Getting Started with Xorro Workbook

Are you new to Workbook?  The following will help you to get started, from accessing the software through to becoming a seasoned user. 

Getting set up

Your license to use Workbook:  Workbook is licensed on a perpetual user basis.  In some cases Workbook is bundled with hardware, in which case the licensing will support a fixed number of installations.  Site licenses may be purchased on inquiry.  Read more about Workbook Licensing

Which version? After an initial free support period (usually a first year), accessing new versions of Workbook requires an active support subscription for the licenses held.  Read more about support subscriptions

Download Workbook from: .  If you have your Customer Key ready, enter this into the field on the right of that page to access the version of Workbook to which you are entitled.  If you do not yet have a Customer Key (or do not know it) then you can download and access a 30-day free trial of the latest version by registering your name.  The trial converts into a permanent license on activation with a Customer Key.  

Your Customer Key: Every customer organisation has a Customer Key; this key is used to activate the licenses held by that organisation.

Installing Workbook is just a matter of running the downloaded file on your computer.   Other links which might help:   

Workbook System Requirements · Deploying Workbook over your network  · Applying customised Workbook settings to all users  · Group Policy Settings  · Removing Workbook completely from your computer

Activating Workbook: When you’re asked for a “Customer Key” to activate Workbook, enter the key just as it’s shown in your Workbook Certificate. Help with activating Workbook  · FAQ: Problems with completing Workbook / Alpha Teach Activation 

See Video: Downloading, installing & activating Workbook


Resources package: It’s a good idea to also download and install the Resources file from the same location as Workbook downloads ( This file provides a handy collection of freely available imagery which is very commonly needed by Workbook users.  When Resources.exe is run, it extracts the folder library into a folder in the user's /ProgramData directory.  You can choose to change this location in which case you should also change the destination to which any buttons or links in Workbook toolbars might point (see Applying customised Workbook settings to all users).  Users can add to their Resources library by dragging items off their Workbook page right into the folder, or in the conventional way of copying and pasting files between Windows locations.  In such cases appropriate user permissions are required. 

User Manuals: You can also download the manuals (under “Other Resources” on the downloads page). 

Self-Help Video Tutorials: See  for a list of many video tutorials covering the materials below….

10-Step Outline to Using Workbook

What is 'whiteboarding', and how does Workbook help?

A Blank Canvas: Page properties, dimensions etc.

Objects on the Workbook Page: using ink, text, lines, shapes, images, videos, animations, web streams...

Actions on objects: moving, resizing (scaling), rotating, changing properties, flipping, stacking, grouping, linking....

Page sorter: working with pages

Cloning pages & cloning objects on your page, and infinite clones

Grids & snapping: Alignment and drawing aids, plus great templates for handwriting & music

Concept maps, Mind maps, Flow charts: Using connectors in Workbook...

Workbook Tools You Need to Discover: Resource Finder, Screen annotation; stamps, cropping, stacking; spotlight; compass & ruler...

Productivity in Whiteboarding: Using custom tools and custom folders; hide-and-reveal activities and how to create them....

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