Meet Surface Dial

Applies to: Surface DevicesSurface

Surface Dial is a new tool for the creative process. Here's how to use it.

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Set it up

  1. On your PC, select the Start  button, then select Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & other devices.

  2. Turn on Bluetooth.

  3. Pull the bottom off your Surface Dial, pull the bottom to open the battery compartment. Make sure there are two AAA batteries inside.

  4. Remove the battery tab from the underside of your Surface Dial.

  5. Press and hold the button by the batteries for 5-7 seconds, then let the button go. The Bluetooth light will flash – it’s opposite the button on the other side of the batteries.

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  6. Go back to the Bluetooth settings page on your PC, then select Bluetooth or other device > Bluetooth.

  7. Choose Surface Dial from the list of devices. Follow additional instructions if they appear, then select Done.

  8. Remove the protective film from your Surface Dial.

Now you’re ready to use it!

Try it in the Windows Ink Workspace

Surface Dial helps you create in a way that’s natural and ergonomic, and, when you use it alongside Surface Pen, Surface Dial keeps you in the creative flow. Try it in the Windows Ink Workspace—select the pen icon, and then open Sketchpad. Or, just click the top of Surface Pen.

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Open Sketchpad, and the Pens tool is automatically selected. Rotate your Surface Dial to switch between pen, pencil, highlighter, and eraser.

Press and hold your Surface Dial to see other tools in the wheel menu. Turn the dial left or right to highlight the tool you want to use. To select it, press down and release, and then start drawing.

Use Surface Dial with apps
 

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Surface Dial works with apps that come with Windows 10, like Paint 3D, Groove Music, Microsoft Edge, and Maps. It also works with professional-grade software, like Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. Here are just a few things of the things you can do with Surface Dial:

Volume

Rotate left to turn it down or right to turn it up. Click to mute and unmute.

Scroll

Rotate left to scroll up, or right to scroll down.

Zoom

In Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, rotate left to zoom out, or right to zoom in. Click to fit to screen.

Undo

Rotate left to step through the undo history, or right to step through the redo history. Click to perform a single undo.

Brightness

Rotate left to make the display less bright, or right to make it brighter.

Get more apps in Microsoft Store

Here are more apps available in Microsoft Store that work great with Surface Dial:

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Drawboard PDF

Markup and manage drawings and documents.

Sketchable

The freedom of a physical notebook with the power of digital

StaffPad

Write music, naturally.

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