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How to Create a Microsoft Surface RT Recovery Drive

Because the Surface RT cannot run traditional Windows desktop programs, it's critical that you create a recovery drive— a USB 4GB (or larger) flash drive containing all the files Windows RT needs to run [more…]

The Microsoft Surface Touch and Type Keyboard Covers

Part of the Surface’s attraction comes from its two keyboard covers. Thin and lightweight, they click onto the Surface with magnets. The connectors also let the keyboards draw power from the Surface, so [more…]

How to Change Your Surface’s Wi-Fi Connection’s Settings

Windows 8 offers many handy ways to change or keep track of your Wi-Fi network’s settings on your Surface. However, it’s difficult to find the right switches until you follow these steps: [more…]

Connect Your Surface to Built-In Memory Cards

Your Microsoft Surface tablet includes a special slot for sliding in a tiny memory card. Many cell phones accept the same type of memory card: microSD, microSDHC, or microSDXC. [more…]

Surface's General Settings Tab

Although this section of Surface's settings area sounds the most boring, you just might spend most of your time here. Here are a few gems, as well as a few misleading items: [more…]

Music on a Surface through the Xbox Music Pass

When you first open the Music app on a new Surface, you won’t find much but an empty shelf. After all, you haven’t had time to copy any music onto it yet. [more…]

How to Install and Use SkyDrive for Windows on Your Surface

For the easiest access to SkyDrive, install Microsoft’s SkyDrive for Windows program on your Surface with Windows 8 Pro tablet and your desktop PC. To keep things simple, SkyDrive for Windows places a [more…]

Manage Files with the SkyDrive App on Your Surface

After you’ve stocked SkyDrive with files, you can access those files quickly and easily from your Surface with the SkyDrive app. If you can’t find the app, download it for free from the Windows Store. [more…]

Microsoft Surface: Turn Your Desktop Computer into a Cloud

All Surface tablets include an app to access Microsoft’s brand of cloud, called SkyDrive. When you finish installing SkyDrive for Windows on your desktop, the program leaves you looking at a checkbox next [more…]

How to Use the Surface Messaging App

Windows 8’s friendly Messaging app on your Surface lets you type back and forth with any contact listed in your People app. It even handles the mechanics of facilitating inter-program banter: Your friend [more…]

Add Web Pages to the Reading List App on a Microsoft Surface

Have you ever found a fascinating article on the Internet but lacked the time to read it on your Surface immediately? That's where the Reading List app comes into play. Built into Windows 8.1, the Reading [more…]

Listen to Songs on a Flash Drive Connected to a Microsoft Surface

Your Microsoft Surface includes a USB port, which provides a handy way to move files to and from your Surface. If you carry around your favorite songs on a flash drive, it's easy to tell the Surface to [more…]

Delete File History Backups on a Microsoft Surface

A refreshing change from the old days of manual backups, the File History program in Windows 8.1 works automatically. Every five minutes, it backs up any changed files. Those backups help you in several [more…]

10 Popular Apps for Your Surface

The Windows Store offers more than 100,000 apps for your Microsoft Surface, with more apps appearing each week. Here's a look at some of the most popular apps in the Windows Store, and why they deserve [more…]

Keep Your Surface Current via Windows Update

Your Microsoft Surface automatically downloads waiting updates from Windows Update, but it doesn't always install them until you restart your Surface. To be on the safe side, follow these steps to download [more…]

Navigate Your Surface with the Windows 8 Charms Bar

The Charms bar, an icon-filled strip that appears along the screen's right edge, works throughout your Microsoft Surface, from the Start screen to the desktop. [more…]

Microsoft Surface For Dummies Cheat Sheet

No matter which version you're using — Microsoft Surface RT, Surface Pro, Surface 2, or Surface 2 Pro — to get the most out of your device, you'll want to keep your system updated and know how to navigate [more…]

Why Should You Buy a Microsoft Surface?

Most computer manufacturers create computers, including Microsoft Windows tablets, as cheaply as possible. By coming up with the lowest price tag, they hope to undercut their competitors. Instead of taking [more…]

How to Decide between the Microsoft Surface Tablet Options

Microsoft has sold four types of Surface tablets that look and behave very similarly. (A fifth Surface, available sometime in 2014, will have cellular Internet access.) All of them share many features: [more…]

Unbox Your Microsoft Surface Computer

The Microsoft Surface comes artfully packed in a black box. Look at the top-right corner, and you can see a white box protruding from inside. It’s either an artful display of design creativeness or a waste [more…]

Three Quick Steps to Charge the Battery of Your Surface

The Microsoft Surface’s bundled charger is lightweight, smaller, and flatter than many adapters, making it easy to carry. In the North American version, the outlet’s prongs make sturdy little clicks as [more…]

Turn On Your Surface for the First Time

After prying off all the cardboard, peeling off the plastic wrappers, and charging your Microsoft Surface, the fun begins. If you’re near a wireless network, make sure it’s turned on and that you know [more…]

How to Set Up User Accounts On Your Surface

Unlike competing tablets, your Microsoft Surface lets you create separate accounts for different people. That lets several people use the same Surface, with all of their information stored separately on [more…]

How to Open Apps in Microsoft Surface

Your Surface’s Start screen doesn’t show much organization. Your apps appear in a haphazard mess that sprawls out of view beyond the screen’s right edge. As you slide your finger along the Start screen [more…]

Tips for Closing and Switching between Apps in Microsoft Surface

Microsoft Surface is all about the apps. You will probably use several during any given session, whether for work or play. It’s a good idea to become familiar with managing these apps. [more…]

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