Applies to

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


Surface Pro power states: On, off, sleep, and hibernate

Learn how to turn Surface on, shut it down, restart and wake it, and put it into a power-saving state.


Power button on Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2

Power button on Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2

Power button on Surface Pro 3

Power button on Surface Pro 3

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

Sleep or InstantGo and hibernation

If you don’t use Surface Pro for a few minutes, the screen turns off and Surface goes into a power-saving state. Sleep on Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 allows them to quickly resume when you want to start working again; The power-saving state built into Surface Pro 3 - InstantGo - resumes even more quickly.

If you don’t use Surface Pro for several hours, it will hibernate. Hibernation saves your work, and then turns off your Surface. When you start up your Surface again, you’re back where you left off, though not as fast as with sleep or InstantGo.

To change when the screen dims or turns off, or when Surface Pro goes into sleep or InstantGo, see Surface Pro battery and power.

On, off, sleep or InstantGo, and restart

Here’s a quick overview of the Surface Pro 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 Pro 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 lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Settings, click Power, and then click Shut down.)
Sleep
(Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2)

and

InstantGo
(Surface Pro 3)
Do any of the following:
  • Press and release the power button on the top edge of 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 lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, click Settings, then click Power, and finally, click Sleep.)
  • Close your Typing Cover.
    (Only the Type Cover designed for Surface Pro 3 puts it into InstantGo. If you’re using an earlier Typing Cover, closing it won’t put Surface Pro 3 into InstantGo.)
Restart
Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, tap Power and 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, then tap or click the Power button (in the lower-right corner), and choose Sleep, Shut down, or Restart.
  • From the desktop, you can tap and hold or right-click the Start button in the lower-left corner, tap or click Shut down or sign out, and then choose an option.

Wake and unlock

There are a few ways to wake Surface:

  • Press any key on your Surface Typing Cover.
  • 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:  At the sign in screen, enter 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 top-right corner of the Start screen, then tap or click Lock.
  • Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete, and then tap or click Lock.
  • Press Windows logo key Windows logo key+L.

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