Get started with Surface Pro or Surface Pro 2

Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 are laptops in tablet form.

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There's much to explore with Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2. Once you’ve set up your Surface—choosing your default Windows settings, creating an account, and so on—here are some basics to help you get started:

Touch, keyboard, mouse, and pen

With Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2, you can easily switch among touch, keyboard, mouse, and pen. You can even connect a full-size USB or Bluetooth® keyboard and mouse (Keyboards Covers and Mice are sold separately.)

Getting around

For an overview on how to get around on your Surface, open the Tips app (just type Tips into the search box on the taskbar, then select it from the results).

On, off, sleep, and restart

For info about how to turn your Surface on or off, restart it, or put it into sleep mode, see Surface power states

If you don’t use your Surface for a while, the screen may dim or Surface Pro may go to sleep to help preserve battery life. To change the display and sleep settings, edit your power plan. For more info, see Surface battery and power.

Make it yours

  • Add your stuff. You can easily copy or move music, pictures, videos, and documents to your Surface.
  • Access network files and devices. You can access files and printers that are shared on a network.
  • Customize Start. Start can reflect who you are and what you care about. For more info, check out See what’s on the menu.
  • Choose colors and pictures. For info on changing your background, colors, and account picture, see Change desktop background and colors.
  • Create multiple accounts. You can share your Surface. Each person can have his or her own account and can set up Windows as he or she likes—while your files and settings stay private. For more info, see Set up accounts.
  • Use parental controls. Family Safety is an integrated part of Windows, so it's easier than ever to keep track of when and how your kids use your Surface. For more info, see Set up your family.

Connect a printer, mouse, speakers, or second screen

Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 are compatible with devices that are certified for Windows 8 and later.

  • USB. Surface has a full-size USB 3.0 port, so you can connect a printer, music player, mouse, or external hard drive.
  • Bluetooth. Surface also supports Bluetooth devices like phones, speakers, headsets, mice, and keyboards.
  • Connect to a TV, monitor, or projector. You can share a presentation or video by connecting your Surface to a second screen. For more info, see Connect Surface to a TV, monitor, or projector.

Go online and browse the web

  • Microsoft Edge tile

    Whether you're working, playing games, listening to music, or catching up with friends, you'll want to be online and connected with Microsoft Edge.

For info about how to get online, see Connect Surface to a wireless network.

For more info, see Microsoft Edge help .

Tips app

From Start, open the Tips app to learn more.


There's much to explore with Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2. Once you’ve set up your Surface (choosing your default Windows settings, creating an account, and so on), here are some basics to help you get started:

Notes
  • To learn more about the features on your Surface, see Surface features.
  • Surface Pro users should update from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1.

Touch, keyboard, mouse, and pen

With Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2, you can easily switch between touch, keyboard, mouse, and pen.

  • Touch. Many users find touch interaction to be direct and intuitive. For example, drag your finger across the screen to scroll.
  • Keyboard. You have several options for using a keyboard with Surface. You can use any of the Surface Covers designed especially for Surface. You can also use a full-size USB or Bluetooth® keyboard. (Keyboards and Covers sold separately.)
  • Mouse. You can use the touchpad on the keyboard covers, or connect a USB or Bluetooth mouse.
  • Pen. Take notes, draw, and mark up documents using the Pro Pen that’s included with Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2.

Getting around

The Start screen is your home base, and you can customize it so it’s just the way you want it. Each tile on Start is connected to a person, app, website, playlist, or whatever else is important to you. Tap a tile to open it.

No matter where you are in Windows, you can always come back to the Start screen. Here’s how:

  • Touch. Press the Windows logo on Surface, or swipe in from the right edge of the screen and then tap Start.
  • Keyboard. Press the Windows logo key Windows logo key.
  • Mouse or touchpad. Move the pointer into the lower-left corner. When Start appears, click in the corner.

To find out how to add tiles, rearrange them, and resize them, see Personalize the Start screen.

Swipe in from the edge

When you swipe in from the different edges of the screen, different things happen.

Right edge: Charms
Swipe in from the right edge of the screen to see the charms. They’re always available—just swipe in to see them.
Charms help you do things like search, share, print, and change settings. What you can do with the charms changes depending on if you're on the Start screen or using an app, so start exploring.

Swipe in from the right

Top or bottom edge: App commands
Swipe up from the bottom or down from the top edge of the screen to see commands related to what you’re doing.
For example, if you’re in an app you’ll see commands for that app.

Swipe up from the bottom

Left edge: Switch apps
Swipe in from the left edge of the screen to switch between open apps.

Swipe in from the left

On, off, sleep, restart

Here’s what you need to know:
On or wake
Press and release the power button. If nothing happens, connect the power supply and press the power button again.
Off
Open the Settings charm, tap or click Power, and then tap or click Shut down (there’s also a power icon in the lower-right corner of the sign-in screen).
Sleep
Press and release the power button when Surface is on.
Restart
Open the Settings charm, tap or click Power, and then tap or click Restart.
If you don’t use your Surface for a while, the screen may dim or Surface Pro may go to sleep to help preserve battery life. If you want to change the display and sleep settings, you need to edit your power plan. For more info, see Surface battery and power.

Make it yours

  • Add your stuff. You can easily copy or move music, pictures, videos, and documents to your Surface.
  • Access network files and devices. You can access files and printers that are shared on a network. For info about this, see Share files and folders on a network.
  • Customize Start. Your Start screen can reflect who you are and what you care about. For info about this, see Start screen.
  • Choose colors and pictures. For info on changing your background, colors, and account picture see Personalize your PC.
  • Create multiple accounts. You can share your Surface, with each person having their own account. This way they can personalize Windows as they’d like and your files and settings stay private. For info about this, see Create a user account.
  • Use parental controls. Family Safety is an integrated part of Windows, so it's easier than ever to keep track of when and how your kids use Surface. For info about this, see Set up Family Safety.

Connect a printer, a mouse, speakers, or a second screen

Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 are compatible with devices that are certified for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

  • USB. Surface has a full-size USB 3.0 port, so you can connect a printer, music player, a mouse, or even an external hard drive.
  • Bluetooth. Surface also supports Bluetooth devices like phones, speakers, headsets, mice, and keyboards.
  • Connect to a TV, monitor, or projector. You can share a presentation or video by connecting Surface Pro to a second screen. For more info, see Connect Surface Pro or Surface Pro 2 to a TV, monitor, or projector.

Go online and browse the web

  • Internet Explorer tile

    Whether you're working, playing games, listening to music, or catching up with friends, you'll want to be online and connected.

Here’s how to get online:

Step 1: Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Settings.
Step 2: Tap or click the wireless network icon Wireless network icon .
Step 3: Tap or click your network, and then tap or click Connect.
Step 4:

Now browse the web by doing either of the following:

  • From the Start screen, tap or click Internet Explorer.
  • From the Start screen, tap or click Desktop, and then tap or click the Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar (this starts Internet Explorer for the desktop).

For more info, see Browse the web with Internet Explorer.

Download the User Guide

Want to learn more? Download the User Guide for your Surface.

Once downloaded, you can open or print the guide using the built-in Reader app.

Help + Tips app

From your start screen, tap or click on the Help + Tips app to learn more about Windows.


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