Applies to

Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2.

Applies to

Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2.

Operating system

Using the Pro Pen

Learn how to use the Pro Pen to write and draw on your Surface Pro or Surface Pro 2 touchscreen.


Here are some ways you can use your Pro Pen:

  • Draw and take notes in apps.
  • Mark up Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat documents.
  • Get artistic and draw something in Fresh Paint, a drawing app available in the Windows Store.
  • Use the pen like a mouse. Switch seamlessly between touch, pen, mouse, and keyboard.
Pro Pen
Notes

  • Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3 are compatible with a different pen—Surface Pen.
  • Pro Pen and Surface Pen have different features and aren’t interchangeable.

Pro Pen features

Pen tip. Pressure-sensitive tip for drawing. In apps that support pen pressure, applying pressure thickens the line.

Pen button. Gives you quick access to right-click menus. Press and hold the button, touch the screen with the pen tip, then release the button. You can also press and hold the pen tip on the screen to bring up the right-click menu.

Eraser. Works like a pencil eraser to remove pen strokes from the touchscreen.

Flicks. Flicks are quick pen strokes that you can use to navigate and perform shortcuts on your Surface. You can customize flicks to do what you want.

Take notes in your own handwriting

Download the free OneNote app from the Windows Store and you can take notes using your Pro Pen. Store your notes in the cloud so you have them when and where you need them—on your computer, your phone, or the web. For more info, see Using OneNote on Surface.

Tip

Don’t worry about resting your hand on the screen. Palm-blocking technology ignores pressure from direct contact with your hand so you can write comfortably.

Use the touch keyboard/handwriting panel

You can use the touch keyboard for both pen and touch input on your Surface. The keyboard will appear automatically whenever it can be used. If it doesn’t, select the keyboard icon in the lower right corner of the screen.

Select the keyboard icon in the lower right corner of the touch keyboard to switch between keyboard layouts, to switch between touch and pen input, and to select the handwriting panel. For more information, see How to use the touch keyboard.

Handwritten note in OneNote app

Convert your handwriting to text

Step 1: Select Keyboard Close on-screen keyboard icon in the lower right corner of the screen.
Step 2: On the touch keyboard, select Keyboards Close on-screen keyboard icon > Handwriting Close on-screen handwriting icon.
Step 3: Write something on the handwriting panel. Surface automatically converts your words to text.

The handwriting panel adapts to your writing over time, becoming more accurate the more you use it.

On-screen keyboard handwriting panel

Learn about flicks

Flicks are quick pen strokes you can use to navigate on your Surface. You can practice using flicks and customize flicks to work the way you want.

Pen flicks do things like scroll up, scroll down, move forward, and move back. If you’re not familiar with flicks, you can get to know them by using the flicks training. Here’s how:

Step 1: Select the search in the lower left corner of the screen, enter flicks, and in the search results, select Turn flicks on and off.
Step 2: Select the Flicks tab, and select Practice using flicks.

Set left or right handedness

You can change where menus appear on the screen by indicating which hand you write with. Here’s how:

Step 1: Go to Start Windows logo, and select Settings > Devices > Pen.
Step 2: Under Choose which hand you write with, select Right hand or Left.

Store your pen

When you are not charging your Surface, you can attach your pen to the charging port.


Learn how to use the Pro Pen to write and draw on your Surface Pro or Surface Pro 2 touchscreen.


Here are some ways you can use your Pro Pen:

  • Draw and take notes in apps.
  • Mark up Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat documents.
  • Get artistic and draw something in Fresh Paint, a drawing app available in the Windows Store.
  • Use the pen like a mouse. Switch seamlessly between touch, pen, mouse, and keyboard.
Pro Pen
Notes

  • Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3 are compatible with a different pen—Surface Pen.
  • Pro Pen and Surface Pen have different features and aren’t interchangeable.

Pro Pen features

Pen tip. Pressure-sensitive tip for drawing. In apps that support pen pressure, applying pressure thickens the line.

Pen button. Gives you quick access to right-click menus. Press and hold the button, touch the screen with the pen tip, then release the pen button. You can also press and hold the pen tip on the screen to bring up the right-click menu.

Eraser. Works like a pencil eraser to remove pen strokes from the touchscreen.

Flicks. Flicks are quick pen strokes that you can use to navigate and perform shortcuts on your Surface. You can customize flicks to do what you want.

Take notes in your own handwriting

Download the free OneNote app from the Windows Store and you can take notes using your Pro Pen. Store your notes in the cloud so you have them when and where you need them—on your computer, your phone, or the web. For more info, see Using OneNote on Surface.

Tip

Don’t worry about resting your hand on the screen. Palm-blocking technology ignores pressure from direct contact with your hand so you can write comfortably.

Use the touch keyboard/handwriting panel

You can use the on-screen keyboard for both pen and touch input on your Surface. The keyboard will appear automatically whenever it can be used. If it doesn’t, tap or click the keyboard icon in the lower right corner of the screen. If you don’t see the keyboard icon, you can open the keyboard like this:

Step 1: Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and tap Settings.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and click Settings.)
Step 2: Tap or click Keyboard.
Step 3: Tap or click Touch keyboard and handwriting panel.

Use the keyboard icon in the lower right corner of the keyboard to switch between keyboard layouts, to switch between touch and pen input, and to put the keyboard away. For more information, see How to use the touch keyboard.

Handwritten note in OneNote app

Convert your handwriting to text

Step 1: Tap or click the keyboard icon in the lower-right corner of the on-screen keyboard, and tap or click the image that has a pen.
Step 2: Write something on the handwriting panel. Surface automatically converts your words to text.
Step 3: Tap or click Insert to insert your text.

The handwriting panel adapts to your writing over time, becoming more accurate the more you use it.

On-screen keyboard handwriting panel

Learn about flicks

Flicks are quick pen strokes you can use to navigate on your Surface. You can practice using flicks and customize flicks to work the way you want.

Pen flicks do things like scroll up, scroll down, move forward, and move back. If you’re not familiar with flicks, you can get to know them by using the flicks training. Here’s how:

Step 1: Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and tap Search.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and click Search.)
Step 2: In the search box, enter pen, and in the search results, tap or click Pen and Touch.
The Pen and Touch control panel displays.
Step 3: Tap or click the Flicks tab, and then tap or click Practice using flick at the bottom of the window.

Change pen settings

You can change pen settings, such as the double-tap speed, flick functions, and touch actions, in the Pen and Touch control panel. Here’s how:

Step 1: Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and tap or click Search.
Step 2: In the search box, enter pen, and in the search results, tap or click Pen and Touch.
The Pen and Touch control panel displays.
Step 3: Change the settings on the Pen Options, Flicks, and Touch tabs.

Set left or right handedness

You can change where menus appear on the screen by indicating which hand you write with. Here’s how:

Step 1: Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and tap or click Search.
Step 2: In the search box, enter hand, and in the search results, tap or click Specify which hand you write with.
Step 3: On the Other tab, tap or click to select either Right-handed or Left-handed, tap or click Apply, and then tap or click OK.

Store your pen

When you are not charging your Surface, you can attach your pen to the charging port.