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Three Ways to Add Portable Storage to Your Surface

Your Surface’s drive is speedy but tiny, especially when compared to today’s desktop PCs, which usually include more than 300 GB of storage space. Because apps can be installed only on your Surface’ internal [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…]

Connect Your Surface to Portable Hard Drives and Flash Drives

If you own a large music or video collection, your Surface’s hard drive won’t be large enough. Only one gadget can handle the job: a portable hard drive, like the one shown here. [more…]

Connect Your Surface to the Cloud with SkyDrive

Your Surface’s drive is speedy but tiny, especially when compared to today’s desktop PCs, which usually include more than 300 GB of storage space. Because apps can be installed only on your Surface’ internal [more…]

Tips for Using the Trackpad on Your Surface Keyboard

Both the Touch and the Type keyboards for the Microsoft Surface tablet include a trackpad below the keyboard. Chances are you won’t use it much: It’s easier to simply touch the Surface to do what you want [more…]

Use the Start Screen of Your Surface with a Mouse and Keyboard

If you plan on using the Desktop app to crank out some serious work on your Microsoft Surface computer, you’ll want to attach your Surface’s keyboard or plug in a mouse and keyboard. The mouse and keyboard [more…]

Change Your Sign-In Account on Your Surface

You may want to change the account you use to sign in on your Surface. For example, you may want to sign on with the same account you use for your Xbox, or you may want to switch to a newly remembered [more…]

Customize Your Surface through PC Settings

The Surface's Start screen’s control panel, called the PC Settings screen, lets you polish off your Surface’s rough edges. Each section in the PC Settings screen lets you customize a different area of [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…]

How to Back Up Your Surface

Your Surface does a remarkable job of backing up itself. Your Microsoft account remembers how you personalize your Surface, as well as the settings you change. It also remembers your e-mail accounts, calendar [more…]

How to Fix Problem Apps on Your Surface

Occasionally, your Surface either misbehaves or falls ill. There are several possible treatment plans for apps that are not working quite right, as well as a few tweaks to solve specific problems. [more…]

How to Refresh Your Surface

Refreshing is a good option to try when you're having problems with your Surface. When your Surface isn’t working correctly, you can tell it to reinstall its operating system, but save your files. It’s [more…]

How to Reset Your Surface

Resetting is a last-resort option that wipes your Surface completely clean, removing everything. When it wakes back up, it behaves like it was just removed from its shiny new box. It’s a drastic measure [more…]

How to Take Notes with OneNote on Your Surface

A computerized three-ring tabbed binder, Microsoft’s OneNote organizes your notes on your Surface. It’s not picky, letting you add notes in any form: typed by hand, copied from websites, recorded as audio [more…]

Print Your Document in Office on Your Surface

It’s no coincidence that the Surface with Windows RT includes a free, installed copy of Microsoft's Office Home and Student 2013 RT. Printing a document with any of those popular programs — Word, PowerPoint [more…]

Open an Office Document on the Surface

Whether you want to create a new document, open an existing one, or start working from a template, follow these steps to open a document in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint: [more…]

How to Save Your Work on Your Surface

Your Surface with Windows RT can read, save, and create Office files stored nearly anywhere: on your Surface, a flash drive, a networked PC, or on SkyDrive [more…]

Ten Tips and Tricks for Surface

With the Surface, the hard part is limiting it to just ten tips and tricks. After paring down the list from twenty, here are 10 essential tips ‘n’ tricks to wring the most out of your Surface. [more…]

Make the Surface Desktop Icons Larger

Although the Desktop app looks like a normal Windows desktop, don’t forget it’s just an app. And, as with all other apps, you still have the Charms bar at your disposal, making it easy to jump between [more…]

Manage Files and Folders on Your Surface

Surface does not use the earlier versions of Windows, with a program named Windows Explorer that let you view your computer’s files and storage spaces, shuffling files between them as necessary. [more…]

Select Files and Folders on Surface

To select several items on the Surface screen, hold down the Ctrl key on your Surface’s keyboard while clicking items with the trackpad’s mouse pointer or a mouse. Simple. [more…]

Copy or Move Files and Folders on the Surface

Using your Surface, you can select items with your fingertips. After you’ve selected the items, it’s easy to copy or move them to a new location by following these steps: [more…]

Launch Desktop Programs on the Surface

Although the Desktop app of the Surface may seem like a self-contained world, it’s not. The Desktop app tosses you back onto the Start screen on several occasions, most noticeably when you want to load [more…]

Master Basic Window Mechanics on Your Surface

The key to maneuvering windows on the desktop of your Surface with your finger is to think of your finger as a mouse pointer. Then follow these rules: [more…]

Snap an App Alongside the Surface Desktop

Windows 8’s Start screen and Desktop app live in very separate worlds on your Surface. The Start screen is “modern,” while the Desktop app is “traditional.” They look and behave nothing alike, and, for [more…]


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