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Increase your productivity by using Microsoft 365 with your Surface Headphones 2. Here are a few of the things you can do in Microsoft Office apps.

Notes: 

  • You’ll need to have a Microsoft 365 subscription (sold separately) or Microsoft Office Home & Business 2019 (sold separately).

  • To use Surface Headphones with Office apps, they’ll need to be paired over Bluetooth LE.

Dictate documents and email in Microsoft Office

Don’t type, talk instead. Find a quiet space and dictate in many Office apps—including Microsoft Word and Microsoft Outlook (to name a few). As you talk, text appears on your screen.

To get started, make sure your Surface Headphones are connected to your PC, and then select Dictate in the Office app you’re in. For more info about dictating in Office, including things you can say, see Dictate your documents in Word.

Use your headphones for captions and subtitles during a PowerPoint presentation

Use Surface Headphones 2 and PowerPoint together to have captions appear on-screen as you talk during your presentation. If you want, you can have the captions translated in real-time, so they appear in a different language. For more info about captions and subtitles in PowerPoint, see Present with real-time, automatic captions or subtitles in PowerPoint.

  1. In PowerPoint, open your presentation.

  2. Select Slide Show > From Beginning.

  3. Select More slide show options (), then select Subtitle Settings > More Settings.

  4. In Captions & Subtitles, for the Microphone, choose Headset (Surface Headphones Hands-Free AG Audio).

Play your emails in Outlook mobile (iOS and Android)


On your iPhone or Android device, use Microsoft Outlook mobile and Surface Headphones to manage your email on the go. Use them together to play your email messages, go through messages, reply to them, delete them, and more.

To use Play My Emails and Surface Headphones

  1. Connect your Surface Headphones to your mobile phone over Bluetooth. For more info, see Set up Surface Headphones.

  2. On your phone, open Outlook.

  3. Swipe from the left side of the screen, then select Settings.

  4. Tap Play My Emails, then select the email account you want to use. Follow any other instructions to finish setting it up.

After it's set up, select the Play My Emails notification that appears at the bottom of the screen. Use any of the following touch gestures on your Surface Headphones:

To

Do this

Play or pause your messages

Tap the touch area on either ear.

Go to the next message

Double tap the touch area on either ear.

Go to the previous message

Triple tap the touch area on either ear.

Adjust the volume when email is read aloud

Turn the dial on the right forward to increase the volume. Turn the dial backward to decrease the volume.

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Increase your productivity by using Microsoft 365 with your Surface Headphones 2+. Here are a few of the things you can do in Microsoft Office apps.

When you use Surface Headphones 2+ with Microsoft Surface USB Link on your Windows 10 PC, you can use your headphones to control your Microsoft Teams meetings and calls. For more info, see Use Surface Headphones 2+ in Microsoft Teams.

Notes: 

  • You’ll need to have a Microsoft 365 subscription (sold separately) or Microsoft Office Home & Business 2019 (sold separately).

  • To use Surface Headphones with Office apps, they’ll need to be paired over Bluetooth LE.

Dictate documents and email in Microsoft Office

Don’t type, talk instead. Find a quiet space and dictate in many Office apps—including Microsoft Word and Microsoft Outlook (to name a few). As you talk, text appears on your screen.

To get started, make sure your Surface Headphones are connected to your PC, and then select Dictate in the Office app you’re in. For more info about dictating in Office, including things you can say, see Dictate your documents in Word.

Use your headphones for captions and subtitles during a PowerPoint presentation

Use Surface Headphones 2+ and PowerPoint together to have captions appear on-screen as you talk during your presentation. If you want, you can have the captions translated in real-time, so they appear in a different language. For more info about captions and subtitles in PowerPoint, see Present with real-time, automatic captions or subtitles in PowerPoint.

  1. In PowerPoint, open your presentation.

  2. Select Slide Show > From Beginning.

  3. Select More slide show options (), then select Subtitle Settings > More Settings.

  4. In Captions & Subtitles, for the Microphone, choose Headset Microphone (Microsoft Surface USB Link).

Play your emails in Outlook mobile (iOS and Android)


On your iPhone or Android device, use Microsoft Outlook mobile and Surface Headphones to manage your email on the go. Use them together to play your email messages, go through messages, reply to them, delete them, and more.

To use Play My Emails and Surface Headphones

  1. Connect your Surface Headphones to your mobile phone over Bluetooth. For more info, see Set up Surface Headphones.

  2. On your phone, open Outlook.

  3. Swipe from the left side of the screen, then select Settings.

  4. Tap Play My Emails, then select the email account you want to use. Follow any other instructions to finish setting it up.

After it's set up, select the Play My Emails notification that appears at the bottom of the screen. Use any of the following touch gestures on your Surface Headphones:

To

Do this

Play or pause your messages

Tap the touch area on either ear.

Go to the next message

Double tap the touch area on either ear.

Go to the previous message

Triple tap the touch area on either ear.

Adjust the volume when email is read aloud

Turn the dial on the right forward to increase the volume. Turn the dial backward to decrease the volume.

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