Applies to

Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro 3, Surface 3.

Applies to

Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro 3, Surface 3.

Applies to

Surface RT, Surface 2.

Operating system:

Surface power states

Learn how to turn Surface on, shut it down, restart and wake it, and put it into a power-saving state.


Power button on Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2
Power button on Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2
Power button on Surface 3
Power button on Surface 3
Power button on Surface Pro 3
Power button on Surface Pro 3

To turn on your Surface, press the power button and wait few seconds.

Sleep or InstantGo and hibernation

If you don’t use your Surface for a few minutes, the screen turns off and your Surface goes into a power-saving state. Sleep on Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 allows them to resume quickly when you want to start working again. The power-saving state built into Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3—called InstantGo—allows them to resume even more quickly.

If you don’t use your Surface for several hours, it will hibernate. Hibernation saves your work and turns off your Surface. When you start up your Surface again, you’re back where you left off.

To change when the screen dims or turns off, or when your Surface goes into power-saving sleep or InstantGo mode, see Surface battery and power.

On, off, sleep or InstantGo, and restart

Here’s a quick overview of the Surface Pro and Surface 3 power states.

On or wake
Press and release the power button on 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 > Shut down.
Sleep
(Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2)

and

InstantGo
(Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3)
Do any of the following:
  • Press and release the power button on your Surface.
  • Don’t use your Surface for a few minutes.
  • Go to Start Windows logo, and select Power > Sleep.
  • Close your Typing Cover.
    (Only the Type Cover designed for Surface Pro 3 or the Type Cover designed for Surface 3 puts either into InstantGo. If you’re using an earlier Typing Cover, closing it won’t put Surface Pro 3 or Surface 3 into InstantGo.)
Restart
Go to Start Windows logo, and select Power > Restart.
Notes
  • You can also press Ctrl+Alt+Delete, select Power in the lower-right corner, and choose Sleep, Shut down, or Restart.
  • From the desktop, press and hold (or right-click) the Start button in the lower-left corner, select Shut down or sign out, and choose an option.

Wake and unlock

There are a few ways to wake Surface:

  • Press any key on your Surface Typing Cover.
  • Press and release the power button on your Surface.
  • Press and release the Windows Windows button button on the Surface touchscreen.

To unlock your Surface:

Step 1: Swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen or press a key.
Step 2: At the sign-in screen, enter your password, and your Surface is ready to use.
If you need help signing in, see Sign in and out of your Surface.

Lock

To lock your Surface, do any of the following:

  • Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete, and select Lock.
  • Press the Windows logo key Windows logo +L.
  • Go to Start Windows logo, select your account picture, and select Lock.

Surface power states

Learn how to turn Surface on, shut it down, restart and wake it, and put it into a power-saving state.


Power button on Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2

Power button on Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2

Power button on Surface 3

Power button on Surface 3

Power button on Surface Pro 3
Power button on Surface Pro 3

To turn on Surface, press the power button, and wait few seconds.

Sleep or InstantGo and hibernation

If you don’t use Surface for a few minutes, the screen turns off and Surface goes into a power-saving state. Sleep on Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 allows them to quickly resume when you want to start working again. The power-saving state built into Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3—called InstantGo—resumes even more quickly.

If you don’t use Surface for several hours, it will hibernate. Hibernation saves your work, and then turns off your Surface. When you start up your Surface again, you’re back where you left off.

To change when the screen dims or turns off, or when Surface goes into power-saving sleep or InstantGo, see Surface battery and power.

On, off, sleep or InstantGo, and restart

Here’s a quick overview of the Surface Pro power states.

On or wake
Press and release the power button on 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
Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and tap Settings > Power > Shut down.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and click Settings > Power > Shut down.)
Sleep
(Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2)

and

InstantGo
(Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3)
Do any of the following:
  • Press and release the power button on your Surface.
  • Don’t use Surface for a few minutes.
  • Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and tap Settings > Power > Sleep.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and click Settings > Power > Sleep.)
  • Close your Typing Cover.
    (Only the Type Cover designed for Surface Pro 3, or the Type Cover designed for Surface 3, puts either into InstantGo. If you’re using an earlier Typing Cover, closing it won’t put Surface Pro 3 or Surface 3 into InstantGo.)
Restart
Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and tap Settings > Power > Restart.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and click Settings > Power > Restart.)
Notes
  • You can also press Ctrl+Alt+Delete, tap or click the Power button (in the lower-right corner), and choose Sleep, Shut down, or Restart.
  • From the desktop, tap and hold (or right-click) the Start button in the lower-left corner, tap or click Shut down or sign out, and then choose an option.

Wake and unlock

There are a few ways to wake Surface:

  • Press any key on your Surface Typing Cover.
  • Press and release the power button on your Surface.
  • Press and release the Windows Windows button button on the Surface touchscreen.

To unlock Surface:

Step 1: Swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen or press a key.
Step 2: At the sign in screen, enter your password and Surface is ready to use.
If you need help signing in to Surface, see Sign in and out of your Surface.

Lock

To lock Surface, do any of the following:

  • Tap or click your account picture in the upper-right corner of the Start screen, and tap or click Lock.
  • Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete, and tap or click Lock.
  • Press Windows logo key Windows logo key+L.

Surface power states

Learn how to turn Surface on, shut it down, restart and wake it, and put it into a power-saving state.


Power button on Surface RT and Surface 2
Power button on Surface RT and Surface 2

To turn on Surface, press the power button, and wait a few seconds.

Sleep or InstantGo

If you don’t use Surface for a few minutes, it goes into power-saving sleep state called InstantGo. InstantGo allows Surface to quickly resume when you want to start working again.

To change when the screen dims, turns off, or when Surface goes to sleep, see Surface battery and power.

On, off, InstantGo, and restart

Here’s a quick overview of the Surface power states.
On or wake
Press and release the power button on 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
Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and tap Settings, tap Power, and then tap Shut down.

(If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Settings, click Power, and the click Shut down.)

Surface 2: You can also press and hold the power button for 2 seconds, and then swipe down on the screen.
InstantGo or sleep
Do any of the following:
  • Close your Surface Typing Cover.
  • Press and release the power button on your Surface.
  • Don’t use Surface for a few minutes.
  • Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and tap Settings, tap Power, and then tap Sleep.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Settings, click Power, and the click Sleep.)
Restart

Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and tap Settings, tap Power, and then tap Restart.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and click Settings, and click Power, and then click Restart.)

Notes
  • You can also press Ctrl+Alt+Delete, tap or click the Power Power icon button (in the lower-right corner), then choose Sleep, Shut down, or Restart.
  • From the desktop, you can right-click the Start button in the lower-left corner, and then choose Shut down or sign out.

Wake and unlock

There are a few ways to wake Surface:

  • Simply open your Surface Typing Cover if it’s closed.
  • Press and release the power button on your Surface.
  • Press and release the Windows Windows button button on the Surface touchscreen.

To unlock Surface:

Step 1: Swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen or press a key.
Step 2: When the sign-in screen appears, type your password and Surface is ready to use.
If you need help signing in to Surface, see Sign in and out of your Surface.

Lock

To lock Surface, do any of the following:

  • Tap or click your name in the upper-right corner of the Start screen, and then tap or click Lock.
  • Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete and then tap or click Lock.
  • Press Windows logo key Windows logo key icon+L.