Applies to

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

Type Cover

Type Cover is a slim traditional keyboard with moving keys. You get the speed and feel of a classic keyboard, and you can go from tablet to laptop in an instant.

Type Cover magnetically clicks into place and provides protection for your Surface touchscreen. All Type Cover models have a standard keyboard layout, shortcut keys and a touchpad. Some Type Cover models are backlit and use an expanded set of gestures on the touchpad.

Click the Cover into place

Type Cover magnetically attaches to Surface.

The Surface keyboard clicks in to place

To attach a Type Cover to your Surface, bring the two close together until the Cover aligns and clicks into place.

Once the Cover is connected, it stays put. When you want to remove it, just pull it away.

If you’re using the Type Cover designed for Surface Pro 3, you can pleat the back edge of it up against Surface. This provides extra stability when you’re working on your lap.

Stabilising magnets hold the keyboard securely.

Type Cover magnetic feature on Surface Pro 3

Fold the Cover back

Fold the cover back to use your Surface as a tablet. While the Cover is folded back, key presses won’t be detected.

To type text while the Cover is folded back, tap in a text field or area where you can type and the on-screen keyboard appears. For more info, see How to use the on-screen keyboard.

Fold the Cover back

Close the Cover

Type Cover protects the screen while you’re on the go. When you close the Cover, the screen turns off. When you open it, press the power button on Surface to wake it.

The Type Cover designed for Surface Pro 3 will put your Surface into a power-saving sleep state when you close the Cover. If you use an earlier model Cover with your Surface Pro 3, press the power button when you close the Cover to save power.

Type Cover layout

All Type Cover models have a standard keyboard, shortcut keys for common tasks and a touchpad.

Type Cover layout

Windows charms

Charm keys on the top row give you quick access to Windows charms.

Window charms on Touch Cover

  • Search (F5): Find apps, settings and files.
  • Share (F6): Share links, photos and more.
  • Devices (F7): Send files and stream films to TVs or printers.
  • Settings (F8): Open Settings.

Media and brightness keys

Mute and pause/play keys (the F1-F4 keys) give you quick control over your media. Type Cover models with back-lit keyboards have controls to brighten/dim the keyboard lighting. Type Cover models without backlighting have additional volume keys.

Brightness keys on Type Cover only control brightness for the keyboard backlighting, not for the Surface screen.

Brightness down, brightness up, mute/unmute and play/pause keys on Type Cover with backlighting
Type Cover with backlighting
Brightness down, brightness up, mute/unmute and play/pause keys.
Mute, volume down, volume up and play/pause key on Type Cover without backlighting.
Type Cover without backlighting
Mute, volume down, volume up and play/pause keys.

Windows logo key

Press the Windows logo key Windows logo key icon to go to the Start screen, or if you’re already at the Start screen, to switch to the app you used last.


Drag your finger on the touchpad to move the on-screen pointer and use other gestures. For more info, see Touchpad: A built-in mouse.

Function keys

To use a function key, hold down the Fn key while you press a key on the top row.
For this key
Press this
Page up
Fn + Up arrow
Page down
Fn + Down arrow
Fn + Left arrow
Fn + Right arrow
Increase screen brightness
Fn + Del
Decrease screen brightness
Fn + Backspace

Function lock

If you’re using an app that uses function keys a lot, you can temporarily lock the top row of keys so the function keys stick. Here’s how:

  • Hold down the Fn key and press the Caps key.
    Now, pressing the key by itself gives you the function key, and Fn plus the key gives you the special key. For example, to mute the speaker, press Fn + mute key – F3
  • To turn off the function key lock, press Fn+Caps again.

Using different language Covers

Surface Covers are available for a number of different languages and alphabets. If your Cover has a key marked Alt Gr, you can use it as you would Ctrl + Alt.

You can also set up your Surface to use specific languages and keyboard layouts, as described in Input method editors. These settings stay with your Surface and apply to any Cover you attach. If you use the cover on a different Surface, the input methods set for that Surface will apply.

Can I use a mouse?

Yes. If you prefer using a mouse to using the Type Cover’s touchpad, connect a USB or Bluetooth® mouse. For info, see Connect a mouse, printer, and more.

Having trouble?

If you’re having trouble with your Type Cover, see Troubleshoot your Surface Cover.

Need further assistance?

Ask the Community