Microsoft Surface 3 - Install and use the Surface app

Install the Surface app

After you have all your updates installed, you’re ready to install the Surface app. Here’s how:

Step 1: Go to Start Windows logo, and select Store to open the Windows Store.
Step 2: In the search box, enter surface, and in the search results, select Surface

Surface app tile

Step 3:

Select Free
This will install the app on your Surface.

Adjust pressure sensitivity for your Surface Pen

You can use the Surface app to adjust your pen's built-in pressure detection to your writing style. Here’s how:

Step 1: Go to Start Windows logo, and select All apps > Surface
To pin the Surface app to Start, select All apps, press and hold (or right-click) Surface, and select Pin to Start.
Step 2:

On the left side of the app, select Pen Pen icon.

Step 3: Under Pen Pressure Sensitivity, adjust the slider to change your pen's sensitivity.
Step 4: Under Ink Test, test your pen's sensitivity by drawing or writing with varying pressure. The Ink Test area clears automatically after a few seconds.
Step 5:

Continue to adjust and test the sensitivity until it’s just where you like it. 
The app saves your setting automatically.

Disable the Windows button

If you find yourself accidentally pressing the Windows Windows button button while you’re writing or drawing with your Surface Pen, you can disable the button. Here’s how:

Step 1: Open the Surface app.
Step 2:

On the left side of the app, select the Windows button Windows button icon.

Step 3: Select the toggle to turn the button off.

If you want to use the Windows button again, you can turn it back on any time.

When you disable the Windows button, you can still get to the Start menu a couple of ways:

  • Press the Windows logo key Windows button on your Surface Typing Cover or keyboard.
  • Select the Start Windows button button in the lower-left corner of the screen.

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