There are a few other settings in Windows RT that you should know about before we dive into the details of using your Surface.
Volume and Mute
You can control the volume of your Surface using the volume rocker on the left side of the case, but you also can adjust volume by touch, including muting the sound altogether.
- From the Start screen, swipe in from the right side of the screen and tap the Settings charm.
- Tap the speaker icon.
- Drag the slider down to decrease volume and up to increase volume.
- Tap on the speaker to mute your Surface. Tapping it again unmutes it.
Screen Brightness and Rotation Lock
Your Surface will adjust screen brightness based on battery life and current lighting levels. However, you can adjust the brightness to your liking manually.
- From the Settings pane, tap the Screen icon.
- Drag the slider down to decrease brightness and up to increase brightness.
- Tap the rotation icon to toggle the rotation lock and prevent the screen from rotating when you rotate the device.
Hiding Notifications Temporarily
You might decide that you want to temporarily hide notifications. For example, if you are in a meeting for an hour and you want to make sure that your Surface doesn’t pop up a notification, you can disable notifications for a specific time period.
- From the Settings pane, tap the Notifications icon.
- Tap a time period during which notifications are hidden.
Shutting Down, Sleeping, and Restarting
If you want to shut down your Surface, put it to sleep, or restart it, you can do so from the Settings screen.
- From the Settings screen, tap the Power icon.
- Tap Sleep to put your Surface into a low-power sleep state.
- Tap Shut Down to turn off your Surface completely.
- Tap Restart to shut down and restart your Surface.
One of the benefits of using a Microsoft account when signing in to your Surface is that settings are synchronized across your devices. For example, if you change the background image on your lock screen on one device, that change is automatically synchronized to other computers running Windows 8 or Windows RT when you log in with that account.
You can control these synchronization settings or disable synchronization altogether.
- From the Settings screen, tap Change PC Settings.
- Tap Sync Your Settings.
- To turn off synchronization of settings, tap Sync Settings on this PC to change the setting to Off.
- To disable synchronization of personalization settings, such as the colors, background, lock screen, and your account picture, tap the Personalize slide to change the setting to Off.
- To disable synchronization of themes, the taskbar, and other desktop settings, tap the Desktop Personalization slide to change the setting to Off.
- To turn off synchronization of passwords and sign-in information, tap the Passwords slider to change the setting to Off.
- To turn off synchronization of accessibility settings, tap the Ease of Access slider to change the setting to Off.
- To turn off synchronization of keyboard settings, the display language, and other language settings, tap the Language Preferences slider to change the setting to Off.
- To turn off synchronization of app settings, tap the App Settings slider to change the setting to Off.
- Swipe up to see additional settings.
- To turn off synchronization of browser history and favorites, tap the Browser slider to change the setting to Off.
- To turn off synchronization of other settings, such as File Explorer settings and mouse settings, tap the Other Windows Settings slider and change the setting to Off.