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Kidspiration® 3 Technical Support


System Requirements

Upgrade Information

Quick Tour

Quick Start Tutorials

Getting Started

Contact Technical Support

Frequently Asked Questions


Version 3.0 (released February 2008)

The current version is 3.0. Kidspiration® 2 users, click here for Help Center. Kidspiration 1 users, click here.


System Requirements





  • Compatible printer
  • Internet connection*
  • Soundcard and speakers


  • Interactive electronic whiteboard
  • Microphone

* For downloaded products, the computer on which the downloaded product is installed must be connected to the Internet for the product to be activated.

Upgrade Information

Learn what's new in Kidspiration!

If you are a Kidspiration user, you will still be able to read your files and use your previously created templates and symbol libraries with Kidspiration 3. One of the many great features of Kidspiration 3 is that you can save your Kidspiration 3 files as Kidspiration 2 files, for exchanging with others who haven't yet upgraded.


Single license upgrade
Click here to purchase a single upgrade license for Kidspiration 3. Serial number is required.


Volume license upgrades
Contact one of our resellers to obtain a quote or place an order for a volume license upgrade.


Quick Tour

See first hand how Kidspiration helps K-5 students explore and understand words, numbers and concepts!

View the Kidspiration Quick Tour, a comprehensive tutorial illustrating the key features of Kidspiration. You'll see how easy it is for students to express their creativity and thinking with pictures, words and numbers.

In addition to the system requirements listed below, you will need a QuickTime® player to view the Quick Tour. To get QuickTime, click here.

Quick Tour System Requirements

Power Macintosh G3 or greater
Mac OS 10.2.x or higher
300 MHz or faster
64 MB installed RAM
800x600 color display

Windows 98, 2000, ME, XP or Vista
300 MHz or faster
64 MB installed RAM
800x600 color display 

Quick Start Tutorials

Download these Kidspiration quick start tutorials

To view these files you may need to install Adobe® Reader®.


Picture and  Writing View

Picture View


Using the Teacher menu

Writing View


Math View

Base Ten Blocks

Color Tiles

Fraction Boxes

Fraction Tiles

Pattern Blocks

Using the Free Workspace

Working with steps

These tutorials are a great starting point for learning how to use Kidspiration. You'll learn how to use Kidspiration's Picture, Writing and Math Views. These small, manageable mini-lessons make it easy to learn the basics quickly. Before you know it, you'll be using Kidspiration to develop your students thinking, literacy and numeracy skills!

Use these tutorials when you download your trial version and when you begin using your own copy of Kidspiration.

Contact Technical Support

More than likely, your question has already been answered in our Frequently Asked Questions section (below.) Please read through the FAQ before contacting support. All technical support is provided via email. If you don't find what you need on this page, please email

Frequently Asked Questions


Q: I would like to buy - or get a quote for  - new or additional software licenses. What do I do?

A: Great! Please click on the BUY NOW button at the top of our website and then click the link in the table cell that matches the product / license type combination you're looking for. 


Q: How do I find out how many licenses my school / district owns?

A: Email In your email, include the full name of your school or district and the state it's located in. 


Q: I would like to learn more about Kidspiration and how it can help my students or my child.

A: Great!

  1. Watch our Kidspiration Quick Tour
  2. Then after you have downloaded a free trial or purchased the software, check out our Quick Start Tutorials.


Q: I can't find my activation code or serial number. How do I retrieve it?

A: If your school or district purchased a volume or site license, your serial number will be on the license agreement. If you purchased a single boxed copy, your serial number is on a sticker inside the DVD box or paper sleeve the CD came in. If you purchased an electronic download, your activation code is located in the email you received at the time of purchase - search for an email from either (the activation code is called a "product key" in the email) OR from if you purchased before September of 2015.

If you are unable to locate your serial number or activation code, please email with proof of purchase and we will provide you with a code.


Q: I'm trying to open Kidspiration, but the system is asking for an activation code or serial number. What do I do?

A: See the answer to the question above.


Q: I bought an authorization code for the Kidspiration 3 trial on my Mac, but when I try to enter it, a message tells me I can only authorize it for myself. If I do, I'm able to start Kispiration, but when my kids try to use it - they log in as themselves - a message saying they have "insufficient privileges" pops up and Kidspiration won't start. How can I fix this?

A: Please email with a description of the issue and we'll help you resolve it.


Q: I see the error message "There is not enough free disk space on your system volume to run Kidspiration," but my Mac's hard drive has plenty of space available.

A: We apologize for the inconvenience. The Kidspiration version you are using incorrectly reads the hard drive size. Please email to request the workaround. Include your serial number or authorization code in your email.


Q: I just finished installing and registering on my Windows XP computer and all I see is a blue screen.

A: Click on the Taskbar button, or press Alt-Tab, to bring the Starter dialog to the front.


Q: I can't switch to another view from math view.

A: That's as designed, because Math View has a toolset and purpose quite different from the other views.


Q: I can't save a document with a math view to Kidspiration 2 format.

A: Because Math View is brand new, the earlier versions of Kidspiration can't interpret it, so saving it to an earlier version's format is not allowed.


Q: What happened to the Voice Menu option?

A: To keep things simple, Kidspiration now uses standard voices - no need for set up.


Q: Is there a way to add fonts to Kidspiration 3?

A: No, but the font set is now better defined, so there should be a choice that will work for most educational purposes.


Q: Can I open an Inspiration 8 document in Kidspiration 3?

A: No, but documents created with Kidspiration 2 will open successfully.


Q: Is Kidspiration 3 supported on the Apple operating system called "Leopard"?

A: Yes, but there are a few minor issues to be aware of. Kidspiration file previews are not displayed when using Apple's new Quick Look feature, and you'll need to use the search feature within Kidspiration help rather that searching by keyword or directly from the help menu.