Here are some tips to get you going.

Operating system:

+ Get to know your Surface Pro 3

Here’s a quick overview of Surface Pro 3.

Surface Pro 3 hardware features
Surface Pro 3 hardware features
Connect a Cover
Connect a Typing Cover to Surface Pro 3

Surface Typing Covers snap into place. (Sold separately.)
For more info, see Surface Pro 3 features

+ Using touch with Surface

Here are some of the ways you can interact with the Surface touchscreen.

+ Getting to know Windows

New to Windows 10? Get acquainted with new features like task view and custom desktops, the improved Start menu, and more. See Upgrade Surface to Windows 10 for more info.

Keep Surface performing its best by getting the latest performance and security updates. See Install Surface and Windows updates.

+ Working with apps

Apps to help you stay connected, entertained, informed and productive come pre-installed and ready to use on your Surface. Here’s how to use them.

You can install more apps and programs from the Windows Store, websites, or a CD or DVD.

For more info, see Install and uninstall apps on Surface and Explore the Store.

+ Using Surface Pen and OneNote

OneNote tile

Use Surface Pen, included with your Surface Pro 3, to open OneNote, take screenshots, mark up presentations, sign documents and enjoy art apps.

Surface Pen with buttons labelled

Before you use your Surface Pen, you’ll need to:

  • Install the AAAA battery

  • Pair the pen with your Surface Pro 3

If you didn’t pair your pen during setup, you can do it manually. See Surface Pen setup to learn how.

If you have a problems using or pairing your pen, see Troubleshoot Surface Pen for help.

Click – Write – Done

Click the top of Surface Pen to open OneNote

Click the top of the Surface Pen and start writing a Quick Note – like a yellow sticky that you’ll never lose. You don’t even need to unlock your Surface.

Click again to write another note, or press the power button on your Surface to put the screen back to sleep.

Signed in? Click to open OneNote

Surface Pen

While you’re signed in on your Surface, click the top of the pen to open your latest notes. Add a Quick Note, write in any of your OneNote notebooks, or review and organise the notes you wrote while your Surface was locked.

Your notes are saved automatically in OneNote and synced to your OneDrive (online cloud storage), so you can keep your notes, clippings, sketches, photos and files organised and accessible from anywhere.

Double-click to save a screenshot to OneNote

Double-click the top button on your Surface Pen to take a screenshot. Then, select what you want to capture in the screenshot by dragging the tip of the pen from one corner of your selection to the opposite corner. When you lift the pen tip, your selection appears in a new page in OneNote.

taking a screenshot

As many notebooks, sections and pages as you need

Many notebooks, all in OneNote

Create as many notebooks as you need—they’re all right there in OneNote. Use sections, pages and tags to make things easy to find. Find what you need in a flash by searching one notebook, or all of them.

OneNote notebooks, sections and pages
View your notebooks, and the sections and pages in the current notebook.

Each Quick Note is its own page.

You can drag any page into the notebook and section where it belongs.

Send a page or share a notebook

Share your OneNote page

Send a page

Swipe in from the right and select Share to email the notebook page you’re viewing.

Share a OneNote notebook

Share a notebook

To get a link to a whole notebook that you can paste into an email or file, right-click the notebook in the list of your notebooks, and select Copy Link to Notebook. What people are able to see depends on the settings for the OneDrive folder the notebook is in. For info on setting permissions, see Share files and folders.

Get more features with OneNote 2013

For even more OneNote features, install or activate OneNote 2013. Download it for free from the OneNote 2013 download page. Once it’s installed, you can choose which OneNote app opens with Surface Pen. For more info on using OneNote and OneNote 2013 together, see Using OneNote on Surface.

+ Using Type Cover touchpad and keyboard

The specially designed Type Cover for Surface Pro 3 clicks into place, giving you a traditional keyboard, gesture-enabled touchpad and protective cover all in one slim package.

The Type Cover touchpad

The touchpad on the Type Cover for Surface Pro 3 (sold separately) has right-click and left-click buttons, and supports gestures.

Surface Cover touchpad right-click and left-click buttons

Here are the gestures you can use on the touchpad:

Touchpad settings

If your cursor jumps while you type or the touchpad seems to respond too quickly to accidental touches, you can change touchpad settings to make it work the way you like—or turn the touchpad off altogether.

To change these and other settings:

Step 1:  Attach the Cover.
Step 2:  Swipe in from the right edge of the screen or select Notification in the taskbar, and select All Settings.
Step 3:  Select Devices > Mouse and touchpad.

For more info, see Change touchpad settings.

The Type Cover keyboard

Type Cover for Surface Pro 3 has a standard keyboard layout and includes backlit keys. Special shortcut keys and function keys help you do common tasks quickly. For detailed info about adjusting keyboard backlighting, using the shortcut keys, and more, see Type Cover.

When you want to use your Surface as a tablet, simply fold the Cover back––or close it when you’re on the go. When Type Cover for Surface Pro 3 is closed, it protects your touchscreen and puts your Surface to sleep.

+ Set up your email

Use the Mail app or Outlook, if you have it, to read and respond to email messages from your email accounts. Here’s how to get started.

OutlookMail
Mail app tile

Mail app

The first time you start the Mail app:

If you signed in to Surface with a Microsoft account, your mail account is already set up. You can add other accounts, from Outlook, Gmail, AOL, Yahoo!, and even your work email (Exchange ActiveSync).

If you signed in to Surface with a local account, your mail account isn’t yet set up.

Here’s how to add an email account in the Mail app:

Step 1:  Go to Start Windows logo, and select Mail.
Step 2:  Select Add account.
Choose the type of account you want to add, and follow the on-screen instructions.
You’ll need your user name (email address) and password to set up most email accounts. In some cases, you’ll need to provide more info, which you can usually find on your email account’s website.
Outlook 2013 tile

Outlook 2013

If you already have Outlook 2013 installed, here’s how to add an email account:

Step 1:  Go to Start Windows logo, and select Outlook 2013.
Account setup starts the first time you start Outlook.
If you don’t see Outlook on your Start menu, you can pin it there. Go to Start Windows logo, and select All apps. Press and hold (or right-click) Outlook 2013, and select Pin to Start.
Step 2:  On the first page of account setup, select Next.
Step 3:  On the Add an Email Account page , select Yes, then select Next.
Step 4:  On the Auto Account Setup page, enter the required account info (name, email address and password), and select Next.
Step 5: 

After Outlook completes your account set up, you can either:

  • Select Finish.
  • or
  • Select Add another account.
Notes

  • If Account setup doesn’t start when you select Outlook 2013, you already have an account set up. To add another account, open Outlook, select File > Account Information > Add Account.
  • To learn about your options for using Outlook on Surface 3, see Install and use Microsoft Office on Surface Pro or Surface 3.

+ Moving files to your Surface

You can easily add music, pictures, videos and documents to your Surface.

Use OneDrive to add files
Move files to OneDrive and access them from your Surface

Add whatever files you like to your OneDrive so you can access them from your Surface. Make sure you use the same Microsoft account (email and password) for OneDrive that you use to sign in to your Surface.

First, add files to your OneDrive in the cloud. Here’s how:

Step 1:  Go to the computer that has the files that you want to copy to your Surface.
Step 2:  Go to OneDrive.com and upload your files.
For more info, see OneDrive FAQ for Windows 10.

Now you can access them when you sign in to your Surface. Your OneDrive files are stored in the cloud. This saves space on your Surface and gives you access to the most up-to-date versions of all your files. Here’s how to open these files:

Step 1:  Make sure you have an Internet connection.
Step 2: 

Go to Start Windows logo, select All apps > OneDrive.

Or, open File Explorer, expand Desktop, and select OneDrive.

Step 3:  Navigate to the folder with the files that you want, and select the files.

For more info, see OneDrive on your PC.

If you want to work on some files without using an Internet connection, copy them to another folder on your Surface and work on them there. Here’s how:

Step 1:  Open File Explorer, expand Desktop, and select OneDrive.
Step 2: 

Right-click any file or folder in OneDrive, and select Send to > Documents. A copy of the file or folder is added to your Documents folder.

Or

Select one or more files or folders and right-click any of them. Select Copy, navigate to the folder on your Surface where you want a copy of the files, right-click, and select Paste.

Step 3:  After you’ve made changes, you can copy your files back to the OneDrive folder, overwriting the old files that are there. Your updated files will be uploaded to the cloud automatically.

For more info, see Using OneDrive on Surface.

Use removable media to add files

Music, pictures and videos on removable media appear automatically in the Photos, Music and Video apps. This way you don’t have to add files to your Surface.

You also can add files to Surface from a USB flash drive or from a microSD card.

USB port on Surface Pro 3
USB 3.0 port on Surface Pro 3
microSD card slot on Surface Pro 3
microSD card slot on Surface Pro 3

For more info, see Move files to your Surface.

+ Accounts on your Surface

The account you use to sign in on your Surface stores your settings, preferences, and more. For the best experience, use a Microsoft account (and email address and password) to sign in. That gives you seamless access to your Windows apps and social media, and backs up your files and photos in the cloud.

Microsoft account or local account: See which kind of account you’re using

  • Open Start Windows logo, select your profile picture, and select Change account settings.
    Info about your account appears under your name:

    • If you see an email address, you’re using the Microsoft account with that email address.
    • If you see Local account, your account is just on your Surface (not connected to the cloud).
      To switch to a Microsoft account, select Connect your Microsoft account.
    • If a you see a network domain (domain name\username), you’re using a domain account, such as an account for your workplace.
      To connect your Microsoft account to your domain account, select Connect your Microsoft account. See How to connect to work/school accounts to learn how.

Change your password, picture and other account settings

You can change your password, add or change the picture for your account, and connect to or disconnect from a Microsoft account. Here’s how:

Step 1:  Open Start Windows logo, select your profile picture, and select Change account settings.
Step 2: 

Change your account settings by selecting one of the options on the left:

  • Your account.
    You can you can add or create an account picture, connect or disconnect from a Microsoft account, and access other account settings online.
  • Sign-in options.
    You can change your password, create a picture password or PIN, and choose whether a password is required when waking your Surface from sleep. To make these changes, you’ll need your account password. If you don’t have a password, you can create one here.
  • Work or school..
    If you have an account on a network that you sign in to for work or school, you can connect your Surface to that network. Ask your network administrator or IT department for the info you’ll need to join that network.
  • Sync your settings..
    Your Microsoft account makes it easy to have the same theme, apps and browser settings on all your devices. If you’d rather that some of these settings be unique to your Surface, you can turn off sync here. For more info, see How to turn syncing on and off.

Add an account to your Surface

Step 1:  Sign in with an administrator account.
Step 2:  Open Start Windows logo, select your profile picture, and select Change account settings.
Step 3:  Select Family & other users > Add someone else to this PC.
Step 4:  Follow the on-screen instructions to set up the account.

You can change account levels after you set up an account. To learn how, see Change another user’s account type, below.

Create a child account on your Surface

Step 1:  Sign in with an administrator account.
Step 2:  Open Start Windows logo, select your profile picture, and select Change account settings.
Step 3:  Select Family & other users.
Step 4: 

Under Your family, select Add a family member > Add a child, and choose one of the following:

  • To use the child's existing Microsoft account email address, enter the child's email address, and select Next.
  • To create a Microsoft account for the child, select The person I want to invite doesn’t have an email address. Follow the on-screen instructions to either associate the new Microsoft account with an email account that the child currently uses or set up a new account.

If you want to limit your child's computer time or limit the apps, websites and games your child can access, you can. See Keep your kids safer on the PC to learn how to turn on Family Safety features that are built into Windows.

For more info on adding, removing and managing your accounts or your kids’ accounts, see All about accounts.

+ Power states: On, off, sleep and restart

Here's how to turn Surface on and off and restart.

State

What to do

On or wake Press and release the power button on your Surface. Or, press the top button on Surface Pen to wake up your Surface.
If nothing happens, connect the power supply and press the power button again.
If your Surface still doesn’t turn on, see Surface won’t turn on, Windows won't start, or the battery won't charge.
Off or shut down Go to Start Windows logo, and select Power windows-10-power-icon > Shut down.
InstantGo

Do any of the following:

  • Press and release the power button on the top edge of your Surface.
  • Don’t use your Surface for a few minutes.
  • Go to Start Windows logo, and select Power windows-10-power-icon > Sleep.
  • Close your Typing Cover.
    (Only the Type Cover designed for Surface Pro 3 puts it into InstantGo. If you’re using a different Typing Cover, closing it won’t put Surface Pro 3 into InstantGo.)
Restart

Go to Start Windows logo, and select Power windows-10-power-icon > Restart.

For more info, see Surface power states.

+ Browse the Internet

Microsoft Edge works with Cortana to help you get the most from the Internet—and you can use your Surface Pen or your finger to create Web Notes that you can save or share.

Browsing tips

  • Select Add to favourites and reading list Star icon in Microsoft Edge to add a page to your reading list or a favourites folder.
  • Select the Hub Icon in Microsoft Edge for viewing favourites, reading list, history, or downloads. to view items in your Favourites folders Star icon in Microsoft Edge, Reading list Reading list icon in Microsoft Edge, History History list icon in Microsoft Edge or Downloads Downloads list icon in Microsoft Edge.

For more info, see Meet Microsoft Edge and Meet Cortana.

+ Get to know your Surface Pro 3

Here’s a quick overview of Surface Pro 3.

Surface Pro 3 hardware features
Surface Pro 3 hardware features
Connect a Cover
Connect a Typing Cover to Surface Pro 3

Surface Typing Covers snap into place. (Sold separately.)
For more info, see Surface Pro 3 features

+ Using touch with Surface

Here are some of the ways you can interact with the Surface touchscreen.

+ Getting to know Windows

New to Windows 8.1? Here’s a video to get you started.

Keep Surface performing its best by getting the latest performance and security updates. See Install Surface and Windows updates.

+ Working with apps

Apps to help you stay connected, entertained, informed and productive come pre-installed and ready to use on your Surface. Here’s how to use them.

You can install more apps and programs from the Windows Store, websites, or a CD or DVD.

For more info, see Install and uninstall apps.

+ Using Surface Pen and OneNote

OneNote tile

Use Surface Pen, included with your Surface Pro 3, to quickly open OneNote, take screenshots, mark up presentations, sign documents and enjoy art apps.

Surface Pen with buttons labelled

Before you use your Surface Pen, you’ll need to:

  • Install the AAAA battery

  • Pair the pen with Surface Pro 3

If you didn’t pair your pen during setup, you can do it manually. See Surface Pen setup to learn how.

If you have a problems using or pairing your pen, see Troubleshoot Surface Pen for help.

Click – Write – Done

Click the top of Surface Pen to open OneNote

Click the top of the Surface Pen and start writing a Quick Note – like a yellow sticky that you’ll never lose. You don’t even need to unlock your Surface.

Click again to write another note, or press the power button on your Surface to put the screen back to sleep.

Signed in? Click to open OneNote

Surface Pen

While you’re signed in on your Surface, click the top of the pen to open your latest notes. Add a Quick Note, write in any of your OneNote notebooks, or review and organise the notes you wrote while Surface was locked.

Your notes are automatically saved in OneNote and synced to your OneDrive (online cloud storage), so you can keep your notes, clippings, sketches, photos and files organised, and accessible from anywhere.

Double-click to save a screenshot to OneNote

Double-click the top button on the Surface Pen to take a screenshot. Then, select what you want to capture in the screenshot by dragging the tip of the pen from one corner of your selection to the opposite corner. When you lift the pen tip, your selection appears in a new page in OneNote.

taking a screenshot

As many notebooks, sections and pages as you need

Many notebooks, all in OneNote

Create as many notebooks as you need – they’re all right there in OneNote. Use sections, pages and tags to make things easy to find. Find what you need in a flash by searching one notebook, or all of them.

OneNote notebooks, sections and pages
View your notebooks, and the sections and pages in the current notebook.

Each Quick Note is its own page.

You can drag any page into the notebook and section where it belongs.

Send a page or share a notebook

Share your OneNote page

Send a page

Swipe in from the right and tap or click Share to email the notebook page you’re viewing.

Share a OneNote notebook

Share a notebook

To get a link to a whole notebook that you can paste into an email or file, right-click the notebook in the list of your notebooks, then tap or click Copy Link to Notebook.

What people are able to see depends on the settings for the OneDrive folder the notebook is in. For info on setting permissions, see Share files and folders.

Get more features with OneNote 2013

For even more OneNote features, install or activate OneNote 2013. Download it for free from the OneNote 2013 download page. Once it’s installed, you can choose which OneNote app opens with Surface Pen. For more info on using OneNote and OneNote 2013 together, see Using OneNote on Surface.

+ Using Type Cover touchpad and keyboard

The specially designed Type Cover for Surface Pro 3 clicks into place, giving you a traditional keyboard, gesture-enabled touchpad and protective cover all in one slim package.

The Type Cover touchpad

The touchpad on the Type Cover for Surface Pro 3 (sold separately) has right-click and left-click buttons, and supports gestures.

Surface Cover touchpad right-click and left-click buttons

Here are the gestures you can use on the touchpad:

Touchpad settings

If your cursor jumps while you type, or the touchpad seems to respond too quickly to accidental touches, you can change touchpad settings to make it work the way you like. Or, you can turn the touchpad off altogether. To change these and other settings, attach the Cover, then go to Settings >Change PC settings > PC and devices > Mouse and touchpad. For more info, see Change touchpad settings in PC Settings.

The Type Cover keyboard

Type Cover for Surface Pro 3 has a standard keyboard layout and includes backlit keys. Special shortcut keys and function keys help you do common tasks quickly. For detailed info about adjusting keyboard backlighting, using the shortcut keys, and more, see Type Cover.

When you want to use your Surface as a tablet, simply fold the Cover back––or close it when you’re on the go. When Type Cover for Surface Pro 3 is closed, it protects your touchscreen and puts your Surface to sleep.

+ Set up your email

Use the Mail app or Outlook, if you have it, to read and respond to email messages from your email accounts. Here’s how to get started.

OutlookMail
Mail app tile

Mail app

The first time you start the Mail app:

If you signed in to Surface with a Microsoft account, your mail account is already set up. You can add other accounts, from Outlook, Gmail, AOL, Yahoo!, and even your work email (Exchange ActiveSync).

If you signed in to Surface with a local account, your mail account isn’t yet set up. You’ll need to get a Microsoft account, then use the email address from your Microsoft account to begin using the Mail app on your Surface. Then you’ll be able to add other accounts. See Switch a local account to a Microsoft account.

To add an email account in the Mail app:

Step 1:  On the Start screen, tap or click Mail.
Step 2:  Swipe in from the right edge of the screen and tap Settings.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the top-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and click Settings.)
Step 3:  Tap or click Accounts, and tap or click Add an account.
Step 4:  Choose the type of account you want to add, and follow the on-screen instructions.
Outlook 2013 tile

Outlook 2013

If you already have Outlook 2013 installed, here’s how to add an email account:

Step 1:  On the Start screen, tap or click Outlook 2013.
Account setup starts the first time you start Outlook.
Step 2:  On the Account Setup page, tap or click Next.
Step 3:  On the Add an Email Account page, tap or click Yes, and tap or click Next.
Step 4:  On the Auto Account Setup page, enter your account info (name, email address and password), and tap or click Next.

After Outlook completes setup, tap or click Finish or Add another account.

Notes

  • If Account setup doesn’t start when you tap or click Outlook 2013, you already have an account set up. To add another account, open Outlook, tap or click File, and under Account Information, tap or click Add Account.
  • To learn about your options for using Outlook on Surface 3, see Install and use Microsoft Office on Surface Pro or Surface 3.

+ Moving files to your Surface

You can easily add music, pictures, videos and documents to your Surface.

Use OneDrive to add files
Move files to OneDrive and access them from your Surface

Add whatever files you like to your OneDrive so that you can access them from your Surface. Make sure you use the same Microsoft account (email and password) for OneDrive that you use to sign into your Surface.

First, add files to your OneDrive. Here’s how:

Step 1:  Go to the computer with the files that you want to copy to Surface.
Step 2:  Go to OneDrive.com and upload your files. (To find out how, see Upload photos and files.)

Once files are on OneDrive, use the OneDrive app on Surface to access them. Here’s how:

Step 1:  From the Start screen, tap or click OneDrive.
Step 2:  Navigate to the folder with the files that you want.
Step 3: 

Do one of the following:

  • Open: Tap or click a file.
  • Download: Swipe down on a file (or right-click), then tap or click Make offline.

Files that are available offline are stored locally on your Surface and can be opened without an Internet connection. For more info, see Using OneDrive on Surface.

Use removable media to add files

Music, pictures and videos on removable media automatically appear in the Photos, Music and Video apps. This way you don’t have to add files to your Surface.

You also can add files to Surface from a USB flash drive or from a microSD card.

USB port on Surface Pro 3
microSD card slot on Surface Pro 3

For more info, see Move files to your Surface.

+ Accounts on your Surface

The account you use to sign in on your Surface stores your settings, preferences, and more. For the best experience, use a Microsoft account (and email address and password) to sign in. That gives you seamless access to your Windows Store apps, social media, and backs up your files and photos in the cloud.

Microsoft account or local account: See which kind of account you’re using

Step 1:  Swipe in from the right edge of the screen and tap Settings.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the top-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and click Settings.)
Step 2:  Tap or click Change PC settings.
Step 3: 

Tap or click Accounts.
Info about your account appears under your name:

  • If you see an email address, then you’re using a Microsoft account.
  • If you see Local account, your account is just on your Surface (not connected to the cloud). To switch to a Microsoft account, tap or click Connect your Microsoft account.
  • If a you see a network domain (domain name\username), then you’re using a domain account, such as an account for your workplace. To connect your Microsoft account to your domain account, tap or click Connect your Microsoft account. See Connect your Microsoft account to your domain account to learn how.

Change your password, picture and other account settings

You can change your password, add or change the picture for your account, and connect to or disconnect from a Microsoft account. Here’s how:

Step 1:  From the Start screen, 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 Accounts.
Step 4: 

Next you can change settings on your account:

  • Tap or click Your account.
    You can you can add or create an account picture, connect or disconnect from a Microsoft account, and access other account settings online.
  • Tap or click Sign in options.
    You can change your password, create a picture password or PIN, and choose whether a password is required when waking Surface from sleep. To make these changes, you’ll need your account password. If you don’t have a password, you can create one here.

How do I add an account to my Surface?

Step 1:  Sign in with an administrator account.
Step 2:  From the Start screen, 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 3:  Tap or click Change PC settings.
Step 4:  Tap or click Accounts, then tap or click Other accounts.
Step 5:  Tap or click Add an account.
Step 6: 

Next, do one of the following:

  • If the new account will sign in using an existing Microsoft account email address, enter it, then tap or click Next.
  • If the new account will sign in using a new Microsoft account email address, tap or click Sign up for a new email address, enter the requested info, then tap or click Next.
  • If the new account will sign in without a Microsoft account, tap or click Sign in without a Microsoft account (not recommended), then tap or click Local account. You can connect the local account to a Microsoft account later.
  • If the new account will be a child’s account, tap or click Add a child’s account.
Step 7:  Follow the prompts to set up the account.

You can change account levels after you set up an account. To learn how, see Change another user’s account type, below.

How to create a child account

Step 1:  Sign in with an administrator account.
Step 2:  From the Start screen, 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 3:  Tap or click Change PC settings.
Step 4:  Tap or click Accounts, then tap or click Other accounts.
Step 5:  Tap or click Add an account, then tap or click Add a child’s account.
Step 6: 

Next, do one of the following:

  • If you want to use the child's existing Microsoft account email address, enter the child's email address, then click Next.
  • If you want to create a new email address for the child, tap or click Sign up for a new email address, enter the requested info, then tap or click Next.
  • If you don't want the child to use an email address, tap or click Add a child’s account without email, enter the requested info, then tap or click Next.
Step 7:  Follow the prompts to set up the account.

If you want to limit your child's computer time or limit the apps, websites and games your child can access, you can. See Keep your kids safer on the PC to learn how to turn on Family Safety features that are built into Windows.

For more info on adding, removing and managing your accounts or your kids’ accounts, see All about accounts.

+ Power states: On, off, sleep and restart

Here's how to turn Surface on and off and restart.

Power button on Start screen
  • State

    What to do

  • On or wake

    Press and release the power button on your Surface. Or, press the top button on Surface Pen to wake up Surface.

    If nothing happens, connect the power supply and press the power button again

  • Off or shut down

    Do either of the following:

    • On the Start screen, tap or click Power > Shut down.

    • Open the Settings charm, tap or click Power > Shut down.

  • Sleep

    Do any of the following:

    • Press and release the power button on your Surface

    • Don’t use Surface for a few minutes.

    • Open the Settings charm, tap or click Power > Sleep.

    • Close your Type Cover for Surface Pro 3. (Only Type Cover for Surface Pro 3 puts it into this state. If you’re using an earlier Typing Cover, use one of the other methods above.)

  • Restart

    Do either of the following:

    • On the Start screen, tap or click Power > Restart.

    • Open the Settings charm, tap or click Power > Restart.

For more info, see Surface Pro power states.

+ Browse the Internet

Surface comes with two versions of Internet Explorer that share the same browsing history and settings – touch-friendly Internet Explorer and Internet Explorer for the desktop.

Internet Explorer on Start screen
Start screen app
Internet Explorer for the desktop
Desktop app

Browsing tips

  • Swipe across the screen to return to sites you’ve visited during a browsing session, or tap or click the address bar to see sites you visit often.
  • You can switch quickly between favourites and tabs by tapping or clicking the Favourites button or Tab button in the app commands. Tap or click the down arrow next to Favourites to switch between displaying your favourite sites. Pick between All, the Favourite Bar, or Pinned to Start.
  • Use the Share charm to share web pages with friends. For more info, see Share photos, links and more.

Change your home page

Change your Internet Explorer home page
Step 1:  From the Start screen, tap or click Internet Explorer.
Step 2:  Go to a page that you'd like to set as a home page.
Step 3:  Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Settings.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the bottom-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, then click Settings.)
Step 4:  Tap or click Options, and under Home pages, tap or click Customise.
Step 5:  Tap or click Add current site, edit the URL if you'd like, then tap or click Add to make the site one of your home pages.

Your web favourites

You can pin sites to your Start screen or add sites to your browser favourites. Here’s how:

Step 1:  Swipe up from the bottom edge (or right-click) to bring up the app commands
Step 2:  Tap or click the Favourites button.
Step 3:  Tap or click the Pin site button, then tap or click Pin to Start
or
Tap or click Add to favourites, then tap or click Add.
See Browse the web with Internet Explorer for more info.

+ Protect your Surface

In addition to the standard limited warranty, you can protect your new Surface with Microsoft Complete.


Answer Desk

With Microsoft Complete, you get:

  • 2 years of technical support from Answer Desk.

  • An additional year of limited warranty coverage.

  • Accidental damage protection—even from drops and spills.*

Ask about Microsoft Complete where Surface is sold.

Business customers: Your extended warranty options may vary. See Microsoft Surface Support for Business for more information.

*Deductible applies for Accidental Damage Claims: Limit 2 Claims