3 essential shortcuts you should know for the new Surface Pen

The new Surface Pro 4 comes with a new Surface Pen. It lets you write, draw, or mark documents digitally. The new Pen also has 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity and reduced latency. There's even a digital eraser on top in case you make a mistake. The new Surface Pen is a great tool, and it's even better if you know these 3 shortcuts.

1. Click the top button once to open OneNote. A blank OneNote page shows up, where your handwritten notes can also be converted to text and shared.

2. Double-click the top button for a screenshot. Snap a quick picture of something you're working on and share it with OneNote.

3. Click and hold the top button to open Cortana. The personal digital assistant can offer time, people, and location-based reminders or even help you send a quick email.

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What's great about the latest Surface Pen is that it's also compatible with the older Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3 along with the newer Surface Book and Surface Pro 4. However, the 1024 levels of pressure are only supported on the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book.

The new Microsoft Surface Pen ships with the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book, but you can also buy it separately. It ships by October 26th for $59.99 and includes the Pen Tip Kit. The kit lets you choose from one of 4 tips. Use medium tip that has the familiarity of a #2 pencil, or swap it with a low friction tip similar to a fine point pen.

Would you get the new Pen if you were a Surface Pro 3 or Surface 3 owner? Let us know in the comments!

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