Join Nick Brazzi for an in-depth discussion in this video The Surface type cover, part of Learn Microsoft Surface: The Basics.
- The type cover is an optional accessory that does not come with the Surface. But it's pretty essential for many users. Microsoft markets the Surface as a tablet that can replace your laptop. And if you plan to use the Surface as a laptop, you'll need a keyboard and a mouse or trackpad. The type cover gives you both of these. Combined with a cover to protect the screen when you're not using the Surface. There are different versions of the type cover for the Surface 3, the Surface Pro 3, and the Surface Pro 4.
With only a few small exceptions which we'll see in a minute, they all work the same. The type cover connects using a magnetic attachment. So you'll see this little bar here on one edge, and then on the Surface itself, there's a little channel along this edge. So all you need to do is bring those together, and they'll snap together with that magnet. The cover is no connected and when you use the keyboard, it draws what little power it needs directly from the Surface. No other setup is needed. Now you can close the cover to protect the screen when you're not using it, and of course, you can open it again when you're ready to use the Surface.
You can even flip the cover all the way around to the back. When it's all the way open like this, the Surface will disregard any input from the keyboard or the trackpad. So you can hold it and even press those buttons. Now when you're ready to work with the Surface as a laptop, what you'll need to do is just open up the kickstand on the back of the Surface, set it down on your desk, and then you can open up that keyboard. And it works as a keyboard and a trackpad. Now the keyboard and trackpad are going to work just like any other laptop, so there's not much to get into there.
But I do want to point out that the type cover does have this little extra magnetic strip along the top edge. So you'll see if I pull this down, I can have the keyboard completely flat, but this magnetic bar here will lock to the front of the Surface. So if I lift the keyboard a little bit, it locks back into place and now I have two different angles for the keyboard. I can go completely flat or angled. Now when I started using the Surface, I was surprised to find that I'm pretty comfortable using it on my lap with the kickstand open and the type cover attached.
In fact, you don't have to worry about the heat on your lap that you usually get with another laptop computer. So that's really all you need to work with the type cover, but I said that there are a few small differences between the two versions that we should look at. The type cover is available for all of the current devices in the current Surface product line. The Surface 3, the Surface Pro 3, and the Surface Pro 4. Now the Surface 3 is smaller than the other devices, so the type cover for the Surface 3 only works on that device.
And eventually if a Surface 4 comes out, it will probably support the Surface 3 type cover. But that's only speculation. And I'm making that guess because the type cover for the Surface Pro 3 will work with the Surface Pro 4 and vice versa. The cover for the Surface Pro 4 is a little thinner than the older design. The keys have more space between them and the trackpad is larger. The functionality is all the same, but the keyboard for the Surface Pro 4 is just a little more comfortable, and the trackpad is easier to use because it's much bigger.
Now there are two models of the type cover for the Surface Pro 4. One with a fingerprint sensor and one without. The version without the fingerprint sensor comes in several colors, but the one with the sensor is only available in black. That's this one here. In the chapter on settings and security later in this course, I'll talk about how you can get that fingerprint sensor all set up. And of course because this type cover works on both the Surface Pro 3 and the Surface Pro 4, you can get the version with the fingerprint sensor and use it with the Surface Pro 3 as long as you've upgraded to Windows 10.
So of course the type cover is an optional purchase. You can always use a wired keyboard and a mouse, or even a wireless bluetooth keyboard and mouse. But for one purchase, the type cover is a cover, a keyboard and a trackpad that are already designed to work seamlessly with the Surface.
Nick Brazzi then steps through how to best become productive with the Surface in Tablet mode, exploring the basic touch controls in Windows 10 and how to adjust important settings like notifications, quick actions, and more. Viewers also learn how to use touch to control apps (including Office), multitask, use the onscreen keyboard, work with tiles and pinned apps, and more. Viewers then learn how to get the most out of the Surface accessories, including how to use the powerful Surface pen with OneNote and for visual art. Finally, the course explores important customization and security settings, including how to use Windows Hello for fingerprint or face recognition for fast login.
- Connecting a keyboard and mouse to the Surface
- Running updates
- Using touch controls
- Switching modes
- Using the Surface pen
- Setting a PIN code
- Adding storage with a microSD card