The Windows 10 Game Bar: What PC gamers need to know – PCWorld

Microsoft’s Game Bar has picked up some new tricks in the Windows 10 Creators Update. The floating toolbar, which acts like a Swiss Army Knife for capturing in-game exploits, now supports live broadcasting to Microsoft’s Beam service, and provides access to Game Mode for more stable performance.

If you’ve yet to check out the Game Bar, here’s everything you need to know:

Windows 10 Game Bar basics

To summon the Game Bar, just press the Windows key + G. This works in any game—and, in fact, any PC application—with one major caveat: The Game Bar only supports full-screen mode on a small number of games. In most cases, you’ll need to dig into your game’s settings and change the video mode to windowed or full-screen windowed for the Game Bar to appear.

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Once the Game Bar is open, you’ll see a row of seven buttons. Here they are, from left to right:

Open the Xbox app Take a screenshot Record the last 30 seconds of gameplay Start a recording Start a Beam broadcast Settings Move (click and hold to drag the Game Bar around)

Keep in mind that to save the last 30 seconds of play, you must first enable background recording. The corresponding button will probably be grayed out by default, so just click on it, then click on the background recording checkbox before you start pulling any crazy in-game stunts.

Where do those recordings go? By default, they should appear in C:Users[YourName]VideosCaptures. To change the recording location, move the Captures folder to a different directory.

As for Beam broadcasting, hitting the button will open a quick-settings menu, where you can make adjustments before starting the stream. Once you go

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