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Pairing with Bluetooth devices

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Video: Pairing with Bluetooth devices

All of Apple's current lineup of Macs, as well as many older models of Macs, include a piece of technology called Bluetooth. Bluetooth is a short range wireless technology, mostly used to reduce the need for wires and cables in personal devices. You are probably familiar with this technology in the form of Bluetooth headsets, which many people use to talk on their mobile phones. But Bluetooth is also used for many other types of devices, including computer mice and keyboards. Especially if you regularly use an Apple Notebook computer, like the MacBook or MacBook Pro, you probably want to consider purchasing and using an external mouse or keyboard.

Pairing with Bluetooth devices

All of Apple's current lineup of Macs, as well as many older models of Macs, include a piece of technology called Bluetooth. Bluetooth is a short range wireless technology, mostly used to reduce the need for wires and cables in personal devices. You are probably familiar with this technology in the form of Bluetooth headsets, which many people use to talk on their mobile phones. But Bluetooth is also used for many other types of devices, including computer mice and keyboards. Especially if you regularly use an Apple Notebook computer, like the MacBook or MacBook Pro, you probably want to consider purchasing and using an external mouse or keyboard.

Now you can purchase wired versions of these devices that plug into your Mac's USB ports, but for a little more money, you can eliminate the wires and use a Bluetooth mouse or keyboard. I carry around a Bluetooth mouse with my MacBook Pro because I find it much easier to use than the MacBook's trackpad, especially for an extended period of time. Now because we are dealing with wireless technology, we have to make sure that your device and your Mac recognize each other, and that someone nearby is not using a Bluetooth device that can take control of your Mac. You accomplish this process by performing a task called pairing your devices. Let's take a look at how we do this.

For example, I am going to set up a Bluetooth mouse. Start by clicking the Apple menu and choosing System Preferences, then click Bluetooth, and you will only see the Bluetooth option if your Mac has Bluetooth. Here, you will find any devices you have previously paired with your Mac. If you haven't paired any devices before, you will see No Devices, and you will see a button to set up a new device. So I will click Set Up New Device. I get this message telling me that my Bluetooth Hardware is turned off. I usually turn it off to conserve battery power on my MacBook, but obviously I need to turn it on to use a Bluetooth mouse, so I will click the option to turn Bluetooth on.

So at this point, my Mac is searching for any nearby Bluetooth devices. Now, in order for it to discover Bluetooth devices, the device has to be placed in Discoverable mode, sometimes called Pairing mode. This is a state in which the device is sending out a here-I-am signal. You will have to check the instructions for whatever devices you are trying to pair with your Mac to see how to put it into this mode. I will go ahead and put my mouse into Discoverable mode, and there is my mouse. With it selected, I will click Continue, and after a few moments, I am told my pairing was successful, and I can now use my mouse, which I am using right now.

Now depending on your device, you might have been prompted to type in a passcode in order to complete the pairing process. This is an extra security measure some devices use to make sure the person controlling the computer is the one who wants to pair with the device. If your device requires a pass code, you will find that code in your instruction manual. I will click Quit to close the Bluetooth Setup Assistant. So at this point, my mouse is paired with my Mac, and you only have to do this pairing process once, by the way. After pairing, you should be able to turn on your mouse and start using it right away. Now, in my Bluetooth Control panel, you can see my mouse appears as one of my Bluetooth items.

If I wanted to pair another item, I could just click the Plus button. Now while you are in here, you might also want to check the option to Show Bluetooth Status in the Menu bar, which you can see puts a little Bluetooth symbol in the Menu bar up here. You can click that to display your paired devices. The ones in bold, like the MSI Mouse that we see right here, are the ones that are currently connected to your computer, and you can also choose to disconnect or reconnect it from here as well. Now, if you ever want to un-pair your mouse from your Mac, just go back to Bluetooth Settings, select your device, and click the Minus button, click Remove to confirm that you do want to remove this device, and at that point your mouse will no longer work with your Mac until you pair them again.

So this pairing process is the same, regardless of the type of device you are using. Just put your device into a pairing or Discoverable mode, open up System Preferences, and run the Bluetooth Setup Assistant.

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  1. 2m 49s
    1. Welcome
      1m 9s
    2. Using the assessment files
      1m 7s
    3. Using the exercise files
      33s
  2. 9m 51s
    1. What's a computer?
      1m 49s
    2. What's inside a computer?
      2m 46s
    3. Laptop vs. desktop computers
      1m 59s
    4. Special considerations when using a laptop
      3m 17s
  3. 20m 58s
    1. Understanding the operating system
      3m 3s
    2. Understanding files, folders, and directories
      4m 49s
    3. Understanding your home folder (your user folder)
      5m 21s
    4. Using your desktop
      3m 11s
    5. Taking out the trash (recycle bin)
      2m 21s
    6. The right click
      2m 13s
  4. 24m 8s
    1. Understanding applications
      4m 24s
    2. Opening and saving files
      4m 10s
    3. Choosing the right tool
      4m 44s
    4. How to learn any application
      3m 53s
    5. Five things that work in all applications
      6m 57s
  5. 36m 22s
    1. Understanding computer ports
      2m 59s
    2. Setting up a printer
      3m 7s
    3. Printing your documents
      4m 30s
    4. Setting up a scanner
      2m 27s
    5. Scanning a document
      6m 15s
    6. Setting up a projector or second monitor
      5m 56s
    7. Using a projector
      3m 43s
    8. Portable storage devices
      3m 53s
    9. Pairing with Bluetooth devices
      3m 32s
  6. 17m 27s
    1. Understanding networks and internet access
      2m 58s
    2. Connecting to wired network
      2m 36s
    3. Connecting to wireless networks
      4m 4s
    4. Working in a networked environment
      6m 15s
    5. Staying protected from viruses
      1m 34s
  7. 19m 31s
    1. Understanding email servers and clients
      2m 11s
    2. Setting up your email application
      4m 15s
    3. Receiving and reading email
      2m 21s
    4. Composing new email messages
      5m 52s
    5. Reply vs. Reply All
      2m 11s
    6. Dealing with spam
      2m 41s
  8. 8m 24s
    1. Understanding search engines
      1m 24s
    2. Conducting basic searches
      3m 51s
    3. Conducting advanced searches
      3m 9s
  9. 24m 21s
    1. Using word processors
      4m 22s
    2. Formatting text
      7m 7s
    3. Using spreadsheets
      3m 36s
    4. Creating a simple data table
      7m 37s
    5. Formatting a data table
      1m 39s
  10. 18m 53s
    1. Importing images from a digital camera
      4m 46s
    2. Storing and organizing digital images
      5m 11s
    3. Basic image manipulation
      4m 10s
    4. Tagging images
      2m 32s
    5. Sharing images
      2m 14s
  11. 10m 52s
    1. Common obstacles in sharing files
      1m 37s
    2. Creating PDFs for document sharing
      5m 35s
    3. Compressing files
      3m 40s
  12. 1m 3s
    1. What's next?
      1m 3s

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