Send Files Via Bluetooth To Surface Tablets From Your Phone

Send Files Via Bluetooth To Surface

Did you know that you can send files via Bluetooth to Surface tablets? How about, did you know you can use Bluetooth to send files from your Surface to your Phone?

Well, you can. In this article, I’m going to cover how to wirelessly send things like pictures or documents from your phone to your Surface and back again. Continue reading Send Files Via Bluetooth To Surface Tablets From Your Phone

Fix Windows Store Problems on Your Surface

In this article, I’m going to cover how to fix Windows Store problems on your Surface.

Windows Store problems usually result in you either not being able to connect to the store or not being able to download/install the applications.

If that sounds like the issues you’re having then this article should be a great help. Continue reading Fix Windows Store Problems on Your Surface

Try AppyMouse on Your Surface Pro

Have you had issues with applications or webpages in desktop mode that just aren’t very touch friendly? Small buttons and closely-placed text links often result in needing to undo something or go back and try again.

In the past, I used to either have to resort to attaching a touch/type cover or find my Bluetooth mouse when I ran into this problem. Continue reading Try AppyMouse on Your Surface Pro

Turn off the Screen on Surface Tablets

Have you ever needed to be able to turn off the screen on your Surface Pro 3 but not have it sleep or hibernate?

It could be the case that you’re trying to Chromecast Netflix to your big screen in a dark room and don’t want the glare from the Surface screen distracting you. Another possibility is that you just want to be able to quickly turn off the screen when someone is nosy and looking at your screen over your shoulder.

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Startup Programs on Surface Pro 3

If your Surface is performing slower than it used to, especially at start up, it may be because you have a lot of startup programs that you don’t need, or even want, running in the background when you start your Surface and/or log into it.

Sadly, with Windows 8.1, it can be bit troublesome to figure out where all of your startup programs are being called from. This is because there are several locations in the registry and the (somewhat hidden) startup folder that you might need to search through to find them all.

Fortunately, there is a free program you can run on your SP3 (or SP/2) to find and control all of the startup programs locations. Continue reading Startup Programs on Surface Pro 3

High CPU Usage Could be a Runaway Process

If your Surface is acting slow or getting hot when you’re not doing anything intensive, it could be due to a runaway process.

A runaway process is a process that is consuming increasing amounts of CPU, which in turn, causes your Surface to have fewer resources available for other (critical) processes. Worse yet, the runaway process can also cause your battery life to be impacted, see post Why My Surface Does Not Sleep. Continue reading High CPU Usage Could be a Runaway Process

OneNote as a Virtual Whiteboard

Did you know you can use the free version of OneNote on your Surface to create documents that can be shared with collaborators across the globe?

Better yet, using OneNote combined with voice over IP (VoIP) software like Mumble or Skype can turn your Surface into a powerful – and free – remote presentation/meeting tool. (no more paying Go To Meeting as much as $56USD/Month for the same functionality).

To simplify things for this article, I’m going to start by showing you how to use OneNote as a real-time virtual whiteboard to share ideas among a virtual team, regardless of where they are or what kind of computers they have. All you (and your collaborators) need is an internet connection and, at a minimum, a web browser.

Sound good? Let’s get started… Continue reading OneNote as a Virtual Whiteboard

Presenting with PowerPoint 2013 on Surface Tablets

The portability and touchscreen on a Surface tablet really makes presenting with PowerPoint 2013 an easy and effective way to convey your points.

Even more, the inclusion of a pen or stylus makes it a great device for presentations. Since PowerPoint comes built-in Windows RT, it’s one of the things a Surface RT or Surface 2 excels at, despite the fact that Microsoft stopping the manufacture of Surface 2 (RT) devices. Continue reading Presenting with PowerPoint 2013 on Surface Tablets

Master your Microsoft Surface Power Settings (Windows 8.x)

A lot of people have asked us how they should configure the Windows 8.x power settings on their Surface tablet. So I thought I would put together this post to help those folks get a better handle on those Surface’s power settings.

Even if you have a good grasp on your power settings, there might be one or two things in this article you didn’t know. Continue reading Master your Microsoft Surface Power Settings (Windows 8.x)

So you just got a Surface Pro 3

So you just got a Surface Pro 3 and you’ve heard about some other people getting defective units. So, what can you do to ensure the Surface you just bought is going to be reliable and not cause you a lot of problems?

Well, if you’ve ever served in the military then you’re familiar with the concept of a weapon function check. If you’re not, a function check is a test you can perform (usually on a rifle) to ensure it is operating correctly.

You can do the same thing with your new Surface to make sure it’s in good shape and is going to work for you. Continue reading So you just got a Surface Pro 3