I’ll start by saying I’m doing this entire entry using the Surface Pro as a tablet. No keyboard attached. I just wanted to see the usability. Thus far no issues.
By the way the first thing one must do to get the most of touch typing on any of the Surfaces is to change the touch keyboard to thumb view. When the keyboard opens as you click on a field that wants input; near the bottom right of the keyboard is the keyboard icon…click on the icon and choose the icon with keys to either side.
Yesterday I showed how I mounted a micro SD card to make it truly usable by the system. I briefly touched on some things that I am defaulting to my mounted SD card but really didn’t show how to do it. Most are easy. I will throw in some screen caps.
Another by the way. Everyone knows how to do a screen cap on their Surface, right?
If not it is as simple as Holding down the Windows logo near the bottom center of the Surface and pressing Down on the volume rocker.
The screen will flash. The screen cap will be put on the clipboard but will also be saved as a jpeg under your pictures folder for example c:\users\[your user name]\pictures\screen caps. I also pin snipping tool to my taskbar to capture and paste certain images into PSP X5.
We will change all of our settings using Desktop mode on the Surface.
For my examples I have mounted my micro SD card to C:\SDCard. I have created a C:\SDCard\Andy\ folder and under that I have created Pictures, Music, Videos, Documents and Downloads folders.
Libraries are quite simple and once you set up one you will be able to do all of them.
- Go to desktop mode and tap the folder icon (Windows Explorer) on the taskbar.
Windows Explorer opens
(again I am doing this all via touch)
- Under Libraries; Press, Hold and Release (or right click) on Music…Choose Properties
- Tap the Add… button to add the new location.
- We browse to the location for the folder we want to add. I browsed to c:\SDCard\Andy\Music
- Once added to Library Locations; Tap on your folder to select it then tap on the Set save location button.
We could at this point remove the location (does not delete the folder) for our previous default location, but in the case of screen caps (as I found out) they are saved in the Windows default pictures folder…so I just leave them.
Repeat the above for each (media) folder that you created under your mounted SD card folder.
If we don’t keep an eye on this folder space can disappear quickly. I set my Downloads to go to my mounted SD card.
- Launch desktop mode Internet Explorer.
- Tap the Gear icon (Tools) and choose View Downloads
- Near the bottom of the view downloads dialog tap Options.
- Change the save location for your downloads to the location you created on your mounted SD card.
Once you change where downloads are saved, you will want to change the shortcut in explorer as well.
- Press, hold and release Downloads in Windows Explorer; choose Properties.
- Fix the Target to point to your Downloads folder you created on you mounted SD card. This should match the folder you pointed to in the previous steps.
Applications are all different so we need to check their save locations separately.
For MS Office products we launch each program then from the File tab we choose Options in the left column. On the Options dialog click Save. We adjust our save locations on the dialog that opens. We do this for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access separately.
Some applications will use the Windows default save location (which is now our SD card), others will use the last place you saved a file. You will just have to season to taste to make sure you are saving as much as you can on to the mounted SD card.