Usually, to access the Bluetooth feature on your Windows 10 device, you need to click on the icon in the system tray or notification area to the right of the taskbar. It performs many functions, such as allowing users to join a personal area network, add new Bluetooth devices, send or receive files, and much more. However, an accidental click on the Remove icon from the Bluetooth right-click option can cause you to lose the icon. You might find it challenging to get an icon in such a state.
Nevertheless, here are some steps you can try to recover the missing Bluetooth icon in your Windows 10 and create a Bluetooth shortcut that provides direct access to the function of sending and receiving files via Bluetooth.
Recovering the Lost Bluetooth Icon
When the Bluetooth icon disappears from your Windows system tray, you may have difficulty sending or receiving files. To restore the missing icon, you can follow the steps below.
- In Windows 10, open your Windows Settings by pressing the Win key + I or open it from the Start menu.
- In the Settings window, go to Devices and click Bluetooth & other devices in the left pane. In the right pane, make sure Bluetooth is enabled.
- Then scroll down to the Related settings section and click More Bluetooth options to open Bluetooth Settings.
- In the Bluetooth Settings window, under the Options tab, show the Bluetooth icon in the notification area is checked.
- After that, click Apply and OK.
For Windows 7/8 users, you can open the Control Panel. Next, type Bluetooth in the Search Control Panel and click Change Bluetooth settings. The Bluetooth Settings window will open and do the same as above.
If these methods don't help you, then there's something else you need to do. You should check whether the Bluetooth Support Service is running on your computer or not.
- To do so, press Win key + R, then type services .msc and press Enter to open Windows Services Manager.
- In the list, find and double click on Bluetooth Support Service.
- Make sure that the Startup type is set to Manual and that the Service status is Running.
The Bluetooth Service supports remote discovery and association of Bluetooth devices. Stopping or disabling this service may cause already paired Bluetooth devices to fail to operate properly and prevent new devices from being discovered or associated.
After performing the above series of steps, now check the Bluetooth icon in your Windows Notification area. Hopefully, the icon is back.
Creating Bluetooth Shortcuts in Windows 10
Now that you've returned the icons in Bluetooth with a few simple steps, it's time to create a Bluetooth shortcut for easy access. Perform the following steps below.
- Press Win + E keys to open File Explorer and navigate to the directory path C:\Windows\System32.
In this location, find the file named "fsquirt" and Copy the file.
- Navigate to the Windows 10 Desktop folder and Paste the file.
Now you have Bluetooth on the desktop. You can make it easier to remember by right-clicking the fsquirt file, selecting Rename from the context menu, and naming it with Bluetooth.
There he is! We have successfully created a Bluetooth shortcut on the Windows 10 desktop. To use it to send and receive files, double-click on the Bluetooth shortcut, and Bluetooth File Transfer will appear immediately.
Now you know how to recover the missing Bluetooth icon and also create shortcuts for your easy access.
Hopefully, the tutorial can help you. Don't forget to leave your comments below to share your experience in following this tutorial. Thankyou.