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.

Applies to

Surface Book, Surface Pro 4, Surface Pro 3, Surface 3, Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro.

Operating system:

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

Step 1: Press and hold (or right-click) the file.
Step 2: Select Properties.
Step 3:Next to Type of file, you can see the file type, and next to Opens with, you can see the name of the app that can open the file. If you need help using File Explorer, see What’s changed in File Explorer.

Audio files that Surface can play

The Groove Music app plays most DRM-free songs that have one of these file extensions:

  • .mp3
  • .aac
  • .wav
  • .ac3
  • .3g2
  • .flac
  • .m4a
  • .wma
  • .3gp
  • .amr

Video formats that Surface can play

Media file container or file format
File extension
Codecs or components
MPEG-4
.3g2
H.263
H.264 (Baseline, Main, High)
MPEG-4 Part2 SP and ASP
.3gp2
.3gp
.3gpp
.m4v
H.263 H.264 (Baseline, Main, High) MPEG-4 Part2 SP and ASP
.mp4v
.mp4
.mov
MPEG-2
.m2ts (e.g. AVCHD)
H.264
ASF
.asf
VC-1 WMV9
.wm
.wmv
.wma
n/a
ADTS
.aac
n/a
.adt
.adts
MP3
.mp3
n/a
WAV
.wav
n/a
AVI
.avi
MPEG-4 Part2 SP and ASP
Motion-JPG
H.263
uncompressed
AC-3
.ac3
.ec3
n/a
FLAC
.flac
n/a
3GP
.3gp
n/a
3G2
.3g2
n/a
AMR
.amr
n/a

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
Tag
BMP
No
No
No
JFIF
Yes
Yes
Yes
JPEG
Yes
Yes
Yes
PNG
Yes
No
No
TIFF
Yes
Yes
Yes
WPD
Yes
Yes
Yes
ASF
Yes
No
Yes
AVI
Yes
No
No
MPEG
Yes
No
No
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.
  • Tag means you can use File Explorer to add tags and other properties, like ratings, to the file.

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 install the Reader app or a PDF reader such as Adobe Acrobat from the Windows Store to view PDF files.

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