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 slim traditional keyboard with moving keys. You get the speed and feel of a classic keyboard, and you can go from tablet to laptop in an instant.


Touch Cover magnetically clicks into place and provides protection for your Surface touchscreen. All Surface Touch Covers have a standard keyboard layout, shortcut keys, and a two-button touchpad that supports gestures.

For more info about touchpad taps and gestures, see Touchpad use and settings. You can use touchpad settings to minimize accidental taps that make the cursor jump unexpectedly. See Change the touchpad settings for details.

Click the Cover into place

Touch Cover magnetically attaches to Surface.

To attach a Touch Cover to your Surface, bring the two close together until the Cover aligns and clicks into place.

Once the Cover is connected, it stays put. When you want to remove it, just pull it away.

The Surface keyboard clicks in to place

Fold the Cover back

Fold the cover back to use your Surface as a tablet. While the Cover is folded back, key presses won’t be detected.

To type text while the Cover is folded back, tap in a text field or 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.

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.

Note
Opening Touch Cover won’t wake Surface Pro 3 from sleep, and closing Touch Cover won’t turn of the screen or put it to sleep. Instead, press the power button on Surface Pro 3 when you close Touch Cover to save power.

Use the touchpad

All Surface Touch Covers have a standard keyboard, shortcut keys for common tasks, and a touchpad.

Use the touchpad

Right-click and left-click buttons on Touch Cover

Your touchpad has right-click and left-click buttons, and supports gestures. For detailed info about the touchpad gestures, see Touchpad use and settings.

Adjust touchpad settings

If the touchpad is too quick to respond to accidental touches, you can change a setting to make it work the way you like, or turn the touchpad off altogether.

If you’re using a Touch Cover 2 with Surface 2, Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2 or Surface Pro 3, attach the Cover and go to Settings >Change PC settings > PC and devices > Mouse and touchpad.

For more info, or if you have a different Surface and Cover, see Change the touchpad settings.

Use the keyboard

Use special keys

Surface Covers have shortcut keys for opening Windows charms, playing audio or video, and more. Keys on the top row double as function keys--hold down the Fn key while you press the key. If you use function keys a lot, you can lock these keys in function mode. For more info, see Lock keys into function mode, below.

The Fn key also works in combination with other keys to do certain things.

Here are the special keys and the special Fn key combinations:

Decrease backlighting by pressing F1
Decreases keyboard backlighting*
Increase backlighting by pressing F2
Increases keyboard backlighting*
Mute key
Turns audio muting on or off
Volume-down key
Turns volume down**
volume up key
Turns volume up**
Play/Pause key
Play or pause audio or video
Search charm key
Opens the Search charm
Share charm key
Opens the Share charm
Devices charm key
Opens the Devices charm
Settings charm key
Opens the Settings charm
Windows logo key
Opens the Start screen
Fn+Del
Increase screen brightness
Fn+Backspace
Decrease screen brightness
Fn+Spacebar
Places a screenshot of the entire screen or screens onto your Windows clipboard
Fn+Alt+Spacebar
Places a screenshot of your active window onto your Windows clipboard
* These keys are only available on Covers with backlighting.
** These keys are only available on Covers without backlighting.

Lock keys into function mode

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.
    Pressing the key by itself gives you the function key (F3 instead of mute key, for example), and Fn plus the key gives you the special key. For example, to mute the speaker, press Fn+ mute key.
  • To turn off the function key lock, press Fn+Caps again.

Use a mouse

If you prefer using a mouse to using the touchpad on your Type Cover, connect a USB or Bluetooth mouse. For info, see Connect a mouse, printer, and more.

For info on disabling the touchpad, see Touchpad use and settings.

Text suggestions

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

To switch between suggestions:

  • Swipe right or left on the Spacebar.

To insert the highlighted suggestion:

  • Tap 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, and click Settings.)
Step 2: Tap or click Change PC settings, then 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.

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, and 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.
Note
To adjust the volume, use the volume button on the left side of Surface. See Surface sound, volume, and audio accessories for more info.

Use 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 you’re having trouble with your Touch Cover, see Troubleshoot your Surface Cover.