There's so much to learn about your new toy. We'll give you a head start, with 11 subtle or well-hidden features you might otherwise miss. Did we overlook anything good? Let us know in the comments.
11. Customize the pressure sensitivity
The new Surface devices have 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity that can be tuned for your style. To do that though, you’ll need an app from the Microsoft store. Yes, that means you’ll need to set up an account with the store, but the app itself is free. Once you have an account, search for Surface in the store. The results should show Surface Trackpad Settings and Surface. Skip the Trackpad Settings (it doesn’t work on the new devices) and download and install the Surface app. Click the pen icon, and you can turn the sensitivity up or down and test it too.
If you’re on an older Surface Pro 3 or Surface 3, you can set the pen button functionality, but that’s not available right now for the newer devices.
10. Change the Surface Pen battery
The pen on the Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3 easily unscrewed but the newer Surface pen isn’t quite as straight forward. To pop it open to change out the AAAA battery, grasp the shaft and then turn the end with the pocket clip on it counter-clockwise about an eighth of an inch until it clicks. You should be able to carefully slide out the AAAA cell now.
9. There’s a hidden button
The Surface Pen doesn’t look like it has any buttons besides the “eraser” at the top. At the very end of the plastic strip just above where your finger would rest when using it, however, there’s a hidden button that acts as right mouse click.
8. Spaced out
Although Microsoft stores we’ve spoken with say Surface Pro 4 will not work with the older Surface Pro 3 dock, we’ve been told by Microsoft it will. The company has plans to make a spacer to let the the thinner Surface Pro 4 work in the older dock with full functionality. The bad news: The spacer is delayed. You can reserve your place in line by pre-ordering it here.
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