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    Bluetooth Devices Shortcut - Create in Windows 8

    Bluetooth Devices Shortcut - Create in Windows 8
    How to Create a "Bluetooth Devices" Shortcut in Windows 8 and 8.1
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    24 Nov 2013
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    How to Create a "Bluetooth Devices" Shortcut in Windows 8 and 8.1


    information   Information
    There are many different types of Bluetooth enabled devices you can add to your PC, such as mobile phones, wireless headsets, and wireless mouse devices and keyboards.

    This tutorial will show you how to create or download a Bluetooth Devices shortcut that opens to the PC settings and Control Panel locations in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.


    EXAMPLE: Bluetooth Devices in PC settings location
    NOTE:
    This shortcut will only work in Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 editions.

    Click image for larger version

    EXAMPLE: Bluetooth Devices in Control Panel location
    NOTE:
    This shortcut works in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1 editions.

    Click image for larger version






    Bluetooth Devices Shortcut - Create in Windows 8 OPTION ONE Bluetooth Devices Shortcut - Create in Windows 8
    To Download a "Bluetooth Devices" Shortcut

    1. Do step 2 or 3 below for which shortcut you wanted.

    2. Bluetooth Devices in Control Panel Location Shortcut

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the ZIP file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Bluetooth_Devices_Shortcut.zip

    download

    3. Bluetooth Devices in PC settings Location Shortcut

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the ZIP file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Bluetooth_Devices-PC_settings_Shortcut.zip

    download

    4. Save the .zip file to your desktop.

    5. Open the .zip file and extract (drag and drop) the shortcut to your desktop.

    6. Unblock the extracted shortcut.

    7. If you like, you can Pin to Taskbar on desktop, Pin to Start screen, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.

    8. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .zip file if you like.






    Bluetooth Devices Shortcut - Create in Windows 8 OPTION TWO Bluetooth Devices Shortcut - Create in Windows 8
    To Manually Create a "Bluetooth Devices" Shortcut

    1. Right click or press and hold on an empty area of your desktop, and click/tap on New and Shortcut.

    2. Copy and paste either command below into the location area, and click/tap on the Next button. (see screenshot below)

    (Bluetooth Devices in PC settings location)

    Note   Note
    If you are not have a US English Windows 8.1 installed, then you will need to change the en-US folder name in the command below for the folder name with your language instead for this to work.



    Code:
    %windir%\explorer.exe %localappdata%\Packages\windows.immersivecontrolpanel_cw5n1h2txyewy\LocalState\Indexed\Settings\en-US\AAA_SettingsPagePCSystemBluetooth.settingcontent-ms
    OR

    (Bluetooth Devices in Control Panel location)
    %windir%\explorer.exe shell:::{28803F59-3A75-4058-995F-4EE5503B023C}


    Name:  shortcut-1.jpg
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    3. Type Bluetooth Devices for the name, and click/tap on the Finish button. (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: You can name this shortcut anything you would like though.

    Name:  shortcut-2.jpg
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    4. Right click or swipe down on the new Bluetooth Devices shortcut, and click/tap on Properties.

    5. Click/tap on the Shortcut tab, then click/tap on the Change Icon button. (see screenshot below)

    Name:  shortcut-3.jpg
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    6. In the line under "Look for icons in this file", copy and paste the location below and press Enter. (see screenshot below)


    %SystemRoot%\system32\
    DevicePairingFolder.dll

    Name:  shortcut-4.jpg
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Size:  28.6 KB

    7. Select the icon highlighted in blue above, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot above)
    NOTE: You can use any icon that you would like instead though.

    8. Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below step 5)

    9. If you like, you can Pin to Taskbar on desktop, Pin to Start screen, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.


    That's it,
    Shawn


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    win 8.1 Pro / 64


    I don't understand the

    %windir%\explorer.exe shell:::{28803F59-3A75-4058-995F-4EE5503B023C}

    control panel version. That is what I first did. I would like that better than the metro one except it doesn't show my connected bluetooth devices. It does show some non-pared devices (a couple roku players). The metro version shows those plus all the bluetooth items I have paired.

    Am I doing something wrong?

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    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Spokey,

    You didn't do anything wrong. I haven't found out why they do not always all show up in the control panel version. You might see if refreshing it or using "Add a device" may have them listed afterwards.
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    Posts : 15
    win 8.1 Pro / 64


    i did get my cell phone blue tooth to get added to the control panel version but the whole thing seems pretty lame. There is no indication as to whether something is connected or not. I don't see any difference between that and the two roku units that aren't even paired.

    I guess I'll have to succumb to use the metro version

    thanks
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    Boise, Idaho, USA
    Posts : 3
    Win XP Home SP3 32bit and Win 10 Technical Preview 64bit


    Hello. I pasted the following line as described, but I get an error. Not sure why...? Attached are snapshots of the shortcut plus the error. Any ideas? Thanks.

    %windir%\explorer.exe %localappdata%\Packages\windows.immersivecontrolpanel_cw5n1h2txyewy\LocalState\Indexed\Settings\en-US\AAA_SettingsPagePCSystemBluetooth.settingcontent-ms

    Name:  shortcut.jpg
Views: 38321
Size:  59.5 KBName:  error.jpg
Views: 38282
Size:  41.6 KB
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    Boise, Idaho, USA
    Posts : 3
    Win XP Home SP3 32bit and Win 10 Technical Preview 64bit


    Never mind. I had done some "housecleaning" earlier today, and accidentally removed "PC settings" from C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs, thinking that it was just another shortcut. Not so.

    I found my answer in PC settings - Fix and Restore in Windows 8.1: PC settings - Fix and Restore in Windows 8.1

    FYI.
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    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Glad to hear that you got it sorted.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1


    Hi
    I'd like to create shortcut to bluetooth settings (on/offbutton), but this code takes me only to the "PC Settings".
    Any idea why?
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    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Dotem, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    It's just because this is what it opens.

    Bluetooth - Turn On or Off in Windows 8
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  10. #9


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1


    I'd like it to lead me straight to this screen: Click image for larger version
    Is there a proper code for that?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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