Set up your Surface

Applies to: Surface DevicesSurface

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Sign in with a Microsoft account


Get free online storage, an online password reset for your Surface, and more with a Microsoft account. All you need to get started is an email address. 

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Register your Surface to a Microsoft account


Keep track of your device warranty details and get technical support no matter where you are. Use your Microsoft account to link your devices to you.

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Type Cover and keyboard


Surface Pro and Surface Go

Use your Surface Pro or Surface Go with an optional Type Cover. Bluetooth and USB-enabled keyboards will also work with your Surface. 

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Click the Type Cover into place by connecting it to the bottom of your Surface.

To detach the Type Cover, gently pull it away from your Surface.

Surface Book and Surface Book 2

Surface Book and Surface Book 2 come with a keyboard, but you can detach it to use your device as a tablet. 

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To detach the keyboard from your Surface Book or Surface Book 2:

  1. Press and hold the Detach key until the light on the key turns green.
  2. Pull the screen away from the keyboard. You'll have a few seconds to detach it before it reconnects automatically.
    A green notification will also appear on the screen indicating the keyboard is detached.


Customize your touchpad gestures, cursor speed, and tap preferences. Here's how: 

  1. On your PC, select the Start  button, then select Settings  > Devices  > Touchpad.
  2. Make the changes you want.

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Charger


Your Surface charger has two pieces, the power brick and power cord. The power brick has a USB port that you can use to charge other devices. 

Power cords can be damaged if repeatedly twisted or bent in the same spot. Here's what you can do to take good care of your power cord:

  • Avoid twisting or pinching your power cord.
  • Inspect your power cord regularly, especially where it joins the power brick.
  • Remove the connector gently when unplugging your Surface.
  • Wrap the power cord with loose coils around the power brick. 
Correct: Cables loosely wrapped Incorrect: Cables tightly wrapped
Correct: Cord wrapped loosely
Incorrect: Cord wrapped too tightly


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Surface Pen


Your Surface Pen lets you write and draw naturally. Use it to interact with the touchscreen on your Surface, just like you would with a mouse.

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  1. Top button
  2. LED light
  3. Right-click button
  4. Tip

When you're not using the pen, use the magnet to stick it to the left side of the screen.

To use other Surface Pen features, you’ll need to pair it to your Surface: 

  1. On your PC, select the Start button, then select Settings  > Devices > Bluetooth & other devices.
  2. Turn on Bluetooth.
  3. Select Add Bluetooth or other device > Bluetooth .
  4. Press and hold the top button of the pen for 5-7 seconds, then let the button go. The light on the flat side of the pen will flash green.
  5. Choose Surface Pen from the list of devices that appears. Follow the on-screen instructions, and then select Done.

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Surface Dial


Surface Dial gives you new ways to interact with your apps and Surface. To get started, connect your Surface Dial: 

  1. On your PC, select the Start  button, then select Settings  > Devices  > Bluetooth & other devices.
  2. Turn on Bluetooth.
  3. Select Add Bluetooth or other device > Bluetooth .
  4. Pull the bottom off your Surface Dial, and then pull the bottom to open the battery compartment. Make sure there are two AAA batteries inside.
  5. Remove the battery tab from the bottom of your Surface Dial.

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  1. 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.
  2. Choose Surface Dial from the list of devices that appears. Follow the on-screen instructions, then select Done.

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Get to know your Surface


Now that you’ve got your Surface and accessories set up, learn more about what you can do.

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