Get started with Surface Pro or Surface Pro 2

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

Applies to

Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2.

Applies to

Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2.

Operating system:

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:

Note
To learn more about the features on your Surface, see Surface features.

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 direct and intuitive. For example, drag your finger across the screen to scroll.
  • Keyboard. Use any of the Surface Typing Covers or a full-size USB or Bluetooth® keyboard. (Keyboards and Covers are sold separately.)
  • Touchpad or mouse. You can use the touchpad on the Cover 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

You can customise the Start menu so it’s just the way you want it. Each tile on Start is connected to an app, website, playlist, or whatever else is important to you. Select a tile to open it.

Here are three ways you can go to Start from anywhere on your Surface:

  • Select the Windows logo Windows logo at the left end of the taskbar.
  • Press the Windows logo on your Surface.
  • Press the Windows logo Key Windows logo on your keyboard.

To learn more about Start, go to See what's on the menu. To find out how to add, rearrange and resize tiles, see Love it? Pin it.

Swipe in from the edge

  • Swipe in from the right edge of the screen to open the Action Centre.
  • Swipe in from the left edge to display your virtual desktops or add a virtual desktop.

All about apps

Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 come with many built-in apps—you'll see tiles for them on Start after you sign in to your Surface. Here are some of the apps:

  • OneDrive tile

    OneDrive

    Store your files in the cloud with OneDrive and access them from anywhere.
  • Mail tile

    Mail

    Get email from your accounts—including Yahoo! and Outlook—all in one place.
  • Calendar tile

    Calendar

    Bring your calendars together in one place.
  • People tile

    People

    Stay connected and start conversations with contacts from your email accounts, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
  • Photos tile

    Photos

    See and share your photos and home videos in one place.
  • Camera tile

    Camera

    Take photos or panoramas or shoot video using either of the cameras on your Surface.
  • Groove Music tile

    Groove Music

    Explore, download and listen to the latest songs and share your playlists.
  • Video tile

    Video

    Watch movies and TV shows as well as your videos.
  • Maps tile

    Maps

    Maps lets you see your current location, zoom in for greater detail, zoom out for a bigger picture, scroll or search for new locations, get directions, and more.
  • Skype tile

    Skype

    Use Skype to call or IM friends and family.

  • Store Tile

    You can find a lot more apps in the Windows Store. To see what’s in the Store, select the Store tile in Start. For more info, see All about apps. Some apps might not be available in your country or region.

You’ll find the apps and programs you use most on the left side of the Start menu. To find any app on your Surface, go to Start  Windows logo, and select All apps. For more info, see Start and find apps on Surface.

For info on how to install apps, see Install and uninstall apps on Surface.

You can also run programs you’ve been using with earlier versions of Windows. For more info, see Install and uninstall apps on Surface.

On, off, sleep and restart

To turn your Surface on or off, restart it, or put it into sleep mode, do the following:
On or wake
Press and release the power button. If nothing happens, connect the power supply and press the power button again.
Off
Go to Start Windows logo, and select Power > Shut down.
Restart
Go to Start Windows logo, and select Power > Restart.
Sleep
Press and release the power button when your Surface is on.
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. For info on how to do this, see Move files to your Surface.
  • Access network files and devices. You can access files and printers that are shared on a network.
  • Customise Start. Start can reflect who you are and what you care about. For more info, check out See what’s on the menu.
  • Choose colours and pictures. For info on changing your background, colours and account picture, see Change desktop background and colours.
  • 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. To check the compatibility of the device you'd like to use with your Surface, see the Windows Compatibility Centre.

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.

Here’s how to get online:

Step 1:  Select wireless network Wi-Fi icon in the taskbar to open a list of available wireless networks.
Step 2:  Select a wireless network and select Connect.
Step 3:  If prompted, enter your network security key (network password) and select Next. If you need help finding your wireless network password, see How to find your wireless network password.
Step 4:  Go to Start Windows logo key, and select Microsoft Edge.
If you don’t see Microsoft Edge, select All apps and scroll down to find it.

For more info, see Meet Microsoft Edge.

Download the User Guide

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

Help + Tips app

From Start, open the Help + Tips app to learn more about Windows.


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

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. For info on using touch, see Touch, swipe, and beyond.
  • 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 customise 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 bottom-left corner. When Start appears, click in the corner.

To find out how to add tiles, rearrange them, and resize them, see Personalise 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.
Learn more about the charms.

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. For more info, see the Switch between open apps.

Swipe in from the left

All about apps

Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 come with many built-in apps—you'll see tiles for them on your Start screen after you sign in to your Surface. Here are some of the apps:

  • OneDrive tile

    OneDrive

    Store your files in the cloud with OneDrive and access them from anywhere.
  • Mail tile

    Mail

    Get email from your accounts—including Yahoo! and Outlook—all in one place.
  • Calendar tile

    Calendar

    Bring your calendars together in one place.
  • Photos tile

    Photos

    See and share your photos and home videos in one place.
  • Camera tile

    Camera

    Take photos, panoramas or shoot video using either of the cameras on your Surface.
  • Music tile

    Music

    Explore, download and listen to the latest songs and share your playlists.
  • Video tile

    Video

    Watch movies and TV shows as well as your videos.
  • Games tile

    Games

    Find and install a variety of games by using the built-in Xbox Games app.
  • Skype tile

    Skype

    Use Skype to call or IM friends and family.

  • Store Tile

    There are lots more apps in the Windows Store. To see what’s in the Store, tap or click the Store tile on your Start screen. For more info, see All about apps. Some apps might not be available in your country or region.

For info on how to install apps, see Install and uninstall apps on Surface. Also, be sure to see these topics: Start and find apps on Surface and Snap apps (using more than one app at a time).

You can also run programs you’ve been using with earlier versions of Windows. For more info, see Install and uninstall apps on Surface.

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, 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, 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. For info on how to do this, see Move files 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.
  • Customise Start. Your Start screen can reflect who you are and what you care about. For info about this, see Start screen.
  • Choose colours and pictures. For info on changing your background, colours and account picture see Personalise your PC.
  • Create multiple accounts. You can share your Surface, with each person having their own account. This way they can personalise 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.

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, 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, 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.