DAKboard can work on your Windows device. Follow the instructions below to use your Windows device as a DAKboard display in "Kiosk Mode" or as a screen saver.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Set Your Power Settings and Link your Windows Device:
- Setup Your Windows Device In "Kiosk Mode":
- Setup Your Windows Device In Screensaver Mode:
- Setup your Windows Device with a DAKboard Wallpaper:
Set Your Power Settings and Link your Windows Device:
The first step is to make sure your Windows Device will not go to sleep while running your DAKboard Screen, and then Link your Windows device to your DAKBoard account. You will need to complete these steps before you use any of the methods described below to display your Screens.
1 - Log in to your Windows device. This can be any account but it is suggested to log in to a locked-down account with limited access to other applications if this is public or customer-facing as the desktop can be accessed.
2 - Click on the search icon located on the taskbar at the bottom of your screen and type power settings and select Power, sleep, and battery settings.
3 - You can change settings based on how you plan to use the Windows device in your space. For this example, our Windows PC will remain plugged in at all times. We will need to change the settings to ensure when the PC is plugged in, the screen does not turn off and the PC does not go to sleep. To do this, click on Screen and sleep, then set the 2 options below to Never.
4 - Next, open your browser of choice. You will need to log in to your DAKboard account and link your device. You can follow the steps we have to do this here Link A Device To Your DAKboard Account. Once the Windows device is added to your account and you are ready to link per the instructions, open a tab in your browser and go to dakboard.com/link to complete the process.
5 - Open a browser to your DAKboard account, and click on Displays & Devices to the left of your main page.
6 - Click the three dots to the right of your Display and choose Settings. From here you can copy the URL you will need for the method of displaying your Screen that you choose.
Setup Your Windows Device In "Kiosk Mode":
Once you have completed the changes to your Windows Device and copied your URL, to set up your Windows device to always show your DAKboard Screen or Loop in "kiosk mode" follow the steps below. In this example, we will set up a Windows 11 PC to always display a screen once logged into an account.
Open the browser of your choice (we recommend Google Chrome for the best performance), and enter your URL. Once you can see your Screen or Loop, you can enter Kiosk mode by hitting F11 on your Keyboard. You can also do this by clicking on the browser settings, and then clicking on the full-screen option. In Chrome, you can click the 3 virtual dots in the top right of the window, then click on the full-screen icon next to zoom.
NOTE: To exit full-screen mode in Chrome you can hit the F11 key to exit or scroll with your mouse to the top of the screen and click the X to exit full-screen mode.
You are all done! Enjoy your Screen or Loop on your Windows device!
Setup Your Windows Device In Screensaver Mode:
NOTE: The web-page-screensaver tool is no longer supported by its developer and the browser scripting it uses, Microsoft WebView for Edge, is at its End Of Life and is due to be replaced by WebView2. This means that as we improve the DAKboard service, this may become unusable as an option. We are looking for possible replacements for this option.
To set up your Windows device to always show your DAKboard Screen or Loop in screen saver mode, You will need to download a package that will allow us to add a URL that we can select in our screen saver settings for the display. For this, we will be using web-page-screensaver which you can download the file here web-page-screensaver.scr.
1 - To install the file web-page-screensaver.scr, right-click on the file, and select Show more options.
2 - Now select Install.
3 - You will see your 'Screen Saver Settings' window open. The screen saver is now set to Web-Page-Screensaver. Click on the Settings... button.
4 - You will now have the "Web Page Screensaver" settings open from the program that we installed. Here you will add your linked device URL, copied earlier in step 4, to the field with the first arrow. Once added, click the Add button and you will see your Screen or Loop added to the list. Next, set the "Seconds to display each site" to a value of 0. Then click the OK button to save.
NOTE: I recommend removing the default links during first-time setup to prevent your screensaver from changing to them. To change the screen or the loop-linked device URL after setup, you can right-click on the URL you want to remove in the "Website URLs" list and select Remove URL.
5 - Once you save the settings, you will be brought back to the "Screen Saver Settings" window. You can now test your screen saver by clicking the Preview button or adjusting any settings for the screen saver. Once done with the preview and settings, click the OK button to complete the setup.
You are all done! Enjoy your Screen or Loop on your Windows device screen saver!
Setup your Windows Device with a DAKboard Wallpaper:
To set up your DAKboard Screens, Loops, or Schedules as a Live Wallpaper on your Desktop, just download the app called Lively WallPaper from the Microsoft Store. This is a free app that works well with our systems. Search for it as seen below.
To set this up, follow the steps below:
1 - Open the App, click the Add Wallpaper Button, and paste the URL from Step 4 into the URL Bar. Click the Arrow next to the URL to add your Wallpaper
2 - Once added, right-click the image of your Screen or Loop and select Set as Wallpaper.
3 - From here you can click on the Active Wallpaper(s) and set the Wallpaper to a specific monitor, or have it span several monitors.
You are all done! Enjoy your Screen or Loop on your Windows device as a Wallpaper!