The Microsoft Surface is one of the most productive tablets on the planet, allowing you to get more done, whatever you’re using it for. With its super-thin looks and sleek design, it combines the power of a laptop and the portability of a tablet, with sales of the device topping $1 billion in the December quarter.

Here at Kensington, we believe we can all work smarter and more efficiently, whether at home or in the workplace. As well as the numerous Microsoft Surface accessories available, we’ve come up with 5 great tips and tricks for the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 that will improve your workflow and productivity.

  1. Collaborate in Real Time

Cloud computing is making the world a smaller place, connecting businesses around the world and enabling them to share information securely and quickly. The Surface Pro 3 is a great example of how this new technology has created fresh possibilities for businesses. Using OneNote on the Surface, you can collaborate with businesses and colleagues around the world. This capability is especially useful for long distance meetings, since participants can make notes and comments on their own devices in real time.

  1. Organize Your Tiles

The new Start Screen in Windows 8.1 can be confusing for users accustomed to the traditional Windows desktop. One real benefit of the new Start Screen is its flexibility. Rather than relying on the default tile settings, you might find it better to customize them to your workflow. Select ‘Name Group’ on the menu bar to create a tile group for the apps and programs you use most often for work. This should save you time and stop the Start Screen becoming too cluttered.

  1. Use the Right Keyboard

Different keyboards are suited to different situations. Choosing the right keyboard will help you get the most from your Surface Pro 3, whether you’re using it as a mobile tablet or Ultrabook-style computer. For example, did you know the Surface Pro 3 has a specially designed thumb keyboard? Tap the bottom right button and select the thumb keyboard option – it’s particularly useful on a busy commute. There’s also a convenient onscreen keyboard that works well when editing text documents or spreadsheets on the move. However, if you’re using your Surface in an office or at a static workstation, it can be more comfortable and efficient to use a Surface Type Cover or Bluetooth switchable keyboard.

  1. Use the Best Keyboard Shortcuts for Your Workflow

Keyboard shortcuts are a quick and easy way to speed up your work. Many of the traditional windows shortcuts, such as ‘Alt + F4’ (close window) and ‘CTRL + P’ (print), feel like second nature. However, we’ve found that there are a few shortcuts which are particularly handy for the Surface Pro 3. ‘Windows + P’ for choosing a presentation display mode, for example, saves time when duplicating a PowerPoint. Similarly, if you’re on the move and want full function key capability on the Surface Type Cover, ‘FN + CAPLOCK’ locks the function key. This gives functionality without the need to press the ‘FN’ key, making it easier to perform specific tasks in Office and other programs.

  1. Optimize the Display

The Surface Pro 3 has a 12” Full HD Plus screen and marks an improvement on earlier models. To get the most from this screen, you might have to adjust the settings to improve usability. For example, the screen and icons can still feel cramped in the traditional desktop view. Click ‘Personalize’ and then ‘Display’ to increase the display size from the smaller default setting of 100{3bd8d559a10c7b53d43ee5a40432883f63579c4fd6edc8dac88954d74ee5f2b3} to a more comfortable 125{3bd8d559a10c7b53d43ee5a40432883f63579c4fd6edc8dac88954d74ee5f2b3} or 150{3bd8d559a10c7b53d43ee5a40432883f63579c4fd6edc8dac88954d74ee5f2b3}. To increase or reduce the brightness of the Type Cover for the Surface Pro 3, simply hold down ‘FN’ and press ‘DEL’ or ‘BACK SPACE’.  By enabling you to maximize the power and versatility of the Surface, simple tweaks and tips like these can make a real difference to your productivity and workflow.

Do you use your Surface Pro 3 at the office, on the move or both? Has it changed the way you do business? Let us know by posting below.