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Changing the Surface 3 Pen Button


How to change the purple Surface 3 pen button.

Only the purple button can be changed.  The gray buttons are not changeable.  The purple button can be configured to open OneNote app or OneNote 2013.  OneNote 2013 is recommended as it will sync with your Office 365 account. 

In order to change the default OneNote program when pressing the purple button on the pen use the following steps:

1- Start the OneNote 2013 (desktop) application.

2- Click the File menu select Options. 

3- Click on Advanced in the left pane.

4- Select the checkbox under the "Default OneNote Application" section to make OneNote 2013 (desktop) the default application to create notes. 

5- In the "How do you want to open this type of link (onenote)?" popup, select "OneNote (desktop)".

If option to change the default program shown in the previous step is not available then please submit a help ticket.  Your system is missing a required update.


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