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Just bought a cheapo 15.5 Vaio with Windows 8 pre-loaded. I was able to pair it with a Philips wireless headset and it was great.

Thing is, each time I want to use this headset, I need to do this trackpad "Swipe" thing, click on Settings, then click on Change PC Settings, click on Devices from left menu bar and then on the right a list of deives including "PHilips SHB9100 - Offline" will appear. I can finally now click on it to do the bluetooth connection. That's 5 actions/clicks to re-connect a previously paired device. Very Microsoft!

Is there a shortcut to do the above more easily? In this scenario, all I need to do is (1) magic Swipe, (2) click on Devices and re-connect my device. That's only 2-3 actions.

At the moment, if I click on Devices after Swiping, the only thing listed is "Second Screen" and some other times "Microsoft XPS Document writer."

Thanks for any help you can bring.

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This is a site for questions related to programming only. –  Matthias Dec 16 '12 at 23:24
    
What happens if you click the button on the headset? Don't that re-awaken the connection? –  alanjmcf Dec 20 '12 at 22:45
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I will play around with this, but I have found so far the simplest and speediest is to make a Windows shortcut to:

C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,0

right click on the headset, then Connect.

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Here's something you can try. Download and install the Bluetooth Command Line Tools and take a look at btpair in particular:

Bluetooth device pairing utility

btpair {-p[PIN] | -u} [-bBluetoothAddress | -nFriendlyName]

-p Pair your computer with remote device using specified PIN code.
   PIN code is optional (since version 1.2.0.56). If not provided '0000' is used.
-u  Unpair remote device.
-b  Bluetooth address of remote device in (XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX) format.
-n  Friendly name of remote device.
-h  Prints this help screen.

If it works, you can create a shortcut to btpair's executable with the appropriate arguments, or even a simple batch file.

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Try this free tool - Shortcut Creator and it will create shortcut for you. I think portable devices is what you need, however I'm not sure.

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To quickly access Windows 8/8.1 bluetooth settings, create a shortcut pointing to:

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

Note that the "en-US" portion will differ based on your locale.

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I know this is a very old thread but I just wanted to thank Joel for pointing me in the right direction with this. In my case, I wanted to be able to easily disable/enable Bluetooth (so I could switch my headphones between devices) so what I did was:

  • on the desktop, create a shortcut to C:\Users[your username]\AppData\Local\Packages\windows.immersivecontrolpanel_cw5n1h2txyewy\LocalState\Indexed\Settings[en-GB]\AAA_SettingsPagePCSystemBluetooth

  • notice the [your username] which should be replaced, and the [en-GB], also notice that there is no '.settingcontent-ms' at the end of mine, I found that if I added that the shortcut didn't work (although viewing the properties of the shortcut after I created it does show the portion is automatically added)

  • Having created the shortcut I then copied it to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

  • Finally, I hit start to go into the modern UI and searched for the name of my shortcut, I was then able to right click and pin it to the start menu.

I hope this helps someone else :)

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