There is virtually a limitless array of Bluetooth devices that you can hook up to your Dell laptop. Whether you need a wireless keyboard, printer or mouse, Bluetooth has created a gadget that will connect seamlessly with your Windows Vista operating system [source: Bluetooth]. To start getting the most out of your laptop and Bluetooth device, you must pair the two. There are slightly different steps required to pair different devices. Read the steps listed below for an overview of how to connect Bluetooth to your Dell laptop.

  1. Find the Bluetooth icon on the toolbar located on the lower right side of your screen. If you can't find it, click on the Show hidden icons arrow.
  2. Note the color of the Bluetooth icon. This indicates the status of the device. A blue and white icon means your Bluetooth adapter is ready to pair with a device. A blue and green icon means your adapter is already paired to a device. A blue and red icon means your adapter is turned off so there's no wireless connection. If you can't find a Bluetooth icon, it means you haven't properly installed the Bluetooth driver.
  3. Right click on the Bluetooth icon in order to pair the device and start using it. A menu will appear.
  4. Select Add a Bluetooth Device from the menu.
  5. Turn on the Bluetooth device to allow it to go into discovery mode. This allows the computer and the device to connect to one another. Some Bluetooth devices have a blinking blue LED to let you know that the device is in discovery mode [source: Dell].
  6. Select the devise you'd like to pair with your laptop.
  7. Click next. You may be asked to enter a passkey, which can be found in you user's manual.
  8. Click Finish when the pairing is completed.

If you can't connect the laptop to the device, check that:

  • A Dell wireless Bluetooth adapter has been properly installed on your laptop
  • Your device is outfitted with a fully charged battery
  • The device is within 30 feet (10 meters) of the computer [source: Dell].