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Connect Your Surface to Portable Hard Drives and Flash Drives

If you own a large music, photo, or video collection, your Surface’s hard drive may not be large enough. But, not to worry. There are some gadgets that can handle the job. [more…]

Connect Your Surface to the Cloud with OneDrive

All Surface tablets include an app to access Microsoft’s brand of cloud, called OneDrive. (Microsoft renamed its SkyDrive service to OneDrive in early 2014.) It seems every company wants you to save your [more…]

Mini Cheat Sheet for Apps on Your Surface

The Start screen on your Surface serves up a smorgasbord of apps, each built to handle a specific task. But no matter how much the apps differ, every app shares the same basic commands. These tips work [more…]

Quick Guide to the Apps on Your Surface

You can download and install new apps, but your Surface comes with more than a dozen built-in apps which appear on the Start screen for easy access. Others hide in the Start screen’s All Apps area. To [more…]

Customize Surface Apps to Meet Your Needs

Microsoft’s built-in apps come preset to cater to the widest audience. But once they’re living on yourSurface, take some time to make them cater to your own needs instead. Tell the Weather app to display [more…]

How to Download New Surface Apps from the Windows Store

Your Surface comes with plenty of built-in apps. But sooner or later, those won’t be enough. When you need to beef up your Surface with more features, there’s an app for that: It’s called the Windows Store [more…]

Uninstall or Change Apps on Your Surface

Before you can uninstall or change an app, you need to select its tile on the Start screen of your Surface. Oddly enough, selecting an app’s Start screen tile is a task rarely stumbled upon on your own [more…]

Tips for Installing Desktop Programs on Your Surface

Surface RT and Surface 2 tablets include a traditional Windows desktop, but with one big restriction: They won’t let you install any programs onto the desktop. Instead, Surface RT and Surface 2 tablets [more…]

The Start Screen’s Internet Explorer App on Your Surface

Your Surface contains two versions of Internet Explorer, each opened in a slightly different way. Here, you will find out how to open each, and when to choose one browser over another. [more…]

How to Browse in Private on Your Surface

Most websites you will visit on your Surface leave lasting impressions long after they’ve left your eyes. Days or months later, the sites’ names can still pop up in your address bar as you begin typing [more…]

Navigate the Web on Your Surface

Like most Start screen apps, the browser app on the Surface hides its menus. That lets you concentrate on the picture rather than the frame. When you need the menus, you can reveal them using the same [more…]

Tips for Visiting Websites on Your Surface

Being designed specifically for your fingers, the Surface’s Start screen’s version of Internet Explorer works quite well with touch controls. When you’re browsing a website, a well-placed finger lets you [more…]

Manage Several Sites in Tabs on the Surface Browser

It’s not obvious, but the Start screen’s version of Internet Explorer often keeps several sites open on your Surface at the same time. For example, while viewing a website, you might visit the Start screen [more…]

Share Sites and Their Information on Your Surface

Eventually, you stumble upon something on your Surface that is worth sharing with friends. It may be an entire web page, or it may be just a recipe’s ingredients and instructions from a cooking site. [more…]

Tips for Downloading Files and Photos on Your Surface

The Start screen’s Internet Explorer app can download files and photos to your Surface, just like its full-sized cousin on the desktop. For example, to download a file from a website, tap the website’s [more…]

How to Change the Browser Settings on Your Surface

The Start screen browser, like nearly all apps, lets you tweak its settings to meet your particular needs. And, just as with all apps, opening the settings area begins with a trip to the Charms bar, described [more…]

How to Connect Your Surface to a Scanner

When you need to send somebody a copy of a paper document, the Surface gives you two options: You can simply take a photo of it with your Surface’s built-in camera. Or, if the Accounting Department requires [more…]

How to Upload Files from Your Surface to OneDrive

Uploading files from your Surface to OneDrive makes them accessible to any computer you use, as well as your smartphone. If you’re connected with the Internet, OneDrive provides an easy way of overcoming [more…]

How to Make OneDrive Files from Your Surface Available Offline

Your OneDrive cubbyhole lives on the Internet — the cloud, as the computing world calls it. And when your Surface is connected to the Internet, OneDrive files open just as if they were stored on your Surface [more…]

How to Pin a Website to Your Surface’s Start Screen

Eventually, you’ll run across a site you don’t want to forget. When that happens, pin the site to your Surface’s Start screen. Seeing that tile on the Start screen jogs your memory that you haven’t visited [more…]

Working with Two Surface Apps on One Screen

Windows lets you place two apps side by side on your Surface. In fact, it will probably happen when you don't expect it: You click a link that somebody mailed you, and all of a sudden the Mail app shrinks [more…]

How to Watch Movies on Your Surface

More a shopping mall than an app, Microsoft designed the Video app for the Surface to pull you into its two storefronts: The movies section entices you to buy or rent movies, and the television section [more…]

Turn on Flip Ahead on Your Surface Tablet

Start screen apps on your Surface usually move their pages across the screen horizontally. That lets you swipe your finger in from right to left to move to the next page, much like you do when reading [more…]

Use the Desktop Browser on Your Surface

Not all sites display properly in the Start screen’s minimalist, finger-friendly browser on your Surface. Some sites don’t show everything, for example; other sites format the page as if you were browsing [more…]

Add Your Social Accounts to Windows 8 on Your Surface

Before you can run your Surface’s core apps — Mail, People, Calendar, and Skype — you need a Microsoft account. Without a Microsoft account, most apps simply display a notice telling you to sign up or [more…]


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