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Here’s how to set it up and use it.
Surface Pen diagrams
Surface Pen with no clip
Surface Pen with single button on flat edge
Surface Pen with two side buttons
Surface Pen features
What you can do with your Surface Pen depends on which pen you have and the device you're using it with. Here's some info on the features supported by each pen and device type. In some cases, you'll need both a specific pen version and a specific device type to use a feature.
Features by device
|Feature||Non-Surface PCs||Surface Pro 1 and |
|Surface 3, Surface Pro 3, Surface Laptop (1st Gen), Surface Laptop 2||Surface Pro 4||Surface Book (all), Surface Book 2 (13”), and Surface Studio (all)||Surface Pro (5th Gen), Surface Pro 6, and Surface Book 2 15”||Surface Go|
|Tilt (inking at a 45-degree angle)||***|
|Inking/pen pressure points||N/A||1024||1024||4096||4096||4096|
*Surface Pen can connect to computers running Windows 10 PCs via standard Bluetooth. Functionality, connectivity, and feature availability can vary by manufacturer.
** Surface Pro 1 and Surface Pro 2 only support inking with the Surface Pro Pen.
*** Requires a Surface firmware update. See Surface update history for more info.
Feature by pen version
|Pen version||Bluetooth connectivity||Magnet attach||Tilt (inking at a 45-degree angle)|
|Surface Pro Pen|
|Surface Pen with two side buttons|
|Surface Pen with single button on flat edge|
|Surface Pen with no clip|
Pair Surface Pen with your Surface
Surface Pen uses Bluetooth to pair with your Surface. For more info, see Connect a Bluetooth device. To put your pen in pairing mode, press and hold the top button on the pen for 5-7 seconds, then let the button go. You’ll see a light on the flat side of the pen when it’s ready.
If your pen shows as Not connected in your Bluetooth list, see Troubleshoot Microsoft Surface Pen for more info.
Try out buttons and features
Once your pen is paired, here are some things to try.
|Magnet||Use the magnet on the flat side of the pen to attach your Surface Pen to the side of your Surface when you’re done using it.|
|Top button|| |
The top button does different things depending on how, and how many times, you press the button. See Press the top button for more info.
To erase, flip the pen over and use the top as an eraser.
|Right-click button|| |
The end of the raised area on the flat side of the pen works as a right-click button in most apps.
To right click, hold the button down as you tap the screen with the pen. (In some apps, the right-click button might work differently.)
Press the top button
Press to open Windows Ink Workspace
When you press the top button once, Windows Ink Workspace will open. It’s the perfect place to get started with your pen: jot down a reminder in Sticky Notes, draw a picture in Sketchpad, or doodle on a webpage, picture, or app using Screen sketch.
Press and hold to open Sticky Notes
When you press and hold the top button, Sticky Notes will open. Jot down reminders, doodle away, or note your next big idea.
Double-click to open Screen sketch
When you double-click, screen sketch will open. Draw on whatever you're doing on your PC at that moment, or resume a previous screen sketch. All sketchpad tools are here, from Stencils to line width to sharing and exporting.
To change what the top button does when you press it, see Change pen settings.
- If the buttons on your Surface Pen don’t work, see Troubleshoot Microsoft Surface Pen.
- While your Surface is locked, you can only use the top button. The right-click button won’t work until after you sign in.
Write and draw
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 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 inking doesn’t work in your app, you can use your Surface Pen to enter text by using the handwriting panel in the touch keyboard.
Select Keyboard in the lower-right corner of your Surface screen.
On the touch keyboard, select Keyboard > Handwriting.
Write something in the handwriting panel. Your Surface will convert your words to text automatically.
For more info, see Use the On-Screen Keyboard (OSK) to type.
Use Surface Pen with apps
Surface Pen works seamlessly with apps designed for creative tasks like Adobe Photoshop Elements, Sketchable, Drawboard PDF, and Staffpad. For a list of recommended apps that you can use with your Surface pen, go to Apps for Windows Ink.
Try it with Surface Dial
For the full creative experience, use Surface Pen and Surface Dial together. With Surface Pen in one hand and Surface Dial in the other, you’ll have easy access to shortcuts, controls, drawing tools, and more while you sketch.
Customize your Surface Pen
Change pen settings
For info on personalizing what your pen does and how it works, see Change pen settings.
Adjust pressure sensitivity
Use the Surface app to set the pressure sensitivity to suit your writing style. The Surface app is free from the Microsoft Store. Get the Surface app.
Change pen tips to get the experience you want
For the Surface Pen with no clip and the Surface Pen with a single long button on a flat edge, you can get a pen tip kit at a Microsoft Store or online. Pen tip kits are different for each pen; make sure you get a kit that matches your Surface Pen model.
For the Surface Pen with two side buttons, you can order tips from Device service and repair. To order pen tips, your Surface needs to be registered, and you have to sign in with your Microsoft account.