13'' unibody MacBook - way to software toggle wireless/bluetooth off and on easily?

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  1. mixvio macrumors 6502

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    Hi everyone, apologies if something like this has already been asked but I wasn't able to find it.

    I recently bought a new unibody 13'' MacBook. I am dual booting both OSX and Vista. (This is my first Mac in recent years.)

    I tend to do a bit of traveling, and I'm used to from PCs having a physical switch on the laptop that lets you turn wireless functions on and off (for airplanes/airports etc). I notice in OSX that you can get the same ability by turning both off from their icons in the menu bar, but there doesn't seem to be a similar function for Windows, so I have to go to device manager and shut everything off that way.

    So I was hoping if anyone knew of a similar piece of software that would ideally sit in the notification tray and let me one-click both wireless and bluetooth on and off, so I'm not sending out little signals while I'm on the plane.

    Thanks a lot!
     
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    There is a widget on the Apple downloads site that toggles bluetooth called Bluetooth Switch but I haven't found one for WiFi (which is odd).
     
  3. mixvio thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I need a tool for Windows actually, so the OSX widgets are something else. :D

    I can disable it fine in OSX just with the icons in the menu bar, but it's not as simple to do it in Vista.
     
  4. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Ahh. Maybe try a Vista-specific site. My old Compaq used to have a single button on the case that would toggle WiFi and Bluetooth. Very handy for the airplane.
     
  5. mixvio thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Right, I'm used to having that on PCs as well.

    But I have a MacBook, so I don't really think most Vista users will be familiar with the differences.
     
  6. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    Can't you set the Bluetooth icon to sit in the system tray via the Control Panel preferences?
     
  7. mixvio thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It does that by default, but there's no option in that menu to disable bluetooth.

    Plus ideally I would like something that shuts off both bluetooth and wireless in one go, so I don't have to go through a bunch of menus. Right now I have to open device manager and disable them both through that, which is annoying to do (not to mention time consuming when you're on the plane to begin with).
     

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