As a tablet device, the Surface needs to be able to let you input text without an external keyboard attached at all times. It does this by providing an on-screen keyboard that you use by touching the screen.
I’m happy to tell you that the default on-screen keyboard is quite responsive and works well. I like that the keys are large and that the touchscreen is very reactive. I also like that the default key layout is intuitive and easy to navigate.
But what if you have a need for a numeric keypad? Well, that’s pretty easy too. On the keyboard, click the keyboard button in the lower right corner as shown in the picture below.
It brings up the list of choices you have for the keyboard. Click the key in the lower left of the keyboard:
You see that it changes from just letters and a few punctuation choices to more punctuation choices and a numerical keyboard. This will let you do pretty much any sort of typing you need to do but, it requires that you switch back and forth between the screens.
Other On-Screen Keyboard Options
If you don’t like the default arrangement, you can change the keyboard. You do so by tapping the key in the lower-right of the keyboard:
You’ll get the following options when you do:
You should play around with the different options and find out which one works best for you.
I hope you found this post helpful.
Tim Rolston is a professional geek with over 23 years of experience working in Information Technology and dealing with everything from large-scale storage to remote systems management and automation for organizations such as Texas Instruments, Mobil Oil, and the University of Michigan (where he was an Academic IT Director).
He co-founded JTRTech along with Joanna to realize his long-time dream of working for himself.