Get a Touch Screen Qwerty Keyboard on your Surface

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If you’re like me, you use tour Surface in touch screen a majority of the time. Having done so a lot, there are times when I find the default keyboard layout a bit awkward; I have to use the &123 button to switch back and forth between numbers/punctuation and letters.

It turns out there is a touch screen qwerty option available on your Surface but it’s just not turned on by default.

So, in this post, I’m going to show you how to do it. Continue reading

Patch Drama: August Update Issues

August Update Issues

Well crap….

According to Microsoft’s support website, the security update released earlier this week (MS-045) had various issues and it could cause Windows not to boot or even blue screen in some cases.

Here’s a rundown of the issues Microsoft identified with the update:

  • Known Issue 1: After you install this security update, fonts that are installed in a location other than the default fonts directory (%windir%\fonts\) cannot be changed when they are loaded into any active session. Attempts to change, replace, or delete these fonts will be blocked, and a “File in use” message will be presented.
  • Known Issue 2: Microsoft is investigating behavior in which fonts do not render correctly after the updates are installed.
  • Known Issue 3: Microsoft is investigating behavior in which systems may crash with a 0×50 Stop error message (bugcheck) after the updates are installed

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Pick Default Programs for Files on your Surface

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Today, I’m going to cover how to pick default programs on your Surface tablet.

A default program (or default app) is the program that Windows uses by default when you open a particular type of file, such as movie, picture, or webpage.

For example, you might have more than one web browser installed on your Surface Pro. You can choose one of them to be the default app that starts whenever you open a webpage.

The same goes for things like photo files. Let’s say that you want jpg files to open in the Modern Photos app but bmp files to open in MS Paint so you can easily edit them. Well, you can do that by setting different default programs for each type of file.

Makes sense, right?

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This Week on Surface Exchange Classifieds

Surface Exchange ClassifiedsSurface Exchange Classifieds is a website dedicated to selling, buying, and trading Microsoft Surface tablets. You can also sell/buy other electronics to help raise money for your new Surface tablet. And, you can list items that you want in the WANTED section.  It is totally FREE!

Join our community and see what’s on Surface Exchange Classifieds this week:

- 128Gb Surface Pro – $500

- Original RT, 32Gb with Type Cover 2 – $200

- Surface RT 64 for Sale – $150

- FlexARMOR Surface Touch Case – $10

- Black Type Cover for Surface tablet – $60

- 64GB Surface RT with type cover – $400

To see the full list of items go to As always, let us know if you have any questions.


OneNote for Surface Pro 3 Users

OneNote for Surface Pro 3What you need to know about OneNote for Surface Pro 3:

I think the Surface Pro 3 is an excellent tablet/laptop. I believe that there was a batch of bad hardware on the first release because I had continual problems, but since I’ve sent it in for replacement my new one has been awesome.

I’ve even set up a home office with dual monitors using my SP3 as a desktop replacement, see my post My New Surface Pro 3 Home Office for pictures.

One of the things that I think is really cool about the Surface Pro 3 is the integration with OneNote. It allows you to easily take notes, make drawings, and even markup documents with ease.

In this post, I’ll cover what you need to know to get started with OneNote for Surface Pro 3, including: Continue reading

Microsoft Releases the August Update for Windows – No Big Changes

Microsoft releases the Windows August UpdateAlong with the firmware updates, Microsoft has released the August Update for Windows 8.1 (this was formerly being called Update 2).

This release is the first of a new monthly release cycle designed to make minor enhancements to the OS over time as opposed to big changes all at once. This approach has been used for a while by the Xbox team and allows for sizable improvements to the OS without causing a big learning curve for users as can happen with big updates. Continue reading