How-To Surface Tips & Tricks

How to configure Surface Pen for left-handed use

Are you left handed? They say you’re probably a genius, but the righties don’t understand the pain us lefties face when using scissors, can openers, ergonomic mice, keyboard numpads, or writing in pretty much any left-to-right language. So this Surface Tip is dedicated to you.

Out of the box, the Surface Pen is configured for right-hand users, so that when bringing up contextual menus with the Surface Pen, they always appear to the left of the pen tip, in clear sight of a right-handed user. This applies to sub-menus as well:


For left-handed people, though, this is an issue, as the context menu will appear under your hand. How rude.


Thankfully, you can fix this with a quick dive into Windows Settings:

  1. Hit the Start Button, and type “Settings” to open Windows Settings.
  2. Then hit Devices.
  3. On the left pane, select Pen & Windows Ink.
  4. Now, under Choose which hand you write with, select “Left Hand” from the drop down menu.
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Problem solved. I hope this makes being a left-handed Surface user more tolerable.


Fun Fact: You probably haven’t noticed, but if you are using a Surface Pro 3 device or later, there is a small indentation on both sides of the tablet to help you prop the kickstand out. This indentation was only present on the right-side of earlier Surface Pro models; a nightmare for left-handers.

Thankfully Microsoft addressed that issue quickly, presumably preventing mass riots.

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