Lenovo IdeaTab K3011W

User Guide v1.0

Read the safety notices and important tips in the
included manuals before using your computer.


  • Before using the product, be sure to read Important Safety and Handling Information first.
  • Some instructions in this guide may assume that you are using Windows® 8. If you are using another Windows operating system, some operations may be slightly different. If you are using another operating system, some operations may not apply to you.
  • The features described in this guide are common to most models. Some features may not be available on your computer or your computer may include features that are not described in this user guide.
  • The illustrations in this manual may differ from the actual product. Please refer to the actual product.

Regulatory Notice

  • The Regulatory Notice provides information about the radio frequency and safety standards. Be sure to read it before using wireless devices on your computer.
  • To refer to it, go to http://support.lenovo.com/ and click Guides & Manuals.


First Edition (July 2012)
© Copyright Lenovo 2012.

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Chapter 1
Getting to know your computer

Tablet front view

Note: The dashed areas indicate parts that are not visible externally.

Integrated camera
Use the camera for video communication and taking photos.
Wireless LAN antennas
Connect to the wireless LAN adapter to send and receive wireless radio.
Multi-touch screen
Functions as both the visual display as well as one of the two primary input methods.

Note:   For details, see “Touch screen operation”.

Windows button
Press this button to:
Toggle between the current view and the Start screen.
Wake up the computer from sleep mode.

Tablet left-side view

Screen rotation lock button
Keeps the screen locked in portrait or landscape orientation.
Volume button
Increases/Decreases volume level.
Provides audio output.

Tablet right-side view

Provides audio output.
Micro HDMI port
Connects to devices with HDMI inputs such as a TV or an external display.
Combo audio jack
Connects to headsets.
  • The combo audio jack does not support conventional microphones.
  • The recording function may not be supported if third-party headphones or headsets are connected, due to different industry standards.

Tablet top view

Power button
Press this button to turn on the computer.
Power status indicator (on tablet)
Symbol Indicator status Meaning
On (solid white) The tablet is connected to the AC adapter and is fully charged.
On (solid amber) The tablet is charging.
Blinking (white and amber alternately) The tablet is connected to the AC adapter, but the charging process has been paused. There may be a problem with the battery or battery connection.
Off The tablet is disconnected from the AC adapter.
Micro SD card slot
Insert a micro SD card (not supplied) here.

Note:   For details, see “Using a micro Secure Digital (SD) card (not supplied)”.

Built-in microphone
Captures sound which can be used for video conferencing, voice narration, or audio recording.

Using a micro Secure Digital (SD) card (not supplied)

Your computer supports micro Secure Digital (SD) cards.

  • Insert only one card in the slot at a time.
  • This card reader does not support SDIO devices (e.g., SDIO Bluetooth, etc.).
  • A micro SD prying pin was provided with your computer. It was designed to assist with removing the micro SD card. If you don't have this tool, you may be able to use the end of a small paper clip instead.

Inserting a micro SD card

To insert a micro SD card:

Note: Do not insert or remove the micro SD card while the computer is turned on. Doing so may damage the micro SD card reader.

Removing a micro SD card

To remove a micro SD card:

Note: Before removing the micro SD card, disable it by using the Windows safely remove hardware and eject media utility to avoid data corruption.


Tablet bottom view

Tablet-docking latch
Connects the tablet to the dock and keeps the tablet secured in place.

Note:   For details, see “Combination of tablet and dock”.

Multi-function connector
Connects to the AC power adapter, the USB cable or the dock.

Dock Front view

Tablet-docking latch
Attaches the tablet to the dock keeping the tablet secured in place.

Note:   For details, see “Combination of tablet and dock”.

Tablet connector
Connects the tablet to the dock.

Note:   For details, see “Combination of tablet and dock”.

Tablet release button (spring loaded)
Press and hold the spring-loaded button to release the tablet and detach it from the dock.

Note:   For details, see “Detaching the tablet”.

The keypad functions as a conventional keyboard.
The touchpad functions as a conventional mouse.
Touchpad: To move the pointer on the screen, slide your fingertip over the pad in the direction in which you want the pointer to move.
Touchpad buttons: The functions of the left/right side correspond to that of the left/right mouse button on a conventional mouse.

Keyboard function keys

You can access certain system settings quickly by pressing the appropriate function keys.

Mutes/unmutes the sound. Toggles the display between the computer and an external device.
Decreases the volume level. Decreases display brightness.
Increases the volume level. Increases display brightness.
Closes the currently active window. Displays the Settings charm.
Refreshes the desktop or the currently active window. Displays the Search charm.
Turns on/off the backlight of the LCD screen. Displays all currently active apps.
Enables/disables wireless function. Displays all apps with the Search charm.

Frequently used Windows Hotkey

To use the Windows hotkey function, press and hold Windows key 1 ; then press one of the hotkeys.

Windows key Toggles between displaying the Start screen and the most recently opened app. (If there are no currently open apps, it will alternate between the Start screen and the desktop.)
Windows key + Fn + F1 Opens Windows Help and Support.
Windows key + C Opens the Charms.
Windows key + D Displays the desktop.
Windows key + E Opens Windows Explorer.
Windows key + F Opens Files within the Search charm. (press Windows key + F + Ctrl to find computers on a network)
Windows key + G Cycles through desktop gadgets.
Windows key + H Displays the Share charm.
Windows key + I Displays the Settings charm.
Windows key + J Switches back to the most recently used open app.
Windows key + K Displays the Devices charm.
Windows key + O Toggles between locking and unlocking the screen orientation.
Windows key + Q Displays the Search charm.
Windows key + T Switches from the currently active window to the desktop taskbar and cycles through open desktop apps (if there are two or more open).
Windows key + V Cycles through notifications. (press Windows key + V + Shift to go backward)
Windows key + W Opens Settings within the Search charm.
Windows key + Z Opens the app bar.
Windows key + , (comma) Peeks at the desktop.
Windows key + . (period) Docks a currently open Windows store app on the right side of the screen. (press Windows key + . (period) + Shift to dock to the left)
Windows key + Enter Opens Narrator (press Windows key + Enter + Alt to open Windows Media Center - if installed)
Windows key + Spacebar Switches the input language and the keyboard layout.
Windows key + Tab Cycles through the Windows store app history.
Windows key + Esc Exits the Magnifier.
Windows key + PgUp Hides/restores any inactive desktop windows.
Windows key + PgDn Moves the Start screen to its rightmost position along the horizontal scrollbar.
Windows key + → / ← Snaps the currently active desktop window to a position filling half of the desktop on either the left side or the right side of the screen.
Windows key + ↑ / ↓ Maximizes/minimizes the currently active desktop window. (press Windows key + ↑ / ↓ + Shift to keep the width of the currently active window while maximizing/minimizing.)

Dock right-side view

USB port
Connects to USB devices.

Note:   For details, see “Connecting USB devices”.

AC power adapter jack
Connects to the AC power adapter.
Power status indicator (on dock)
Indicator Indicator status Meaning
Power On (solid white) The dock is connected to the AC adapter and is fully charged.
On (solid amber) The dock is charging.
Blinking (white and amber alternately) The dock is connected to the AC adapter, but the charging process has been paused. There may be a problem with the battery or battery connection.
Blinking (amber) The battery’s charge is less than 10%.
Off The dock is disconnected from the AC adapter.

Connecting USB devices

The dock comes with two USB ports compatible with USB devices.

The first time you plug a USB device into a particular USB port, Windows automatically installs a driver for that device. After the driver has been installed, you can disconnect and reconnect the device without performing any additional steps.

Note: Typically, Windows detects a new device after connecting it, and then installs the driver automatically. However, some devices may require you to install the driver before connecting. Check the documentation provided by the device’s manufacturer before connecting the device.

Before disconnecting a USB storage device, make sure your computer has finished transferring data to or from that device. Click the Safely Remove Hardware icon in the notification area of Windows to remove the device before disconnecting.

Note: If your USB device uses a power cord, connect the device to a power source before connecting it. Otherwise, the device may not be recognized.

Combination of tablet and dock

Lenovo IdeaTab K3011W is not only a tablet. It can also be combined with a dock to be used together as a notebook computer.

Tablet Mode

Notebook Mode

Attaching the tablet

To connect the tablet to the dock, insert it into the tablet slot in the direction shown by arrow 1 until it clicks into place.

Detaching the tablet

To remove the tablet from the dock, press and hold the spring-loaded tablet relase button 1 , while carefully lifting the tablet in the direction shown by the arrow 2.

Note: Be careful not to damage the connector when attaching or detaching the tablet.

Screen orientation

You can rotate the display panel to your preferred orientation.


Chapter 2
Starting to use Windows 8

Configuring the operating system for the first time

You may need to configure the operating system when it is first used. The configuration process may include the procedures below:


Operating system interfaces

Windows 8 comes with two main user interfaces: the Start screen and the Windows desktop. To switch from the Start screen to the Windows desktop, do one of the following:

To switch from the desktop to the Start screen, do one of the following:

Start screen



The Charms

The five Charms provide new and faster ways to perform many basic tasks, and are always available regardless of which app you are currently in.

To display the Charms, do one of the following:

Search charm

The Search charm is a powerful new way to find whatever you are looking for, including apps, settings and files.

Share charm

The Share charm lets you send links, photos, and more to your friends and social networks without leaving the app you are in.

Start charm

The Start charm is a fast way to go to the Start screen.

Devices charm

The Devices charm allows you to connect or send files to any external devices, such as digital cameras, TVs, or printers.

Settings charm

The Settings charm lets you perform basic tasks, such as setting the volume or shutting down the computer. Also, you can get to the Control Panel through the Settings charm when using the desktop screen.


Putting the computer to sleep or shutting it down

When you have finished working with your computer, you can put it to sleep or shut it down.

Putting your computer to sleep

If you will be away from your computer for a short time, put the computer to sleep. When the computer is in sleep mode, you can quickly wake it to resume use, bypassing the startup process.

To put the computer to sleep, do one of the following:

To wake the computer, do one of the following:

Shutting down the computer

If you are not going to use your computer for a long time, shut it down. To shut down your computer:


Touch screen operation

The display panel can accept inputs like a tablet, using the multi-touch screen, or (when docked) like a traditional notebook computer, using the keyboard and touchpad.

Multi-touch gestures

You can touch the screen with one or more fingertips to perform a variety of tasks.

Frequently used gestures Tasks performed

Tap once on an item

Performs an action, such as starting an app, opening a link, or performing a command. Similar to left-clicking with a mouse.

Press and hold

Press your finger down and leave it there for a moment.

Allows you to see detailed information before selecting an action. Can also open a menu with more options. Similar to rightclicking with a mouse.


Move two fingers together or apart while touching the screen.

Zooms in and out on visual apps, such as pictures and maps. Can also jump to the beginning or end of a list.


Place two or more fingers on an item and then turn your hand.

Turns an object. (Note: Not all items can be rotated, depending upon the app.)


Drag your finger across the screen.

Pans or scrolls through lists and pages. Can also move an object or be used to draw or write, depending upon app. Similar to pressing and holding to pan and to scrolling with a mouse.


Start from any edge of the screen, then swipe inwards toward the center.

Swiping down from the top edge or up from the bottom edge displays a task bar on the bottom of the screen with app commands, including save, edit, and delete.

If you have an app currently open, you, can also:

  • Swipe from the top edge to halfway down the screen without lifting your finger to dock that app on the left or right side of the screen. This allows you to keep two apps open simultaneously in a split-screen format.
  • Swipe from the top edge straight down to the bottom edge of the screen continuously without lifting your finger to close the currently open app.

Swiping in from the left edge can:

  • Bring in and open an app currently running in the background.

If there is more than one currently open app, you can:

  • Swipe in from the left to bring in an app and, without lifting your finger, push that app back off the left edge of the screen quickly. This displays a list of the apps currently running in the background.

Swiping in from the right edge of the screen displays the Charms.


Connecting to wireless LAN

Enabling wireless connection

To enable the wireless function, do one of the following:

Connecting to a wireless LAN

After wireless has been enabled, the computer will automatically scan for available wireless networks and display them in the wireless LAN network list. To connect to a wireless network, click the network name in the list, and then click Connect.

Note: Some networks require a network security key or passphrase for connection. To connect to one of those networks, ask the network administrator or the Internet service provider (ISP) for the security key or passphrase.


Recovery system


Push-button Reset is a built-in recovery tool that allows users to restore their operating system to its original state while preserving their data and important customizations, without the need to back up their data in advance.

The following Push-button Reset features are available to users from multiple locations within Windows:

Refreshing the computer

Fixes software problems by reinstalling the factory default configuration while preserving the user ’s data, important settings, and any Windows store apps previously purchased from the Windows Store.

Resetting the computer

Prepares the computer for recycling or for the transfer of ownership by reinstalling the factory default configuration and returning all user data and applications to the state of their original Out-of-Box Experience (OOBE).

Using Push-Button Reset

When the computer can start, Push-button Reset can be normally launched from:

Follow the on-screen instructions and restart the system for the changes to take effect.

For more instructions, see the Windows Help and Support file on your computer.


Help and support

If you have any problems using the operating system, see the Windows Help and Support file. To open the Windows Help and Support file, do one of the following:

You can read the Windows Help and Support file on your computer. You can also get online help and support by clicking on one of the two links listed under More to explore.


Chapter 3
Battery management

Battery charging policy

The following describes the battery charging policy of the computer.

Charge status Mode Charge logic
Charging (when connected to the AC adapter and an electrical power source) Tablet only Charges the tablet.
Dock only Charges the dock.
Tablet-dock combination Charges the tablet first. When tablet's battery pack has been fully charged, it will then begin to charge the dock.
Not charging (when disconnected from the AC adapter) Tablet-dock combination If the dock's battery currently has power, it will charge the tablet first. When the dock’s battery power is low, the system will begin using the energy stored in the battery of the tablet.
  • After being connected to the dock, the screen display of the tablet will switch to the Windows desktop interface and disable the screen rotation function automatically.
  • Having many active apps and windows open will slow down the battery charging process.

Chapter 4

Frequently asked questions

This section lists frequently asked questions by category.

Finding information

What safety precautions should I follow when using my computer?

The Important Safety and Handling Information which came with your computer contains safety precautions for using your computer. Read and follow all the precautions when using your computer.

Where can I find the hardware specifications for my computer?

You can find the hardware specifications for your computer on the printed flyers which came with your computer.

Where can I find warranty information?

For the warranty applicable to your computer, including the warranty period and type of warranty service, see the Lenovo limited warranty flyer that came with your computer.

Drivers and preinstalled software

Where are the installation discs for Lenovo preinstalled (desktop) software?

Your computer did not come with any installation discs for Lenovo preinstalled software. If you need to reinstall any preinstalled software, you can download the installation program from the Windows store.

Where can I find drivers for the various hardware devices of my computer?

If your computer is preinstalled with a Windows operating system, Lenovo provides drivers for all the hardware devices that you need on the C partition of your hard disk. You can also download the latest device drivers from the Lenovo support website.



If you do not find your problem here, see Chapter 1. The following section only describes problems that might negate the need to refer to the more comprehensive information in Chapter 1.

Display problems
When I turn on the computer, nothing appears on the screen.
  • If the screen is blank, make sure that:
    • - The power cord is connected to the computer and the AC adapter is plugged into a working electrical outlet.
    • - The computer power is on. (Press the power button again for confirmation.)
  • If these items are properly set, and the screen remains blank, have the computer serviced.
My screen goes blank while the computer is on.
  • Your power management is enabled. Do one of the following to resume from sleep mode:
    • - Press the power button.
    • - Press the Windows button. (Tablet mode only)
Sleep problems
The critical low-battery error message appears, and the computer immediately turns off.
  • The battery power is getting low. Connect the AC adapter to the computer.
The computer enters sleep mode immediately after Power-on.
  • Make sure that:
    • - The battery is charged.
    • - The operating temperature is within the acceptable range. Storage and operating temperature depends upon the actual temperature. Avoid subjecting your computer to extreme temperatures (below 5°C/41°F or above 35°C/95°F).
Note: If the battery is charged and the temperature is within range, have the computer serviced.
The computer does not return from sleep mode and the computer does not work.
  • If the computer does not return from sleep mode, the battery may be depleted. Connect the AC power adapter to the computer.
  • If your computer is in sleep mode, connect the AC adapter to the computer, then press the Windows button (Tablet mode only) or the power button.
  • If your computer is powered-off, connect the AC adapter to the computer, then press the power button to resume operation.
Note: If the system still does not return from sleep mode, your system has stopped responding, and you cannot turn off the computer; reset the computer. Unsaved data may be lost. To reset the computer, press and hold the power button for 5 seconds or more. If the computer still does not reset, remove the AC adapter, then connect the AC adapter to the computer again and press the power button.
Display panel problems
The screen is blank.
  • Do the following:
    • - If you are using the AC adapter, or using the battery, and the battery status indicator is on, press F10 to make the screen brighter. (Notebook mode only)
    • - Press the power button to confirm whether the computer is in sleep mode.
    • - If the problem persists, follow the solution in the next problem “The screen is unreadable or distorted.”
The screen is unreadable or distorted.
  • Make sure that:
    • - The screen resolution and color quality are correctly set.
    • - The monitor type is correct.
Incorrect characters appear on the screen.
  • Are the operating system or programs installed correctly? If they are installed and configured correctly, have the computer serviced.
Sound problems
No sound can be heard from the speaker even when the volume is turned up.
  • Make sure that:
    • - The Mute function is off.
    • - The combo audio jack is not being used.
    • - Speakers are selected as the playback device.
Battery problems
Your computer shuts down before the battery status indicator shows empty.
Your computer operates after the battery status indicatorshows empty.
  • Disconnect any external devices from the computer and then charge the battery in a room temperature.
A startup problem
The Microsoft® Windows operating system does not start.
Recovery system problems
Fail to restore system partition to factory default.
  • The system partition, such as the partition size or the drive capacity of C, has been modified.
Other problems
Your computer does not respond.
  • To turn off your computer, press and hold the power button for 5 seconds or more. If the computer still does not respond, remove the AC adapter.
  • Your computer might lock when it enters sleep mode during a communication operation. Disable the sleep timer when you are working on the network.
The connected external device does not work.
  • Do not connect or disconnect any external device cables other than USB while the computer power is on. Otherwise, you might damage your computer.
  • Then using a high power consumption external devices such as an external USB optical disk drive, use an external device power adapter. Otherwise, the device may not be recognized, or the system may shut down as a result.

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