Applies to

Surface RT, Surface 2, Surface 3, 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 might make the cursor jump unexpectedly. See Change the touchpad settings for details.

Click the Cover into place

Type Cover magnetically attaches to Surface—simply 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.

Cover snaps into place magnetically

If you have a Type Cover for Surface Pro 3 or a Surface 3 Type Cover, 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 against your Surface.

Covers for Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3 support an angled typing position

Fold the Cover back

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

To type text while the Cover is back, tap the screen anywhere 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.

Closing the Cover only turns off Surface if your Cover and your Surface are the same size. If your Surface and Cover are different sizes, press the power button when you close the Cover to save power.

Use the touchpad

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

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

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

Touchpad buttons on Touch Covers and Type Cover 2

Touchpad buttons on all other Type Covers

Adjust touchpad settings

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

How you change your touchpad settings depends on which Cover and which Surface you have.

If you have one of these Covers
With one of these Surface models
Attach the Cover and go to

Type Cover 2

Type Cover for Surface Pro 3

Surface 3 Type Cover

Power Cover

Surface 2

Surface Pro

Surface Pro 2

Surface Pro 3

Surface 3

Settings >Change PC settings > PC and devices > Mouse and touchpad, and under Touchpad, choose the settings you’d like to change

Use the keyboard

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

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

Key icon
What it does
Decrease backlighting by pressing F1
Decreases keyboard backlighting1
Increase backlighting by pressing F2
Increases keyboard backlighting1
Mute key
Turns audio muting on or off
Volume-down key
Turns volume down2
volume up key
Turns volume up2
Play/Pause key
Play or pause audio or video
Dim screen icon
Dims the screen3
Brighten screen icon
Brightens the screen3
Search button key
Opens the Search charm4
Share charm key
Opens the Share charm4
Devices charm key
Opens the Devices charm4
Settings charm key
Opens the Settings charm4
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
1 These keys are only available on Covers that have backlighting.
2 These keys are only available on Covers that don’t have backlighting.
3 These keys are only available on Surface 3 Type Cover.
4 These keys are available on all Covers except for Surface 3 Type Cover.

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.

When the function keys are locked, pressing a key on the top row by itself gives you the function key (F3 instead of Mute key, for example). Fn plus the key gives you the special key. For example, to mute the speaker, press Fn+ Mute key.

To lock and unlock the Fn keys:

  • Type Cover, Type Cover 2, and Type Cover for Surface Pro 3

    Hold down the Fn key and press the Caps key to lock the Fn keys. Press Fn+Caps again to unlock them.

  • Surface 3 Type Cover
    Press just the Fn key to lock the Fn keys. Press just the Fn key again to unlock them.
    A light appears on the Fn key when you’ve locked the keys into function mode.

Use a mouse or disable the touchpad

If you prefer using a mouse to using a touchpad, you can connect a USB or Bluetooth® mouse. For info, see Connect a USB mouse, printer, and more and Add a Bluetooth device.

To learn how to disable 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. See Input method editors for how-to info. These settings stay with your Surface and apply to any Cover you attach. If you use your Cover on another Surface, the input methods you set for that Surface will apply.

Having trouble?

If you’re having trouble with your Type Cover, see Troubleshoot your Surface Cover.