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


Note: To use Surface Dial, your PC needs to be running Windows 10 Anniversary Update or later, and have Bluetooth 4.0 LE.

Set it up

  1. On your PC, select Start  > 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.


  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!

Note: Surface Dial works on screen with Surface Studio (1st Gen), Surface Studio 2, Surface Book 2, Surface Pro 4, Surface Pro (5th Gen), and Surface Pro 6. If you’re using another type of PC, use Surface Dial on a desk or other flat surface.

Use Surface Dial with apps



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:


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 perform a single undo.


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

Tip: To customize your Surface Dial, go to your Surface Book and open Start , then select Settings > Devices > Wheel.

Get more apps in Microsoft Store

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




Drawboard PDF

Markup and manage drawings and documents.


The freedom of a physical notebook with the power of digital


Write music, naturally.

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