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Meet Surface Dial with Surface Studio models

Surface Dial (sold separately) is a tool for the creative process. Here's how to get started.

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Set it up

  1. Remove the protective film from your Surface Dial.

  2. Pull the bottom off your Surface Dial to open the battery compartment. Make sure there are two AAA batteries inside.

  3. Remove the battery tab from the bottom of your Surface Dial.

  4. Press and hold the Pair button next to the batteries for 5-7 seconds, then release it. The light will flash white when it's in pairing mode.

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  5. On your PC, select Start , then select Settings > Bluetooth & devices

  6. Turn on Bluetooth.

  7. Select Add device > Bluetooth > Surface Dial > Done.

Now you’re ready to use it!

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. 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. 

To try it, put your Surface Studio 2+ in Studio Mode (flat down), then place Surface Dial on the screen. Press it down to see the tools and rotate it to select the tool you want. 

Use Surface Dial with apps

Surface Dial works with apps that come with your Surface Studio model, like Microsoft Edge and Maps. It also works with professional-grade software, including Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator (both sold separately).

To find more apps for Surface Dial in Microsoft Store, see Apps for Surface Dial in Microsoft Store.

Here are just a few things you can do.

Volume

Rotate left to turn it down or right to turn it up. Click to mute and unmute.

Scroll

Rotate left to scroll up, or right to scroll down.

Zoom

In Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, rotate left to zoom out, or right to zoom in. Click to fit to screen.

Undo

Rotate left to step through the undo history, or right to step through the redo history. Click to undo a single action.

Brightness

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

Tip: To customize Surface Dial, go to your Surface Studio, select Start , then select Settings > Bluetooth & devices > Wheel.

Surface Dial (sold separately) is a tool for the creative process. Here's how to get started.

Make a big impact with Announcements

Set it up

  1. Remove the protective film from your Surface Dial. 

  2. Pull the bottom off your Surface Dial to open the battery compartment. Make sure there are two AAA batteries inside.

  3. Remove the battery tab from the bottom of your Surface Dial. 

  4. Press and hold the Pair button next to the batteries for 5-7 seconds, then release it. The light will flash white when it’s in pairing mode.

    studio-dial-520

  5. On your PC, select Start , then select Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & other devices

  6. Turn on Bluetooth.

  7. Select Add Bluetooth or other device > Bluetooth > Surface Dial > Done.

Now you’re ready to use it.

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. 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. 

To try it, put your Surface Studio in Studio Mode (flat down), then place Surface Dial on the screen. Press it down to see the tools and rotate it to select the tool you want. 

Use Surface Dial with apps

Surface Dial works with apps that come with your Surface Studio model, like Paint 3D, Microsoft Edge, and Maps. It also works with professional-grade software, including Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator (both sold separately).

To find more apps for Surface Dial in Microsoft Store, see Apps for Surface Dial in Microsoft Store.

Here are just a few things you can do.

Volume

Rotate left to turn it down or right to turn it up. Click to mute and unmute.

Scroll

Rotate left to scroll up, or right to scroll down.

Zoom

In Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, rotate left to zoom out, or right to zoom in. Click to fit to screen.

Undo

Rotate left to step through the undo history, or right to step through the redo history. Click to undo a single action.

Brightness

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

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

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