How to enable or disable the show Bluetooth icon in the notification area

Having the Bluetooth icon in the taskbar notification area enables you to access the Bluetooth settings quickly. This is only possible if you have in built Bluetooth adapter or an add on adapter installed on your computer or laptop. Then all you have to do is double click on the icon in the taskbar. Then the Bluetooth devices window will appear. Here you can enable or disable your computer from connecting to Bluetooth devices such as mobile phones or even your travel mouse

Bluetooth device icon

Here’s how to enable or disable the show Bluetooth icon in the notification area

  1. Go to the start menu in the bottom left corner
  2. Choose Control panel from the menu
  3. Choose to view the control panel in classic view (in the left pane)
  4. Double click on the Bluetooth icon
  5. Go to the options tab at the top
  6. Then put a tick in the box next to Show Bluetooth icon in notification area

Show bluetooth icon in taskbar -Bluetooth icon

The Bluetooth icon in the notification area allows you to see what Bluetooth devices that are installed or enabled on your computer.

Notes related to the Bluetooth icon:

  • You can also right click in the empty space in the taskbar and in the notification area you can press on customize. This will allow you to set each icon to hide if inactive or show if active.
  • This article can also apply to Windows XP if you have a Bluetooth adapter installed on your computer or laptop but the settings may not appear the same.

The Bluetooth icon in the notification area allows you to see what Bluetooth devices that are installed or enabled on your computer.

Comments

  1. vic says

    Hi MItz,
    am using a laptop with xp3 installed but just today the bluetooth icon (dual arrow head) is red … check the service its started so it the networking service.
    When you right click the icon:

    only Bluetooth Config and Bluetooth Deice not found is seen ,the rest inthe menu is grayed out..

    Pls advice on how could i enable the bluetooth service so to connect my mouse.

    cheers

  2. Prabhakar Kumar says

    Thanx a lot.
    You people are really doing a great job by helping people sort out their problems and making computing easier.
    Keep up the good work.
    All the best.

  3. Alex says

    Hi

    thank you for this information.

    I’ve noticed that the option to enable/disable bluetooth in the context menu of the systray icon has been removed a couple of days ago.

    Does anybody has more information about that ?

    alex

    • says

      Removed from where?
      Does that mean there is no icon in the control panel or the notification area in the bottom right corner?

  4. Tosh Brice says

    This does not work for Win XP pro – the bluetooth icon in control panel is for “bluetooth configuration” and has no “options” tab – and no check box anywhere that I can find for putting the icon in the notification area/systray