The different ways of answering phone calls on Surface Duo


The Surface Duo is an unusual device, and as such comes with unusual ways on of doing everyday things, like answering phone calls.

Thankfully, unusual does not mean complicated, and in the case of Surface Duo, answering phone calls unusually is still relatively intuitive. Here’s how.

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How to use an eSIM with Surface Duo


Your Surface Duo supports both physical SIM cards and eSIMs. If your carrier supports it, eSIM makes switching between mobile carriers and data plans really easy. It’s especially useful if you rely on multiple carriers or data plans for different occasions, such as a work and personal plans.

eSIM can be used in conjunction with a physical SIM, or alone. Check out the tutorial below that walks you through connecting to your mobile carrier via an eSIM.

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How to connect a Surface Pen to Surface Duo


Surface Duo has pen support, and while a Surface Pen is not included in the box, you can use any Surface Pen that supports Surface Pro 3 or higher, including the new Surface Slim Pen that made its debut with the Surface Pro X.

Doing so will allow you to write naturally in apps like OneNote, or sign PDF documents in Adobe Reader. Here’s how to connect a Surface Pen to your Surface Duo.

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How to attach the bumper to your Surface Duo


Surface Duo is almost here, and initial impressions from the press have been extremely positive, particularly when it comes to the build quality, industrial design, and just how thin Microsoft has managed to make it.

With that thinness, and the fact that the Surface Duo is covered in glass on the back and the front, it isn’t too surprising that Microsoft decided to include a bumper case in the box with every device.

Watch the video below to learn how to properly connect the bumper to your Surface Duo.

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Making Chrome Usable on the Surface Pro 2


Although I use Internet Explorer 11 as my primary browser, I know a lot of you prefer Chrome (even though IE is faster, a topic for another day). The bad news is that Chrome is one of the apps that doesn’t support Windows 8.1’s DPI scaling settings, so everything looks blurry. You’ll need to follow the fix I detailed here to get rid of the blur. However, that will only result in Chrome going micro. Everything will just be way too small for use, even with the stylus!

Luckily, I have some tips to make things a little better for you. Click to enlarge images.

After you’ve applied the DPI fix to sharpen the text, you’ll need to go into Chrome’s settings (type in chrome://settings/ in your address bar), scroll all the way down, click ‘Show advanced settings’, and scroll down even further to Web Content. Set the Page Zoom setting to 150%, which matches the default Windows DPI setting on the Surface Pro 2.

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Next, type in chrome://flags/ in your address bar, and scroll all the way down to the ‘Touch Optimized UI’ setting and Enable it. This should make UI elements like icons and buttons a little bigger while not sacrificing clarity.

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Restart Chrome and you’re good to go!