Surface Dial is a new tool for the creative process. Here's how to get started.
Surface Dial is an optional accessory. Get one at a Microsoft Store near you, or online.
Set it up
- On your PC, select the Start button, then select Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & other devices.
Turn on Bluetooth.
Pull the bottom off your Surface Dial to open the battery compartment. Make sure there are two AAA batteries inside.
Remove the battery tab from the underside of your Surface Dial.
Press and hold the button next to 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.
Go back to the Bluetooth settings on your PC, then select Bluetooth or other device > Bluetooth.
Choose Surface Dial from the list of devices. Follow additional instructions if they appear, then select Done.
Remove the protective film from your Surface Dial.
Now you’re ready to use it!
Try it in the Windows Ink Workspace
Surface Dial is perfect for the Windows Ink Workspace. Select the pen icon on the taskbar to open the workspace, and then open Sketchpad. Or, just click the top of the Pen.
When you open Sketchpad, the Pens tool is automatically selected. Rotate Surface Dial to switch between pen, pencil, highlighter, and eraser.
Press and hold 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 a tool, press down and release, and then start drawing.
Use it on the screen
Whether it's placed on your desk or directly on the screen, Surface Dial helps you create in a way that’s natural, ergonomic, and keeps you in the flow.
To try it, put your Surface Studio (1st Gen) or Surface Studio 2 in Studio Mode (flat down), select the ruler in Windows Ink Workspace, and then place Surface Dial on the screen. The ruler snaps to the position of Surface Dial wherever you place it. Turn Surface Dial to rotate the ruler.
The way the options appear on the screen will look a little different depending on whether your Surface Dial is on your desk or on the display, but they work in the same way: press down to see the tools, and rotate to select the one you want.
Use Surface Dial with apps
Surface Dial works with apps that come with your Surface Studio model, like Paint 3D, Groove Music, Microsoft Edge, and Maps. It also works with professional-grade software, including Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. Here are just a few things you can do.
Rotate left to turn it down or right to turn it up. Click to mute and unmute.
Rotate left to scroll up, or right to scroll down.
In Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, rotate left to zoom out, or right to zoom in. Click to fit to screen.
Rotate left to step through the undo history, or right to step through the redo history. Click to undo a single action.
Rotate left to make the display less bright, or right to make it brighter.
To customize Surface Dial, go to your Surface Studio, select the Start button, then select Settings > Devices > Wheel.
Get more apps in Microsoft Store
Here are some apps available in Microsoft Store that work great with Surface Dial:
Markup and manage drawings and documents.
The freedom of a physical notebook with the power of digital
Write music, naturally.