DAKboard works great 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.


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Setup Your Windows Device In "Kiosk Mode"


To set up your Windows device to always show your DAKboard screen or loop in "kiosk mode", we will need to change some settings on your Windows device and browser. In this example, we will be setting up a Windows 11 PC to always display a screen once logged into an account.


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 - This is where 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. 


NOTE: You should bookmark the page once the link process is complete and shows your screen or loop. This will help you quickly get back to it if the browser is ever closed.


5 - Now that the device is linked and you can see your screen or loop in your browser, you can put the browser into full-screen mode (kiosk mode). You can do this by hitting F11 or clicking on the settings, 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 screen and click the X to exit full-screen mode.




You are all done! Enjoy your screen or loop on your Windows device!





Set up Your Windows Device In Screensaver Mode



To set up your Windows device to always show your DAKboard screen or loop in screen saver mode, we will need to change some settings on your Windows device. In this example, we will be setting up a Windows 11 PC to always display a screen or loop when the screen saver is on.


1 - Log in to your Windows device. 


2 - Click on the search icon located on the dock at the bottom of your screen and type power settings and select Power, sleep and battery settings.




3 - This is where 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. 


NOTE: You should bookmark the page once the link process is complete and shows your screen or loop. You will need to copy the URL to add it into your screen saver settings in later steps.


5 - Next, we will need to download a package that will allow us to add a URL that we can select in our screen saver settings for display. For this, we will be using web-page-screensaver which you can download the file here web-page-screensaver.scr


6 - To install the file web-page-screensaver.scr, right-click on the file, and select Show more options.



7 - Now select Install.



8 - You will see your 'Screen Saver Settings' window open. The screen saver is now set to Web-Page-Screensaver. Click on the Settings... button.



9 - 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 0. Then click the OK button to save. 


NOTE: If you would like to remove the default links during first-time setup or 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.



10 - 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!





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