How-to: Keyboards

How do I set up my Bluetooth® keyboard?

Connectivity between your Bluetooth keyboard and your computer depends on your Bluetooth transceiver.

If your keyboard did not include a Microsoft Bluetooth transceiver, you must pair the device by using your computer’s built-in (non-Microsoft transceiver) and the computer’s Bluetooth software configuration program.

  • If your keyboard included a Microsoft Bluetooth transceiver that has a First Connect button on it, you can use the First Connect button to start the Microsoft Connection Wizard. This will help you establish the Bluetooth pairing.
  • If your keyboard included a Microsoft Bluetooth transceiver without a First Connect button, you must plug in the transceiver and then pair the device by using your computer’s Bluetooth software configuration program.
  • If your computer has a built-in, non-Microsoft transceiver, you can pair the device directly to the computer by using your computer’s Bluetooth software configuration program but without using the Microsoft Bluetooth transceiver.
  • Note: The power button on new Bluetooth devices like Wedge Touch Mouse and Sculpt Touch Mouse need to be pressed for about 5 seconds to start paring it to the computer.

Using a passkey

Always configure a passkey when pairing a keyboard or number pad to a computer. The way that you specify a passkey depends on the Bluetooth program on your computer. If your Bluetooth program gives you a choice about how to create the passkey, let the program create one for you rather than creating your own or not using a passkey. When you type the passkey, you will not see feedback on the screen. After typingthe passkey, you must press Enter on the keyboard or number pad to complete the pairing.

Connecting a keyboard using a Microsoft Bluetooth transceiver with First Connect

Some Bluetooth keyboard models include transceivers with buttons on them to make it easier to pair the device to the computer.

  1. Plug the Microsoft Bluetooth transceiver into a USB port.
  2. Press and hold the Connect button on the USB transceiver for five seconds. The Microsoft Connection Wizard will appear.
  3. Follow the instructions in the wizard to connect your device.

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  1. Start IntelliType Pro.
  2. Verify that you have selected the Bluetooth keyboard that uses your First Connect transceiver.
  3. Click the Wireless tab, and then click Connect.
  4. Follow the instructions in the wizard to connect your device.

Connecting a Bluetooth keyboard without First Connect

The Keyboard Elite for Bluetooth and the Wireless Optical Desktop for Bluetooth do not have First Connect buttons on their transceivers. For more information about pairing these keyboards to your computer, see the Bluetooth Connection Guide or the documentation included with your Bluetooth program.

Connecting a keyboard without a Microsoft Bluetooth transceiver

If your computer includes a built-in Bluetooth transceiver, you may be able to use it to connect your keyboard without using a Microsoft USB transceiver.

Important

If you connect with a non-Microsoft Bluetooth transceiver, some advanced Mouse and Keyboard Center features may not work. Mouse and Keyboard Center is designed to work with the Microsoft Bluetooth software. Toshiba Bluetooth software is known to work in most cases. Other Bluetooth software might work but is not supported.

  1. On your computer, open the Bluetooth program. The Bluetooth program is usually found either in Control Panel or the Start menu.
  2. Press and hold the Connect button on the bottom of the keyboard. If your device has a battery indication light, it will blink red/green to indicate the device is discoverable.
  3. In the Bluetooth program, use the option to add a new device.
    Note
    The exact verbiage may vary slightly between Bluetooth programs and versions.
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen. If you are prompted to configure a passkey, let the program choose a passkey for you.

Opening the Bluetooth program

There are several versions of Bluetooth programs that help you connect your device to your Bluetooth wireless transceiver. See the documentation that was included with your computer or contact the computer manufacturer for information on how to use their program.

Note

If your computer cannot detect a Bluetooth transceiver, the Bluetooth software will not be available in the Windows menus.

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