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.

+ Get to know Windows

New to Windows 10? Get to know the Get Started app.

The Get Started app will help you get the most out of Windows 10. It can help you get on the web, navigate your device, move files, set up printers and hardware, and more. Any time we add new features to Windows 10, the app will update automatically to help you with those, too.

Get Started app

For demos on how to use Windows 10, go to What would you like to do?, select Tablet, and select a task.

Keep your 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.

To see a list of installed apps, go to Start Windows logo and select All apps. Select an app to open it.

To pin an app you use frequently to Start or the taskbar, press and hold the app in the All apps list, then release it. (Or, right-click the app in the All apps list.) Then select Pin to Start or Pin to taskbar.

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

For more info, see How to install programs on Windows 10 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 labeled

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 organize 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 organized 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:

Go to Start Windows icon, and select Settings > 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 perform 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.

Two mail apps
Mail app in Start

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.
Mail app in Start

Outlook 2016

If you already have Outlook 2016 installed, here’s how to add an email account:

Step 1: Go to Start Windows logo, and select Outlook 2016.
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 2016, 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, and 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 2016, you already have an account set up. To add another account, open Outlook, select File > Account Information > Add Account.

+ Moving files to your Surface

Use OneDrive or removable media to add music, pictures, videos, and documents to your Surface.

Set up OneDrive on your Surface Pro 3

If you’ve been keeping files on OneDrive already, Windows 10 makes it easy to get them on your Surface. Here’s how:

Step 1: Go to Start Windows logo, and select All apps > OneDrive.
  or
  Open File Explorer and select OneDrive.
 
Note
If you don’t see your files when you open OneDrive, select Get Started, sign in with the Microsoft account (email and password) that you use to sign in to your Surface, and select Next.
Step 2:

Select the folders that you want to sync to your Surface, and select OK.

Add files to OneDrive from another computer

If you have files on other computers that aren’t using OneDrive, you can still add them to a OneDrive folder that you sync with your Surface. They’ll be downloaded automatically when your Surface has an internet connection. Here’s how:

Step 1: Go to the computer that has the files that you want to copy to your Surface.
Step 2: If you use OneDrive on the other computer, drag the files to your OneDrive folder in File Explorer. The files will be uploaded to OneDrive when you have an Internet connection on that computer.

If you don’t use OneDrive on the other computer, go to OneDrive.com, sign in with the account you use to sign in to your Surface, and upload your files.

You can also remotely add files to OneDrive from another PC:

Step 1: Set up the other PC to allow you to fetch files as described in Fetch files on your PC.
Step 2:

Make sure that PC is turned on and has an internet connection.

Step 3:

Go to OneDrive.com and sign in with the account you use to sign in to your Surface.

Step 4:

Select the PC from the list of PCs.

Select a PC to fetch files from

Step 5:

Navigate to the files you want and select one or more files. Then right-click and choose to Download the file to your Surface or Upload to OneDrive.

Add files to OneDrive from your Surface

The files you keep in the OneDrive folder on your Surface are synced to OneDrive in the cloud whenever you have an Internet connection.

Move or copy existing files:

Step 1: Select File Explorer File explorer icon in the taskbar or press the Windows logo key Windows logo key +E.
Step 2: Open the folder that has the files you want to move or copy to OneDrive and select the files.
Step 3:

Right-click your selection and select Cut or Copy. Then right-click your OneDrive folder and select Paste.

  You also can drag the files you selected to the OneDrive folder to move them. To copy the files, hold down the Ctrl key before you drop the files into the destination folder.

Save files you’re working on to OneDrive

To save a file from a desktop app directly to OneDrive, choose OneDrive in the left panel of the Save As screen and navigate to the folder where you want to save the file.

Accessing your OneDrive files

The files you sync to your Surface are available any time:

Step 1: Go to Start Windows logo key, and select All apps > OneDrive.
  or
 

Select File Explorer File explorer icon in the taskbar,and select OneDrive.

Step 2:

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

To access OneDrive files you don’t sync to your Surface:

Step 1: Set up the other device to allow you to fetch files as described in Fetch files on your PC.
Step 2:

Go to OneDrive.com and sign in with the account you use to sign in to your Surface.

For more info, see OneDrive on your PC.

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

+ 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.

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 About sync settings in Windows 10.

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.

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 Set up your family 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 logo

Microsoft Edge helps you get the most from the Internet—and you can use your Surface Pen or touch to create Web Notes that you can save or share.

To open Microsoft Edge, select it from Start or the taskbar. Or, go to Start Windows logo and select All apps > Microsoft Edge.

Browsing tips

  • Select Add to favorites and reading list Star icon in Microsoft Edge to add a page to your reading list or a favorites folder.
  • Select Hub Hub icon to view items in your Favorites 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.
  • Select Reading view Reading view icon to clear away everything but the article you’re reading. Select it again to view the entire page.

For more info, see Microsoft Edge.

Change your home screen

When you first set up your Surface Pro 3 and open Microsoft Edge, this article appears as your home page. It’s easy to switch to a different home page.

Or set any page you want as your home page. Here’s how:

Step 1: Open Microsoft Edge.
Step 2: If you want a particular page as your home page, go to that page and copy the address from the address bar.
Step 3:

Select See more See more at the far right of the toolbar, and select Settings.

Step 4:

Under Open with, select A specific page or pages, then do one of the following:

 
  • Select MSN from the dropdown list for a home page that’s automatically updated with the latest news.

  • Select Bing from the dropdown list for a home page featuring the Bing search bar and a background photo with hover points.

  • Select Custom in the drop-down box, then paste the page address you copied in Step 2 into the Enter a web address text box. Finally, select the + next to the text box.

    Microsoft Edge settings: add a page to open when you open the browser
 
Note
If you specify a particular Home page, you’ll have a tab with the new address in addition to any tabs you were already using as a Home page whenever you open Microsoft Edge. To reduce the number of tabs that open each time you open Microsoft Edge, Click the X next to the pages you don’t want.

Microsoft Edge settings: remove a home page

+ Other topics

For more information on how to use your Surface Pro 3, visit Surface Support.

+ 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.

+ Get 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 preinstalled 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 labeled

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 organize 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 organized 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, and 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

+ 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), and 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

+ 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 upper-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, and 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, and 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, and 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), and 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, and then tap or click Other accounts.
Step 5: Tap or click Add an account, and 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, and 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, and 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, and 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 favorites and tabs by tapping or clicking the Favorites button or Tab button in the app commands. Tap or click the down arrow next to Favorites to switch between displaying your favorite sites. Pick between All, the Favorite Bar, or Pinned to Start.

  • 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 lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Settings.)
Step 4: Tap or click Options, and under Home pages, tap or click Customize.
Step 5: Tap or click Add current site, edit the URL if you'd like, and then tap or click Add to make the site one of your home pages.

Your web favorites

You can pin sites to your Start screen or add sites to your browser favorites. 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 Favorites button.
Step 3: Tap or click the Pin site button, and then tap or click Pin to Start
or
Tap or click Add to favorites, and 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

+ Other topics

For more information on how to use your Surface Pro 3, visit Surface Support.