Microsoft Surface Dial is an amazing piece of input device that artists and engineers have been waiting for. It is truly an innovative computer accessory that we haven’t seen in quite a long time. The hardware trend had taken such a sharp shift towards smartphone accessories that creating something new for laptops and thecomputer didn't seem usable until now.

Thankfully, Microsoft has reinstated how desktop accessories are perceived by introducing this beautiful piece of a physical knob that users can use to fine tune tasks like rotations, scrolling, colour selection and more. The fact that its spin is under your control makes "Surface Dial usage" easy and hassle-free.

It is a very demanding accessory for engineers, artists, and designers.

'Surface Dial usage' in Windows 10 Applications

  • Scrolling: Microsoft Surface dial can perform scrolling functions in various Windows 10 applications. Counter-clockwise rotation scrolls up while clockwise rotation does the opposite.
  • Rotation: The Dial works like ageometrical protector to accurately rotate pictures or the entire screen at accurate angles.
  • Color Selection: So far the only physical tool that allows real-time colour selection through a colour gradient so you can draw and change the colour of the digital ink at the same time.
  • Adjusting Brightness: Surface Dial can be used to adjust thebrightness of the screen.
  • Volume knob: You can also use the Dial to change the volume and this function, along with brightness adjustment, can be performed without putting the accessory on the screen.
  • Dragging: Microsoft Surface Studio’s video demo also exhibited how it can be used to drag, say a surface a 3D object to adjust its thickness, length, etc.
  • Zooming: The input gadget makes zooming worth playing and can be used to zoom in and out of the canvass in applications like Photoshop.
  • Undo: It can also be used to loop action history, but this function may not be available in all the applications.

List of currently supported applications

"Surface Dial usage" is currently limited to these apps, but it will eventually be integrated into more Windows 10 software.

  • Revu
  • Drawboard PDF
  • Mental Canvas Player
  • Sketchable
  • Moho 12
  • Spotify
  • StaffPad
  • Word, PowerPoint, Excel (Office Win32)
  • OneNote (UWP version)
  • Windows Maps
  • Plumbago
  • Sketchpad
  • Groove Music
  • PewPew Shooter
  • Microsoft Photos
  • Paint
  • Adobe Photoshop (basic zoom support)

Some Surface Dial frequently asked questions

Q: Will it only work with the Surface Studio?

A: No, it will also work with Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4, and the Surface Book.

Q: When will it be available?

A: Microsoft Surface Dial is available for pre-orders at Microsoft Store for $99,99, but there is no word on when it will start shipping.

Q: Will it slip off the screen?

A: No, the base is sticky to the smooth surfaces and won’t move until you do it manually.

Q: Will it support more applications in the future?

A: Yes, the apps as mentioned above are launching demos, more applications will work with Surface Dial in the future.

Q: What kind of inputs does it offer?

A: It allows clicking and rotating inputs which can further be exploited to perform various functions.

Q: Is the Surface Dial rechargeable?

A: No, Windows Store does say anything about recharging, but 2 AAA Alkaline batteries will come included with it.

Q: How much does it weigh?

A: The Surface Dial weighs 5.11oz (145g) with two batteries.


Again, Microsoft Surface Dial is a fantastic accessorywith an easy to use temperament and limitless possibilities. Important FAQs have been answered here, and you have also learned the usage, but other trivial details don't really relate to its true purpose.

As the Studio offer is itself limited, moresupported applications will eventual be revealed when more stock arrives next year.

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