A Type Cover is a slim keyboard with moving keys. Use it to get the speed and feel of a classic keyboard, and to go from tablet to laptop.
Type Covers click magnetically into place and provide protection for your Surface touchscreen. All Surface Type Covers have a standard keyboard layout, shortcut keys, and a two-button touchpad that supports touch gestures.
The Type Cover for Surface Pro 4 also works with the latest Surface Pro.
- Click the Cover into place
- Fold the Cover back
- Close the Cover
- Use the fingerprint reader
- Use the touchpad
- Use the keyboard
- Add an input language to your Surface
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Click the Cover into place
The Type Cover attaches magnetically to your Surface. Bring the two close together until the Cover aligns and clicks into place.
Once the Cover is connected, it stays put. When you want to remove it, just pull it away.
With some Type Covers, you can pleat the back edge of it up against your Surface. This provides extra stability when you’re working on your lap.
Fold the Cover back
Fold the Cover back behind the screen to use your Surface as a tablet. Your Surface won’t detect key presses while it’s folded.
To type text while the Cover is back, tap the screen anywhere you can type and the touch keyboard appears.
Close the Cover
Type Cover protects the screen when you aren’t using it. The screen turns off automatically when you close the Cover. When you open it again, press the power button on your Surface to wake it.
Closing the Cover turns off your Surface only if your Cover and Surface are the same size. If your Cover and Surface are different sizes, press the power button on your Surface when you close the Cover to save power.
Use the fingerprint reader
The Surface Pro 4 Type Cover with Fingerprint ID includes a fingerprint reader that you can use to sign in to your PC.
To learn how to set up your Surface to recognize your fingerprint, see What is Windows Hello?
Use the touchpad
Adjust touchpad settings
If the touchpad is too quick to respond to accidental touches or you want to turn the touchpad off altogether, you can change a setting to make it work the way you like.
- Attach the Cover to your Surface.
(If you have a Wireless Adapter for Typing Covers, attach the Cover directly to your Surface.)
- Go to Start , and select Settings > Devices > Touchpad.
- Make the changes you want.
Use the keyboard
Special keys and function keys
Surface Covers have shortcut keys common tasks like search, playing audio or video, and more.
Keys on the top row double as function keys—hold down the Fn key while you press a top-row key. The Fn key also works in combination with other keys to do certain things.
Here are the shortcut keys and the special Fn key combinations:
|Key icon||What it does|
|Decreases keyboard backlighting1|
|Increases keyboard backlighting1|
|Turns audio muting on or off|
|Turns the volume down2|
|Turns the volume up2|
|Plays or pauses audio or video|
|Dims the screen3|
|Brightens the screen3|
|Opens Search or Cortana4|
|Opens the Share panel4|
|Opens the Connect panel4|
|Opens a contextual menu5|
|Fn+Del||Increase screen brightness|
|Fn+Backspace||Decrease screen brightness|
|Fn+Spacebar||Places a screenshot of the entire screen or screens onto your Windows clipboard|
|Fn+Alt+Spacebar||Places a screenshot of your active window onto your Windows clipboard|
1These keys are available only on Covers that have backlighting.
2These keys are available only on Covers that don’t have backlighting.
3These keys are available only on Surface 3 Type Cover.
4These keys are available on all Covers except Surface 3 Type Cover and Type Cover for Surface Pro 4.
5This key is available only on Type Cover for Surface Pro 4.
Lock keys into function mode
If you’re using an app that uses function keys a lot, you can lock the top row of keys temporarily so the function keys stick.
When the function keys are locked, pressing a key on the top row gives you the function key (like F3 instead of ). Pressing Fn plus the key gives you the special key. For example, to mute the speaker, press Fn+ .
To lock and unlock the Fn keys:
- Type Cover, Type Cover 2, and Type Cover for Surface Pro 3
Hold down the Fn key and press the Caps key to lock the function keys. Press Fn+Caps again to unlock them.
- Surface 3 Type Cover, Type Cover for Surface Pro 4, and Surface Pro Signature Type Cover
Press the Fn key to lock the function keys. Press the Fn key again to unlock them.
A light appears on the Fn key when you’ve locked the keys into function mode.
Add an input language to your Surface
Surface Covers are available for a number of languages and alphabets. If your Cover has a key marked Alt Gr, you can use it as you would Ctrl+Alt.
You can also set up your Surface to use other languages and keyboard layouts. See How to add an input language to your PC and How to switch input languages in Windows to learn more. These settings stay with your Surface and apply to any Cover you attach. If you use your Cover on another Surface, the input language settings for that Surface will apply.
If you’re having trouble with your Type Cover, see Troubleshoot your Surface Cover.