Applies to

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


Which file types are supported on Surface?

Surface comes with apps you can use to play, display, and edit many common file types. You may be able to use files in other formats by installing other apps from the Windows Store.


Surface RT, Surface 2: Apps in the Windows Store will allow you to play, display, and edit more file types.

Surface Pro models and Surface 3: Adding Windows Media Center or installing other apps and programs will allow you to play, view, and edit files in other formats. See Get started with Windows Media Center.

Use File Explorer to find out what format a file is in:

Step 1: Tap and hold the file. (Right-click it if you’re using a mouse).
Step 2: Tap or click Properties.
Step 3:Next to Type of file, the file type is listed, and next to Opens with, the name of the app that can open the file is listed. If you need help using File Explorer, see How to work with files and folders.

Audio files that Surface can play

File and stream formats
Codecs or components
MPEG-41
AAC1
MP31
HE-AAC1
ASF1
Dolby Digital (non-disc)
AAC LATM
Dolby Digital Plus (non-disc)
AAC LOAS
MP31
ADTS
WMA1 (Standard, Pro, Lossless)
WAV 1

MPEG-1 Layer I, Layer II

MPEG-2

ULAW

PCM

ADPCM

1Recommended for use with apps from the Windows Store.

Video files that Surface can play

File and stream formats
Codecs or components
Codec supported on Windows RT
Native codec supported on Windows 8.1 Pro
MPEG-43
H.2643
Yes
Yes
ASF3
H.263
Yes
Hardware-dependent
MPEG-2 PS
Motion JPEG
Yes
Hardware-dependent
MPEG-2 TS
MPEG-12
No
Yes
3GPP
MPEG-22
No
Yes
3GPP2
MPEG-4 (Part 2)
Yes
Hardware-dependent
AVI
VC-13
Yes
Yes
WMV 9
Yes
Yes
WMV 7, 8
No
No
DV
No
No
Raw (NV12, YUY2, RGB32)
No
NA
2Requires Windows 8.1 Media Center Pack or Windows 8.1 Pro Pack.
3Recommended for use with apps from the Windows Store.

Picture and video file types the Photo app can display and edit

The Photo app can display and edit many kinds of picture and video files. The following table shows what you can do with each of the file types the Photo app can display.

File type
Import
Fix
Tags
BMP
No
No
Windows 8.1 Pro only
JFIF
Yes
Yes
Yes
JPEG
Yes
Yes
Yes
PNG
Yes
No
Windows 8 Pro only
TIFF
Yes
Yes
Yes
WPD
Yes
Yes
Yes
ASF
Yes
No
Yes
AVI
Yes
No
Windows 8 Pro only
MPEG
Yes
No
Windows 8 Pro only
WMV
Yes
No
Yes
DVR-MS
No
No
Yes
  • Import means you can use Import Pictures and Videos to transfer the file from your camera.
  • Fix means you can use the Photo app to edit the file.
  • Tags means you can add tags and other properties to the file such as ratings.

Other file types that Surface can use

  • If you’ve installed Microsoft Office or you have an active Office 365 subscription, you can view and edit Microsoft Office files in the formats used in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other Office apps.
  • You can use the Reader app or install a PDF reader such as Adobe Acrobat from the Windows Store to view PDF files.