How to Open Xbox Game Bar in Windows 11

This article explains how to open the Xbox Game Bar in Windows 11.

When you open your Xbox Game Bar, various gaming activities are immediately accessible, allowing you to take control of all your favorite activities while playing on your Windows device.

With the Game Bar open, you can select a feature from the Widget Menu, which will pop up as a widget. Many can be moved, resized, or pinned to your screen.

Select the Widget menu icon on the Game Bar to open a list of activities. Then press the buttons corresponding to specific functions to control other gaming activities on your screen.

Use the steps below to learn how to open the Game Bar in Windows 11.

Open Xbox Game Bar in Windows 11

As mentioned above, the Xbox Game Bar enables various Xbox gaming activities that are immediately accessible, allowing you to take control of all your favorite gaming activities while playing on your Windows device.

Here’s how to do it.

One way to open the Xbox Game Bar is to press the Windows logo key + G, and the Game Bar will open over your game, app, or desktop.

If you prefer the traditional way, click the Start menu and select the All apps button.

Windows 11 Start menu All app button

Then scroll down on the All Apps list and select Xbox Game Bar from the list.

Finally, press the Xbox button on the connected game controller to open the Xbox Game Bar on your Windows machine.

Xbox game controller in hand

When the Game Bar opens, use the controls below.

Choose one of the options below:

  • Settings
    • The Settings icon adjusts preferences such as your accounts, keyboard shortcuts, and what notifications you want to receive.
  • Audio
    • Get the perfect mix by adjusting the sound levels of your game, chat, and background apps.
  • Capture
    • Record a clip or take a screenshot when something extraordinary happens.
  • From the developer
    • Stay in the know from the creators of your favorite games.
  • Gallery
    • Your game clips and screenshots will appear on the screen.
  • Looking for Group
    • Use Looking for Group to find players for your favorite multiplayer games.
  • Performance
    • Track your game’s frames-per-second (FPS) and other real-time stats.
  • Resources
    • See what apps and processes are using system resources to help you optimize gaming performance.

That should do it!

Reference:

https://support.xbox.com/en-US/help/games-apps/game-setup-and-play/get-to-know-game-bar-on-windows-10

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to open the Xbar Game Bar in Windows 11. If you find any errors above or have something to add, please use the comments form below.

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Richard W

I love computers; maybe way too much. What I learned I try to share at geekrewind.com.

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