Where is the Bluetooth Connect Button in Windows 7, 8, and Windows 10

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I have a pair of Bluetooth stereo headset paired mostly with my iPhone. But sometimes I also connect it with my Surface tablet as well. I paired my headset without issue on my tablet but always have difficulty to reconnecting it after the headset has been paired with other devices. The main problem is, there is no Connect Button in Bluetooth settings window that allows me to simply reconnect my headset.

PC Settings - Bluetooth

For the longest time, I had to stupidly remove device and re-pair it with my Surface whenever I want to use it.

Here is how actually I should be doing:

On Desktop, right-click the speaker icon in the system tray and go to Playback devices.

Speaker icon context menu

If you have Bluetooth headsets paired successfully before, you will see them listed in the Sound dialog box. Right-click one you want to connect, and select Connect.

Sound - Bluetooth Connect button

That’s right. That’s where the Connect button is, though apparently in the wrong place. Now since we know where it is, the time for stupidly removing and repairing is finally over, for good.

The trick works on both Windows 7 and Windows 8 / 8.1 computers. To make things easier, you can create a shortcut of the Sound applet on your desktop.

Hope this helps those who are struggling with the same issue. I also wish this can be fixed or improved in Windows 10.

/update on January 24, 2017/

Turns out, in recent released Windows 10 Builds, Microsoft has made this re-connect option much like what it works on smart devices. Go to Settings → Devices → Bluetooth & other devices, you will see the paired Bluetooth devices listed there where you can use the Connect/Disconnect button to disconnect or reconnect devices that were paired previously.

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