Windows 10 Game Bar – How to use and configure

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It is logical to think that the software giant, over the years, tries to make its operating system more powerful and useful for everyone. In this way, the software adapts to all types of uses and users, from the most professional to the home or student. Moreover, even with time we have seen that it adapts to the most demanding players. And it is that the PC platform games has not stopped growing in recent times.

Hence, those of Redmond have focused part of their efforts to improve the experience when playing Windows 10, as we will see. In order to achieve this that we are commenting on, the firm puts at our disposal a series of specific functions, as is the case in which we will focus now. In fact we are going to talk about a functionality that not everyone knows, as we mentioned, but that can be very striking.

How to open the Game Bar

We already told you before that we are going to focus on the one known as Windows 10 Game Bar. This is an element that precisely focuses on offering us a series of specific functions for games in the Microsoft operating system. At first the function as such is hidden, but we can start it quickly and easily. Say that in addition to what is called as Game Mode, a function that optimizes the system every time we run a video game, we also find this other element. We could say that the aforementioned Game Bar is actually an information panel that hides a multitude of features.

But of course, for all this the first thing we have to know is how to access this that we are commenting on. In the event that we want to open the Game Bar directly and quickly, we only have to use the key combination Win + G. At that moment we find on the screen a series of small windows that are distributed throughout it. And it is that something that we must know, is that this is an element that in turn puts at our disposal a series of useful widgets.

Main game bar

In fact we find an overlay screen that we can launch at any time. This can be very useful, for example, while we play. Thanks to it we can have access to all kinds of additional functions and information about the PC hardware, such as social functions and capture.

Pin On-Screen Bar Widgets

As we told you, this is an element that in addition to having a main bar, in turn by our disposition a series of additional widgets. Some of them appear by default when we use the key combination, others we can activate ourselves. To see all the elements of this type that we have at our disposal, we just have to click on the button called Widgets Menu on the main bar of the function we are talking about.

Widgets menu

At that moment, a list appears with all the elements of this type that we have at our fingertips. The only thing we must bear in mind is that when clicking anywhere else they disappear by default. But of course we always have the possibility of fixing them so that they are visible at all times. To do this, once we have it in view, we click on the button in the shape of a thumbtack that is located in the upper right corner of each one.

pin widgets

Very useful widgets that we can use in Windows 10

There are several elements of this type that can be of enormous use to us. Of course, as we mentioned before, many of them focus on offering us additional functions when playing on a PC with Windows 10. Perhaps one of the most interesting widgets that we can find here, is the one that helps us measure performance of the team. This shows us in real time the consumption of RAM Y CPU for example while we play. As you can imagine, this can be extremely useful to us.

CPU widget

At the same time On the other hand we find another element of this type, but that will help us to make captures, both fixed and in motion. That is, thanks to this widget, we can carry out both image and video captures while playing on Windows. But that’s not all, since in this same section we find another element to interact with other users, access our Xbox achievements, open our Spotify account, etc.

Say that in the game bar itself we find shortcuts some of the most important. However, in order to see them all, we will do so through the button mentioned above.

social widget bar

Configure the Windows 10 Game Bar

Due to the enormous utility that this bar can provide us in the Redmond operating system, it offers us some interesting configuration options. To begin we will tell you that for them we access from the button shaped like a cogwheel that is located to the right of the bar itself. Once we click on it, on the screen we will see that a new window divided into two sections.

To the left of it, we find different categories referring to the Game Bar itself. Also in the right panel we will see the different configurable options for each of these categories.

game bar settings

For example, from the accounts section we can associate our users of social networks and various Internet platforms, to the Game Bar itself. At the same time from this same window, we have the possibility to customize the widget menu or to assign a series of keyboard shortcuts to the most interesting functions here. We can also customize the appearance of the bar itself, the mode of capture that we discussed before, through the notification system.

look bar game

As you can imagine, all this will help us to greatly improve the experience in Windows 10 games. Also, thanks to the shortcuts that this function proposes, we can use all this quickly in the middle of a departure.