How to Use Bluetooth on a Netbook

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Netbooks are small, lightweight laptops that are relatively inexpensive. Although they commonly omit optical drives and compatibility with powerful software, netbooks often feature many of the same connectivity technology as standard laptops, including Bluetooth. Bluetooth technology is used to connect headsets, cellphones and other devices to the netbook. Accessing Bluetooth on a netbook allows you to connect any Bluetooth-enabled device in a few simple steps.

  • Set the Bluetooth headset or device into its discovery mode so that the netbook finds it. For Bluetooth headsets, press and hold down its talk or action button for several seconds until its notification light begins to blink several times. For Bluetooth-enabled phones, locate the Bluetooth connections page, usually located in "Settings," "Networks" or "Connections." Turn on the option entitled "Make Device Discoverable," "Enable Searching" or something similar.

  • Click the "Start" or "Windows logo" located in the bottom-left portion of the netbook's desktop.

  • Click the "Control Panel" located on the right side of the Start Menu.

  • Locate the section entitled "Hardware and Sound," and select "Add a Device." The computer will begin to search for any Bluetooth devices nearby.

  • View the Bluetooth-enable devices listed in the search results.

  • Click the icon that describes your Bluetooth device, and click "Next" at the bottom of the window. Allow a couple of minutes for the headset or mobile device to connect to the netbook. The pop-up window will automatically close upon successful connection.

  • Use the newly connected Bluetooth device. With headsets, you can listen to music, have audio conferences over the Internet or record voice memos. With phones, you can stream music from the netbook's hard drive to the phone, transfer files between devices or place phone calls using the netbook's external speakers and built-in microphone.

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