How to Set Up Peripherals for Microsoft Surface Pro

Introduction

example of external devices

Peripherals, also called accessories, are devices that can be connected your tablet to expand its functionality beyond its basic operation. Some of the most common types of peripherals are:

  • Monitors
  • Keyboards
  • Mice
  • Speakers
  • Headphones
  • Microphones
  • Headsets
  • Webcams
  • Printers
  • Scanners
  • Game controllers
  • External storage devices

? What type of peripheral are you trying to connect to your PC?

  1. Display
  2. Audio
  3. USB
  4. Bluetooth

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example of external devices

Peripherals, also called accessories, are devices that can be connected your tablet to expand its functionality beyond its basic operation. Some of the most common types of peripherals are:

  • Monitors
  • Keyboards
  • Mice
  • Speakers
  • Headphones
  • Microphones
  • Headsets
  • Webcams
  • Printers
  • Scanners
  • Game controllers
  • External storage devices

The Surface Pro tablet has a mini-DisplayPort on the side of the device.
surface pro right edge, indicating the mini-DisplayPort

You can purchase a mini-DisplayPort adapter to connect any type of display you may have.

Check your display to be sure, but many displays can accept an HDMI input.

The Surface Pro has a standard audio mini-jack on the top left side. Connect your headset or speakers here.
surface pro left edge, indicating audio mini-jack

USB is the most common type of connector used to attach peripherals to computers. Whether you have a wired or wireless peripheral, chances are they use this type of connector.
example USB devices

The majority are Plug and Play which means they will be recognized by Windows as soon as you plug them into the tablet and you can use them right away. Others might require software or drivers to be installed on the tablet before plugging them in.

The requirement to install software or drivers varies by manufacturer and device model. Refer to your peripherals documentation to find out if this is necessary.

Because the Surface Pro does not have a CD drive, you will need to visit the website of the USB device manufacturer, and download and install the driver from there.

Look at the user manual that came with your USB device. A website should be listed to download the driver.

  1. Connect your USB device into the USB port.
    USB device being plugged into USB port.
  2. Windows will automatically recognize the device and set it up for you.
    Automatic device setup in Windows.

If Windows does not detect the device when plugged back in, plug the device into a different USB port to see if Windows is able to recognize it.

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