Using Surface Pen
Surface Book, Surface Pro 4, Surface Pro 3, Surface 3 .
It’s designed for effortless writing and drawing, plus one-click access to OneNote so your great ideas are easy to capture and easy to find.
Surface Pen with two side buttons is designed to work with Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3, so you can capture every idea quickly and easily. You can also use it with Surface Pro 4 or Surface Book but not with earlier Surface models. If you have Surface Pro or Surface Pro 2, see Using the Pro Pen.
Surface Pen with two side buttons features
- Top button
Click the top button to open OneNote. Double-click to capture a screenshot. Bluetooth® technology links the top button of your Surface Pen to your Surface.
- Right-click button
In many apps, this button acts like the right-click button on a mouse. Hold the button down as you tap the screen. In some apps, the right-click button may behave differently.
- Eraser button
Hold down the eraser button and move the tip over the area you want to erase.
The fine tip, along with Palm Block technology and multi-point sensitivity in your Surface, lets you write and draw naturally.
Surface Pen with two side buttons setup
Before you use your Surface Pen:
- Install the AAAA battery.
- Pair the pen with your Surface Pro 3, Surface 3, Surface Pro 4, or Surface Book.
Install the AAAA battery
The AAAA battery powers writing, right-clicking, and erasing. If you have Surface Pro 3, you’ll find the battery under the Surface Pro 3 booklet the box Surface Pro 3 came in. If you bought Surface Pen with two side buttons separately, you’ll find the battery in the Surface Pen box.
Here’s how to install the battery:
|Step 1:||Unscrew the top of the pen from the bottom.|
|Step 2:||Insert the battery, wrapped in the label from the top of the pen, with the positive (+) end of the battery pointing toward the writing tip.|
|Step 3:||Screw the top back on.|
Pair Surface Pen with two side buttons to your Surface
When you set up your Surface Pro 3 for the first time, you’ll get instructions on the screen to pair your Surface Pen. If you skip that step or you’re interrupted before your pen is paired, you can pair your pen manually later.
If you have a Surface 3, you won’t see the option to pair Surface Pen when you set up your Surface, so you’ll need to pair your pen manually.
|Step 1:||Go to Start and select Settings > Devices > Bluetooth.|
Press and hold the top button of the pen for about seven seconds, until the light in the middle of the pen clip starts to flash.
OneNote is just a click away
OneNote is a great way to capture, organize, find, and share information. Click the top button on your pen to open OneNote whether your Surface is awake or asleep. For more info, see Using OneNote on Surface.
Add screenshots to OneNote
Use your Surface Pen with two side buttons to take a screenshot and copy it to OneNote. Here’s how:
Double-click the top button on your Surface Pen to take a picture of your screen.
Select what you want to show in the screenshot by drawing a box around the part you want to keep. When you lift the pen tip, your selection appears on a new page in OneNote.
Now you can mark up the screenshot with the pen, move it to any of your OneNote notebooks, or share it with others.
Writing, drawing, and more
Use your Surface Pen in any app that supports inking, like the Windows Ink Workspace, Office apps, or Microsoft Edge. When you bring your Surface Pen with two side buttons close to the touchscreen, a point appears on the screen, and the screen will ignore other input (like your hand or a mouse). Then write or draw on your screen like you would with a regular pen and paper.
Even if your app doesn’t support inking, you can use your Surface Pen to enter text by using the handwriting panel on the touch keyboard.
Using the touch keyboard and handwriting panel
|Step 1:||Select Keyboard in the lower right corner of the screen.|
|Step 2:||On the touch keyboard, select Keyboard > Handwriting .|
|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. For more info, see How to use the Surface touch keyboard.
Change pen settings
Change the pen’s shortcuts, pick which hand you write with, and more.
Go to Start > Settings > Devices > Pen & Windows Ink.
Get new pen tips
If your pen tip wears out, is lost, or breaks, order a new pen tip from Device Support by following these steps:
|Step 1:||Select Sign In and register your Surface if it is not already registered.|
|Step 2:||Under My Devices, find the Surface device that you're using your pen with, and then select Manage > Replace an accessory.|
|Step 3:||Make sure your device is selected, and then select Continue.|
|Step 4:||After verifying your shipping address, select the Loops and Tips option, and then select Continue.|
|Step 5:||Select the Surface Pen Tip for Ver.2 Pen to purchase a new pen tip, and then select Continue.|
|Step 6:||Complete the remaining steps to finish your order.|
Here’s how to change tips:
|Step 1:||Grasp the tip that’s in the pen and pull the tip straight out.|
|Step 2:||Insert the base of the new tip into the pen opening and push the tip in until it locks into place.|