Applies to

Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro 3, Surface 3.

Applies to

Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro 3, Surface 3.

Operating system:

Surface docking stations

The docking stations for Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3 are designed so you can switch quickly from portable to the power of a full desktop system.


Get to know your Docking Stations

With a docking station, you can connect to a full-size monitor, Ethernet, external speakers, and more. Simply put your Surface into the docking station and slide in the sides. The docking station also charges your Surface.

There are three Surface docking station models: one for Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2, one for Surface Pro 3 and a third for Surface 3.
Docking Station for Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2

Docking Station for Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2

Docking station for Surface Pro 3

Surface Pro 3 Docking Station

Surface 3 Docking Station

Surface 3 Docking Station

Charging port
The charging port connects your docking station to a power supply, allowing it to recharge your Surface.
Mini DisplayPort

The Mini DisplayPort is where you connect your external monitor. Depending on your monitor’s connectors, you may need a video adapter (sold separately).

With a Surface Pro 3 Docking Station, the Mini DisplayPort on your Surface Pro 3 and the Mini DisplayPort on your docking station are both available for use while your Surface is in the docking station.

USB ports

Transfer large files to an external drive, connect a USB printer or headset, charge accessories, and more.

  • Docking Station for Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 has one USB 3.0 port and three USB 2.0 ports.
  • Surface Pro 3 Docking Station has three USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0 ports. The USB 3.0 port on your Surface Pro 3 is available for use when your Surface is in the docking station.
  • Surface 3 Docking Station has two USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0 ports.
Audio ports
Connect your favourite audio accessories to your docking station’s 3.5mm audio port.
Ethernet port
When you need the reliability of a wired network connection, you can connect your Surface to a wired network via the docking station’s Ethernet port.

Set up your Docking Station

Once you’ve unpacked your docking station, position it on your desk, leaving any necessary cords or cables where you can access them easily. Now you’re ready to set it up for use:

Get your work space set up and plug in

Step 1: Plug the AC end of the docking station's power cord into an electrical outlet or power strip, and plug the other end into the charging port on the docking station.
Step 2: 

If you want to use a wired network connection, connect a network cable to the Ethernet port on the back of the docking station.

A light, easiest to see in a darkened room, will glow when the network cable is connected and the connection is active.

Step 3:  Connect your computer peripherals to the USB ports on the docking station.
Step 4: 

Connect a cable from your monitor to the Mini DisplayPort on the docking station.

If your monitor cable doesn’t have a Mini DisplayPort connector, you’ll need to buy another cable or an adapter. For more info on adapters, see Connect Surface to a TV, monitor or projector.

Step 5: 

Connect any audio accessories such as speakers.

Without external speakers, you may not hear audio when you’re using your Surface. If this is the case, see Troubleshoot Surface docking stations to learn how to switch to the built-in speakers on Surface.

Place Surface in the docking station

Step 1: 

Unplug the Surface power supply and remove any attached accessories from your Surface. If you’re using a Typing Cover, open it so it lies flat.

You can leave a microSD card in the microSD card slot.

If you have Surface Pro 3 or Surface 3, you can also leave anything you may have connected to the USB port or the Mini DisplayPort.

Step 2: 

Slide your Surface down into the docking station, and then slide the sides of the docking station into the sides of your Surface.

Note

If you don’t have a Typing Cover attached to your Surface, you’ll need to connect a USB (wired or wireless) or Bluetooth® keyboard before you can start typing. For info, see Connect a USB mouse, printer, and more or Add a Bluetooth device.

Install the latest Surface and Windows updates

To ensure that your Surface is ready to take full advantage of the docking station, install the latest Surface and Windows updates. Here's how:

Step 1:  Place your Surface in the docking station, and make sure the docking station is getting power.
Step 2:  Go to Start Start icon, and select Settings > Update & security > Windows Update.
Step 3:  Select Check for updates. If updates are available, select Details.
Step 4:  Select the updates you want to install, and select Install.

You may need to restart your Surface after updates have installed.

Set up your monitor

After you’ve connected your Surface and your external monitor to the docking station, you can choose what to display on each screen. Here’s how:

Step 1:  Go to Start Start icon, and select Settings > System > Display.
Step 2: 

Under Multiple displays, choose one of the following options:

  • Duplicate these displays. Your screen appears on two screens.
  • Extend these displays. Your screen is spread over two screens, and you can drag items between the two screens.
  • Show only on __. Your screen appears on the selected screen, and the other screen is blank.
Note

To learn how to change the screen resolution, see Trouble connecting Surface to a second screen?


Docking stations for Surface Pro and Surface 3

The docking stations for Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3 are designed so you can switch quickly from portable to the power of a full desktop system.


Get to know your docking station

With a docking station, you can connect to a full-size monitor, Ethernet, external speakers, and more. Simply put your Surface into the docking station and slide in the sides. The docking station also charges your Surface.

There are three Surface docking station models: one for Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2, one for Surface Pro 3 and a third for Surface 3.
Docking Station for Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2

Docking Station for Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2

Docking station for Surface Pro 3

Surface Pro 3 Docking Station

Surface 3 Docking Station

Surface 3 Docking Station

Charging port
The charging port connects your docking station to a power supply, allowing it to recharge your Surface.
Mini DisplayPort

The Mini DisplayPort is where you connect your external monitor. Depending on your monitor’s connectors, you may need a video adapter (sold separately).

With a Surface Pro 3 Docking Station, the Mini DisplayPort on your Surface Pro 3 and the Mini DisplayPort on your docking station are both available for use while Surface is in the docking station.

USB ports

Transfer large files to an external drive, connect a USB printer or headset, charge accessories, and more.

  • Docking Station for Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 has one USB 3.0 port and three USB 2.0 ports.
  • Surface Pro 3 Docking Station has three USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0 ports. The USB 3.0 port on your Surface Pro 3 is available for use when Surface is in the docking station.
  • Surface 3 Docking Station has two USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0 ports.
Audio ports
Connect your favourite audio accessories to your docking station’s 3.5mm audio port.
Ethernet port
When you need the reliability of wired network connection, you can connect Surface to a wired network via the docking station’s Ethernet port.

Set up your Docking Station

Once you’ve unpacked your docking station, position it on your desk leaving any necessary cords or cables where you can access them easily. Now you’re ready to set it up for use:

Get your work space set up and plug in

Step 1: Plug the AC end of the docking station's power cord into an electrical outlet or power strip, and plug the other end into the charging port on the docking station.
Step 2: 

If you want to use a wired network connection, connect a network cable to the Ethernet port on the back of the docking station.

A light, easiest to see in a darkened room, will glow when the network cable is connected and the connection is active.

Step 3:  Connect your computer peripherals to the USB ports on the docking station.
Step 4: 

Connect a cable from your monitor to the Mini DisplayPort on the docking station.

If your monitor cable doesn’t have a Mini DisplayPort connector, you’ll need to buy another cable or an adapter. For more info on adapters, see Connect Surface to a TV, monitor or projector.

Step 5: 

Connect any audio accessories such as speakers.

Without external speakers, you may not hear audio when you’re using your Surface. If this is the case, see Troubleshoot docking stations to learn how to switch to the built-in speakers on Surface.

Place Surface in the docking station

Step 1: 

Unplug the Surface power supply and remove any attached accessories from Surface. If you’re using a Cover, open it so it lies flat.

You can leave a microSD card in the microSD card slot.

If you have Surface Pro 3 or Surface 3, you can also leave anything you may have connected to the USB port or the Mini DisplayPort.

Step 2: 

Slide Surface down into the docking station, and then slide the sides of the docking station into the sides of your Surface.

Note

If you don’t have a Typing Cover attached to your Surface, you’ll need to connect a USB (wired or wireless) or Bluetooth® keyboard before you can start typing. For info, see Connect a USB mouse, printer, and more and Add a Bluetooth device.

Install the latest Surface and Windows updates

To ensure that Surface is ready to take full advantage of the docking station, install the latest Surface and Windows updates. Here's how:

Step 1:  Place Surface in the docking station, and make sure the docking station is getting power.
Step 2:  Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and tap or click Settings.
Step 3:  Tap or click Change PC settings, then tap or click Update and recovery.
Step 4:  Tap or click Check now.
Step 5:  If there are updates available, tap or click View details.
Step 6:  Tap or click to select the updates you want to install, then tap or click Install.
You may need to restart Surface after the updates have been installed.

Set up your monitor

After you’ve connected Surface and your external monitor to the docking station, you can choose what to display on each screen. Here’s how:

Step 1:  Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, then tap or click Devices.
Step 2: 

Tap or click Second screen, and choose one of the following options:

  • Duplicate. Your screen appears on two screens.
  • Extend. Your screen is spread over two screens and you can drag items between the two screens.
  • Second screen only. Your screen appears on the connected screen and the Surface screen is blank.
Note

To learn how to change the screen resolution, see Trouble connecting Surface to a second screen?