Applies to

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


Type Cover

Type Cover is a slim traditional keyboard with moving keys. It gives you the speed and feel of a classic keyboard, and lets you go from tablet to laptop in an instant.


Type Cover magnetically clicks into place and provides protection for your Surface touchscreen. With Type Cover 2, you can adjust the brightness of the backlit keys with a touch, and use an expanded set of gestures on the touchpad.

Type Cover is magnetic

Type Cover magnetically attaches to Surface.

The Surface keyboard clicks in to place

To attach Type Cover to your Surface, simply bring the two close together. When Type Cover gets close, it aligns and clicks into place. You can attach any Type Cover to any Surface and start typing. The covers are fully compatible between versions.

Once the Cover is connected, it stays put. You can easily remove the Type Cover if you’d like. Just pull it away.

Type Cover layout

Type Cover has a standard keyboard, shortcut keys for common tasks, and a touchpad.

Type Cover layout

Windows charms

The top row of keys on right side of the keyboard give you quick access to Windows charms.

Window charms on Touch Cover

  • Search (F5): Find apps, settings, and files.
  • Share (F6): Share things like links and photos.
  • Devices (F7): Send files and stream movies to TVs or printers.
  • Settings (F8): Open settings.

Type Cover 2: Brightness keys

The keys on a Type Cover 2 are backlit when connected to a Surface or a Wireless Adapter for Typing Covers.

Type Cover 2 has brightness keys next to the Esc key.

Adjust backlit keyboard brightness, mute the speakers, and play/pause.

Type Cover: Media keys

Earlier Type Cover has volume controls.

Media keys on earlier Type Cover

Mute, volume down, volume up, and play/pause.

Windows key

Press Windows logo key icon to go to the Start screen. Or if you’re already at the Start screen, it switches to the last app.

Touchpad

Drag your finger on the touchpad to move the on-screen pointer and use other gestures.
The touchpad on Type Cover 2 also supports additional gestures.

For more details about the touchpad, see Touchpad: A built-in mouse.

Function keys

The Fn or function key toggles the top row of keys on Type Cover between the function keys (F1–F12) and the other function printed on the key. For example, for F5 press Fn + the key with F5 and Search charm.

If you’re using an app that uses function keys a lot, you can temporarily lock the top row of keys in function key mode:

  • Hold down the Fn key and press the Caps key. While the function lock is in use, Fn +function key gives you the printed function. For example if function key lock is on and you want to quickly mute the speaker, press Fn + Search charm.
  • To turn off the function key lock, press Fn+Caps again.

More function keys

For this keyPress this
Page upFn + Up arrow
Page down Fn + Down arrow
HomeFn + Left arrow
End Fn + Right arrow
Increase screen brightness Fn + Del
Decrease screen brightness Fn + Backspace

Text suggestions

As you type on Type Cover 2 or the on-screen keyboard, suggestions appear to help you enter words quickly and correct misspellings.

To insert the highlighted suggestion:

  • Tap the Spacebar.

To switch between suggestions:

  • Swipe right or left on 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, 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.

Fold back Type Cover

If you don’t want to type on Type Cover you can fold it back behind the touchscreen.

When Type Cover is folded back, Surface responds only to the touchscreen. This way you can’t accidently enter text on the keyboard when the cover is folded back. To type text, 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

When you close the cover, the screen turns off. The cover protects the screen while you’re in transit. Surface RT and Surface 2 wake when you open the Cover. When you open the Cover on Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2, press the power button to wake it.

For more info about this, see Surface RT and Surface 2 power states: On, off, standby, and restart or Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 power states: On, off, sleep, and restart.

Using 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.

Can I use a mouse?

Yes. You can use the touchpad as you would use a mouse, or connect a USB or Bluetooth® mouse. In fact, there’s a Wedge Mouse and an Arc Mouse made especially for Surface. For more info, see Wedge Touch Mouse and Arc Touch Mouse for Surface.

For info on using a USB mouse, see Connect a mouse, printer, and more.

Having trouble?

If the Cover isn’t working right, see Troubleshoot your Surface Cover.



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