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Many of today's PCs and especially laptop PCs include a piece of technology called Bluetooth. Bluetooth is a short-range wireless technology, mostly used to reduce the use of wires. You are probably familiar with this technology in the form of Bluetooth headsets that 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 a laptop PC, you will probably want to consider purchasing and using an external mouse and possibly a keyboard. Of course you can purchase wired versions of these devices that plug into your computers USB ports, but for a little more money you can eliminate the wires and use a Bluetooth mouse or keyboard.
I carry a Bluetooth mouse with my laptop because I find it much easier to use for extended periods of time than the laptop's trackpad and even if your PC doesn't have Bluetooth included you can buy a Bluetooth adaptor to add that functionality to your computer. Now we are not going to cover how to install these adapters but they are generally pretty simple to install by plugging in to a USB port on your computer. So in this movie we are going to look at how to use Bluetooth devices with any PC that has Bluetooth, whether it's built in or through an adaptor. Now because we are dealing with wireless technology, the important thing is to make sure that your Bluetooth device, such as a mouse, and your PC recognize each other and that someone nearby using a Bluetooth mouse couldn't take control of your computer.
You accomplish this by performing a task called pairing your devices. So let's take a look at how we do this. For this example, I am going to setup a Bluetooth mouse. The first thing you will need to do is to set-up your Bluetooth device into pairing mode, which is also called discoverable mode. This is a state in which the device is sending out a "here I am" signal. You will have to check with the instructions for whatever device you are trying to pair with your PC to see how to put it into this mode. I will go ahead and put my mouse into pairing mode right now. Next, click the Start button and choose Devices and Printers.
Then at the top click Add a device, and after a moment my mouse's name appears in the window along with all the other devices my computer has found. So I will select that and click Next. So Windows has now installed all the necessary drivers to run this device. Now depending on your device, you might be 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 passcode, you will find the code in your instruction manual, but now you can see that the device driver has been successfully installed, so I can close that window and I can close the Add a Device window and you can see my mouse is now paired with my computer and I can actually switch to that mouse now and you'll just have to take my word for it that I am using my Bluetooth mouse to control the mouse pointer at this point.
Now, if you ever want need to un-pair your mouse or other Bluetooth device from your PC, just go back to Start button, click Devices and Printers again, then select your Bluetooth device and click Remove device. Confirm that you do want to remove it and once it has been removed, your mouse will no longer work with your PC until you pair them together again. So now I am trying to use my Bluetooth mouse and it's not doing anything because it's no longer paired with my PC. I've got to switch back to my regular mouse.
But basically that's it. This pairing and un-pairing process is the same regardless of the type of device you are using. Just put your device into pairing or discoverable mode, open up the Devices and Printers control panel, choose Add a device, select your device, and let Windows do the rest.
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