Applies to

Surface RT, Surface 2, Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro 3, Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1.


Customise Surface and app settings

Settings control nearly everything about how your Surface looks and works. You can also add users, add devices or set up family safety. By adjusting settings, you can customise your Surface to work the way you want.


Change Surface settings

There are a few different ways to find and change your settings:

  • PC settings
  • Search
  • Control Panel
Tip
Common settings are included in PC settings, so try checking there first. If you don’t see the setting you need, search for Control Panel and you will find more settings there.

Get to PC settings

Step 1:  Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Settings.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, then click Settings.)
Step 2:  Tap or click Change PC settings.
Step 3:  Tap or click a settings group on the left to browse your settings.
Screen shot of PC settings

Find individual settings using Search

Step 1:  Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, then click Search.)
Step 2:  Tap or click the arrow above the search box, and then tap or click Settings.

Screen shot of search drop-down list
Step 3:  Enter a word or phrase in the search box. For example, to find sound-related settings, type sound in the search box.
Step 4:  Select from the list of results.
Tips
  • Get to Search from the Start screen: Tap or click the Search button next to your account picture
  • Get to Settings from your keyboard: Press the Windows logo key Windows logo key icon + W.

Change settings from Control Panel

Step 1:  Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, then click Search.)
Step 2:  In the search box, enter control panel, and then tap or click Control Panel.
Step 3:  Browse the settings and select the one you want to change.

Change app settings

You can use settings in an app to change preferences, find help and add accounts.

Step 1:  Open the app.
Step 2:  Swipe in from the right edge of the screen and tap Settings.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, then click Settings.)
Step 3:  View the list of app-specific settings and make the changes you want.

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