How to Disable (or Enable) Windows 10’s Game Bar

Last Updated: Jan 26, 2024 by

If you’re a gamer, you may have noticed a small pop-up window appearing while playing games on your Windows 10 computer. This is the Game Bar, a feature that allows you to take screenshots, record gameplay, and access other gaming features. While some gamers find this feature useful, others may find it intrusive and want to disable it. In this article, we’ll show you how to disable (or enable) Windows 10’s Game Bar.

What is the Game Bar?

The Game Bar is a feature that was introduced in windows 10 to enhance the gaming experience for users. It allows you to take screenshots, record gameplay, and access other gaming features such as the Xbox app and Game DVR. The Game Bar can be accessed by pressing the Windows key + G on your keyboard while playing a game.

How to Disable the Game Bar

If you find the Game Bar to be intrusive or unnecessary, you can easily disable it. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Settings app by pressing the Windows key + I on your keyboard.
  2. Click on “Gaming” in the Settings menu.
  3. In the left sidebar, click on “Game Bar.”
  4. Toggle off the switch under “Record game clips, screenshots, and broadcast using Game bar.”

The Game Bar will now be disabled and will no longer appear while playing games on your computer.

How to Enable the Game Bar

If you’ve previously disabled the Game Bar but now want to use its features, you can easily enable it again. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Settings app by pressing the Windows key + I on your keyboard.
  2. Click on “Gaming” in the Settings menu.
  3. In the left sidebar, click on “Game Bar.”
  4. Toggle on the switch under “Record game clips, screenshots, and broadcast using Game bar.”

The Game Bar will now be enabled and can be accessed by pressing the Windows key + G on your keyboard while playing a game.

How to Customize the Game Bar

If you want to keep the Game Bar enabled but customize its features, you can do so in the Game Bar settings. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Settings app by pressing the Windows key + I on your keyboard.
  2. Click on “Gaming” in the Settings menu.
  3. In the left sidebar, click on “Game Bar.”
  4. Here, you can toggle on or off the features you want to use, such as taking screenshots or recording gameplay.
  5. You can also customize the keyboard shortcuts for accessing the Game Bar and its features.

Conclusion

The Game Bar can be a useful feature for gamers, but it can also be intrusive for some users. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can easily disable or enable the Game Bar on your Windows 10 computer. You can also customize its features to suit your preferences. Have you used the Game Bar before? Let us know in the comments.

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