Have you tried to adjust the Surface Pro 3 screen brightness by pushing the brighter and dimmer (Fn+F1 and Fn+F2) keys on its type cover? If you did (don’t worry you’re not alone, we did this too) you probably found out that those keys only control the brightness of the keyboard cover back-light.
Well, that’s a bit counter-intuitive, is it not? So, can you adjust the screen brightness from the Surface Pro 3 Type Cover and if so, how?
The short answer is yes and it’s actually pretty easy.
Adjust Surface Pro 3 Screen Brightness: Keyboard Shortcut
It’s easy but the problem is that there is no labeling on the keyboard to tell you how to do it. So, here’s how:
- To Increase Screen Brightness: Press the Fn and Del keys at the same time
- To Dim The Screen Brightness: Press the Fn and Backspace keys at the same time
Told you it was easy. It’s just not obvious how to do it. But now that you know, you won’t have any problems.
Adjust Surface Pro 3 Screen Brightness: Without a Keyboard
If you stumbled on this post because you were trying to adjust the Surface Pro 3 screen brightness but you don’t have a Type Cover, check out this post I did a while back on Screen Orientation and Brightness Settings.
That should give you the information you need.
Adjust Surface Pro 3 Screen Brightness: How about the Surface 3?
With the Surface 3 Type Cover, Microsoft fixed the problem. There are keys for adjusting the keyboard back-light AND keys to adjust the screen brightness. Apparently, this was enough of a complaint that Microsoft decided to address it.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, the Fn+Del and Fn+Backspace keyboard shortcuts also work on a Surface 3.
That’s it. I hope you found this short little quick tip article helpful if you’ve been having this problem.
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.