Microsoft’s Xbox Game Bar in Windows 10 is a handy way to bring up an overlay of useful widgets with the Windows + G keyboard shortcut. But not everyone needs it, and if you want to turn it off (or turn it back on later), all you have to do is go to Settings. Here̵
First, open Windows Settings. To do this, open the Start menu and click on the little gear icon or press Windows + i on your keyboard.
Click on ‘Gaming’ in Settings.
Under “Xbox Game Bar” Settings, click the switch under “Enable Xbox Game Bar” until it turns off. That will disable the Xbox Game Bar.
Then close the settings. Press Windows + G and nothing will appear. Even if you press the Xbox button on an Xbox controller, nothing will happen. Xbox Game Bar is completely disabled.
To re-enable the Xbox Game Bar, go back to the “Gaming” section in Windows Settings and set the “Enable Xbox Game Bar” to “On”.
Disable the Xbox button in Windows 10
By default, if you have an Xbox 360 or Xbox One controller connected to your Windows 10 PC, you can press the Xbox button (the large circle in the center of the controller with an “x” on it) to start the Xbox Game Bar to open.
To turn this off, go to Windows Settings> Gaming and uncheck the box next to ‘Open Xbox Game Bar with this button on a controller’.
However, if you turn off the Xbox Game Bar completely with the “Enable Xbox Game Bar” switch, the Xbox button on your controller will no longer invoke the Game Bar. But that also disables calling up the Game Bar using other methods (like the Windows + G shortcut). Have fun gaming!
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