The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is a 2-in-1 tablet that can be used as a laptop. It has a 12-inch display, and a full-sized keyboard and runs the full version of Windows 8.1. It’s a great device for students, business professionals, and anyone who wants a portable computer that can be used as a tablet. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to set up your Surface Pro 3 and start using it.
What You Will Need
To follow this Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tutorial, you will need the following materials:
-A Microsoft Surface Pro 3
-A computer with an internet connection
-An e-mail account
-A printer (optional)
What is the Microsoft Surface Pro 3?
The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is a 2-in-1 PC designed and marketed by Microsoft. It was first announced on May 20, 2014 and released on June 20, 2014. The Surface Pro 3 is the third-generation Surface device from Microsoft, and it comes with a number of new features and improvements over its predecessors, including a thinner and lighter design, a higher-resolution display, a more powerful CPU, and an improved kickstand.
Setting Up Your Surface Pro 3
The Surface Pro 3 is a great device that can do a lot of things. In this tutorial, we will be setting it up so that you can get the most out of it. We’ll start by unpacking it and then we’ll move on to connecting it to the internet and your other devices.
Remove the Kickstand and Type Cover
- To remove the Kickstand, hold the top of the Kickstand with one hand and lightly press down on the release button with your other hand.
- Rotate the Kickstand away from the device until it clicks into place.
- To remove the Type Cover, hold one side of the connector and slide the Cover away from the device.
Insert the Battery
To insert the battery:
- Align the gold contacts on the bottom of the Surface Pro 3 with the gold contacts in the battery compartment, and then insert the Surface Pro 3 into the compartment.
- Use both hands to slide the Surface Pro 3 until it clicks into place.
- Close the kickstand, and then press and hold the power button for about 2 seconds to turn your Surface Pro 3 on.
- After you sign in, connect your power supply and continue setting up your Surface Pro 3.
Connect the Power Supply
To connect the power supply:
1.Align the connector on the power supply with the power connector on your Surface Pro 3.
2.Gently press down and release each of the four snaps. The power supply clicks into place when it’s connected correctly.
Your Surface Pro 3 is now connected to the power supply and charging.
When you’re ready to detach the power supply, hold down the detach button on the connector, and then disconnect it from your Surface Pro 3.
Configuring Your Surface Pro 3
After you have completed the initial setup for your Surface Pro 3, you may want to spend some time configuring it to better suit your needs. In this tutorial, we will go over some of the different ways you can customize your Surface Pro 3. We will cover topics such as changing the wallpaper, setting up different user accounts, and configuring the privacy settings.
Connect to a Wireless Network
If you’re running Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1, and your PC has a wireless network adapter, you can set up Wi-Fi direct connections to other devices without an access point.
Wi-Fi Direct is a new Wi-Fi standard that allows devices to connect directly to each other at typical Wi-Fi speeds without requiring a router. This means you can connect your Surface to any Wi-Fi Direct device that also supports Wi-Fi Direct, such as another Surface or laptop, and do things like print wirelessly from your Surface without setting up a wireless network.
- On your Surface, swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and tap Settings. (If you’re using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, click Settings, and then click Change PC settings.)
- Tap or click Networks > Connecting to networks > Wireless > Connect to a wireless display.
- Select the wireless display or adapter you want to project to > Connect. Note If you have more than one wireless display or adapter listed under Choose where you want links and apps to open by default:, make sure Miracast Adapter is selected before continuing with these steps..
Set Up OneDrive
In Windows 10, OneDrive is built in and ready to go. You just need to sign in with your Microsoft account. If you don’t have a Microsoft account, you can create one for free. Once you sign in, select the folders you want to sync to your Surface. By default, your Desktop, Documents, and Pictures folders are synced, but you can sync other folders too.
Here’s how to set up OneDrive:
- Go to Start , and select OneDrive from the list of apps. If you don’t see OneDrive on the list, select All apps , then scroll down and select OneDrive .
- Sign in with the Microsoft account that you used to set up your Surface, or set up a new one if you don’t have one yet.
- Select which folders you want to sync on your Surface. The files will be available even when offline. By default, your Desktop, Documents, and Pictures folders are synced to OneDrive (onedrive.com). If you turn off any of these folders all files in them will stop syncing & will only be available online or on the device they were originally downloaded/saved too.’
After you’ve installed and set up your apps, you can customize your Surface Pro 3 by pinning apps and files to Start. To pin an app:
-Open the Start menu, and find the app you want to pin.
-Right-click the app, and select Pin to Start.
You can also pin files to Start. Just open File Explorer, find the file you want to pin, right-click it, and select Pin to Start.
Customize the Lock Screen
The Lock screen is the first thing you see when you turn on your Surface Pro 3, and it’s designed to be both informative and attractive. By default, it shows the time and date, but you can also choose to display battery status, current alarms, and abackground image. If you have a Surface 3 or Surface Pro 2, your Lock screen might look a little different. For more info, seeLock screen on Windows 8.1 devices.
Here are some ways you can customize your Lock screen:
To change the image:
- Press and hold or right-click any empty space on the desktop, tap or click Change desktop background, tap or click Browse under Choose your picture, locate the folder that contains the picture you want to use, tap or click the picture you want to use, and tap or click Choose picture.
- If you’re using a Surface 3 or Surface Pro 2, next to “Picture location,” tap or click Change location under Choose your picture, locate the folder that contains the picture you want to use, tap or click the picture you want to use, and select Open.)
To show additional info on the Lock screen:
- Swipe in from the right edge of the screen (or if you’re using a mouse point to the lower-right corner of the screen), and then tap Settings. Or if you’re using a keyboard press Windows logo key+I (to open Settings),and then select Change PC settings at bottom of flyout.
- Under PC settings select Personalize > Lock Screen > Turn lock screen slide show on or off > OnUnder PC settings select > Personalize > Lock Screen > Turn onlock screen status details > On
Using Your Surface Pro 3
In this tutorial, we will be going over how to get the most out of your Microsoft Surface Pro 3. We will be covering topics such as how to set up your surface, how to use the features, and how to troubleshoot any problems you may have.
Using the Touchscreen
The Surface Pro 3 has a 12-inch full HD touchscreen display, and supports 10-point multi-touch. This means that you can use your fingers or a digital pen to interact directly with what’s on the screen.
To use your Surface Pro 3 touchscreen, simply touch it with your finger where you want to select, tap, or enter text. For example, you can:
- Select an item: Touch it and hold until the item is selected.
- Tap: Touch and release quickly. For example, tap to open an app or select a check box.
- If you unintentionally tap something, quickly touch the screen in the same spot twice to deselect it.
- Double-tap: Touch and release quickly twice in the same spot. For example, double-tap to zoom in or out of a map.
- Swipe from the edge: Touch the screen with your finger and quickly drag your finger inward from the top, bottom, right, or left edge of the screen. For example, to see all your open apps at once, swipe in from the left edge of the screen. To go back one level in an app or turn off Charm bar panes such as Search and Share , swipe in from the right edge of the screen. To see what’s on your Start screen without opening it , swipe down from the top of the screen . To see recently used apps , swipe up from the bottom of the screen . You can also close an app by swiping up from its bottom edge .
Using the Type Cover
The Type Cover is an optional accessory that you can use with your Surface Pro 3. It functions as both a physical keyboard and a protective cover for your device.
To use the Type Cover, simply attach it to the bottom of your Surface Pro 3 using the magnetic connection. The Type Cover will automatically be recognized by your device and you’ll be able to start using it right away.
If you want to detach the Type Cover, simply lift it up from the bottom of the Surface Pro 3. You can also fold back the Type Cover so that it lies flat against the back of the device.
Using the Pen
The Surface Pro 3 comes with a pressure-sensitive pen, which you can use to write or draw on the screen. The pen also has an eraser on the back, which can be used to erase mistakes.
To use the pen, simply touch the tip of the pen to the screen. The cursor will appear and you can move it around just like you would with a mouse. To select something, just tap on it with the pen.
If you want to write or draw, make sure that your hand is not touching the screen. Otherwise, the cursor will move around erratically.
Once you’re done using the pen, you can put it away by docking it on the side of the Surface Pro 3.
In conclusion, the Surface Pro 3 is an excellent device for anyone in the market for a new tablet or laptop. It has a great design, a superb display, and enough power to get most work done. The only downsides are the price and the lack of a Thunderbolt 3 port.
Now that you know the basics of the Surface Pro 3, you might be wondering where to go from here. Here are some resources that can help you get more out of your Surface Pro 3:
-The official Surface Pro 3 user guide from Microsoft: This guide covers everything from setting up your Surface Pro 3 to troubleshooting common issues.
-The Surface Pro 3 forums on Microsoft Community: If you have a question about your Surface Pro 3, chances are somebody else has already asked it. Check out the forums to see if there’s already an answer, or post your own question and get help from other community members.
-Surface Pro 3 tips and tricks: This collection of articles from CNET will show you how to get more out of your Surface Pro 3, including how to use the pen, take better photos, and get started with Cortana.
-How to use Continuum on the Microsoft Surface Pro 3: Continuum is a new feature in Windows 10 that lets you use your Surface Pro 3 like a PC when you’re connected to an external monitor. This guide from HowToGeek will show you how to set it up and start using it.