I know about Is it possible to change the application opened by the Surface Pro 3's pen button? which covers what happens with a single click of the purple pen button. However I just read a review of the Surface 4 pen which reveals that double clicking the pen button takes a screenshot. I just tested with my Surface 3 and its pen, and this works, sort of.

  • It does the same as Shift-PrtScrn, which is to say full screen, not just the active window (Alt-PrtScrn gets the active window) and if you have multiple screens, all of them
  • it seems to leave you in a kind of weird state until you click the button once more to launch OneNote

As such it's less useful than knowing the Type Cover shortcut for a screen print (AltFnSpace if you were wondering). But if I could adjust it to do the AltPrtScrn thing, and not have to launch OneNote afterwards, that would be ok by me.

So: how can I control the double click action of the Surface Pen purple button, ideally for my Surface 3?

  • There is an application for the pen that comes with the Surface Pro 3 that allows you to configure the buttons on it. As for it supporting the new pen that has not yet been released, the application, eventually will be updated I am sure. So the application might have been updated to only support Windows 10, it did exist, and that is how you would have done it if that is the case. – Ramhound Oct 22 '15 at 18:42
  • That allows me to choose which kind of OneNote I want to launch on a single click, and makes no mention of a double click action – Kate Gregory Oct 22 '15 at 18:47
  • And I can get screenshots now on a Surface Pro 3 with a 3 pen, running 8.1, so I don't need new hardware or software to get screenshots. Since they don't let me control that setting now I doubt they will in 10 either. – Kate Gregory Oct 22 '15 at 18:48
  • If that is the case then that particular action cannot be reconfigured. I only mention Windows 10 because the web portal for the application indicated it required Windows 10. – Ramhound Oct 22 '15 at 18:50

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