No button for bluetooth in action center

  1. Posts : 1
    Windows 10 Professional

    No button for bluetooth in action center


    I am brand new to Windows 10 Pro--have had it for just about a week on a Dell Optiplex. The documentation states that to turn on bluetooth, there should be a button in the action center on the bottom left corner of the taskbar.

    I don't have this button--grayed out or otherwise. The documentation seems to state this is an issue with my bluetooth service or services--but not sure how to correct this.

    Thank You,

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  2. cbwilsha's Avatar
    Posts : 289
    Windows 10 Home

    Joe, click Action Center Icon and click on All Settings. Click System, click Notification and Actions, click Add or remove Quick Actions, and turn Bluetooth ON. That will make it appear in the Action Center on your desktop. You can also turn it ON by going to All Settings, Devices, Bluetooth and Other, Bluetooth ON.

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  3. Try3's Avatar
    Posts : 4,391
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 1909 Build 18363.778


    Assuming that you have a Bluetooth card, run these checks -

    Do you have a Bluetooth entry in Settings, Devices?
    No button for bluetooth in action center-settings-devices-bluetooth.png
    If not then Windows does not think you have a Bluetooth card. Check Device manager for a Bluetooth group.
    No button for bluetooth in action center-device-manager-bluetooth.png

    1. If neither of these is there then you do not have a Bluetooth card or you have disabled Bluetooth in the BIOS. You should check your BIOS for a relevant entry but BIOSes vary so I cannot suggest where such a setting might be. You could seek advice from your computer maker or their user forum.
    2. If one is there but not the other then you might be able to get it working correctly by reinstalling the driver from your Computer / Bluetooth card maker's website.

    You can customise the items shown in Action center but Bluetooth, if it is enabled, is generally put there by default. As explained above, you can customise what is shown by playing around with Settings, System, Notifications. You can add more entries or you can drag off existing entries or you can drag existing entries around to get them in the layout you prefer.
    No button for bluetooth in action center-settings-system-notifications.png

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  4. Try3's Avatar
    Posts : 4,391
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 1909 Build 18363.778


    The Dell Optiplex 780 does not seem to come with either WiFi or Bluetooth. So you would only have Bluetooth if you had deliberately added a Bluetooth adapter or a combined WiFi-Bluetooth adapter.

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  5. Posts : 1
    Windows 10


    When I opened the Device Manager, "Bluetooth" was not visible. But it should've been because I turned it on via the Action Center last week.
    As a last minute thing, I clicked "Scan for hardware changes" -- it's the desktop icon with a magnifying glass on the far-right -- that gave me a message display that read "Scanning Plug and Play compliant hardware...", then the Device Manger began to update itself and the "Bluetooth" drop-down selection appeared.
    After that, I went back to the action center and clicked on the Bluetooth button to turn it on.
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  6. Try3's Avatar
    Posts : 4,391
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 1909 Build 18363.778


    When I opened the Device Manager, "Bluetooth" was not visible
    That means that Device manager had not detected the Bluetooth card.
    - You should not have needed to prompt it by scanning for hardware changes.
    - Turning it on or off in Action centre or elsewhere does not affect its entry in Device manager. It ought to be there whether you have turned it on or not.

    If you no longer have a Bluetooth problem then fine. Otherwise, create a thread about the problem in
    by clicking on the Forum tools control that sits rather unobtrusively between the list of sub-forums and the list of threads.

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