title for your area. The title will sit above the objects in the area. You can also hide the title.

From here, you can change the color of an area, change the size of an area by adding or removing content, edit the font and switch between freeform and grid areas.

Was this lessons helpful? Let us know!

Thanks for the feedback! This will help us improve our content.
If you still need help or guidance please contact the support team
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

Hey, all you cool cats and kittens. Gino from MURAL here where I get to talk to you about areas. An area is a great way for you to organize the data you have on your mural by putting them into one section and being able to move them without having to move each of those individual elements. What you can do is let's say we've got our prompt here of what is your favorite movie. I'm going to start to organize these by type. Let's see, we've got Wreck-It Ralph and The Lion King. You're going to multiple select these two sticky notes, right click and organize them to the area.

Once I click that, I can edit the title. I can say that they are animated films. I'm going to make my area a little bit bigger. Now with my area, I can go ahead and drag and drop The Princess and The Frog, and you'll see, it will highlight. I can let go. Hercules as well. And now, because they're all part of my area, I can go ahead and click and drag around my area and all of those sticky notes will move along with it. That's how you generate an area, edit an area and add more elements to your areas. Have fun with your murals and wow all your friends with this knowledge.

Add images and GIFs

Insert images from your computer, the cloud, or the Web into a mural.

Three methods for adding images to murals
Insert GIFs into the mural

Tell visual stories with images.

Create murals and activities that tell a story with images and GIFs in murals. For example, images become powerful ways to convey stories in a storyboard. Plus, you can get your team laughing and connected with an energizer, like GIF tournament. You and your collaborators can add images in three ways: Drag and drop images, import files, or image search directly in the mural.

Drag and drop images into the mural

  1. Select an image from your internet search results, a folder, or your desktop
  2. Drag and drop the image directly into the mural.

Search and add images and GIFs from the Web

MURAL has an in-app image search to find and add files. Here’s how to add them from within the mural:

  1. On the left toolbar, select the image icon. This opens the image search.
  2. In the search bar, type in a keyword or phrase. To search for a GIF, type in the phrase “GIF” at the end of your search.
  3. Search through the results for an image you want. Hover over any image to see a larger preview. Click and drag the image onto the mural.

Import from your computer or cloud apps

  1. Right-click on a blank space in your mural to bring up the options menu.
  2. Select import files from the menu. This opens the options to import from your computer, Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive.
  3. If you’re importing from a cloud-based service, you will need to sign in to access your images.
  4. Locate and select the image you want to import. The image will appear on the mural in the selected location.

Was this lessons helpful? Let us know!

Thanks for the feedback! This will help us improve our content.
If you still need help or guidance please contact the support team
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

Hi, Gino with MURAL here ready to talk to you about how to add images and GIFs to power up your murals. First thing you're going to do is head to the left toolbar and click on the icon of a picture. What will happen is a toolbar will slide out with a search bar and all you have to do is search for the image you would like to add to your mural. You might be asking why we're adding images to our murals. And what I would say to that is because it's awesome how maybe you aren't somewhat of a static image person but really want to have a GIF playing on your reel because gifts are also awesome. All you have to do is simply add " G, I, F," to the end of your image search and I would love that as well. Now, that has been how you add GIFs to your murals. That’s all I will say to you. That's all for now.

Upload files from different sources

Bring all of your project work into a mural for easy reference.

Share documents with collaborators
Import files from your computer and cloud-based applications

Working in one space together

You use MURAL alongside other apps to get work done with your team. When you need collaborators to access all of your work in MURAL, you can import files from programs like OneDrive, Google Drive, or Dropbox. You can also import files from your computer.

Add files to the mural

  1. While you’re in a mural, click on the files option on the toolbar.
  2. You’ll see a popup that allows you to choose between your computer, a OneDrive, Google Drive, or Dropbox account. If you choose to import from OneDrive, Google Drive or Dropbox, then you'll need to sign in to your account before uploading.
  3. Select the files that you want to add to your mural
  4. The mural generates a thumbnail or preview of the document into the mural.
  5. To open the file, double-click the preview image. The document opens in a new tab.

Was this lessons helpful? Let us know!

Thanks for the feedback! This will help us improve our content.
If you still need help or guidance please contact the support team
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

Hello there, I'm Hailey Temple and let me show you how to import files into a mural. So first things first, navigate to the part of the mural where you want the file to go. So, I will go down here next over in the toolbar and you will select this files icon and you have a few options you can upload from your computer or from another file storing software. So I'll select from your computer, and MURAL prompts me to choose one of these files. Now, MURAL will upload the file. And what's awesome is I'll actually get a little photo preview of my PDF that I've added here. So anybody who visits this mural. If they double click on the file, they can get a preview and a full picture of what this document is. And it's not just PDFs, you can upload PowerPoint or other slide sharing presentations. You can add images, Word documents, and so much more. So, use MURAL to share your documents and start collaborating.

Add, create and customize sticky notes

The original visual collaboration object goes digital.

Different ways to add notes to murals
Resize sticky notes

Why use sticky notes?

If you’re brand new to the world of visual work, then sticky notes are a great introduction. They allow you to quickly organize your thoughts and ideas. Use sticky notes to categorize, color code, and show connections between concepts. You can add sticky notes in two ways: shortcuts or from the toolbar.


Add sticky notes with shortcuts

To add a sticky note directly to the canvas, double-click the location where you want the sticky note to land. Once you’ve added your first note, you can use the tab key to quickly add more notes in the mural.

Add sticky notes from the toolbar

MURAL also has a variety of sticky notes in the toolbar. To add a sticky note:

  1. Click the sticky note icon in the left toolbar. This opens the sticky note options menu.
  2. Once you select your sticky note, click and drag the sticky note onto the mural.

Was this lessons helpful? Let us know!

Thanks for the feedback! This will help us improve our content.
If you still need help or guidance please contact the support team
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

Hey there. I'm Hailey Temple, and whether you love or hate sticky notes, you have to admit they are handy when you're organizing lots of information and making sense of your work, especially online.

Now, let me show you a few ways to add sticky notes to a mural. One way is on the toolbar over here. So this first icon looks like a sticky note, and it's where our sticky notes live. When you click that icon, you get a menu of options. So I can add them from different shapes and some default colors. Once you make that selection, you click, hold it, and drag it on to where you want it to go on your canvas.

Now, think of this sticky note here as kind of the standard-sized sticky note you might see when you're collaborating in person. So I do not recommend trying to make this sticky note bigger or smaller. Just keep it as is and use the navigation to zoom in and out.

So another way to add a sticky note is simply to double-click on the canvas. When you do, MURAL will recognize other sticky notes nearby and adapt that same color and shape. Now you can start adding in your ideas on sticky notes, moving them around as you need, and color coding to your heart's content. Happy collaborating and creating in MURAL.

Connect concepts with lines and arrows

Build flowcharts and diagrams together in a mural.

Add lines and connectors with a toolbar
Change the properties of lines
Link lines to sticky notes

Why use lines and connectors?

Your team needs to discuss a process or build a journey map. MURAL is the space for your team to collaborate and co-create these diagrams together. You can connect content in the mural to demonstrate the movement and flow through these processes. Our diagramming capabilities allow you to quickly build out flows as you work in real time.

Add lines and connectors

You can add lines and connectors in two ways: the toolbar or with keyboard shortcuts. To add lines and connectors from the toolbar:

  1. In the left toolbar, click the shapes and connectors icon. This opens the options menu.
  2. Select the line or connector you want to add to your diagram.
  3. To connect the line to an object, click one end and drag it to the edge of the object. The line will “magnetize” to your object.
  4. Complete the connection to your second object by clicking and dragging to the second object. Now, these two objects are connected with the line or arrow.

To add lines and connectors with shortcuts:

  1. Hover your cursor over the object you want to connect. 
  2. Hold the C key on your keyboard. Then, click and drag your cursor to the second object you want to connect. The line or connector will snap the two objects together.

Quickly add the same shape to a diagram 

When you add a line or arrow using the “C” shortcut, the suggestion popup now allows you to add the same object as the first choice. It will have the same color, border, and text formatting and size as the previous object.

Formatting lines and arrows

Once you create your lines and connectors, use the formatting menu to change the width, line type, color, and style. Connectors can also be formatted to be straight or curved. Access the formatting menu for the line by selecting the line in the mural.

Was this lessons helpful? Let us know!

Thanks for the feedback! This will help us improve our content.
If you still need help or guidance please contact the support team
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

Hello there, I'm Hailey Temple and you have ideas to connect in MURAL. So, let me show you how you can use lines and connectors to make that happen. One way to add lines and arrows is the toolbar. So this second icon on the toolbar has a menu that you can click to get a straight line, a straight arrow or a curved arrow. Let's take this straight line, click and drag it to my work here. And now it's connected with this sticky note. Let's say I want to connect it to this neck sticky note. What I'll do is hold down this arrow, drag it over to the sticky note. And now I have two concepts connected together. That's awesome. Let's say I wanted to Use a shortcut, things can work way faster, right? So if I hold down the C key, I get this cursor. And now I can click and drag an arrow, and another and another until I've connected all of my ideas. So no matter where I move these sticky notes, everything will still be connected. Let's say you wanted to change the color of the arrow to a dotted arrow, change direction, change thickness, or change the type of arrow. All of that is possible in mural. So use these lines, arrows connectors to get your work done, and happy collaborating.

Share outputs from meetings and workshops

Creating a digital leave behind to share next steps and key takeaways.

Summarize information from a workshop you’ve attended
Create a mural to summarize information you’ve learned
Apply this information into actionable items that your team can work on

Nothing is worse than attending a workshop or conference and having nothing to show for it in the end. Workdays are busier than ever and it’s easy to forget the lessons you’ve learned once normal workflow starts up again. In this webinar, the team discusses the necessary ingredients to create a successful digital leave behind in MURAL. They’ll model different templates using pictures, screenshots, and mind mapping elements to show you how to capture key pieces of information from your workshop to take back to your team. You’ll never suffer from workshop amnesia again!

Was this lessons helpful? Let us know!

Thanks for the feedback! This will help us improve our content.
If you still need help or guidance please contact the support team
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

Boost energy in online meetings

Using energizers in your online meetings to keep your team engaged during a virtual meeting.

Use energizers in a fun and engaging way
Apply important functions in a mural such as the timer, voting, and icon features
Facilitate a fun energizer that will allow your team to interact and learn more about one another

Nothing is worse than a meeting going south due to lack of energy. Whether your meeting is held first thing in the morning, or right after lunch, a proper energizer can be key to keeping your team engaged and productive. This webinar shows you why an energizer is important, how to incorporate some of the most common features used in a mural, and models examples to get you started. The team models energizers such as “Would You Rather,” “Magic Beanstalks,” and “Draw your Neighbor,” each of which are designed to get your team up and getting to know each other.

Was this lessons helpful? Let us know!

Thanks for the feedback! This will help us improve our content.
If you still need help or guidance please contact the support team
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

Introduce workshop participants to one another

Warm up your team members and set the tone for a great meeting.

Use warm-ups to introduce your clients, teammates, and customers to MURAL
Identify what type of warm-up is best for your workshop or session
Facilitate your warm-up effectively to keep your participants interested and engaged

The name of the game with warm-ups is comfort. Well facilitated warm-ups will not only get members comfortable with your canvas, but with one another.  In this webinar, you’ll learn how to identify the best type of warm-up to suit the size and complexity of your meeting, how to mold and modify a given warm-up to your digital workspace, and how to use this exercise to get your members as comfortable interacting with MURAL as possible. Mark, Hailey, and Stefan model two examples, both with a template and a blank canvas, to ensure your warm-up is set up for success.

Was this lessons helpful? Let us know!

Thanks for the feedback! This will help us improve our content.
If you still need help or guidance please contact the support team
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

Shortcuts for adding objects and elements

Work with speed on the mural to add sticky notes, icons, and more

In this lesson, you’ll learn to:

  • Locate shortcuts in a mural
  • Add sticky notes to the mural with shortcuts

Need for speed building content

Shortcuts help you work efficiently when adding content to a mural. We have a variety of shortcuts that help you add and modify content. When you’re working in the mural, you’ll find these shortcuts under the question mark (?) icon.

Practice adding shapes and sticky notes with shortcuts

Use the shortcuts to add shapes, sticky notes, and other content to build out your space where you’ll complete the Rose, Thorn, Bud activity.

Was this lessons helpful? Let us know!

Thanks for the feedback! This will help us improve our content.
If you still need help or guidance please contact the support team
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

Hey, it's Daniela, let me show you a few shortcuts to add elements to your murals. My all time favorite has to be adding a sticky note, you just double click anywhere on your canvas and you will get sticky notes. If after that you hit tab, you can create as many as you need in just one click. My second favorite would be to create connectors. 

If you hold down the letter C, your cursor will change into a connector. And so when you drag and release, you will get a whole menu of shapes to connect to So once again, hold down the letter C, drag and release. And that's how you create connectors. There are a lot more shortcuts that we have for adding content so your mural for example, control option will let you upload images.

Just very easily Ctrl option m will create a larger sticky and then again you can use the tap. Control option x will create circles stickies and then again tap tap tap. Do you need to remember all of these? No you don't we have you covered. If you go to the top right corner under the question mark, you will find an entire list of shortcuts so no need to use your brainpower for this.

Create strong team alignment throughout the design process

Develop the right product with your team using this proven methodology.

Analyze what your Lean Inception template needs
Utilize the Lean Inception model in MURAL to work across departments
Create a template that works best for your project and will keep your teams aligned together

Working together remotely is not without its challenges, especially if you’re used to working collaboratively with your team. In this webinar, the team takes you through a model for a template used in a Lean Inception workshop. Unlike Design Sprints, Lean Inception is designed to have your team work across departments and determine your Minimum Viable Product. What is the minimum you need to design to solve your problem? You’ll learn valuable tips on how you can design your own template and gain a better understanding of this unique style of workshopping.

Was this lessons helpful? Let us know!

Thanks for the feedback! This will help us improve our content.
If you still need help or guidance please contact the support team
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.