Surface Pro 3 – Quick Tip – No PrintScreen Button on the Type Cover

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The Surface Pro 3 Type covers lacks the traditional PrintScreen button which is useful for grabbing a quick screenshot of your screen.

Surface Pro 3 Type Cover Keyboard

A workaround is to simply press Fn + Windows + Space in sequence.

The screen will dim briefly and then a screenshot will be stored in Pictures\Screenshots.

 

 

 

Surface Pro 3 – Quick Tip – Alt F4 does not work …

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The Type cover for the Surface Pro 3 is a little different than your regular laptop keyboard.

The function keys dim and brighten the back-light on the Type cover and open Windows functions such as Search, Sharing, Devices and Settings (amongst other things).

Surface Pro 3 Type Cover Function Keys

This can be pretty helpful – depending on what you are doing – but this default configuration means that one of my most used keyboard shortcuts Alt + F4 is not available.

The first solution is to just use Fn + Alt + F4 instead.

Otherwise pressing and holding the Fn key and then pressing Caps toggles the functionality of the top row of keys on the Type cover so that you can use Alt + F4. This is a toggle though – once you can use Alt + F4 you have to toggle back to use the default (pictured) functionality of these keys.

Surface Pro 3 – Quick Tip – Adjust Screen Brightness Using the Keyboard

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The Type cover for the Surface Pro 3 lacks the typical laptop buttons for adjusting the brightness of the screen.

Surface Pro 3 Type Cover Keyboard

Screen brightness can be adjusted using the keyboard as follows.

Increase brightness:

  • Fn + Del

Decrease brightness:

  • Fn + Backspace

Of course on Windows 8 you can always adjust the brightness from the Charms Bar by tapping or clicking Settings and then Screen too.