I just came back from Windows Build 2013 and I’m enjoying my new Surface Pro very much!  The device runs Visual Studio 2013 preview smoothly and developing on it is quite nice.

Only problem I’ve encountered so far is accessing F keys requires the user to press the Fn+F key. This is quite annoying when debugging!  After some research I found that Microsoft has a lock mechanism for the F keys: Hold Fn + Caps.

It works on both Touch and Type covers.

Useful shortcuts: 

Fn + Caps

Locks F1-F12 into being function keys.

Fn + <Spacebar>

Print Screen

Fn + <Spacebar> + Alt

Print Screen for the in-focus app only

Fn + Del

Brightness Up

Fn + Backspace

Brightness Down

Fn + <left>


Fn + <right>


Fn + <up>

Page Up

Fn + <down>

Page Down