1. Joined : Aug 2016
    Posts : 4
    Windows 10
       15 Aug 2016 #1

    Surface Pro 4: closing type cover activates tablet mode

    I have a Surface Pro 4 with the Surface Dock hooked to an external monitor (via DisplayPort) and a keyboard & mouse.

    When I close the type cover on the Surface, it automatically activates Tablet Mode. Now, I know I can change the behavior to make Windows 10 ask me what to before switching modes, but until I switched to using a dock and external monitor, I've never needed/wanted Windows 10 to ask me! It always "did the right thing" with the Surface, correctly responding to the type cover be attached, detached, or folded back.

    How can I tell Windows 10 or the Surface to NOT activate tablet mode when the type cover is closed?

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  2. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 1,444
    W10 Pro + W10 Preview
       15 Aug 2016 #2

    Hi Jim....open Settings, type Tablet in find a setting box.....click on "tablet mode settings"....see attachment.
    If that doesn't work change top box to "use desktop mode" when you sign in.
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  3. Joined : Aug 2016
    Posts : 4
    Windows 10
       16 Aug 2016 #3

    Yes, I've seen that setting (and I am using it for now), but that will prevent auto-tablet-mode when doing "normal" things like removing the type cover. I'd prefer the device to NOT think it should be in tablet mode when the cover is closed and connected to an external monitor.
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