How to Customize Xbox Game Bar (Keyboard Shortcuts) on Windows 10

By | October 23, 2020

Game Bar is a program which allows you to be able to capture screenshots or record any game that you are playing on your Xbox or PC. The settings have been brought under the Settings app and you are able to change keyboard shortcuts, customize the gameplay, recording and broadcasting and enhance gaming experience.

Now, how to customize the Xbox Game Bar on Windows 10? There are two methods for doing it as explained below. As a bonus, we also give you the tutorials of how to resize, move, and pin widgets, how to add favorites to home and some information about the default keyboard shortcuts for Game bar.

Steps To Customize Xbox Game Bar (Keyboard Shortcuts) on Windows 10 via Settings

  • The first thing that you have to do to change the Xbox game bar (keyboard shortcuts) in setting, is to open Settings and then tap or click on the Gaming icon.

change the Xbox game bar (keyboard shortcuts) in setting

  • After that, you have to click or tap on Game Bar which is located on the left side.

 tap on Game Bar which is located on the left side

  • To be able to create a customized keyboard shortcut for an action, you have to tap or click in the shortcut field that you want to change. You have to press the Ctrl, Alt or Shift key and at least one other key that you want to use.

create a customized keyboard shortcut for an action

  • If you want to delete a customized keyboard shortcut for an action, you are able to click or tap in the shortcut field that you want to delete and then click or tap on the X button in the right.
  • If you have done customizing keyboard shortcuts for the Game bar, now you have to click on the Save button at the bottom so that the changes will be applied.

click on Save in game bar

  • If you want, you are able to click on the Reset button to undo your current changes. By doing this, you will not reset all keyboard shortcuts back to the default. If you want to do it, you have to manually delete each shortcut field that you want and then click on Save.

Steps To Customize Xbox Game Bar (Keyboard Shortcuts) in Xbox Game Bar Settings

  • The first thing that you have to do to customize the Xbox Game Bar in the Game Bar Settings is to press the Win + G keys so that it will open the Xbox Game Bar.

open the Xbox Game Bar

  • After that, you have to click on the Settings button which is represented by a gear icon and you are able to find it on the Home bar.

click on the Settings button

  • And then, you need to click on the Shortcut on the left side in Settings.
  • If you want to create a customized keyboard shortcut for an action, you have to click or tap in the shortcut field that you want to change. After that, you have to press the Ctrl, Alt or Shift key and at least one other key that you want to use.

click or tap in the shortcut field that you want to change

  • If you want to delete a customized keyboard shortcut for an action, you are able to do that by clicking in the shortcut field that you want to delete and then click on the X button in the right.
  • If you have done customizing keyboard shortcuts for the Game bar, now you have to click on the Save button that you can find at the bottom so that the changes that you have made will be applied.

click on the Save if done customizing keyboard shortcuts for the Game bar

Default Keyboard Shortcuts for Game Bar

Before you customize the keyboard shortcuts, actually it has default keyboard shortcuts for the Game bar and those are listed below.

  • If you want to open the game bar, you have to press the Windows logo key + G key.
  • If you want to take a screenshot of your game, you have to press Windows logo key + Alt + PrintScreen key.
  • If you want to record the last few moments of gameplay, you have to press Windows logo key + Alt + G key. You are also able to change the duration of time recorded in Windows Settings and then go to Gaming and choose Capture.
  • If you want to start or stop recording, you have to press the Windows logo key + Alt + R key.
  • If you want to start or stop microphone recording, you have to press the Windows logo key + Alt + M key.
  • If you want to jump between open widgets, you have to press Ctrl + Tab.
  • If you want to navigate within a widget, you have to press Tab.

How to Add Favorites to Home

You may also want to add favorites to Home, but you do not know how to do that. If you want to do it, here are the steps that you are able to apply.

  • First, you have to press the Windows logo key + G key so that it will open the Game Bar. After that, you have to choose the Widget menu.
  • Now, from the Widget menu, you have to select a Favorite which is represented by the star icon or multiple favorites.
  • Then, you will see that your favorites will appear on the Home bar so that you can access them quickly.

How to Move, Resize, and Pin Widgets

If you want to move a widget, you are able to click and drag it to a position that you want on your screen. Then, if you want to resize a widget, you have to do that by clicking and dragging up or down from its bottom edge.

Now, how to pin a widget? If you want to pin a widget, the first thing that you have to do is to press Windows logo key + G so that it will open the Game bar. Next, you have to choose the Widget menu and then select a widget. After that, you have to choose the Pin icon which can be found in the upper right corner of the widget. If you want to unpin it, you can choose it again. It is important for you to know that if you pin a widget, it means that it will always show on your screen over any game or app even when Game bar is dismissed.

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