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

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Use Surface Pro as a digitizer with another laptop preserving pressure sensitivity

I have a first generation Surface Pro (third generation Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, Wacom touchscreen with pen). I bought it for drawing and sketching and it works great. The problem is that the it ...
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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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“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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How to save files on C: drive? (Surface 2)

I just bought a Microsoft Surface 2 and I tried to save fies (pictures) from Internet Explorer to mz local file system. But instead of saving the files to C:\Users\MyName\Pictures (which is the ...
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Surface RT doesn't show PIN pad on lock screen if keyboard detached in sleep

I've been seeing behavior with my Surface where if the keyboard is detached before the screen comes on (e.g. it is "asleep") then it never seems to recognize that the keyboard is no longer attached. ...
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Recoding volume very low when using RHA MA750i headset with Microsoft's Surface Book

I have an RHA MA750i headset which work perfectly as a headset with my Android phone, and to listen to music on my Core i7 Surface Book. However, when using them with Skype or Skype for Business on my ...
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Is there a way to disable automatic movement of the pen input window?

I am using a Microsoft Surface 3 with the newer Surface Pen. When using the pen input window, it moves around of it's own accord. It's clearly intended to be "helpful" by moving itself where it thinks ...
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fps drop in maximized windowed mode

I have noticed when I play games in maximized windowed mode that my fps drops by close to 50%. I'm using a Surface Book with the dgpu from Nvidia. I have played with almost every setting I can think ...
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Surface touchpad not working

Sometimes my Surface Pro 4 touchpad stops working when I resume from sleep. The keys on the type cover still work, just no responsiveness from the touchpad. Microsoft support recommends reattaching ...
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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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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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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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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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Stream audio from Surface RT to Windows 8.1 PC

I would like to play music on my Surface RT, but have the audio streamed to and actually played on my Win8.1 PC (it has better speakers than the surface, naturally). With Surface Pro I could have done ...
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Can't start Zune software

I can't get the Zune software to start. At all. A fresh Windows 8 machine (Surface Pro 1, in case it matters) and I've just downloaded the Zune software from Zune.Net, so a brand new installer. ...
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What can I do with a Bluetooth connection between Windows Phone and Surface Pro?

I have both an HTC Windows Phone 8x and a Surface Pro, each of course with Windows 8. Both of them I log in using my same Microsoft Live account. I can manage to get my phone connected to the surface ...
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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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Can't refresh Windows RT on Surface

When I try to refresh my Surface RT tablet it comes up with the error message "The media you have inserted is not valid" Please Insert your windows installation or recovery media. I have done this as ...
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Can I expand the haptic feedback capabilities of the Surface Pro?

I notice that, when I touch the Windows logo area on the Surface Pro, it vibrates some. However, this vibration is never utilized elsewhere in the experience. Is there any way I can expand this haptic ...
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How can I prevent windows 10 internet explorer tabs from sleeping when screen is locked on a tablet?

I am trying to sort out an issue with a webpage I have for one of my clients. I have set up some javascript preventing another tab of the same url being opened in the same browser to combat a bug in ...
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Why does my Bluetooth Mouse Stops working if two Devices connected to my Windows Surface 3?

I've got a bluetooth mouse, HDE Ergonomic Bluetooth Wireless Optical Laser Mouse for Android Tablets, that works fine when it is the only Bluetooth device connected to a Windows Surface 3. Once I ...
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Surface Pro 4 UEFI Password reset

I have a Surface Pro 4 in which I have never set a UEFI password , but today when I tried to enter UEFI it is promoting me to enter a password which I have never set. I bought it brand new so I am ...
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“Show windows contents while dragging” keeps getting unchecked windows 10

I just got a new Surface Book with Windows 10 Pro and for some reason the "Show windows contents while dragging" located in Performance Options → Visual Effects keeps getting unchecked, its very ...
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double clicking button on stylus doesn't do what it ought to be doing

Here's a screenshot of my Surface configuration: As can be seen on the screenshot double-clicking the stylus button should take a screenshot. But that's not what it's doing. Instead, it's opening ...
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Surface Pro 2 TypeCover partially broken on Windows 10

I just did a clean install of Windows 10 on my SP2. Now, the Type Cover is not fully functioning. When I connect it the trackpad and the function meta keys (play/pause, mute, brightness) all work. But ...
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Surface book startup slowness issues

I have a Surface Book i7 250GB I have 2 issues related to startup slowness. When I first start up the machine for the day, I'll hit the start button, the screen will show "SURFACE" then go black, ...
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Surface Pen 3 not writing

The top button on my Surface 3 pen works, but it will not write. I have seen countless posts of this online and they say replace the battery or the pen tip to resolve. I've tried both and still no ...
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Activate tablet Volume buttons when when explorer.exe not running

we are developing a Win 8.1 tablet desktop application in LabView, running in a Kiosk-like mode. I know Windows 8.1 offers the Kiosk mode for this, but only for Windows store apps. I changed Shell ...
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Does Surface 3 Require Admin Privileges To Connect Bluetooth Keyboard?

I have a Surface 3 (non pro) with Win 10 that belongs to my company for work, thus I don't have access to the Admin account, but I would like to use a bluetooth keyboard like this Logitech unit. Can ...
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Mircosoft Surface 3 Allow this device to wake the computer grayed out

I have a powershell script that wakes computers on lan (wol) using a magic packet. The script works fine for normal desktops but won't work with Microsoft surface 3 tablets. The device is connected ...
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Unable to boot Microsoft Surface Pro

I have been given a Microsoft Surface Pro to fix. When you try and turn it on you can see the Surface logo and a series of dots spinning in a circle and that is it. It will sit like that for hours ...
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Changing default Draw colors for Onenote from Windows App Store

I work daily on the Surface Pro 4 (Windows 10) with the Onenote app from the App Store. Is there a way to change the 4 default colors (Blue, Red, Green, Red) (e.g. substitute Blue for Purple)? I know ...
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My Surface 3 goes into sleep/screen saver mode while I am actively using it (e.g. typing or scrolling with the mouse)

I have a Surface 3; when I am using it; typing etc, it keeps randomly going into sleep/screen saver mode. I haven't locked the screen, it's not inactive, I'll be typing or scrolling and the screen ...
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Global audio controls not working correcly for Surface 3

I've been running into audio issues with Microsoft Surface running Windows 8.1 that seem to point to the global audio settings (e.g volume, mute, etc) not being respected for all applications when ...
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Muting mouse click on specific part of tablet screen

My surface tablet has broken screen. It just automatically clicks a very specific part of the screen. So I can't use it because mouse cursor goes to that part with frequency higher than 1 click per ...
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Can’t move one-drive in a micro-SD card

I’m having trouble while moving my windows one-drive folder to a SD-card. I have the SD-card NTFS-formatted and it is located in my C: drive. When I try to move one-drive by going to its properties ...
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Surface reinstall windows media inserted not valid

I am trying to reinstall windows on a surface however when attempting to reset the pc I get the error the media inserted is not valid. I can't boot into windows at all on this device only into the ...
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How to adjust pen sensitivity on Surface3

When trying to adjust pen sensitivity using the Surface App in Windows 10 I get the following message: Refreshing the stated window 3 times has no effect. How can I fix this?
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Files cannot be uploaded or downloaded in One Drive

I know this is a known issue and wondering if anyone has a fix. I am trying to use one drive as my primary back up option. As a developer, I have long file paths and names. This is causing one drive ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do I login to Surface Pro and use Office 2013 without internet connection?

I noticed that for successful login with my Microsoft account, I need to stay in a hotspot with the Surface Pro connected to the internet. Even more confusing is that I also need to use my Microsoft ...
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VS2012 Express unable to start correctly in Surface Pro

I have recently bought surface pro. It is running on a 64-bit Windows 8 OS running on Intel i5-3317U with 4GB RAM. By all standards as far as I know it should be able run any program I can run on my ...
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Surface Pro: Outlook 2013 unable to connect to Exchange 2010

I've installed Office 2013 (via one of my 5 installation of office365 home premium) on my Surface Pro 128GB. I can't connect to Exchange 2010 to read emails via Outlook 2013. I keep receiving this ...