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Shortcut to connect Bluetooth device [Windows 10]

Now it's a pre-defined feature [UPDATED]

Windows made some updates and after that you can easily open the connect tab using

Windows + K
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Life before Windows added this feature

If you use a Windows Machine and have a Bluetooth audio device then you can understand the pain of connecting it to the PC.

It usually happen that we wanted to watch a video but the audio device isn't connected and to connect it we have to go through
settings > bluetooth > then connect
which in itself consume much time for a little thing.

It is not something we called simple like in Android or Mac where there's a notification center.

Windows Action Center

Windows 10 action center

Some people might know about it but many don't that Windows also have something called action center from where you can get basic controls of PC.

In the action center there's an option called Connect , it allows you to connect to all external devices.

Now, this was also not efficient to me as this method also includes so many clicks.
Action center > connect > connect device
But it is easier than the previous one where we have to open the settings and the connect.

Creating a shortcut

Now it's time to make it much easier, so first of all we can use keyboard shortcuts instead of manually clicking using the mouse.

To open the Action center there's a shortcut predefined in Windows which is (Windows + A) but there's no shortcut to open the connect menu so we have to create one

Now it's depends on you that you want to implement a shortcut to open the connect tab or are you okay with using the action center

I want to make things more easier and decided to make a shortcut

Creating a Shortcut

  • To create a shortcut right click on the desktop and hover over new then click on shortcut as shown in the image above

Shortcut Wizard

  • It will open the shortcut wizard as shown above
  • Now enter the location given below
%windir%\explorer.exe ms-settings-connectabledevices:devicediscovery
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This will directly open the connect tab

  • Enter the name of the shortcut and press Finish, you successfully created the shortcut try opening it it will open the connect menu instantly

Shortcut properties

  • Time to create a Keyboard shortcut, for that right click on the shortcut and open properties Shortcut key
  • Now click the shortcut key option and press a combination using Shift, Alt, Ctrl + a letter. I made it CTRL+SHIFT+C

  • Now connect your device rapidly


Now you can connect your devices hassle free, hope it helped you and made your life easier.

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Top comments (11)

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Ruslan Medetov

Hi. I have Windows 11, and this command leads to popping up a window that reads "Searching for displays" and a link "search other devices" below. Is there another command to go straight to connecting the bluetooth device I need?

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Areeb ur Rub

Sorry, but I don't use windows 11.
May be the have removed the connect audio device feature in windows 11.

BTW now this thing can be opened just by pressing windows+k

uiyash profile image

i am facing the same issue!

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Ruslan Medetov
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1uk3p • Edited

Hey just wanted to know how to get the file path for the settings location so I can do this in windows 11?


Found it. If you use the link ms-settings:bluetooth instead that will take you directly to the bluetooth centre in Windows 11.

This is the complete list of windows settings links for those interested.

knobelman profile image

This is amazing, thank you!

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Areeb ur Rub

Hope it Helped you dude,
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Daniel Albuschat

HOLY MOLY! I was doing "Win > "Bluet..." > (wait for settings to open) > Click on Airpods" a gazillion times beforeand now I learned about Win + K thanks to you! Thank you so much ♥

dereklau profile image

Love it! Thank you

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Priyansh Gupta

Thanks! Works like a charm.