Applies to

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

Type Cover

Type 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.

Type Cover magnetically clicks into place and provides protection for your Surface touchscreen. All Surface Type 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

Type Cover magnetically attaches to Surface.

To attach a Type 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

If you’re using the Type Cover designed for Surface Pro 3, you can pleat the back edge of it up against Surface. This provides extra stability when you’re working on your lap.

Stabilizing magnets hold the keyboard securely.

Type Cover magnetic feature on Surface Pro 3

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.

Fold the Cover back

Close the Cover

Type 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.

Type Cover for Surface Pro 3 will put your Surface Pro 3 to sleep when you close the Cover. If you use an earlier model Cover with Surface Pro 3, press the power button when you close the Cover to save power. For more info about this, see Surface Pro power states: On, off, sleep, and hibernate.

Use the touchpad

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

Use the touchpad

Surface Cover touchpad right-click and left-click buttons on Type Cover v.1 and Surface Pro 3 Type Cover

Touchpad buttons on the earliest model of Type Cover and on Type Cover for Surface Pro 3

Surface Cover touchpad right-click and left-click buttons

Touchpad buttons on all other Typing Covers

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 one of these Covers
With one of these Surface models
  • Type Cover 2
  • Type Cover for Surface Pro 3
  • Power Cover
  • 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.

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, or takes you back to your most recent app if you’re already on Start
Increase screen brightness
Decrease screen brightness
Places a screenshot of the entire screen or screens onto your Windows clipboard
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.

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 Type Cover, see Troubleshoot your Surface Cover.