How do I set up my Bluetooth® keyboard?

Applies to: Microsoft accessories

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 typing the 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 Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center.
  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.

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.

Hardware Bluetooth software location
For some computers that have Windows 10 Click Start > Settings > Devices > Bluetooth
For some computers that have Windows 8.1 Open Charm > Settings > Change PC settings > PC and devices > Bluetooth
For some computers that have Windows 7 Click Start > Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Bluetooth Devices.
For some computers that have Windows Vista Click Start > Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Bluetooth Devices.
For some computers that have Windows XP Click Start > Control Panel > Printers and Hardware > Bluetooth Devices.
For some Toshiba computers Click Start > All Programs > Toshiba > Bluetooth > Bluetooth Settings.
Other computers See the documentation that was included with your computer or contact the computer manufacturer.