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11 secrets you didn't know about your new Surface Book or Surface Pro 4

Gordon Mah Ung | Oct. 28, 2015
We'll tell you about the buttons you might miss, the settings worth seeking out, and some other hidden tricks.

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Credit: Microsoft

Here it is: your shiny new Surface Pro 4 or Surface Book, fresh from the Microsoft store, or pulled out of its package.

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.

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A free app from Microsoft will let you change the pressure levels of the Surface Pen.

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.

You can indeed remove the AAAA battery from the new Surface Pen by rotating it slightly counter-clockwise until it clicks. Credit: Gordon Mah Ung

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.

The new Surface Pen has a secret button just under the end of the plastic strip. Credit: Gordon Mah Ung

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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