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Working with the 3spin Learning Desktop App

In this article you will learn how to use the 3spin Learning app on a Windows PC.

The 3spin Learning Desktop App provides you with three modes to choose from when you launch it.


Select the desired mode by clicking on the corresponding tile.

If you haven't installed the app yet, you can find the installation instructions here.

Learn in VR

Use this mode when using a PC-based headset (e.g. HTC Vive) through Steam VR.

When a suitable headset is connected, click the Learn in VR tile to launch the app on your headset.

If a headset is only connected after the app start or it has not yet been recognized, press the Find Device button. If the search is successful, the Learn in VR tile becomes active and can now be selected as the mode.

For more information about using the app in a headset, see the following articles:

Learn on Desktop

This mode provides you with the full functionality of the app on your PC. So you can run trainings as a learner alone or together in the network. If you have an author account, you can also edit your courses on the PC.


The only difference - besides the significantly lower immersion - is the operation. On the PC, you operate the app with mouse and keyboard, of course.

The following table shows how to use the app's functions on the PC.


Function Interaction / button
Look around / change viewing direction Mouse
Walk forward W or arrow up
Walk backward S or arrow down
Walk sideways to the left A or arrow left
Walk sideways to the right D or arrow right
Teleport Double-click with left mouse button on a free space on the floor


Function Interaction / button
Click objects or hotspots Click on the object with the left mouse button
Grasp and move moving objects Press the left mouse button on the object, keep it pressed and drag the mouse
Bring up / push away gripped object Mouse wheel
Pick up a movable object Right-click on the object
Drop an picked up object Right-click on the place where you want to drop the object
Switch the viewing height (standing pose / lowered pose) ALT
Switch mouse mode (look around / mouse pointer)*. SPACE
Show / hide menu CTRL

* In Look Around mode, the mouse controls the direction of view; in Mouse Pointer mode, the mouse pointer moves on the surface of the screen. Use this mode, for example, as an author when placing objects in the scene.


This mode is primarily designed for trainers who wish to accompany learners during their training sessions. It allows participation in a network training session as a passive observer.

The Spectator Mode provides them with a view of the training from the perspective of an active user.

You can also use this mode to display a live stream from an ongoing learning session.

Joining a Learning Session as a Spectator

Follow these steps to observe a training as a Spectator:

  1. Launch the app and click on the "Spectate" tile.

  2. Ensure that a network training room is started on another device in "Learn Together" mode.

  3. Navigate to the same unit.

  4. Press the "LEARN TOGETHER" button on the following screen.

  5. Enter the network room by clicking on the corresponding tile.


Switching Between Participant Cameras

To switch to the view of another active participant, first open the menu by pressing the CTRL key.

Click on the participant icon to view the list of participants.


Select the user whose camera you want to see by clicking on the observation icon.