Applies to

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

Touch Cover

Touch Cover is a keyboard that includes a touchpad that works like a built-in mouse. Here you’ll find how-to info, tips and tricks, and answers to a few common questions about Touch Cover.

Surface is ready for typing

Touch Cover is super thin, spill-resistant and doesn’t require batteries or cables. Because Touch Cover doubles as a cover for the touchscreen, you’ll always have a keyboard with you. You type on a Touch Cover just as you would type on any other keyboard.

With Touch Cover 2, you can adjust the brightness of the backlit keys with a touch and use an expanded set of gestures on the touchpad.

Attach Touch Cover to Surface

Touch Cover magnetically attaches to Surface.

The Surface keyboard clicks in to place

To attach Touch Cover to your Surface, simply bring the two close together. When Touch Cover gets close, it aligns and clicks into place. You can attach any Touch Cover to any Surface and start typing. The Covers work with all Surface models.

Once Touch Cover is connected, it stays put. You can easily remove the Touch Cover if you’d like. Just pull it away.

If Touch Cover isn’t working right, see Troubleshoot Touch Cover and Type Cover.

Touch Cover layout

Touch Cover has a standard keyboard, shortcut keys for common tasks and a touchpad. The keys on a Touch Cover 2 are backlit when connected to Surface, and the touchpad supports more gestures. For details, see Touchpad: A built-in mouse.

Touch cover layout

Windows charms

The top row of keys on right side of the keyboard give you quick access to Windows charms.

Window charms on Touch Cover

  • Search (F5): Find apps, settings and files.
  • Share (F6): Share things like links and photos.
  • Devices (F7): Send files and stream movies to TVs or printers.
  • Settings (F8): Open settings.

Media and brightness keys

Mute and play/pause keys give your control over your media. Touch Cover models with backlighting have brightness keys, and those without backlighting have volume keys.

Brightness keys

Touch Cover with backlighting
Brightness-down, brightness-up, mute/unmute and play/pause keys.

Volume keys

Touch Cover without backlighting
Mute, volume-down, volume-up and play/pause keys.

Windows key

Press Windows logo key icon to go to the Start screen. Or if you’re already at the Start screen, it switches to the last app.


Drag your finger on the touchpad to move the on-screen pointer and use other gestures. For more info about this, see Touchpad: A built-in mouse.

Function keys

To use a function key, hold down the Fn key while you press a key on the top row.

For this key
Press this
Page up
Fn + Up arrow
Page down
Fn + Down arrow
Fn + Left arrow
Fn + Right arrow
Increase screen brightness
Fn + Del
Decrease screen brightness
Fn + Backspace

Function lock

If you’re using an app that uses function keys a lot, you can temporarily lock the top row of keys so the function keys stick. Here’s how:

  • Hold down the Fn key and press the Caps key.
    Now, pressing the key by itself gives you the function key, and Fn plus the key gives you the special key. For example, to mute the speaker, press Fn + mute key – F3.
  • To turn off the function key lock, press Fn+Caps again.

Text suggestions

As you type on Touch Cover 2 or the on-screen keyboard, suggestions appear to help you enter words quickly and correct misspellings.

To insert the highlighted suggestion:

  • Tap the Spacebar.

To switch between suggestions:

  • Swipe right or left on the Spacebar.

To turn text suggestions on or off:

Step 1:  Swipe in from the right edge of the screen and tap Settings.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, click Settings.)
Step 2:  Tap or click Change PC settings, tap or click PC and devices.
Step 3:  Tap or click Typing, and under Show text typing suggestions as I type, tap or click to turn the setting On or Off.

Fold back Touch Cover

If you don’t want to type on Touch Cover you can fold it back behind the touchscreen.

When Touch Cover is folded back, Surface responds only to the touchscreen. This way you can’t accidently enter text on the keyboard. To type text when the cover is folded back, use the on-screen keyboard. Tap in a text field or other area where you can type and the on-screen keyboard appears. For more info, see How to use the on-screen keyboard.

Close the Cover

Touch Cover protects the screen while you’re on the go. When you close the Cover, the screen turns off. When you open it, press the power button on Surface to wake it.

Closing Touch Cover won’t put Surface Pro 3 to sleep. Press the power button on Surface Pro 3 when you close the Cover to save power.
Surface RT and Surface 2 wake when you open the Cover. When you open the Cover on any Surface Pro model, press the power button to wake it. For more info, see Surface RT and Surface 2 power states or Surface Pro power states: On, off, sleep and hibernate.

Turn typing sounds on or off

Surface Touch Cover and the touchscreen keyboard can make a sound when you press the keys. Here’s how to turn the sound on or off:

Step 1:  Swipe in from the right edge of the screen and tap Settings.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, click Settings.)
Step 2:  Tap or click Change PC settings.
Step 3:  Tap or click PC and devices, and then tap or click Typing.
Step 4:  Under Touch keyboard, set Play key sounds as I type to On or Off.
To adjust the volume, use the volume button on the left side of Surface. See Surface sound, volume and audio accessories for more info.

Using different language Covers

Surface Covers are available for a number of different languages and alphabets. If your Cover has a key marked Alt Gr, you can use it as you would Ctrl+Alt.

You can also set up your Surface to use specific languages and keyboard layouts, as described in Input method editors. These settings stay with your Surface and apply to any Cover you attach. If you use the cover on a different Surface, the input methods set for that Surface will apply.

Having trouble?

If the Cover isn’t working right, see Troubleshoot Touch Cover and Type Cover.

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