Touch Cover

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Touch Cover is a thin, pressure-sensitive keyboard and protective cover all in one. Go from laptop to tablet and back again with a quick flip of the Cover.

Touch Cover magnetically clicks into place and provides protection for your Surface touchscreen. All Surface Touch 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 make the cursor jump unexpectedly. See Change the touchpad settings for details.

Click the Cover into place

Touch Cover magnetically attaches to your Surface.
To attach a Touch Cover to your Surface, 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.

The Surface keyboard clicks in to place

Fold the Cover back

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

To type text while the Cover is folded back, tap in a text field or area where you can type and the touch keyboard appears on the screen. For more info, see How to use the touch keyboard.

Close the Cover

Touch Cover protects the screen while you’re on the go. When you close a Touch Cover over a Surface Pro or Surface Pro 2, the screen turns off. When you open the Cover, press the power button on your Surface to wake it. For more info, see Surface power states.

Opening the Touch Cover won’t wake Surface Pro 3 or Surface 3 from sleep, and closing the Touch Cover won’t turn off the screen or put Surface to sleep. Instead, press the power button on Surface Pro 3 or Surface 3 when you close the Touch Cover to save power.

Use the touchpad

All Surface Touch Covers have a standard keyboard, shortcut keys for common tasks, and a touchpad.

Use the touchpad

Right-click and left-click buttons on Touch Cover

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

Adjust touchpad settings (Touch Cover 2 only)

  • If the touchpad is too quick to respond to accidental touches, you can change a setting to make it work the way you like, or turn the touchpad off altogether.
  • To adjust the touchpad settings on Touch Cover 2, attach the Cover, swipe in from the right and select All settings > Devices > Mouse and touchpad.
  • For more info, or if you have a different Surface and Cover, see Change the touchpad settings.

Use the keyboard

Use special 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. If you use function keys a lot, you can lock these keys in function mode. For more info, see Lock keys into function mode, below.

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

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

Decrease backlighting by pressing F1
Decreases keyboard backlighting*
Increase backlighting by pressing F2
Increases keyboard backlighting*
Mute key
Turns audio muting on or off
Volume-down key
Turns volume down**
volume up key
Turns volume up**
Play/Pause key
Play or pause audio or video
Search charm key
Opens the Search charm
Share charm key
Opens the Share charm
Devices charm key
Opens the Devices charm
Settings charm key
Opens the Settings charm
Windows logo key
Opens the Start screen
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

* These keys are available only on Touch Cover 2.
** These keys are available only on Touch Cover 1.

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. Here’s how:

  • Hold down the Fn key and press the Caps key.
    Pressing the key by itself gives you the function key (F3 instead of mute key, for example), and Fn plus the key gives you the special key. For example, to mute the speaker, press Fn+ mute key.
  • To turn off the function key lock, press Fn+Caps again.

Use a mouse or disable the touchpad

If you prefer using a mouse to using the touchpad on your Type Cover, connect a USB or Bluetooth® mouse.

For info on disabling the touchpad, see Touchpad use and settings.

Text suggestions (Touch Cover 2 only)

As you type in a Windows Store app using Touch Cover 2 or the touch keyboard on the screen, suggestions appear to help you enter words quickly and correct misspellings.

To switch between suggestions, swipe right or left on the spacebar.

To insert the highlighted suggestion, tap the spacebar.

To turn text suggestions on or off:

Step 1: Attach the Cover, then go to Start Windows logo, and select Settings > Devices > Typing.
Step 2: Under Show text typing suggestions as I type, use the slider to turn the setting On or Off.

Turn typing sounds on or off

Touch Cover and the touch keyboard can make a sound when you press the keys. Here’s how to turn the sound on or off:

Step 1: Go to Start Windows logo, and select Settings > Devices > Typing.
Step 2: Under Touch keyboard, set Play key sounds as I type to On or Off.
To adjust the volume, use the volume button on the left side of your Surface. See Surface sound, volume, and audio accessories for more info.

Use different language Covers

Surface Covers are available for a number of 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 layout. These settings stay with your Surface and apply to any Cover you attach. If you use your Cover on a different Surface, the input methods set for that Surface will apply.

Having trouble?

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

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