SOLVED: How to Press CTRL ALT DEL on a Surface 4 or Surface Book Without a Keyboard

The question I was originally asked was, how-to-press-CTRL-ALT-DEL-on-a-surface-4-surfacebook-without-a-keyboard“How do I bring up the soft / on-screen keyboard when a Surface Book is locked, so that I can press CNTL ALT DEL?”.  This took me some time to figure out… but I got it and it is easy.

If you want to press CTRL ALT DEL on a Surface or Surface Book 4 without a keyboard, you simply:

  1. Press and HOLD the POWER BUTTON down
  2. Press the VOLUME DOWN button

This technique can be used as a substitute for CNTL ALT DEL anytime, including when the Surface is not locked to bring up Windows Security and then start a TASK MANAGER:


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    Kyle Northcutt April 17, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Ashley is right. It’s hold power and volume down, not UP. You’re the number one result on google, and you’re wrong. Please fix it.

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    ashley September 30, 2016 at 2:17 am

    this is wrong on a surface pro 4 you hold power and volume down (not volume up)

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