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How to pair the Surface Pen with Surface 3

Unlike the Surface Pro 3, Windows won't prompt you to pair Surface Pen with Surface 3 during setup. Instead, you'll need to pair Surface Pen with your Surface 3 manually. Don't worry, though. It's very easy to pair. Follow our step-by-step instructions and watch our how-to video.

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and tap or click Settings.
  2. Tap or click Change PC settings, tap or click PC and devices, and then tap or click Bluetooth.
  3. Make sure that Bluetooth is on.
  4. Hold down the top button on the Surface Pen for seven seconds, until the light in the middle of the pen clip starts to flash.
  5. When the pen appears in the list of Bluetooth devices, tap or click it, and tap or click Pair.

That's it! You should now be able to use the Surface Pen with your Surface 3. You can quickly confirm the connection by pressing the top button on the Surface Pen. This should automatically open OneNote.

The Surface Pen is sold separately from the Surface 3 while it is already included with the Surface Pro 3. Microsoft has released it in new colors, so you can grab it red, dark blue, or black, instead of the original silver one. The pen loop is also included, but there are actually other ways to attach the Surface Pen to your Surface 3.

Do you like the Surface Pen? Do you get a lot of usage from it? Let us know in the comments!

Mark Guim is Video Editor at Windows Central. He switched to Windows because the MacBook Pro isn't Pro enough. You can follow him on Twitter at @markguim.

10 Comments
  • Will this work for other N-trig enabled PCs? I have a Sony Vaio Duo 13 and would love the OneNote integration that the Surfaces offer with their styli.
  • I would love to find a way to get OneNote to work this way on a Surface Pro 2.... not so much the stylus, but the easy startup/screenshot feature
  • My surface app says it cannot connect to the pen (SP3), although everything else works
  • Tell us about the pen loop... Like is it circular or more oval?
  • does the pen work with surface pro 3? i want a pen that matches the keyboard.
  • Yes, they are the same pen except for the colour.
  • Does the pen works with my Surface Pro (first generation) unit? I am very excited with this feature from the very first day i saw the video demo shown that it can open one note by pressing the pen top button. Please advise. Thanks!
  • No, the first two generations use Wacom pens and the third-gen onwards use N-trig.
  • So is the pen blue and black, or is the tablet white and gold?
  • i am trying the steps but so far it is not working is there any other steps that need to be done?   thanks,