System Overview


Power button

Press the power button to turn your Surface 3 on. When your Surface is on, press and hold the power button to shut down. You'll also use the power button to put your Surface to sleep, and to wake it when you're ready to start working again.

Windows button


The Windows button takes you to the Start screen, where you can open your apps quickly, look for files on your Surface, or search for info the web. If you're already at Start, the Windows button takes you back to the last app you were using.


Use the 10.8 ClearType full HD display, with its 3:2 aspect ratio and 1920 x 1280 resolution display, to watch HD movies, browse the web, and use your favorite apps.

10-point multi-touch lets you use your fingers to select, zoom, and move things around.


Flip out the three-position kickstand and work or play comfortably at your desk, on the couch, or while giving a hands-free presentation.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Surface 3 supports standard Wi-Fi protocols (802.11a/b/g/n/ac) and Bluetooth® 4.0. Connect to a wireless network and use Bluetooth devices such as mice, printers, and headsets.


Surface 3 features an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus, and a 3.5-megapixel, fixed-focus, front-facing camera. Both cameras record video in 1080p, with a 16:9 aspect ratio (widescreen). Front and back privacy lights help make sure there are no surprises.


Use the front-facing microphone for calls and recordings.

Stereo speakers

Stereo speakers with Dolby® enhanced sound let you listen to music, podcasts, and audio books.

Ports and connectors

Surface 3 has the ports you expect in a full-feature laptop.

  • Full-size USB 3.0 port

    Connect a USB accessory like a mouse, printer, Ethernet adapter, USB drive, or smartphone.

  • Micro USB charging port

    Charge your Surface 3 using the Micro USB charging port and included Micro USB power supply. 

  • MicroSD card slot

    Use the microSD card slot and a microSD card (sold separately) for extra storage and transferring files.

  • Mini DisplayPort version 1.1

    Share what's on your Surface screen by connecting it to an HDTV, monitor, or projector. (Video adapters are sold separately.) 

  • 3.5 mm headset jack

    Plug in your favorite headset for a little more privacy when listening to music or conference calls.

  • Cover connectors

    Click in a thin, light, backlit keyboard. The Surface 3 Type Cover (sold separately) also helps protect the touchscreen. 

System Tips


Here are some tips on how to do things on your Surface with Windows.

1. Find and open your apps and programs

Type the app name in the search box on the taskbar.

To quickly open your apps, pin them to the taskbar. If you already have the app open on your Surface, press and hold (or right-click) the app icon on the taskbar and select Pin to taskbar. Or, select Start  in the lower-left corner, find the app you want to pin in the list, and select More > Pin to taskbar.

2. Get new apps, games, and more

On a Mac, there’s the Mac App Store and on your Surface, there’s the Microsoft Store. To open the Microsoft Store, type Microsoft Store in the search box on the taskbar.

3. Video calls and messaging

Message and video chat with family and friends on your Surface with Skype. Millions of people use Skype every day, so your friends and family may already have accounts. Skype works on Windows, iPhone, Mac, Android, Xbox One, and more.

4. Help keep your Surface safer

Surface comes with Windows Defender and Windows Firewall to help protect you from malware, so you don't need to purchase antivirus software. Windows Defender uses real-time protection to scan everything you download or run on your PC. See how these services help protect your Surface.

5. Draw with Surface Pen

Surface Pen was made for Surface. Here are some examples of things you can do:

  • Mark up docs in PowerPoint, Word, or other Office apps—select the Review tab, then select Start inking on the right.

  • Use your finger or the Surface Pen to draw or edit photos in the Fresh Paint app.

  • If you use Adobe apps, draw directly on the screen without an external pen tablet, or open Lightroom in tablet mode to edit a photo with touch easily— these and other features are exclusive to Windows 10.

6. Save time with shortcuts

Here are some other top Windows keyboard shortcuts:

  • Press these keysTo do this

  • Ctrl + CCopy the selected item

  • Ctrl + XCut the selected item

  • Ctrl + VPaste the selected item

  • Ctrl + ZUndo an action

  • Ctrl + PPrint the open item

  • Alt + TabSwitch between open apps (except desktop apps)

  • Alt + F4Close the active item, or exit the active app

  • Windows logo key  + LLock your PC or switch users

  • Windows logo key  + DDisplay and hide the desktop

7. Search for anything on your Surface and online

In Windows 10, use the search box on the taskbar to find what you need. Type your search terms, an app name, or a file or folder name to search your PC and the web at the same time.

8. Put Surface to sleep or shut it down

Put Surface to sleep by closing it or by tapping the power button on the device. To turn off Surface, press and hold the power button on top of the device for a few seconds. You can also select the Start  button in the lower-left corner of the screen, select Power  at the bottom of the menu, and then choose Shut down.

9. Tweak your settings

In the search box on the taskbar, type Settings.

Or, select the Start  button, then select Settings.

10. Downloaded files

The things you download on your Surface go into the Downloads folder, just like on your Mac. You can find your downloaded files in the Downloads folder in File Explorer, or just type downloads in the search box on the taskbar.

To save a download in a specific folder, select Save As during the download process and then browse to the folder you want.

11. Browse the web

Surface comes with the new Microsoft Edge browser. You can write directly on webpages with the Surface Pen, share your notes with others, and use reading mode for easier reading online.

And did you know that Microsoft Edge is faster, safer, and saves battery life better than both Chrome and Firefox?

12. Personalize your Surface

There are so many ways to personalize Surface: change the background of your desktop, your lock screen image, accent colors, and screen saver, and create a pin.

See how to personalize your Surface

Want more tips? Take a look at the Microsoft Tips app on your Surface. To open it, type tips in the search box on the taskbar.