Get started with Surface RT or Surface 2
Ultra-thin and light, Surface RT and Surface 2 are on-the-go tablets.
Surface 2, Surface RT.
There's much to explore with Surface RT and Surface 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
You can easily switch between touch, keyboard, mouse and pen.
- Touch. You can interact with your Surface using touch. For example, drag your finger across the screen to scroll. For info on using touch, see Touch: Tap, swipe, and beyond.
- Keyboard. You have several options for using a keyboard with your 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 are 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 a capacitive pen (sold separately). A capacitive pen is one that substitutes for your finger on a touchscreen.
Start is your home base, and you can customise it the way you want it. Each tile on Start is connected to a contact, app, website, playlist, and other things you care about. Select a tile to open it.
No matter where you are in Windows, you can always come back to Start Here’s how:
- Touch. Press the Windows logo button on your Surface, or swipe in from the right edge of the screen and tap Start.
- Keyboard. Press the 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.
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 where you are and what you’re doing.
For example, if you’re in an app you’ll see commands for that app.
Left edge: Switch apps
Swipe in from the left edge of the screen to switch between open apps. For more info, see Switch between open apps.
All about apps
Surface RT and Surface 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:
On, standby, off, restart
To turn your Surface on or off, restart it, or put it into standby 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.
Close the Cover, or press and release the power button. If you don’t use your Surface for a few minutes, it will automatically go into standby mode.
Open the Settings charm, and select Power > Shut down (there’s also a Power icon in the bottom-right corner of the sign-in screen and at the top of Start).
Open the Settings charm, and select Power > Restart.
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 part of your home network. For info about this, see Share files and folders.
- Customise Start. Start can reflect who you are and what you care about. For info about this, see See what’s on the menu.
- 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 each person can personalise Windows as he or she likes 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 your Surface. For info about this, see Set up Family Safety.
Connect a printer, a mouse, speakers, or a second screen
Surface RT and Surface 2 are compatible with devices that are compatible with Windows RT 8.1. To check the compatibility of the device you'd like to use with your Surface, see the Windows Compatibility Centre.
- USB. Surface has a full-size USB port, so you can connect a printer, a mouse, or even an external hard drive. For info about this, see Connect a USB mouse, printer and more.
- Bluetooth. Surface also supports Bluetooth devices like phones, speakers, headsets, mice and keyboards. For more info, see Add a Bluetooth device.
- Connect to a TV, monitor or projector. You can share videos and pictures 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
Whether you're working, playing games, listening to music, or catching up with friends, you'll want to be online and connected.
If you are using mobile broadband, check to make sure the SIM card is inserted. See Set up your Surface 2 (4G) for details. If you do not have an active data plan for the SIM card, you may be prompted to activate an account with the mobile operator when you try to connect.
Here’s how to get online:
|Step 1:||Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and select Settings.|
|Step 2:||Select wireless network .|
|Step 3:||Under Wi-Fi or Mobile broadband, select your network, and select Connect.
(Mobile broadband is available on some Surface 2 models. For more info, see Surface features.)
Now browse the web by doing either of the following:
For more info, see Browse the web with Internet Explorer.