Microsoft Surface is a series of Windows 8 tablet computers by Microsoft. For the table-sized interactive touch device, see the microsoft-pixelsense tag.

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How do I use a Surface as a drawing tablet?

I have a Microsoft Surface. No, it's not a Surface Pro. But since I don't have a Wacom tablet, I'd like to be able to use my surface like a Wacom tablet and have the things I draw on it show up in ...
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Type Cover 2 not working with WIndows 10 (Release)

I have a Surface Pro 2 with the Type Cover accessory. After updating to Windows 10 yesterday, my type cover keys no longer work (though the mouse touch pad part seems just dandy). I found this help ...
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Surface RT signs out user immediately

I have an administrator account and a normal user on my Surface RT (first generation), running Windows 8.1. I can log into the administrator account just fine... However, whenever I log into the ...
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Boot from USB on Windows RT 8.1 Tablet (Surface 1)

I'm trying to boot from USB on Windows RT 8.1 tablet (Surface 1) but have been unsuccessful. I tried: I shut down the tablet and then hold volume up button. Press the power button and release it. ...
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Why do smartphones have up to eight cores but many laptops still only have two? [closed]

I have been looking at buying a new smartphone as well as a new laptop. What has struck me as odd is that many smartphones now have quad cores or even octa cores, yet many laptops still only use dual ...
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Notification when full power

Is there a way I can get a notification to appear when my battery on my laptop is at 100%. I have a Surface Pro 3 with windows 8.1. I am needing to know this so i can unplug the charger when it is ...
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Auto Virtual Keyboard on a Windows 10 Preview Tablet?

I installed windows 10 preview on my surface 3 and I was kinda disappointed that the keyboard still does not automatically popup on input fields when in desktop mode. I even turned on "tablet mode" ...
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Can I use my Surface 3 as an external drawing tablet?

I have a Microsoft Surface 3 (not pro) with the Surface Pen stylus. I am wondering if I can use my Surface as an external drawing tablet (input device) for my desktop computer (running win 8.1 pro). ...
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Encrypting and Resetting Surface Pro Tablets

Is it more secure to wipe a Surface Pro Tablet by first applying BitLocker Encryption drive, logging into the device and cleaning the tablet using "Fully Clean The Drive" option as defined under the ...
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Surface RT Password Reset

Just bought this Surface RT tablet at an estate sale. User passed away. How do I create a new account without knowing his password?
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Install an alternative browser on Surface with 32bit Tegra 3 Processor

I found no solution to replace Internet Explorer on my surface 32 Bit ARM-Processor. I tried to install the RT Jailbreak Tool for Windows RT 8.0 But that one doesn't seem to work on my Surface with ...
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Surface pro 2 windows button behavior (in fullscreen app)

the windows hardware button of my surface pro 2 doesn't work when a fullscreen app like a game is currently shown. When I touch the windows button, the surface vibrates but I can't leave the game with ...
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Is it possible to create a reference Surface Pro 3 with all the required software and capture to be deploy to 15 Surface Pro 3

I just got 15 Surface Pro 3 from our client. They would like me to configure the tablets with the standard softwares for all of the systems. The tablet already has the Windows 8.1. I have configure ...
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Bluetooth keyboard using a Surface Pro 3

I recently purchased a surface pro 3. I did not however opt for the touch cover; instead I use a regular travel bluetooth keyboard. It works well, but the behavior is not optimal: even when it is ...
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Can you screenshot only the focused window using hardware buttons on the Surface 3?

With a regular keyboard when you want to print only the focused window, instead of the entire screen, you use and hold Alt + Prt Scrn keys. I just learned from this site two different methods to ...
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How to have windows 8 windows adapt to a second screen lower resolution ? (surface)

I have a surface pro 3 (high dpi) with windows 8.1 and a second screen (normal dpi). When opening a window on a screen and switching this window to the other screen, it used to adapt gently. For ...
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windows 8.1 can't remove existing paired bluetooth device nor connect new one

I have a surface pro 3 with windows 8.1 and currently installed microsoft sculpt touch mouse and creative inspire 2 sound system. I have bought a new bluetooth microsoft sculpt mobile keyboard. The ...
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Is there a trick to pressing the “u” button in the Surface Pro 2 on-screen keyboard?

I find it exceedingly difficult to hit the U on the on-screen keyboard on my Surface Pro 2 running Windows 8.1. Here are the specific symptoms: very carefully tapping directly over the on-screen U ...
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Surface Pro 3 Create M/soft account

Surface Pro 3. I want to bypass Microsoft account sign in, but when I pass the first screen and try to open, e.g. Skype I am required to sign into a M/soft account. Any suggestions? N
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Surface Pro 3 Dock - Blinking light, no charge

I have a Surface Pro 3 and a dock. When I attach the Surface to the dock, the indicator light blinks and will not charge the device: Steps I have taken: Ran and installed all Windows updates with ...
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Use Miracast (or other wireless display tech) to extend screens to Multiple Wireless Displays

Is it possible to use a Surface Pro 3 (or other tablet/laptop/netbook/desktop) and two Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter (or other similar devices) to extend a Windows 8.1 desktop (or other OS) so it ...
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What's the correct way to start up the computer?

I'm not sure if it's me or if it's Win 10 not being fully sane. When I close the lid on my Surface, it goes into the default sleep mode (it's set not to shut down but just sleep for both lid-closing ...
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microsoft surface 2 win 8.1 RT [closed]

I live in London and I am finding it difficult to buy a Surface capacitive pen The stores that sell the surface tablet have not got a clue The ones on ebay when I email the seller they dont know if ...
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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and Windows 7

Is it possible to install Windows 7 on Microsoft Surface Pro 3? I would like to buy it but I don't like Windows 8 (and later versions).
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use surface pro 3 ntrig pen on regular windows 8 touch screen pc

I wonder if its even possible? As I do not really see what's the apparent difference (excuse my innocent thought) between surface screen and a regular touch screen PC's one. If not, is there a trick ...
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New Dropbox update on Surface 1 on Windows RT: No download funcion

All: Good morning. I recently updated my dropbox on my Surface 1 Unit, running the Windows RT operating system. The new dropbox app does not seem to have a "download" function. I keep masters on ...
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USB recovery: error 0xc000000f

I'm trying to reinstall Windows on my Surface Pro 3 with a USB recovery drive. I have downloaded the required files from the Microsoft website ...
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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 prevent sleeping with attached keyboard closed?

Microsoft Surface Pro 3, keyboard attached, placed in Surface 3 docking station. When the keyboard is unfolded (open) the SP3 operates just fine while docked. When the keyboard is closed (flush with ...
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How do I restore my Surface 3 after installing Windows 10 Tech Preview

Before installing the Windows 10 Tech Preview, I created a recovery media on an USB stick, so that I could completely reset my Surface 3 and repave it with Windows 8.1, should I need to. After the ...
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Why is my Windows Surface Pro fn key stuck on?

It seemed like out of nowhere my Windows Surface type pad PgUp and PgDn keys stopped working, being replaced by their F11 and F12 values instead. How do I get it back to normal?
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Visio freezes on Surface Pro 2

Scenario: Visio 2010 in Windows 8.1, or a Surface Pro 2 with all of the current updates. Problem: Visio 2010 starts without issue, but as soon as you try to open a new template, or a document, it ...
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How do you disable swipe history navigation?

On my Surface Pro, when I drag my finger across the browser window, Chrome will navigate back and forth through the browsing history. click to open on Youtube How do I disable this feature?
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“Win” tooltip appears under Surface Pro 3 pen - how do I stop it from showing up?

Occasionally, when I use the pen with the keyboard folded underneath my Surface Pro 3, a tooltip labeled "Win" will show up under the pen's pointer. This tooltip doesn't show up under my finger when ...
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Windows RT App for multiple users

I've installed Twitter and mZip on a Windows RT Surface tablet. The apps are running on the outlook.com-Account User I used for the installation. The apps are not shown on my local user account. Is it ...
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function keys from surface pro 3 tablet virtual keypad : how?

Does anyone know how i can access the function keys whilst using the surface pro 3 without the keyboard attached, i.e. how can i pull up the function keys from the surface keypad ?
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Onenote Producing Jagged Pen Ink on some areas of page Surface Pro 3

Windows Journal works fine. This is only in OneNote Anyone know the issue?
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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Wake-on-LAN

Is there any method to enable Wake-on-LAN (WoL) option in Windows 8.1 of Surface Pro 3, connected to the Ethernet via original Docking Station? I tried almost everything, what is a somewhat related ...
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Is it possible to replace the Surface RT NVIDIA 1.4 GHz Tegra 3 Processor with an Intel i5 or i7?

Tear down difficulty aside, is it possible to simply remove the NVIDIA 1.4 GHz Tegra 3 Processor in a Surface RT and replace it with an Intel i5 or i7? I admit I am not much of a hardware guy ...
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Surface 3 doesn't auto-reconnect to wifi

Everytime I move my surface 3 from work to home, and back to work, the wifi gets stuck on the last network I was connected to. If I leave it on the work connection when I get home (and not reconnect ...
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Is there any way to “Wake on LAN” a MS Surface Pro 2?

I have a Microsoft Surface Pro 2 that is embedded in an exhibit where it is difficult to access the physical power button. The exhibit space is only open for 8 hours of the day and I would like to ...
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Impact of storing a surface with dead battrey

I recently bought a surface pro 3 and the battery was dead when I took it out of the box. I charged it and the battery seems fine. I seem to remember reading somewhere that leaving your battery dead ...
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Surface Pro 3: Make Start Button bring Desktop

Is there a way to make the Start Button on my surface pro 3 bring up the Desktop instead of the start screen?
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Using the Adobe Reader Touch app, how do you rotate a page in a pdf document?

I am using a Surface 2 with the Adobe Reader Touch app to view a PDF document. I can rotate the whole PDF document but not just one page at a time. Can you help please?
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Use Surface Pro 3 as second or extended monitor instead using it as a computer?

Particularly how to use Surface Pro 3 as a 2nd monitor only. not as a surface pro itself. i.e. I have a laptop and use surface pro as a second monitor.
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How can I type a degree symbol (0176) from my Surface RT Touch keyboard?

I have a Microsoft Surface RT with a Touch keyboard. I regularly need to type a degrees symbol. On a full keyboard, I can use the code (0176) with the numeric keypad. But the Touch keyboard doesn't ...
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Surface Pro 2 DisplayPort 1.2 since recent update

I'm using the Surface Pro 2 and two Dell U2414H Displays connected via DaisyChain (Displayport to first monitor and then from the first monitor to the second monitor). This worked a long time, but I ...
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Is it possible to change the application opened by the Surface Pro 3's pen button?

The new Surface Pro 3 comes with a pen with a purple button at the end. When pressed, it causes OneNote to open shortly thereafter. Is it possible to change the application that opens this way? ...
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Surface Pro won't boot from usb

I have had a surface pro for a while now and I have decided to try and boot from USB on it. It won't boot from it. I have tried an external hardrive with Windows Vista on, a Windows 98 Microsoft-dos ...
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How use Excel formula to add new row in table?

I'm using Excel 2013 on a Microsoft Surface 2 (which is an RT ARM machine). It's my understanding that the Surface 2/RT version of Office does not allow scripting or forms. I'm trying to create a ...
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How can I daisy chain a Surface Pro 2 to multiple monitors?

I am considering a Surface Pro 2, and have read on this Microsoft site that: If you have the latest Windows updates, you can daisy-chain multiple monitors from your Surface Pro 2. They don't ...