How can I draw arrows on the board like streamers do?

If you have ever watched a chess video on YouTube, or chess streamers on ChessTV, you have probably seen them drawing colorful arrows and emojis on their screen to explain their moves. 

How do they do that? It's easy! And it is a feature everyone on can use. 

How to draw arrows on the board

You can do this on any board automatically, except in Live chess. If you play in /live instead of /play, you will need to enable this option. Otherwise it will be on automatically. To enable this option in Live chess, click on the gear icon next to the board: 

Then toggle the switch to draw arrows and highlights. Don't forget to click save!

You can also find this option in your account settings under the Live Chess settings.


To draw an arrow simply right-click and drag your mouse across the board in the direction you want the arrow to point. Please see here for how to right-click on a Mac if you don't have a two button mouse!

To draw a knight's move arrow, click and drag over the squares you want the arrow to cover. When you let go of the right mouse button the arrow will appear. The point of the arrow will be wherever you let go of your mouse button. 


The default arrow is yellow, but you can also hold Ctrl to draw a red arrow, hold Alt to draw a blue arrow, or hold Shift to draw a green arrow.

Try it on any board on to practice!

How to highlight squares on the board

Similar to arrows, you can choose to highlight  in red, green, yellow or blue color. But in the case of squares, the default color is red. 

Right click on the square to turn it red

Control+Right click on the square to turn it yellow

Alt+Right click on the square to turn it blue

Shift+Right click on the square to turn it green

To clear all arrows and colors from the board, simply left click anywhere on the board. 

How to draw emojis on the board

To add an emoji to the board, simply click on the emoji icon in the upper right corner of the board

This will open the emoji menu, so you can select which emoji to use:

Scroll down to see even more emojis than are pictured above. Click on an emoji, then left click on a square on the board to add it to the square: 

The same as highlighted squares and arrows, your opponent can not see the emojis they are only for you and your viewers to see. 

Click on the square again to remove the emoji. Some of the emojis will also make a fun sound and animation when you click them!

Have fun entertaining your viewers and add clarity to your lesson videos, with emojis! 

If the information in this article is out of date, incorrect, or unclear, or if you have questions about it, please let us know!

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