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5 Must Things About Surface Dial, New Features Coming to Windows Insider Program

Introduced in October last at a Windows 10 Event, Surface Dial is a new kind of peripheral device that optimizes digital workflow, through most-used shortcuts and tools directly on screen with simple presses and turns of the Dial.

With the Dial, you can adjust media controls, scroll webpages and documents, easily bring shortcuts and tools to your screen, and more.

Today, Microsoft is highlighting five must things about Surface Dial:

It is compatible with any PC, laptop, or tablet running latest Windows 10 with Bluetooth LE. As of now, “only Surface Studio supports on-screen interaction with Surface Dial”, a feature that triggers a larger radial menu, which expands to surround Surface Dial and select custom app experiences, writes Windows team.

To pair Surface Dial to a device, go to Settings -> Devices -> Bluetooth. Turn Bluetooth on. Now, press and hold the pairing button next to batteries until Bluetooth light flashes. Next, on your device, select Surface Dial from the list of Bluetooth devices, then select Pair.

Once paired, a new device called “Wheel” is listed under devices, click it to get into Wheel Settings, and choose here default tools and settings for Dial as well as turn on or off the haptic feedback.

Additionally, you can add custom shortcuts to Surface Dial in Settings -> Devices -> Wheel.

Pre-loaded tools with global controls include media controls (volume, mute/unmute, pause/play, next/previous), scroll, zoom, undo/redo, screen brightness, and Narrator are loaded as well. And, these works well across Groove Music, Windows Maps, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Edge.

Usages tips: Surface Dial has an intuitive design that requires only three simple gestures: press & hold, click, and rotate.

  • simply press & hold to see a radial menu,
  • rotate to a desired tool or shortcut that you’ve set up, and click to select that tool or shortcut.
  • rotate to see shortcut come to life. (e.g., zoom in/zoom out). Some custom app experiences allow simply clicking shortcut (e.g., simply click after you select tilt in Windows Maps to toggle between overhead view and street view).
  • when creating, use Surface Dial in non-dominant hand while reserving dominant hand for drawing, creating new vectors, making edits to animations, and so forth, explained the team.

Custom app experiences available today for apps include Mental Canvas Player, Microsoft Photos, Bluebeam Revu, Moho 12, Sketchable, Spotify, StaffPad, and Windows Maps.

To see full list of compatible apps with Surface Dial, visit Surface.com/Support. For more details, see the picutres and videos embedded below:

Pairing Surface Dial to a Device
Pairing Surface Dial to a Device
Insert Battery in Surface Dial
Insert Battery in Surface Dial
Suface Dial pre-loaded tools and usage
Suface Dial pre-loaded tools and usage
Customize Surface Dial
Customize Surface Dial

At Ignite Australia on the Gold Coast, Microsoft shared a series of new pieces rolling out in the coming months as part of the Windows Insider Program. To know more about the information as it becomes available, complete this pre-registration form.

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