With ScreenCloud, you can show your digital signage content using a wide range of supported Windows devices, including tablets, media players boxes, and sticks.
In this guide, we’ll walk you through how to set up ScreenCloud’s digital signage software using a Windows device, plus a step-by-step guide to adding your content to your screen quickly and easily.
Table of Contents:
Section I: How to Use a Windows Desktop or Device as a Screen
1. How to Set up your Windows Desktop or Media Player for Digital Signage
1.1.1. Once your device turns on, head over to the browser and search for https://screen.cloud/download.
Scroll down until you see the Windows option and select which app file suits your device more. If you don't know simply select the "Windows (exe)" file.
1.1.2. After you download ScreenCloud, Launch the app and you will immediately see a pairing code.
1.1.3. Make a note of the pairing code - this is the code you need to enter into your "Screens" section of your ScreenCloud account.
Section II: Set up Your ScreenCloud Account
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2.1. Once you have your pairing code you’re ready to go, log in to your ScreenCloud account at https://studio.screencloud.com on your laptop or PC and sign up for a free trial. If you already have a ScreenCloud account you can log in now.
Once you’re in, you'll see the ability to add a new screen within the Screens panel.
2.2. Next, click 'Screens' in the left-hand navigation.
2.3. Select the 'New Screen' button located in the top right corner.
2.4. Enter the pairing code that you see on your screen, along with a name for your screen. You can also choose to add the screen to a group at this point if you want.
2.5. Once you do this, you'll see your new screen turn up in the list of screens.
You can now add and manage the content shown on this screen using your ScreenCloud account.
Section III: How to Configure Settings on a Windows device for optimal Digital Signage use
1. How to open the app's settings
3.1.1. Click anywhere on the app to open the settings sidebar (it will slide in from the right).
3.1.2. Right click on the app and select Toggle Setting Menu.
2. How to reset the pairing code
If you want to pair your Windows device with a different ScreenCloud account, or if you need to reset the pairing for any other reason:
3.2.1. Open the settings sidebar and select RESET PAIRING.
3.2.2. This will reset the player pairing and give you a new code to pair with.
3. How to toggle view from full-screen to a smaller screen
Right click on the player and select Toggle Fullscreen. This will switch the app from windowed mode to fullscreen mode and vice versa.
4. How to Close the App
Simply exiting the app by clicking the close button on the top right corner won't keep the app closed due to the app's 'resurrection' feature, as the app will just continue to relaunch. This setting is to ensure that the app re-opens after crashes or 'accidental' closes
There are two ways to close the app for good:
4.1 Open the settings sidebar and then select EXIT PLAYER.
4.2 Right click on the app and select Close.
5. How to Schedule your Windows Device to Shutdown or Startup Daily
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There are many beneficial reasons why one would want to schedule daily shutdowns or startup for their digital signage devices, whether you work in an office or restaurant, it is def a great feeling seeing all of your screens up and running the moment you walk through that door as it takes away the hassle of having to go around and turn on ever individual screen.
6. How to Disable Notifications
6.1.How to silence your notification alerts
First, locate your Settings > then find Notifications & Actions and select the option to "OFF".
6.2. How to silence notifications from one specific app
Open the Notifications & actions settings again and scroll down until you can see the “Get notifications from these senders” list and select which apps you would like to silence.
Note that silencing the apps below will only work for core apps within the Windows operating system. For custom apps, you will have to disable notifications from within the app itself.
7. How to Disable Auto Log-In
7.1. Open Settings and locate "Accounts"
7.2. Select the Sign-in options located on the sidebar. Under the "Password" section, selection change, and type in your current password to verify you are the current user.
7.3. Select Next and skip the new password creation to remove the password entirely.
If you have any additional questions on the Windows OS Player, or any other questions or feedback about ScreenCloud, feel free to reach out to our support team at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at our toll-free support line at +18885575335.