If you have problems with your battery, it is quite common for the keyboard to be stuck to the display of a Microsoft Surface Book 1.  This is because the mechanism to detach the keyboard from the screen requires power.

Fortunately there is a simple way to manually force the two to separate:

  1. turn the Surfacebook on its side
  2. on the screen unit, count 6 holes up from where the unit connects to the keyboard
  3. insert a strong paperclip or large pin into the hole at a 45 degree angle
  4. push in until the screen detaches
  5. do the same on the other side
  6. the Surface Book screen and keyboard should now be separated, enjoy!

In the picture below you can see how the mechanism actually works which will make your efforts easier:

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Surface book 1 manual keyboard release explained


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