Applies to

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


Open app commands

You can use app commands to do things like add attachments in an email, or add new contacts to People.


Commands in apps aren’t new, but they now stay hidden until you need them so you can use the whole screen for what you’re doing. When you open app commands, they appear along the top and/or bottom of your screen.

App commands at the bottom of the screen

Here’s how to see most app commands:

  • With touch, swipe up from the bottom edge or down from the top edge, and then tap the command you want.
  • With a mouse or the touchpad, right-click and then click the command you want.
  • With keyboard, press the Windows logo key + Z.

Windows logo key
 Windows logo key 

Here’s how to see commands for a specific item (like a tile or a photo):

  • With touch, swipe down or across an item to select it, and then tap the command you want.
  • With a mouse or the touchpad, right-click an item (like a tile or a photo) to select it, and then click the command you want.