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 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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Remap Surface Type keyboard “special keys” to standard function keys

The top row of the MS Surface Type keyboard mostly consists of special keys for increasing volume, searching, accessing settings, etc. But if you hold the "Fn" key, then that row becomes the standard ...
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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 ...
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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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Surface Pro 2 / Windows 8.1 - Charging Issue

I purchased the Surface Pro 2 a few days ago (release day) and it has been running great, but over the last 3 days I have encountered a weird charging issue. I like to drain my battery down to near ...
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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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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 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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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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“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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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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How do you exit fullscreen mode?

I've opened fullscreen mode in Internet Explorer or Chrome on the Desktop. How do I exit out of it again?
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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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vine.co causes Surface RT to crash

Whenever I try to watch Vine videos on https://vine.co, my Surface RT crashes and I have to do a hard shutdown. I can access vine.co just fine on a Windows 8.1 laptop with IE11 as well. Here is a ...
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Surface display screen stops working after leaving cover on for a long time

I recently upgraded my Surface with Windows RT to Windows RT 8.1. When I close the Type Cover, the screen shuts down as it should. However, if I leave the cover on overnight, the display screen ...
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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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Is it possible to lockdown a Microsoft Surface RT in kiosk mode?

I am wondering if it is possible to lock-down a Microsoft Surface RT tablet by allowing one application to always be in the foreground and restricting users from doing anything else. Is it possible ...
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Surface Pro magnetic connectors next to laptop

I have seen questions about magnets and damage to laptops, but they were about weaker magnets like headsets and mobile phones. I normally place my laptop in a backpack when I travel. I recently ...
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Save as dialog is not appearing in any “metro” app on Windows 8

I have a problem that Save dialog is not appearing in any metro app. Only save as dialog is not working, I think. For example if I find a download link and press it - everything is fine, but if I ...
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How can I play a DVD using an external drive on a Surface RT?

I have a Surface RT, I have an external DVD drive with a USB plug, and I have a DVD (actually, quite a few) that I want to watch on it. I don't want to rip or convert the DVD into some other format ...
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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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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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On Windows 8, particularly on tablets with a permanently inserted micro SD card, is there a universal way to treat the card as a non-removable drive?

I have a Windows 8.1 tablet, a Surface Pro, and I have a micro SD card that is permanently inserted. I use it to store media files like music and video. Windows, recognizing that it is a removable ...
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Changing size of desktop icons

On a standard computer, I change the size of the desktop icons by pressing Ctrl + rolling the scroll wheel (the same operation for zooming in or out in most applications). But how can I change the ...
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Dual/triple booting Surface Pro?

Before I purchase a Surface Pro, I would like to know how well it dual boots. I often develop for Mac, Windows, and Linux, so I highly value in a computer the community-supported ability to natively ...
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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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Sync folders between Windows 8 and Windows RT (Surface RT, MicroSD card)

I'm loving the Surface RT as a decent go-between device, great for meetings and conferences etc, especially with OneNote. I have a 64 GB microSD card for the Surface RT and would like to sync ...
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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 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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Surface Pro - Disable Wifi?

I recently purchased a Surface pro for one of our executive users (at their request.) I have successfully deployed our image to it, joined it to our domain, etc. When using the USB Ethernet adapter, ...
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Connect Microsoft Surface to ad-hoc network

I am trying to connect my Microsoft Surface tablet to an ad-hoc network that I setup on my Windows-7 desktop machine. The Surface machine can see and connect to other hotspots, but it cannot see the ...
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Private Photos on Surface Pro

So when you take a picture with surface pro it adds it to the livetile slideshow, which I think I can disable all together (but not per photo), and I think my photos are automatically shared by ...
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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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How to get to the Windows 8 Lock Screen on Microsoft Surface?

I just got my Microsoft Surface Tablet. So far it rocks, but I would like to be able to get to the main screen that shows date/time and background image (or, the "Lock Screen"). Thus far I have only ...
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Surface Pro 2 - how many external 1080p monitors are supported with DisplayPort daisy chaining?

The Surface Pro 2 supports daisy chaining 1080p aka FullHD aka 1920x1080 monitors (and other resolutions too). Does anyone know for certain how many external 1080p displays the Surface Pro 2 can drive ...
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What is the fastest way to see battery level in Windows 8 Surface tablet via touch?

What is the fastest way to use touch to see battery level on a Windows 8 Surface tablet? Currently it seems that I have to go to the lock screen to see battery level, but that is quite a bit of effort ...
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Are there Bluetooth remote controls which will work on a Surface RT tablet?

I'm looking for a remote control for my Surface RT tablet. It should work with the Xbox Music app to skip tracks and adjust the volume. To avoid using up the single USB port it should be Bluetooth ...
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Does the Type cover 2 work with the Surface RT?

I know that the type cover 2 came out for the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2, but is it backwards compatible with the Surface RT? I intend to get the type cover 2 over the original because of the ...
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How do you keep the windows surface from going to the lock screen?

I like to play music on the internet of my Surface RT. But when I play it, it locks up and pauses the song. How do I keep it unlocked all the time?
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Surface (Pro) Soft Keyboard + Hardware Keyboard Issue

When I got my Surface Pro 2, I loved it, and everything seemed to work flawlessly, until, wait for it, windows updates... The issue that I am having is the following, I primarily use the TC ...
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Do other wacom styli work on Microsoft Surface Pro 2?

So, I've been eyeing Sufrace Pro 2 for quite some time... I know it has a wacom digitizer and a wacom pen. However, I already have a wacom drawing tablet, that is, CTH-470 to be precise. So, does ...
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How to sync OneDrive files to Microsoft Surface RT device?

Today I got a brand new Microsoft Surface RT. With the touch keyboard this really feels like a small notebook, my only problem is: How do I sync my OneDrive files to the device? There is OneDrive ...
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Is it possible to do any programming on the Microsoft Surface RT?

Is there any way to do some level of actual programming directly on the Surface RT? I expect that (just like with iOS) you need a "real" PC to develop actual apps for it, but perhaps there are some ...
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Unable to install language pack on SurfaceRT as it assumes I have no internet connection

I installed the English language pack on this surface before, but after a reset and an upgrade to Windows 8.1 I am no longer able to do so. When I add a language, the place where the button should be ...
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username or password incorrect

Windows 8 - Surface Pro - Active Directory Domain User I was once logged into our domain. At some point I started to get the "The Username or password is incorrect. Try again message." The same ...