Public Computing How-To
Most changes made here take effect immediately, and will cause active user sessions to reset or restart. It is strongly recommended that any actions be done outside of normal operating hours.

Set Hours of Operation

First, you will create a pair of Presets. One for your Open state, and another for your Closed state.
Click the animation to zoom in
Once you have your Open and Closed Presets ready, we need to create a schedule using Events.
Creating Opening and Closing events
You can also add a warning message that will display on all screens before closing.
Adding a warning message
To create schedules for weekends or different hours on different days, create a set of Events for each kind of day.
For example, if your hours of operation are:
  • M-F: 8 AM to 8 PM
  • Sat: 9 AM to 5 PM
  • Sun: Closed
Then you would create an additional set of Events for Saturday:
Adding a Saturday schedule
Repeat this for any days of the week that have different operating hours. Any days that are not open can be left off since the system will be closed at that time.

Change Hours of Operation

Without Pre-Book

In the Control Center, go to the Events tab. Edit your event times, and click OK. Remember to change any messaging events accordingly, and to do this on all of your servers at once.
Changing the closing time from 9 to 8PM

With Pre-Book

Follow the same steps as above in Userful Control Center.
In Pre-Book's Machines and Locations section, update the operating hours for the Location. This only needs to be done once per Location.
Making the same adjustment in Pre-Book

Adjust Default Session Length

Edit the Session Management profile and apply your changes.
Editing the Session Management Profile. Click the animation to zoom
Remember to update any Presets you may have, using the same Preset name, so the changes are permanent

Adjust Number of Sessions (Requires Pre-Book)

Pre-Book can be set to only allow a certain number of logins per day. This setting is made in the individual policy - if you have multiple policies to apply this to, they should all be updated.
Changing a Reservation Policy to allow only one login per day

Change the Home Page

Click the Source you want to change. Update the URL on Home Page and click OK.
Remember to update any Presets you may have, using the same Preset name, so the changes are permanent

White List a Website

  1. 1.
    Click the 3-dot menu in the Source and Edit the Session Management Profile.
  2. 2.
    Click the arrow next to the Filter Name near the bottom, and Edit the Filter.
  3. 3.
    Add a new line (Enter) to the White List and enter the domain for the site you want to allow, for example youtube.com.
  4. 4.
    Click OK, then OK again, and again once more, to return to the Control Center.
  5. 5.
    Click Apply.
Adding an entry to the White List
Remember to update any Presets you may have, using the same Preset name, so the changes are permanent

Extend Time for a Patron

  1. 1.
    Click the user's Display.
  2. 2.
    Find the Extend Time field.
  3. 3.
    Enter a positive number (5) to add time, or a negative number (-5) to remove time
  4. 4.
    Click Extend.
Extending a Patron's Session

Change the Login Method

  1. 1.
    Choose the Source you want to change the Login method and click on the 3-dot menu to the right
  2. 2.
    Select the Session Management Profile and click Edit
  3. 3.
    Change the Login Method from the drop-down menu as per your requirement.
  4. 4.
    Click OK and then Apply to make the changes take effect immediately.
Changing the Login Method
Remember to update any Presets you may have, using the same Preset name, so the changes are permanent.

Add a Staff Account

Create a Group with access to the necessary Resource Groups and Control Center functions.
Creating the Group
Then create a User, and assign it to that Group.
Creating the User
That user account can now be logged into and will have access to the necessary functions.
Staff User logging in

Change Print Costs

  1. 1.
    Login to Userful Manager and look for the server card
  2. 2.
    Click on the Printer icon at the bottom of the card to open Print Profiles
  3. 3.
    Click on the Edit button to open the Print Profile Menu of the Printer you desire to change the cost.
  4. 4.
    Enter the cost/page as per your requirement and click Save.
Editing Cost Per Page

Tile Welcome Screens

Add Apps to the Dock

Application Dock
Adding new Apps
New Apps Added
Remember to update any Presets you may have, using the same Preset name, so the changes are permanent

Add Website Links, Bookmarks, and Shortcuts

  • Click the Source you want to add to.
  • Click the Add URL option. Give it a name and copy-paste it to the address.
  • Click OK, and OK again.
  • Click Apply.
Before changes
Adding Ancestry.com
Link added. The icon is imported automatically
To remove links, click the Source, select the URL you wish to remove, then click the X to the left of the list. Click OK, then Apply.
Remember to update any Presets you may have, using the same Preset name, so the changes are permanent

Change Desktop Background

  1. 1.
    Click the Cloud Desktop Source you wish to change.
  2. 2.
    Open the Desktop Background menu and select the image you wish to use.
  3. 3.
    Click OK and apply the changes.
Changing the Desktop Background
Remember to update any Presets you may have, using the same Preset name, so the changes are permanent.
Custom backgrounds can be uploaded to the /usr/share/backgrounds folder in JPG or PNG format.

Enlarge Text and Other Elements

The Large Print option in Session Management does not affect Web Browsers.
Individual sessions of Chrome or Firefox can be made to display larger/smaller text by holding Ctrl and either pressing + or - on the keyboard, or scrolling with the mouse wheel.
If you want to create a station that is more accessible to those with vision impairments, we suggest adjusting the display resolution to a lower value - for example, if you have a 1920x1080 screen, try setting it to 1366x768.

Prepare for Tax Season

Adding launcher icons for whatever resources you wish is nice and simple!
Adding a link to a website can be done in a few clicks
Adding links to PDFs can be done the same way.
Remember to update any Presets you may have, using the same Preset name, so the changes are permanent
At the end of tax season, simply delete the links from the Source.
Remember to update any Presets you may have, using the same Preset name, so the changes are permanent

Back-up media/files on the server stored locally

  • Log in to the Admin Desktop using your admin account.
  • Navigate through the file browser to var > source-content.
  • Copy the content to the external hard drive or USB.
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On this page
Set Hours of Operation
Change Hours of Operation
Without Pre-Book
With Pre-Book
Adjust Default Session Length
Adjust Number of Sessions (Requires Pre-Book)
Change the Home Page
White List a Website
Extend Time for a Patron
Change the Login Method
Add a Staff Account
Change Print Costs
Tile Welcome Screens
Add Apps to the Dock
Add Website Links, Bookmarks, and Shortcuts
Change Desktop Background
Enlarge Text and Other Elements
Prepare for Tax Season
Back-up media/files on the server stored locally