Latest Firmware Update Brings New Keyboard Shortcuts To Surface Tablets

The latest firmware update that Microsoft just rolled out for its Surface tablets on Patch Tuesday is one that should not be missed. In addition to several performance enhancements, it also introduced support for keyboard shortcuts.

These new keyboard shortcuts include ones that are often used on traditional Windows PCs.

And the hotkeys can be used on both Touch and Type Covers on both the Surface RT and Surface Pro, after applying this new firmware update, of course.

The familiar Brian Hill, general manager of Microsoft Surface explained in a blog post:

“Not everyone aspires to be a master of keyboard shortcuts, but for those who do the productivity gain is pretty great and you will garner the respect and admiration of those who watch you work.”

Don’t know about respect and admiration, but these new shortcuts offer an enhanced computing experience on Surface tablets, one that cannot be matched by Apple of Android slates. Here is a list of all the new keyboard shortcuts as published by Microsoft:

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>: Home
Fn + <right>: End
Fn + <up>: Page Up
Fn + <down>: Page Down