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Here are some tips on how to do things on your Surface with Windows that you might have done a different way on your Mac.
1. Find and open your apps and programs
On a Mac, apps are typically in the Applications folder, but in Windows, you’ll find all your apps and programs on Start. Or, just type the app name in the search box on the taskbar.
To quickly open your apps, pin them to the taskbar (it’s like having apps on the Dock on your Mac). If you already have the app open on your Surface, press and hold (or right-click) the app icon on the taskbar and select Pin to taskbar. Or, select Start in the lower-left corner, find the app you want to pin in the list, and select More > Pin to taskbar.
2. Get new apps, games, and more
On a Mac, there’s the Mac App Store and on your Surface, there’s the Microsoft Store. To open the Microsoft Store, type Microsoft Store in the search box on the taskbar.
3. Video calls and messaging
Message and video chat with family and friends on your Surface with Skype. Millions of people use Skype every day, so your friends and family may already have accounts. Skype works on Windows, iPhone, Mac, Android, Xbox One, and more.
4. Help keep your Surface safer
Surface comes with Windows Security and Windows Firewall to help protect you from malware, so you don't need to purchase antivirus software. Windows Defender uses real-time protection to scan everything you download or run on your PC. See how these services help protect your Surface.
5. Draw with Surface Pen
Surface Pen was made for Surface. Here are some examples of things you can do:
- Mark up docs in PowerPoint, Word, or other Office apps—select the Review tab, then select Start inking on the right.
- Use your finger or the Surface Pen to draw or edit photos in the Fresh Paint app.
- If you use Adobe apps, draw directly on the screen without an external pen tablet, or open Lightroom in tablet mode to edit a photo with touch easily— these and other features are exclusive to Windows 10.
6. Save time with shortcuts
On a Mac, pressing the command key with the letters C, V, or P copies, pastes, and prints, respectively. On Windows, swap out the command key with Ctrl to do the same things.
Here are some other top Windows keyboard shortcuts:
|Press these keys||To do this|
|Ctrl + C||Copy the selected item|
|Ctrl + X||Cut the selected item|
|Ctrl + V||Paste the selected item|
|Ctrl + Z||Undo an action|
|Ctrl + P||Print the open item|
|Alt + Tab||Switch between open apps (except desktop apps)|
|Alt + F4||Close the active item, or exit the active app|
|Windows logo key + L||Lock your PC or switch users|
|Windows logo key + D||Display and hide the desktop|
7. Search for anything on your Surface and online
In Windows 10, use the search box on the taskbar to find what you need. Type your search terms, an app name, or a file or folder name to search your PC and the web at the same time.
8. Put Surface to sleep or shut it down
Put Surface to sleep by closing it or by tapping the power button on the device.
To turn off Surface, press and hold the power button on top of the device for a few seconds.
You can also select the Start button in the lower-left corner of the screen, select Power at the bottom of the menu, and then choose Shut down.
9. Tweak your settings
In the search box on the taskbar, type Settings.
Or, select the Start button, then select Settings.
10. Downloaded files
The things you download on your Surface go into the Downloads folder, just like on your Mac. You can find your downloaded files in the Downloads folder in File Explorer, or just type downloads in the search box on the taskbar.
To save a download in a specific folder, select Save As during the download process and then browse to the folder you want.
11. Browse the web
Surface comes with the new Microsoft Edge browser. You can write directly on webpages with the Surface Pen, share your notes with others, and use reading mode for easier reading online.
And did you know that Microsoft Edge is faster, safer, and saves battery life better than both Chrome and Firefox?
12. Personalize your Surface
There are so many ways to personalize Surface: change the background of your desktop, your lock screen image, accent colors, and screen saver, and create a pin.
Want more tips? Take a look at the Microsoft Tips app on your Surface. To open it, type tips in the search box on the taskbar.