Applies to

Surface RT, Surface 2, Windows RT 8.1.


Surface RT and Surface 2 power states

Learn how to turn Surface on and shut it down, and how to make it sleep, wake it up and restart it.


Power button on Surface RT and Surface 2
Power button on Surface RT and Surface 2

To turn on Surface, press the power button and wait a few seconds.

Sleep or InstantGo

If you don’t use Surface for a few minutes, it goes into power-saving sleep state called InstantGo. InstantGo allows Surface to quickly resume when you want to start working again.

To change when the screen dims, turns off, or when Surface goes to sleep, see Surface RT and Surface 2 battery and power.

On, off, InstantGo and restart

Here’s a quick overview of the Surface power states.
On or wake
Press and release the power button on your Surface.
(If nothing happens, connect the power supply and press the power button again. If your Surface still doesn’t turn on, see Surface RT or Surface 2 won’t turn on.)
Off or shut down
Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and tap Settings, tap Power, and then tap Shut down.

(If you're using a mouse, point to the bottom-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, then click Settings, click Power, then click Shut down.)

Surface 2: You can also press and hold the power button for 2 seconds, then swipe down on the screen.
InstantGo or sleep
Do any of the following:
  • Close your Surface Typing Cover.
  • Press and release the power button on your Surface.
  • Don’t use Surface for a few minutes.
  • Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and tap Settings, tap Power, then tap Sleep.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the bottom-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, then click Settings, click Power, then click Sleep.)
Restart

Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and tap Settings, tap Power, then tap Restart.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the bottom-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and click Settings, and click Power, then click Restart.)

Notes
  • You can also press Ctrl+Alt+Delete, tap or click the Power Power icon button (in the bottom-right corner), then choose Sleep, Shut down or Restart.
  • From the desktop, you can right-click the Start button in the bottom-left corner, then choose Shut down or sign out.

Wake and unlock

There are a few ways to wake Surface:

  • Simply open your Surface Typing Cover if it’s closed.
  • Press and release the power button on your Surface.
  • Press and release the Windows Windows button button on the Surface touchscreen.

To unlock Surface:

Step 1:  Swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen or press a key.
Step 2:  When the sign-in screen appears, type your password and Surface is ready to use.
If you need help signing in to Surface, see Sign in and out of Surface.

Lock

To lock Surface, do any of the following:

  • Tap or click your name in the upper-right corner of the Start screen, and then tap or click Lock.
  • Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete and then tap or click Lock.
  • Press Windows logo key Windows logo key icon+ L .