How to Take a Screenshot With a Surface 3

How to Take a Screenshot With a Surface 3

Wondering How To Take A Screenshot On A Surface?

Taking screenshots is a very common task for a lot of people using a Windows-based computer. While the procedure is very similar to any Windows 8.1 device, the Surface Pen makes all the difference here.

So, in this article, I’m listing multiple methods that you can use to take a screenshot when using a Surface Pen or an attached Type Cover. No one way is “the best”.

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Weekly Surface News Roundup – 10 April 2016

It was yet another slow news week this week but, I managed to find 3 stories that I thought you might enjoy. Here’s the quick overview:

  • Trio of Surface Phones in 2017
  • Using the Surface Pen makes You Smarter?
  • March 2016 Updates for Windows 10

OK, here we go… [divider]

Weekly Surface News Roundup: Trio of Surface Phones in 2017

OK, I usually try to avoid rumors in my weekly Surface News Roundup, however, this time, it’s actually a new rumor originating from a reputable website instead of the same old (kinda shady) websites… The Surface Phone will not be released until 2017 BUT when it comes, it will come in 3 different flavors.

According to WindowsCentral, Microsoft seems to be doubling-down on the concept of a Surface phone. “Sources” told them that there “could” be three models planned for the Surface Phone:

  1. Consumer
  2. Business
  3. Prosumer / Enthusiast

No details about what exactly will separate those categories, but they will likely focus on features and pricing. I would also imagine that there will be a big range of processors/storage and other hardware related features between the 3 models.

But, since they won’t drop until 2017 (again, according to “sources”) I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Related: ubergizmo, Mashable, WindowsCentral [divider]

Weekly Surface News Roundup: Using the Surface Pen Makes You Smarter?

Well… sort of. More specifically, using the Surface Pen to take notes is what does it.

Research conducted at Princeton University and UCLA has concluded that handwritten notes are better than typed notes when it comes to information retention and learning effectiveness.

The referenced studies found that typists could take more notes in a shorter period of time but, for long term memorization, the folks using a pen and paper do better. This is attributed to the more intense mental work involved in writing while simultaneously processing what they heard. Another factor is that most typists have a bad habit of taking verbatim notes instead of just getting the important bits (which note scribbler’s tend to do).

So, if you’ve been looking for one more reason to get a Surface, the Surface Pen is it. Hey, I’d say that’s a great argument for any collage student, wouldn’t you?

“Mom, it’s been proven that I will learn more in collage if you buy me a Surface.”

Related: Winbeta, WSJ [divider]

Weekly Surface News Roundup: March 2016 Updates for Windows 10

Released on March 8th, the update should appear in your Windows Update History as  KB3140768 (OS Build 10586.164). According to the release notes, the update includes the following changes and security fixes:

  • Improved support for Bluetooth, wearables, and apps accessing contacts.
  • Improved reliability in app installation and Narrator.
  • Improved performance for hibernation, content entry in apps, and downloading and installing updates.
  • Fixed issue that didn’t allow login to an Xbox from a PC running Windows 10.
  • Fixed security issue created when attempting to play corrupted content.
  • Fixed security issue that could allow remote code execution while viewing a PDF in Microsoft Edge.
  • Fixed additional issues with .NET Framework, Internet Explorer 11, and networking.
  • Fixed additional security issues with Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11, USB storage driver, kernel mode drivers, .NET Framework, graphic fonts, OLE, secondary logon, PDF library, and Adobe Flash Player.

As usual, if the update hasn’t shown up yet on your Surface, check your update settings and give it a few days. Microsoft send their updates out in waves to keep load on their servers down (and also their internet bill…. What I wouldn’t give to have that contract.)

Related: Microsoft [divider]

Well, that’s it for another week. I’ll keep my ear to the ground and my eyes peeled for more Surface-related news stories and have another roundup for you next Sunday.

Tim

Send a Screenshot to OneNote 2016

After my recent post about changes to the Surface app that allows users to customize what the Pen does on later Surface Pro tablets and Surface Books, a lot of people started asking if it was possible to capture a screenshot to OneNote 2016. As you probably know, currently the built-in screenshot Pen action opens the Universal/Modern/Metro (whatever they’re calling it now) version of OneNote instead.

So to make this possible for folks, I built a small, bare-bones, program that simply captures a screenshot to the clipboard and opens OneNote 2016. From there, all you have to do is paste it normally and resize it however you want.

Note: This program will not work if you are running Windows 8.x because the Surface app is more limited. So, these instructions are for Windows 10 devices only. Also, I didn’t have a copy of Office 2013 to test, so if you’re still running that version of Office, it might not work.

Send a Screenshot to OneNote 2016: How-To

Be aware that the program I made isn’t particularly “smart”, it will only work if OneNote 2016 is installed to the default location. If OneNote 2016 is missing or in a different location, it will try to “fallback” to using the built-in version of OneNote. When it does, it will display an error message (though it disappears when the built-in version of OneNote starts).

If neither version of OneNote is installed (or in the default location), you’ll just get an error message.

OK, now that you know all that, here’s how you can get and configure the executable:

  • Download the screen2onenote2016 executable as a zip file: HERE (you may get an alert from your browser, if you do, bypass it)
  • Extract the executable from the zip file and place it in a location taht it won’t get accidentally deleted (I put mine in the root of my profile folder – c:\users\jrte).
  • If you haven’t already, download and install the Surface App from the Windows Store.
  • Start the Surface App and select the Pen option from the left side of the screen.

  • Scroll down to the Button Customization section and select the pulldown for the Double-click action.

  • Select Launch a Desktop App from the pulldown.
  • The Browse for a program option will appear, select it, then browse to and select the screen2onenote2016.exe file.

That’s it. Now when you double-click the eraser button on your Surface Pen, OneNote 2016 will open. Once it’s open, just paste the picture normally. When the picture is pasted, just be aware that you may need to resize it on the page.

Oh, one last thing, if you ever get an error like this one:

It probably means that the screen2outlook2016.exe file got moved or deleted. In that case, download another copy or re-point the double-click action to the new location.

Like I said, it’s not fancy but it works pretty well for me. I hope you find it useful too.

Tim

Problems with Surface App

Recently Microsoft updated their Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book owners have had problems with the pen button customization options, because they simply don’t display as they should.

Microsoft has, apparently, acknowledged the issue and is working on a fix.

In the meantime, however, a workaround has been discovered that seems to help most people with an SP4 or Surface Book who are unable to see the button customization options.

Problems with Surface App: The Workaround

To try this workaround, follow these steps in order:

  • Extract the zip file to a location where you’ll be able to find it easily.
  • Go into your Surface’s Bluetooth settings and un-pair the pen by tapping or clicking the Surface Pen entry then selecting Remove Device.

  • Next, open Device Manager and go to the Human Interface Devices Section.

  • Tap and hold (right-click) on the entry for HID-compliant pen then select Remove Device from the menu options.

  • Do the same for the Surface Pen Settings entry.
  • Next, go to the extracted drivers folder and browse to \Drivers\Pen.
  • From the Pen directory, one at a time, drill down into each of the following subdirectories Surface Pen, SurfacePenPairing, and SurfacePenSettingsDriver then tap and hold (right-click) on the .inf file (Setup Information) located in each. When the contextual menu appears, choose Install.

  • Restart your Surface.
  • After your Surface restarts, re-pair your Surface Pen.

After you do all this, the Surface app should now display the button customization options.

In theory, the same fix should work for the Surface Pro 3 pen, as well. You’ll just need the SP3 driver pack (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=38826). In addition, I imagine it would also work with the Surface 3. Again, you just need the appropriate driver pack (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=49040).

I hope this is helpful for those of you that have been frustrated because the updated Surface app hasn’t been working on your device.  I tell you, I sure like to be able to customize what my pen buttons do and now so can you 🙂

Tim

Remap The Surface Pen Button on Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book

When the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book was released, the included Surface app proved pretty much useless. It only offered two main functions:

  • You could change the sensitivity of the Surface Pen (slightly).
  • You could send feedback to Microsoft.

This was pretty irritating since Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3 users could (and still can on Windows 8.1 or Windows 10) use the app to remap the Surface Pen Button on the end to select which version of OneNote was launched. Not so with Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book, where pressing this button—now called the magic button, though I use the term eraser button—simply launched OneNote Mobile, and offered no way to configure it otherwise.

If you wanted to remap the Surface Pen button to do a custom action or run a different program, it involved using a scripting language called AutoHotKey and the creation of custom scripts.

However, it just got a whole lot easier Microsoft has updated the Surface app (a free download from the Windows Store). The app’s latest version (10.0.342.0) includes options for setting what the Surface Pen Button does via a simple pulldown.

Remap The Surface Pen Button: Updated Surface App

While the new version of the app keeps the original two functions on the SP4 and Surface Book, it also adds the ability to remap what the eraser button does when you click, double-click, or press and hold it. Each of those actions can cause a different reaction.

By default, a single click of the button will start the Modern/Metro version of OneNote but, by using the simple pulldown, you can set it to run any desktop or store app. In addition, you can disable the button and easily set it back to the default.

Remap The Surface Pen Button: Desktop OneNote

One of the more common requests we receive regarding the Surface Pen is how to set the top button to run the desktop version of OneNote, as opposed to the mobile version. With the updated Surface app, it’s easy, just follow these steps:

  • Launch the Surface App.
  • Select the Pen section (looks like a little pen along the left of the screen/window).
  • Scroll down to the Button Customization section and select the pulldown for Single-click.
  • Select Launch a Desktop App. When you do, an option for Select a Program will appear. Select the plus sign (+).
  • A standard open window will launch. Browse to C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\root\Office16 (assuming you have Ofice 2016 installed) and select OneNote.exe.
  • Tap or click the Select Program button. The Select a Program option will change to Microsoft OneNote.

That’s it. Now when you single-click on the Surface Pen button, it will launch the desktop version of OneNote instead of the Mobile version.

If you want it to run a different program instead, just follow the same steps but browse to the program you want.

Tim

Surface Pro 4 Accessories – What’s New?

Surface Pro 4 Accessories Perks & Benefits

Ok, it’s time to have another conversation about Surface Pro 4 accessories.

The Surface Pro 4 (and Surface Book) release came with a slew of new accessories that are igniting lots of conversation and questions. Some folks are interested because they purchased one of the new devices, and others are interested because of the upcoming holidays. Accessories for their loved one’s new toy are always a great gift.

So, in this post, I will attempt to cover some of the common questions we received since the new devices hit the market.

  • New Surface Pen compatibility
  • New Type Cover keyboard compatibility
  • New Docking Station
  • Cortana Button
  • Other accessories

Ok, let’s start from the top.

The New Surface Pro 4 Accessories: Surface Pen Compatibility

Question: Is the new Surface Pen compatible with Surface Pro 3?

Yes, it is. I have used it on a Surface Pro 3 with both Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 OS Microsoft Surface devices.

Question: Do you get the 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity on your Surface Pro 3 with the new Pen?

No. The 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity are achieved through a combination of Pen and digitizer technologies working together. The Surface Pro 3 has a different digitizer that will only give you 256 levels of pressure sensitivity.

Question: Are the pen tips challenging to swap?

Yes, sort of. There have been lots of reports of people having trouble swapping the tips. I saw a tech at the Microsoft Store have trouble with it and actually damage the pen. The trick is to use the little tip removal tool, which is included in the kit.

Question: Do the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book come with extra pen tips?

No, the Surface Pen Tip Kit needs to be purchased separately as it does not come with the Surface Pro 4. We agree, this is a bummer.

See more information about the new Surface Pen in my post Surface Pro 3 vs Surface Pro 4 Pen Side-by-side article.

The New Surface Pro 4 Accessories: Surface Pro Type Cover Compatibility

Question: Does the new Surface Pro Type Cover work with the Surface Pro 3?

Yes, it does. I tried the new Type Cover on my Surface Pro 3, and it worked just fine.

Question: Does the fingerprint reader keyboard work with Surface Pro 3?

Yes, but it seems to only work if you’re using Windows 10 on your old Surface. Windows 8.1 doesn’t appear to have drivers that recognize the fingerprint reader, and I’m not sure if Microsoft is planning on correcting this problem. If I had to guess, I would say, probably not. In any case, as it is right now, you need to upgrade to Windows 10 to be able to use it.

Question: Does the older Surface Type Cover work with the new Surface Pro 4?

Yes, it does. I swap it between the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Pro 3 all the time.

The New Surface Pro 4 Accessories: Docking Station

Question: Does the old Surface Pro 3 Docking Station work with Surface Pro 4?

Surprisingly it does. And it works well. Some have talked about a dock adapter that MS made, but I find that I have no trouble with my SP3 dock on Surface Pro 4, just as it is. It works just fine.

Question: Does the new Docking Station work with older Surface Pro 3s?

It most certainly does. The new dock is compatible with Surface Pro 4, Surface Pro 3, and Surface Book.

Question: Are there compatibility problems?

Not that I have noticed, but I will tell you that MS openly says that the new dock doesn’t support Surface 3’s.

The New Surface Pro 4 Accessories: Cortana Button

Question: What is it?

Do you remember the iPhone media button? The same idea. And in fact, the same company has now created a Cortana button. To activate the Cortana function of your Windows 10 device remotely.  This could be a Surface, laptop, desktop or even a Windows Phone.

Question: What’s cool about it?

Although not just for the Surface, the Cortona button is pretty cool. It allows any Windows 10 device to access Window 10’s new personal assistant, Cortana, instantly via a Bluetooth button. It will safely attach to your keychain, steering wheel, or car dashboard to allow you to access your device when it’s out of reach. You will be able to access your Surface (or Windows Phone) from the couch or across the room.

This is an interesting device, and I will do a separate review on it shortly. So, stay tuned.

The New Surface Pro 4 Accessories: Other Accessories

Question: I have a Surface Pro 3 car mount, will it work with Surface Pro 4?

Yes, very likely. The size difference is very minuscule between the two devices, and most car mounts are designed for multiple sizes, so you should be fine.

Question: Will my Surface Pro 3 Power Supply work with the new Surfaces?

Yes. The power supply is the same.

Question: I paid a lot for an Urban Armor Case for my Surface Pro 3, will it work with the SP4?

Although most Surface cases are going to be interchangeable between the Pro 3 and Pro 4 versions, this is not the case with the Urban Armor Cases. They are created to fit the devices perfectly to maximize the level of protection. Because the Surface Pro 4 is slightly slimmer, larger, and has different button positioning, you will most likely need to purchase a new case. The good news is that if you are buying the case from Amazon, you can save as much $19.00. So, you can get a case for $50.71 instead of the standard $69.95.

This covers the majority of questions we’ve been getting. If you have any other specific questions, please let us know, and we’ll try to answer them.

What to Consider When Buying the Accessories

There is so much to consider when purchasing electronic accessories of any kind. With the Windows Surface Pro laptops, accessories are some of the best features of buying the device. So what are some things to consider when purchasing the best accessories for a Surface Pro 4? Let’s find out!

Surface Pro 4 Pen

The surface pen is well known as a staple of the Surface Pro. This pen is a next-generation type of accessory.

  • Responsive to the slightest stoke
  • Almost no time between you drawing or writing and the ink appearing
  • The incredible sensitivity of this pen on the screen may make your expectations for writing with real ink pens skyrocket
  • Shading is a simpler task than ever before
  • You can erase with the top button
  • Click only once in order to summon Cortana
  • Take screenshots that go straight to OneNote
  • Something that was kept from the Surface 3 pen is the top button that opens OneNote, which is an incredibly convenient feature, as you can imagine.
  • Enjoy variety in the Pen Tip Kit, which has four tips included. These tips are a great painting feature. They also give you back up options if a tip is no longer useable. These pens are not cheap!
  • Experience the simplicity of compatibility with this pen. You can use it for products across the board such as Surface 3, Pro 3, Pro 4, and Surface Book.
  • You will pay a bit more for this pen than you did with the Surface Pro 3, but it is well worth all the added features.

So why is this accessory right for YOU?

  • If you are an artist, you need this pen. Many apps support this pen, making this an excellent tool for drawing, shading, sketching, and creation of all kinds. On the Windows site, you can find an extensive listing of exactly which apps are compatible with this pen. Some of the big ones are Adobe Photoshop, and Drawboard PDF.
  • There is a creative space just for the artist called Windows Surface Studio Dial, where you are able to perform artistry like never before with this accessory.
  • If you are a writer, you need this pen. Your handwriting converts to text without a sitch. This accessory allows you to use your surface tablet as you would a physical paper and pen.

The Surface Pro Pen is the next big thing for creatives of all kinds!

Surface Pro Docking Station

Do you long for heightened productivity in your life and work? This Docking Station will give you the boost you need! Compatible with almost all Surface Pros and Surface Books, this station is well worth the purchase. It will last you throughout any Surface upgrade! So what are the details?

-Two video ports

-charging port

-Gigabit Ethernet port

-Four high-speed USB ports

-Audio Output

-The Doc will hold your Surface and set it upright as a PC

So why is this accessory right for YOU?

  • Do you need a desktop PC to do better work? This accessory basically takes your Surface and turns it into one
  • If you are doing work that requires a more heavy duty device, this Docking Station will help you create that
  • If you have to need to plug in a wide variety of devices, this docking station is right for you

Cortana Button

As we have covered, this button allows you to access Cortana more conveniently. But what’s the big hype about this? Cortana is called your “personal digital assistant.” She can do pretty much anything you can think of on your surface, to make your life easier.  A simple “Hey Cortana can access her”. So what does she do, exactly?

-She can search for anything and everything on your surface. From notes to photos, to schedules. She will find things for you that are buried deep in your Surface with a simple request.

-Cortana can add to your calendar as well as switch scheduled events around or change them.

-Need an alarm clock you can set by voice as you climb into bed? Look no further.

-If you are looking for a word definition, synonym, or a translation, she’s your gal. Just ask her what this or that means.

-Need a GPS you can access by voice? Look no further than Cortana!

-Do you ever wish your Surface would play tunes while you work or clean? Ask Cortana to play your favorite song; it is hassle free!

-Is doing math a daily occurrence for you? Now you have someone who will tell you the answers to your equations and calculations!

-Need to send an email? Just have Cortana do it for you!

-Have you ever wanted someone to know you so well that they even memorized your handwriting? Cortana does this. You can use your Surface Pen in her notebook, and she will be able to help you save the note as a reminder.

-A lot to keep track of in your life? Busy schedule? Forgetful? Cortana loves to give reminders!

-Do you want to catch a late film? Cortana knows all the movie times. Just ask her!

-Are you awaiting important mail? Or are you watching a flight’s arrival time? Cortana tracks these things for you!

So Who Is This Accessory Right For?

-If you work from home

-If you manage a home and family

-If you are an employee, manager, supervisor, or any other individual who has frequent meetings, projects, and schedules to maintain

-If you are an individual who finds themselves needing a personal assistant

-If you are an independent contractor or freelancer

-If you send a lot of emails

-If you like reminders and schedules

-If you need some organization in your life

-If you are pretty much anyone who wants some assistance

Extra Accessories to Purchase:

-Computer Protector Screen

-Micro SD Card for external content

-Surface Dial for your creative endeavors

-External Laptop Monitors

-External Charging Port

-Surface Connect Cable

Accessories Are for Convenience

These accessories are incredibly useful and exciting. They are all here to help make your life simpler, and to make you better at your craft or job. Make sure to get all the details before you purchase, and get those that are the perfect fit for you.

Cheers!

Surface Pro 3 Pen vs Surface Pro 4 Pen Side-by-Side

You have probably already heard that Microsoft has changed the Pen with the new Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book. You may have even heard that the new Surface Pen will have different functionality but do you know exactly how or why it’s different from the existing Surface Pen?

Let me give you the scoop on the new pen…

UPDATE: After receiving the Surface Pro 4, I examined the pen again. There is, indeed, a side button there. It is hidden, at the lower end of the long bar that runs down the front of the pen. You have to click it in the correct area (at the end) to notice that it is there.

Surface Pro 3 Pen vs Surface Pro 4 Pen: Side-By-Side

As you can see in the picture below, the new Surface Pen (bottom) is slightly bigger than the original Surface Pro 3 Pen. You can also see that it is lacking the two buttons on the barrel of the pen. Personally, while it changes the way I work with the pen, I won’t miss them since I often accidentally press one or both when I write with the pen on my SP3.

Note: Microsoft reports that there is a second button on the SP4 Pen: “access formatting options using the right-click button on the side”, however, when I used the pen, I didn’t notice this button…hmmm…

Its dimensions are 5.67 x 0.37 x 0.40 in. And it weighs in at 0.7 oz. This makes it both a bit bigger and heavier than the Surface 3 version of the pen but if feels more like a real pen. From a more subjective point of view, it’s weighted very well and it gives a great pen-paper experience.

The magnetic attachment system harks back to the original Surface pro and Surface Pro 2 days. At first I was a bit apprehensive about it because my experience with the Surface Pro was that the magnets were too weak and I would often lose my stylus.

After playing with it, I’m happy to note that the new magnetic attachment system is much more secure. Even when I shook the SP4 in an attempt to knock the pen loose, it stayed firmly attached.

Don’t get me wrong, I would still recommend getting a physical pen loop to store the Surface Pen when it’s in your bag or briefcase because who want’s to risk losing $60? However, the magnetic attachment is really nice if you want to quickly stow your Surface Pen while you use they keyboard or touchscreen but. still have it close at hand.

If you’re more of a “black and white” person, you might find the technical specifications in the table below interesting as well.

Details Surface Pro 3 Pen Surface Pro 4 Pen
Price $49.99 $59.99
Battery 1 AAAA, 2 319 coin cell 1 AAAA
Size, weight 9.5mm x 135mm, 18g 9.5mm x 144mm, 20g
Buttons 3 2
Compatibility Surface Pro 3, Surface 3 Surface Pro 3, Surface 3, Surface Pro 4, Surface Book
Functionality Right-click, erase, OneNote Erase, Cortana, OneNote, Options
Pressure Points support 256 1,024
Attachment Cloth Loop Magnetic Grip
Pen Tip Kit No Yes: 2H, H, HB, B
In the box Surface Pen, 1 AAAA, 2 319 coin cell batteries Surface Pen with HB tip installed, Battery, Pen Tip Kit

To me, the interesting points are the backward compatibility and interchangeable pen tips so, let’s touch on those aspects next.

Surface Pro 3 Pen vs Surface Pro 4 Pen: Compatibility

It’s always nice when a manufacturer makes products compatible across multiple devices. The new Surface Pen works with the following devices:

  • Surface 3
  • Surfaces Pro 3
  • Surface Pro 4
  • Surface Book

While compatible with the Surface 3 and SP3, the SP4 and Surface Book decidedly work better with the new pen since they support 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity screens and thinner glass whereas the Surface 3 and SP3 only offer 256 levels of sensitivity. This gives them a better writing/drawing experience and better utilization of the Pen’s tips.

Surface Pro 3 Pen vs Surface Pro 4 Pen: Interchangeable Tips

The new Surface Pen includes a Pen Tip Kit. The pen tips are 2H, H, HB, B – for a total 4 tips. This is very nice for artists since it gives them more “brushes” to use with programs like Fresh Paint.

For the majority of users, it’s still beneficial because, on occasion, folks have broken or worn down the old Surface Pen nub which often resulted in needing to purchase a whole new $50 pen. It will be nice when people can fix their (otherwise fine) pen for just a few dollars.

Surface Pro 3 Pen vs Surface Pro 4 Pen: Functionality

With the removal of two buttons, a few of you might be wondering how to do some common things with the new pen. I put together a short list for your reference below:

  • Eraser – the top button now functions like an eraser. It’s nice because it’s very intuitive.
  • One click to Cortana – a single click and hold will open Cortana – providing you have Windows 10 installed on your Surface.
  • One click to OneNote – a single click of the top button will open OneNote – just like in the past.
  • Double-click to take a screen shot – double-clicking the eraser button will still capture a screenshot and send it to OneNote.

Surface Pro 3 Pen vs Surface Pro 4 Pen: Conclusion

I was very impressed with the new Surface Pen. When I used the Surface Pro 4 and its new Pen, I was quite impressed. It handled, and felt, just like a non-digital pen or pencil – very impressive.

So, even if you aren’t planning on upgrading your SP3 to a SP4, you may still want to get the new Surface Pen for a “micro upgrade”.

Cheers!

Joanna-

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Surface Hub Review – The New Surface Pen App

Last weekend, Microsoft released a Surface Pro 3.

After updating the pen firmware last week, Microsoft’s Surface Hub allows users some limited customization to how their Surface Pro 3 Pen behaves. You can change the following two settings with the app:

  • Pressure Sensitivity
  • Top Button Action

Unfortunately, in both cases, I feel the functionality is so basic it borders on useless. Continue reading Surface Hub Review – The New Surface Pen App

Surface Pen Improvements Coming Soon

Surface Pen App Coming From Microsoft Soon!

Surface Pen that came with my Surface Pro 3 is awesome!

With it I can…

  • Wake my Surface Pro 3
  • Open OneNote
  • Take notes in meetings
  • Draw (ok, I’m not that good at drawing)

You get the idea. The technology behind the Surface Pen is amazing, see post Surface Pro 2 Pen vs. Surface Pro 3 Pen. Continue reading Surface Pen Improvements Coming Soon

OneNote for Surface Pro 3 Users

What 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 OneNote for Surface Pro 3 Users