Applies to

Surface Book, Surface Book with Performance Base, Surface Pro 4, Surface Pro 3, Surface 3, Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro.

Applies to

Surface 3, Surface Pro 3.

Operating system:

Install and use the Surface app

Use the free Surface app on your Surface Pro model, Surface 3, or Surface Book to adjust Surface Pen pressure sensitivity or disable the Windows button.


Tip
For best results, install the latest Surface and Windows updates before you install the Surface app. For how-to info, see Install Surface and Windows updates.

Install the Surface app

After you have all your updates installed, you’re ready to install the Surface app. Here’s how:

Step 1:  Go to Start Windows logo, and select Store to open the Windows Store.
Step 2:  In the search box, enter surface, and in the search results, select Surface.
Surface app tile
Step 3: 

Select Free.
This will install the app on your Surface.

Adjust pressure sensitivity for your Surface Pen

Note
This option is not available for Surface Pro or Surface Pro 2.

You can use the Surface app to adjust your pen's built-in pressure detection to your writing style. Here’s how:

Step 1:  Go to Start Windows logo, and select All apps > Surface.
To pin the Surface app to Start, select All apps, press and hold (or right-click) Surface, and select Pin to Start.
Step 2: 

On the left side of the app, select Pen Pen icon.

Step 3:  Under Pen Pressure Sensitivity, adjust the slider to change your pen's sensitivity.
Step 4:  Under Ink Test, test your pen's sensitivity by drawing or writing with varying pressure. The Ink Test area clears automatically after a few seconds.
Step 5: 

Continue to adjust and test the sensitivity until it’s just where you like it.
The app saves your setting automatically.

Adjust and test Surface Pen pressure sensitivity

Note
A few apps, like Corel Draw and earlier versions of Photoshop, use a Wintab driver to detect pen pressure. If your pen is pressure-sensitive in some apps but not in others, see Troubleshoot Surface Pen for info on installing the Wintab driver.

Disable the Windows button

Note
This option is not available for Surface Pro or Surface Pro 2.

If you find yourself accidentally pressing the Windows Windows button button while you’re writing or drawing with your Surface Pen, you can disable the button. Here’s how:

Step 1:  Open the Surface app.
Step 2: 

On the left side of the app, select the Windows button Windows button icon.

Step 3:  Select the toggle to turn the button off.
Disable the Windows button

If you want to use the Windows button again, you can turn it back on any time.

When you disable the Windows button, you can still get to the Start menu a couple of ways:

  • Press the Windows logo key Windows button on your Surface Typing Cover or keyboard.
  • Select the Start Windows button button in the lower-left corner of the screen.

Adjust audio settings

Note
This option is not available for Surface Pro or Surface Pro 2.

You can use the Surface app to turn Surface audio enhancements on or off.

Step 1:  Open the Surface app.
Step 2: 

On the left side of the app, select Audio Audio icon.

Step 3:  Select the toggle to turn audio enhancements On or Off

Note
For the best sound quality, set the toggle to On.
Turn audio enhancements on or off

Get additional help and info

The Surface app includes a view of the support topic categories for your Surface.

Step 1:  Open the Surface app.
Step 2: 

On the left side of the app, select User Education User Education icon.

Step 3:  Select a Surface support topic to open it. The topic will download to your Surface so you can go back to it even when you don’t have an Internet connection.

You can also find the serial number and computer name of your Surface, find which Surface model (SKU) you have, and send feedback to the Surface team. Here’s how:

Step 1:  Open the Surface app.
Step 2: 

On the left side of the app, select Support Support icon.


Tip
For best results, install the latest Surface and Windows updates before you install the Surface app. For how-to info, see Install Surface and Windows updates.

Install the Surface app

After you have all your updates installed, you’re ready to install the Surface app. Here’s how:

Step 1: On the Start screen, tap or click Store to open the Windows Store.
Step 2: In the search box, enter surface, and in the search results, tap or click Surface.
Surface app tile
Step 3: Tap or click Install.

Adjust pressure sensitivity for your Surface Pen

You can use the Surface app to adjust built-in pressure detection to your writing style. Here’s how:

Step 1: To open the app, swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and tap Search.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the top-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down and click Search.)
Step 2: In the search box, enter surface, and in the search results, tap or click Surface.
Step 3: Swipe left to Settings.
Step 4: Under Pen Pressure Sensitivity, adjust the slider to change your pen sensitivity.
Step 5: Under Ink Test, test your pen sensitivity by drawing or writing with varying pressure. The Ink Test area clears automatically after a few seconds.
Step 6: Continue to adjust and test the sensitivity until it’s just where you like it.
The app saves your setting automatically.
Adjust and test Surface Pen pressure sensitivity

Note
A few apps, like Corel Draw and earlier versions of Photoshop, use a Wintab driver to detect pen pressure. If your pen is pressure sensitive in some apps but not in others, see Troubleshoot Surface Pen for info on installing the Wintab driver.

Choose which version of OneNote opens

If you have both OneNote and OneNote 2013 (desktop) installed on your Surface, you can use the Surface app to choose which OneNote version opens when you click the pen’s top button. Here’s how:

Step 1: Open the Surface app and swipe left to Settings.
Step 2: Tap or click Pen Top Button.
Step 3: Tap or click to choose the OneNote version that will open when you click the top button on the pen.
Choose which version of OneNote opens with the Surface Pen top button

Disable the Windows button

If you find yourself accidentally pressing the Windows Windows button button while you’re writing or drawing with Surface Pen, you can disable the Windows button. Here’s how:

Step 1: Open the Surface app and swipe left to Settings.
Step 2: Tap or click Windows button, and turn the button off.
Disable the Windows button

If you want to use the Windows button again, you can turn it back on anytime.

When you disable the Windows button, you can still get to the Start screen a few ways:

  • Press the Windows logo key Windows button on your Surface Typing Cover or keyboard.
  • Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and tap Start.
  • Move your mouse pointer to the bottom-left corner of the screen, and click the Start button Windows button.

Adjust audio settings

You can use the Surface app to turn Surface audio enhancements on or off.

Step 1:  Open the Surface app and swipe left to Settings.
Step 2:  Tap or click Audio.
Step 3:  Tap or click to turn audio enhancements on or off.
Note
For the best sound quality, set the Audio setting to On.
Turn audio enhancements on or off

Get additional help and info

The Surface app includes a view of the support topic categories for your Surface.

Step 1: Open the Surface app and swipe left to User Education.
Step 2: Tap or click to open a Surface support topic. The topic will download to your Surface so you can go back to it even when you don’t have an Internet connection.

Swipe all the way to the left and you can:

  • Find the serial number and computer name of your Surface.
  • Find which Surface model (SKU) you have.
  • Send feedback to the Surface team.

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