Other questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
For PC users, LiveBinders is compatible with Firefox 21 and higher, Safari 4.0.5 and higher, Chrome 30 and higher, and I.E. 9.0 and higher.
For Mac users, LiveBinders is compatible with Safari 6.0.0, Chrome 30 and higher, and Firefox 21 and higher.
While not a requirement, we suggest that you add the "LiveBinder It" bookmarklet to your browser, which lets you add web pages to a new or existing binder while you are browsing the web. Learn more about "LiveBinder It" here or go to LiveBinder It to add it to your browser.
To change your email preferences or email address, just click on your username at the top of the page. You will see a form with your current address and preferences. You can change any of the options shown, but you will need to enter your password again to make the change.
Your description and picture can be added on your account information page. To access this page, click on your username in the upper right. You will see selections where you can type your description/blog address and upload your picture.
Your description and/or picture will show up whenever someone clicks on your name as a binder author:
Students may sign up for LiveBinders using a teacher or parent's email. If the student forgets their password, an email will be sent to the teacher or parent's email address.
If you, as a teacher, already have a LiveBinders account, you may want to use a different email address for your student sign-ups. This is just in case the student enters your email address in the retrieve password box instead of their username.
If your student forgets their password, they should enter their username in the student section of the retrieve password page.
If your student will be collaborating with other students on a binder, the email they will need to use will be a combination of your email and the student username. For example, if your email is email@example.com, than the student's email (for collaboration purposes) will be firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can see a list of your student names by going to your profile page (click on your username in the upper right corner) and then clicking on See a list of student accounts.
Just send an email to email@example.com with your username in the email. If you are not using the email address that you signed up with, we will need a confirmation from your sign-up email address. Your account and all associated binders will be removed ASAP.
Please feel free to share with us the reason for deleting your account. We deeply appreciate the feedback!
You can add web pages while you browse the web through our LiveBinder It feature. It is a bookmarklet tool that you add to your browser toolbar so you can add web pages that you find to a new or existing binder - without ever leaving the page.
There are two ways to add "LiveBinder It" to the iPad. One is to add it on to Safari on your Mac and then sync your bookmarks with the iPad. Here is an explanation of how to sync your bookmarks from your Mac to your iPad.
The second option isn't easy, but it will add the LiveBinder It feature to your iPad. Hopefully Apple will soon come out with a better way to add bookmarklets!
If you can't use the "LiveBinder It" bookmarklet because of your school's policy, there is another way to add links.
If you haven't already created a binder than,
Tabs organize content in a binder. A binder contains many web pages, or documents, where each web page/document is represented by a tab. For example, a binder with 20 tabs has a total of 20 web pages inside.
You can add more than one page to a tab by adding sub tabs. If you have an upgraded account, you can add base tabs to your sub tabs for a third level of content. Sub tabs are just another layer of tabs in a binder and can be added to an existing tab. When you click on a sub tab you open another page. Sub tabs are located in the grey area underneath a selected tab, as you can see below.
If you want to add more content to your sub tabs, you will need base tabs. Base tabs add a third layer of tabs in a binder can and be added to any existing sub tab. When you click on a base tab you open another page. Base tabs are located in the grey area underneath a selected sub tab, as you can see below. Base tabs are only available to our subscribers.
After logging in, select the binder you want to edit. You can either click on the yellow Edit button from your My shelf or click on the Edit icon (the binder with a pen) in the top bar once you are inside the binder. When you are in Edit mode in your binder, you can add, rename, and delete tabs as well as insert new URLs and upload other content. See the screenshot below on how to add tabs:
To add content to your binder, click on the Add Content button.
To change binder information such as its name, description, and default tab color, click on the Binder Settings button.
Log in to your account. Select the binder you want to edit from the My page. Open the binder in Edit mode and double click the text area of the tab or sub tab you want to rename and type the desired name.
To type a longer tab name, click on Add Content and type in the box there.
Log in to your account and select the binder you want to edit from the My page.
Then select the tab that you want to move or copy, then click on the Move Tab button. Select the action you wish to take. You can do the following from the Copy/Move Tab menu:
Select the tab that you want to color, then select the tab's pull-down menu by clicking on the red arrow next to the tab title.
Select a color and click Apply.
Note: You can change a sub tab color or a base tab color but you won't see the change until you move to another tab.
Select the tab, sub tab, or base tab that you want to delete. Click on the red arrow next to the tab name. Select Delete from the pull-down menu and then confirm the deletion in the pop-up window.
LiveBinders keeps track of every page in your binder. If you want to re-use web pages or files from a previous binder:
Results will display with the most recent first.
To upload a single file, log in and open the desired binder in Edit mode.
There is currently a 5MB file size limit on file uploads for the free version of the product. You can upgrade to upload larger files.
Please note: Uploaded files are public in the free version of the product. Our subscription version offers private uploaded documents. You can upgrade to upload private files. To learn more about Document Security for your uploaded content, click here.
Note: You can upload any type of file, but Microsoft Office documents will show up as a link inside the binder. PDF files will show up inside the binder on all browsers except on FireFox for the Mac. To have .pdf files show up inside the binder (instead of downloaded) for FF on the Mac, you will need the PDF viewer plug-in found here http://code.google.com/p/firefox-mac-pdf/. JPG files will show up inside the binder on all browsers.
If both the binder owner and the collaborator are subscribers, the collaborator can upload their file to the binder owner's account. This is the default for our subscibers. This box can be unchecked if uploading to the owner's account is not desired.
To upload multiple files do the following:
There are two options for inserting multiple files:
Number one above works well if you are inserting the files in a new binder or if you want them to all be inserted at the end of the binder or tab. Here is how to use that feature.
If you need a more interactive insert, than number two is your best option. It will let you go from tab, to sub tab, to base tab, inserting files where you need them.
To use this feature, do the following:
Note: Do not insert private files as links. Private files must be opened inside the binder to maintain document security.
There may be occasions where you prefer to have your uploaded files show as links instead of showing up as content in the tab or sub tab. Here is how to do that:
To clear the contents of a tab, but not the tab name or color, do the following:
If you are going to be using images that you uploaded to Flickr, be sure to give them unique tags from your Flickr account. Also, you must have the Flickr attribution set in order to see the images in LiveBinders. To set the attribution, do the following:
Flickr images can be used as a cover for your binder. After inserting the image, click on Settings > Cover > Select Binder Cover > Use Current Tab to change the binder cover to your new image.
Log in to your account. Open the binder you'd like to change from the My page by clicking on the yellow edit button below the binder.
You can use an image for your binder cover using one of these methods:
Go into your binder in Edit mode. If you are planning to use a tab for the binder cover, go to that tab. Click on Settings at the top, then click on Cover. You will see a menu with the three options.
If you just insert a YouTube page in the binder, it will show up as a link. In order to embed a YouTube Video in a tab, do the following:
If you are already on the YouTube page, it will be easier to use the YouTube embed code. Copy the embed code from the YouTube site (see the screenshot below) and insert it in the embed code section.
Note: Dropbox recently changed their policy and pdf documents will now show up as downloads instead of embedded in the binder. If you want pdf documents embedded in the binder, you can upload them directly to LiveBinders or use Google Docs or Box.net.
You can easily add documents from Dropbox by going to the tab where you would like the document and then:
You can embed a QR code for the current binder or for another site. This is often convenient when you are giving a presentation and want to give your audience a link on the projector.
Many multimedia products offer embed codes so that you can embed them right in your binder. Examples include YouTube, Prezi, and Slideshare. To use embed codes from these products, first find the embed code on their site and copy it.
Here is an example of grabbing embed code from YouTube:
If you need to have an image in a text frame, please follow the steps below:
You should see your image in the text. You can continue to use the same temporary tab for other images and then just delete it when you are done.
LiveBinders can automatically display a table of contents with a binder information page when someone opens your binder. This feature is available to LiveBinders subscribers only..
Just go into your binder in Edit mode and click on Binder Settings > T of C and then click on the checkbox that says Automatically display table of contents when binder opens.
LiveBinders automatically builds a table of contents page that viewers of your binder can use for navigation. This page contains information about your binder including comments, ratings and views. LiveBinders subscribers can choose to turn off the views, rating, and comments on that page.
To remove these items, just go into your binder in Edit mode and click on Binder Settings > T of C and then click on the checkbox that says Remove views and rating or Remove comments take those items off that first page.
Sharing Private Binders
You can email a single private binder by emailing the binder link to one or multiple addresses.
Anyone who wants to see the binder will need an access key. You type in the access key in the Binder Settings under Binder Access in the box labeled Key when you are editing your binder:
Anyone who wants to access the binder will need the access key.
Access keys can be phrases with spaces (but not commas.)
You can type in multiple access keys (if you would like different access keys for different people) by separating them with a comma.
You can find out the date a binder was created, view the description, and see how many people have viewed the binder by selecting Details from the Options menu located next to the name of the binder.
If you are inside binder, you can find out more information about the binder by clicking on the Details link. This detail page will have information about when the binder was created, when it was last edited, and all tabs in the binder and their links.
You can change a binder's background color and default tab color from the Binder Settings menu under Colors. To change individual tab colors, use the red arrow pull-down menu next to the active tab.
How to use the color selector:
Your username will show up by default as "Binder Author" inside the binder and on the shelf. You may want a different name displayed if you are collaborating with others on a binder or if you want to use your real name instead of your username.
If you type a name into the Binder Author Name box under Binder Settings and click on Save at the top of the Binder Settings menu, the name you typed in will show up as the author name for that binder.
You may want people to view your binder with tabs on the side instead of on the top or, if you have many tabs, you may want to have viewers of your binder use the tab slider instead of the stacked tabs.
To select how your binder will be viewed, go to Binder Settings > Layout and use the drop-down labeled Default Tab View.
Please note that the editor only shows the stacked tab view. But viewers of your binder will see your binder with the layout that you selected.
Here are examples of the different tab layouts:
Sharing Public Binders
Sharing Private Binders
You can email a single private binder by emailing the link to one or multiple addresses.
Anyone who wants to see the binder will need an access key. Type in the access key in the Binder Settings > Access in the box labeled Key when you are editing your binder.
You can type in multiple access keys (if you would like different access keys for different people) by separating them with a comma.
You can send someone a link to a specific tab, sub tab, or base tab in a binder. To do that, go to the desired tab in the binder and click on the Share icon in the top bar. Click on Link or Embed and copy the URL labeled Link to Current Tab in Binder.
You can embed a binder onto your blog page, wiki page or website. To do this from within a binder,
The binder icon will appear like this one on your web page:
You can also embed an open binder in a web page. This may or may not look good depending upon how many tabs and sub tabs are in the binder. Binders with fewer tabs and sub tabs look better in a small window than binders with lots of tabs. Just follow the step above, but copy the code from the box labeled Embed an Open Binder:
You can copy a binder by selecting Copy from the Options menu underneath the binder on the shelf.
If you are inside a binder you can click on the Copy link under the Add icon in the top line of the binder.
Note: the Copy link will not show up if the author of the binder has decided that they don't want their binder copied.
The present feature lets you show a binder without any of the distractions of the top bar or "useful" information. To do this from within a binder by click on View icon in the upper right corner then Present.
Multiple people can collaborate on the same binder as long as they all have LiveBinders accounts. They can add and delete tabs and sub tabs, change text/tab names, and edit the binder in every way except for the binder settings - only the author can change the binder settings.
To invite someone to collaborate on your binder, you can invite them from the shelf or inside the editor.
From the shelf, click on Options from the mouseover select Collaborate.
From the editor, click on Binder Settings then Add/Remove Collaborators under Access.or
You must know the email addresses of the people you would like to invite as collaborators on your binder. These need to be the email addresses that they used to sign up at LiveBinders. Type in those email addresses, with commas separating them, then click on Add.
If you have a student who used their teacher's email to sign up for LiveBinders, then the other students will need need to use a combination of the teacher's email and the student username to add them as a collaborator. For example, if the teacher's email is firstname.lastname@example.org, than the student's email (for collaboration purposes) will be email@example.com.
You can then send email to everyone to let them know that you are inviting them to collaborate:
See this binder for more details on LiveBinders collaboration.
In addition to your account shelves, you can also create a shelf to organize your binders with other people's binders. These customized shelves can be private or public.
Here are three ways you can create a customized shelf:
Give your shelf a name, description, and tags. This will help you and other people find your shelves within LiveBinders. If your shelf is public, people can also search for it from Google.
Then determine if you want your shelf to be public or private. If you want to share a private binder, you must create an access key. Like a private binder, only those with the access key will be able to view your private shelf.
You can add anyone's public or private binder to your private or public custom shelves.
There are two ways to add binders to your shelf:
On your My page, all of your binders are organized on "shelves." There are currently two kinds of shelves in your account: those that can't be shared and those that can be shared.
Sharing Public Shelves:
Like a binder, a shelf has a URL that you can share.
To share your public shelves, click on the My Public Binders. You will see several options to the left. You will see a URL that can be copied and pasted into an email. You will also see a way to share your shelf on Twitter or Facebook.
To share someone else's public shelf, click on their name from within a binder or on the shelf below the binder icon. Copy and paste the URL provided to the right of the shelf under Shelf Details.
You will see all their binders. You can then tweet, put the link on Facebook, or copy and paste the link into an email:
Sharing Private Custom Shelves
To share your private customized shelves, you will need to create and provide an access key for your shelf. Like your private binders, this will allow anyone with the access key and the link to view your private shelf.
To set your access key for your shelf,
To share your private customized shelf, click on the Share and Embed link from the Options drop down menu located under Shelf Details. Copy the link and email both the link and the access key to the person with whom you would like to share your binder.
You can embed a shelf in most blogs and wikis (except the hosted version of Wordpress.)
First find the shelf you want to embed by clicking on an author name or on one of your shelves. Then click on the Options button in Shelf Details or the Share/Embed icon link.
There are three versions of the embed code. Select the embed code that best fits your destination site. For a post you probably want 3 x 3 binders. For a sidebar, you probably want 1 x 3 binders. There is also an optional List View of your binders. Cut and paste the desired embed code into your blog according to your blog or wiki's instructions.
For those interested in customizing the embed code further, please see the this page.
To change the name of a shelf, just click on the Options button under Shelf Details and then click on Change Properties to bring up a menu to change your shelf properties.
To delete a shelf, just click on the Options button under Shelf Details and then click on Delete this Shelf.
Auto-save is designed to automatically save your binder. If auto-save is taking too long, or seems to be saving too often, there is one of two possible problems:
It isn't the number of tabs that can make a binder too large, but more often something in the text frames causing the problem. If you copy/paste an image into a text frame, this will cause the binder to be too large, or if you copy/paste text from Microsoft Word.
If you are seeing a problem with slow auto-saves, please contact support immediately and provide a link to your binder.
To delete a binder:
Your binder will be deleted, but will be saved for 30 days in case you want to undelete it.
Your deleted binders are saved for 30 days and are accessible from the deleted binders page.
To access your deleted binders:
Your binder will appear back on your My shelf. Please note that the access will be "Private - Copy Disabled". You may need to make your binder public again, if that is what you wanted.
Deleting uploaded files in a binder does not delete them from your account.
Those files will be removed and you will regain the space that they were using in your account.