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Setting Up your Dial

Whether you’re an artist, student, or just about anyone, Surface Dial offers a wide range of utility. Surface Dial brings your most-used shortcuts and tools directly to your control with simple presses and turns. You can use Dial for simple things that you do repetitively like adjusting media controls to play music or skip tracks, scrolling through web pages in Microsoft Edge, undo actions in Microsoft Word, and much more.

 
  1. On your PC, select the Start button, then select Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & other devices.
  2. Turn on Bluetooth.
  3. Pull the bottom off your Surface Dial to open the battery compartment. Make sure there are two AAA batteries inside.
  4. Remove the battery tab from the underside of your Surface Dial.
  5. Press and hold the button next to the batteries for 5-7 seconds, then let the button go. The Bluetooth light will flash – it’s opposite the button on the other side of the batteries.
  6. Go back to the Bluetooth settings on your PC, then select Bluetooth or other device > Bluetooth.
  7. Choose Surface Dial from the list of devices. Follow additional instructions if they appear, then select Done.
  8. Remove the protective film from your Surface Dial.
  Now you’re ready to use it!  

Try it in the Windows Ink Workspace

Surface Dial is perfect for the Windows Ink Workspace. Select the pen icon on the taskbar to open the workspace, and then open Sketchpad. Or, just click the top of the Pen. When you open Sketchpad, the Pens tool is automatically selected. Rotate Surface Dial to switch between pen, pencil, highlighter, and eraser. Press and hold Surface Dial to see other tools in the wheel menu. Turn the dial left or right to highlight the tool you want to use. To select a tool, press down and release, and then start drawing.

Use Dial on the screen

Whether it’s placed on your desk or directly on the screen, Surface Dial helps you create in a way that’s natural, ergonomic, and keeps you in the flow. To try it, put your Surface Studio in Studio Mode (flat down), select the ruler in Windows Ink Workspace, and then place Surface Dial on the screen. The ruler snaps to the position of Surface Dial wherever you place it. Turn Surface Dial to rotate the ruler. The way the options appear on the screen will look a little different depending on whether your Surface Dial is on your desk or on the display, but they work in the same way: press down to see the tools, and rotate to select the one you want.

Use Surface Dial with apps

Surface Dial works with apps that come with your Surface Studio, like Groove Music, Microsoft Edge, and Maps. It also works with professional-grade software, including Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. Here are just a few things you can do. Volume Rotate left to turn it down or right to turn it up. Click to mute and unmute. Scroll Rotate left to scroll up, or right to scroll down. Zoom In Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, rotate left to zoom out, or right to zoom in. Click to fit to screen. Undo Rotate left to step through the undo history, or right to step through the redo history. Click to undo a single action. Brightness Rotate left to make the display less bright, or right to make it brighter.