How to Bring Back Bluetooth Devices Icon on System Tray

When you right click on the Bluetooth icon it gives several options. These options helps you to do many things with your Bluetooth connected devices such as adding a new device or transfer of files etc. As you see in the screenshot given below that the below most option is Remove icon so chances are high that anyone accidentally click on it. After a click, the icon disappears and now you have no idea how you can bring it back.


Next time if you want to use Bluetooth you click on the Start button and you find all the option related to Bluetooth. But it would be great if you get your Bluetooth icon back to its place, i.e on a system tray. Here’s how you get it.

Click on the Start button and type Bluetooth in the search box. In the several results you get, click on the Change Bluetooth settings.


In the Options tab, check the box next to “Show me the Bluetooth icon in the notification area”. Click OK.


That’s it. You’ll get your Bluetooth icon on a system tray. If you want it on the taskbar then click on the small triangle next to the tray icons and click on the Customize link.


Now go to Bluetooth Devices option and select the option “Show icon and notification” from the drop-down. Click OK.


That’s it. Now your icon will appear again on the taskbar.

[Thanks Askvg].

32 Responses

  1. Pfhhh!! Thanks a lot! I don’t know what I’d do if these cool forums weren’t available… such simple stuffs may seem so complicated when no help is available! 🙂 🙂

  2. I do not get the option to change the blutooth settings it does not come up when I type in blutooth! what should I do? this is maybe an loder version of windows? I have 7 and all the updtaes.

    • hey 4 bluetooth setting :
      1) go to : Control Panel n click on Devices and Printers
      2) thn rite click on icon hvng ur computr name
      ………..thr u l find bluetooth settings options thn do same as above..

  3. If your bluetooth device is installed and still you don’t see it in notification area, and nor been seen in control panel.

    then it means that you have turn off your WiFi option, by pressing the concerned button for Wifi, and then your bluetooth will be seen where it should be. And will work fine.



  4. Hello there,

    I have acer aspire one laptop with windows xp-pro OS,the bluetooth icon does’nt appear on my the tray until i dont manually run the bttray.exe file from its location which is C:/Program files/Widcomm/bttray.exe and in order to have access to bluetooth,i have to do this each time.
    And NO! my computer’s Control panel does’nt have Bluetooth Devices,instead it has Bluetooth COnfiguration and this has no option to enable/disable the icon tray as opposed to what you have posted on the top.
    I have even tried to place bttray.exe in the system’s startup folder,but when i click on this service(msconfig),it says the btballooon.dll file is missing and hence bttray.exe does’nt work……Any help is much appreaciated….i some how want this icon back on my system’s tray.
    Kind Regards,

  5. I tried the bluetooth search and it does not bring up ” change bluetooth settings”. Does this mean that my windows installation did not install the bluetooth driver ? Or is it that something else was not done during installation.

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