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    Bluetooth Notification Icon - Turn On or Off in Windows

    Bluetooth Notification Icon - Turn On or Off in Windows
    How to Turn On or Off Bluetooth Notification Area Icon in Windows
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    26 Nov 2013
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    How to Turn On or Off Bluetooth Notification Area Icon in Windows


    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.

    After you've paired (connected) a Bluetooth enabled device with a Bluetooth enabled computer, you can change the name of the device or enable or disable services for it. You can also control how your computer pairs with this and with other Bluetooth enabled devices.

    You must have Bluetooth wireless technology installed on your computer to be able to show the Bluetooth icon in the notification area (system tray) of your taskbar.


    This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off showing the Bluetooth notification area icon on your taskbar in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.





    Bluetooth Notification Icon - Turn On or Off in Windows OPTION ONE Bluetooth Notification Icon - Turn On or Off in Windows
    Turn Off Bluetooth Notification Icon from Bluetooth Notification Icon

    1. While on your desktop, right click or press and hold on the Bluetooth icon in the notification area on your taskbar, and click/tap on Remove Icon. (see screenshot below)

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    Bluetooth Notification Icon - Turn On or Off in Windows OPTION TWO Bluetooth Notification Icon - Turn On or Off in Windows
    Turn On or Off Bluetooth Notification Icon in Bluetooth Settings

    1. Open the Control Panel, type bluetooth in the search box, and click/tap on the Change Bluetooth settings link under "Devices and Printers". (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: If you like, you could also use a Bluetooth Settings shortcut to open this.

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    2. Close the Control Panel, and do step 3 or 4 below for what you would like to do. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Turn Off to Show Bluetooth Notification Area Icon on Taskbar

    A) Uncheck the Show the Bluetooth icon in the notification area box, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below step 2)

    4. Turn On to Show Bluetooth Notification Area Icon on Taskbar
    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Check the Show the Bluetooth icon in the notification area box, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below step 2)

    B) Double check your Notification Area Icons settings to make sure that you have Bluetooth Devices set to what you want to either hide/show, or "Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar". (see screenshot below)

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    Bluetooth Notification Icon - Turn On or Off in Windows OPTION THREE Bluetooth Notification Icon - Turn On or Off in Windows
    Turn On or Off Bluetooth Notification Icon using a BAT file


    Note   Note
    The .bat files below are for the registry key and value below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Bluetooth

    Notification Area Icon DWORD

    0 = off
    1 = on


    1. Do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.

    2. Turn On to Show Bluetooth Notification Area Icon on Taskbar
    NOTE: This is the default setting.

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


    Turn_On_Bluetooth_Notification_Area_Icon.bat


    download

    3. Turn Off to Show Bluetooth Notification Area Icon on Taskbar

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

    Turn_Off_Bluetooth_Notification_Area_Icon.bat


    download

    4. Save the .bat file to your desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .bat file to run it.

    6. If prompted, click/tap on Run and Yes (UAC) to approve.
    NOTE: If you like, you can stop getting the Run prompt by unblocking the downloaded .bat file.

    7. You will now notice a command prompt quickly flash open and close as explorer is restarted to apply the registry changes.

    8. If you used step 2, then double check your Notification Area Icons settings to make sure that you have Bluetooth Devices set to what you want to either hide/show, or "Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar". (see screenshot below)

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    That's it,
    Shawn


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    Windows 7 64bit


    Did this....but now my whole taskbar is gone..! :0

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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Decadia, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    It sounds like it was interrupted while restarting explorer. This should fix it.

    • Press the CTRL+SHIFT+ESC keys to open Task Manager.
    • Click on File (menu bar) and Run new task in Task Manager.
    • Type Explorer, and click on OK to start explorer.
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    Windows 7 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Decadia, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    It sounds like it was interrupted while restarting explorer. This should fix it.

    • Press the CTRL+SHIFT+ESC keys to open Task Manager.
    • Click on File (menu bar) and Run new task in Task Manager.
    • Type Explorer, and click on OK to start explorer.

    Yep! Its fixed! Thanks!
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    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome.
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