Where is the Bluetooth Connect Button in Windows 7 and 8

I have a pair of Bluetooth stereo headset paired mostly with my iPhone. But sometime I also connect it with my Surface tablet as well. I paired my headset without issue on my tablet but always have difficulty to reconnect 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 every time when I want to use it.

Here is how actually I should be doing:

On Desktop, right-click the speaker icon at 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 re-pairing is finally over, for the 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 am also wishing this can be fixed or improved in Windows 10.

Kent Chen

Microsoft MVP, IT Professional, Developer, Geek, and the co-founder of Next of Windows.

Last updated: 11/19/2014

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