The Game bar and the Game Mode in Windows 10 are interesting features that are designed for gamers. However, it may happen that, when you play your favorite game and you press Windows + G on your keyboard, nothing happens. You can’t see the Game bar displayed and you can’t enable Game Mode. If you have a similar problem, read this guide and find a solution that will fix things for you:
Problem description: You can’t access the Game Bar or start Game Mode
You play a game in Windows 10 and you want to use the Game Bar. You press Windows + G to show it on the screen and nothing happens. Therefore, you can’t use it to take a screenshot, enable Game Mode, record your game or live stream it on the internet. What do you do?
Step 1: Check that the Game Bar and Game Mode are enabled in Windows 10
First, you need to double check that the Game bar feature is enabled in Windows 10. To do that, open the Settings app and go to “Gaming -> Game bar.”
There, make sure that you set the switch that says: “Record game clips, screenshots, and broadcast using Game bar” to On. Also, it is a good idea to enable the setting that says: “Show Game bar when I play full screen games Microsoft has verified.”
If you need to learn more about the Game bar, what you can do with it and how to enable it or disable it, read this guide: 5 things you can do with the new Game Bar from Windows 10.
If you plan to use Game Mode too, after checking whether the Game bar is enabled, go to “Gaming -> Game Mode.” There, set the “Use Game Mode” switch to On.
To learn more about Game Mode and how it works, read these articles:
- Simple questions: What is Game Mode and how to use it in Windows 10?
- Game Mode in Windows 10: Testing real-life performance in modern games
Step 2: Set and use different keyboard shortcuts for the Game Bar, that don’t involve the Windows key
Some games may block the use of the Windows key and therefore, each time you press it, it is ignored. As a result, if you press Windows + G to show the Game bar on the screen, nothing happens. Microsoft provides a way for you to set your own shortcuts, that don't include the Windows key. Read and follow this guide to learn how to change the keyboard shortcuts for the Game bar and all its features: 2 ways to change the keyboard shortcuts for the Game Bar in Windows 10.
Step 3: Set your game to run in a window, instead of taking the whole screen
Most games for Windows run in full-screen mode and they don’t have built-in support for the Game bar and/or Game Mode. This is especially true for games that were developed prior to April 2017, when these features were first made available in Windows 10. However, if you run them in a window, instead of full-screen, then you will be able to show the Game bar on the screen and use it to enable the Game More, take screenshots, record videos and more. To help you out, we will use two games as examples. Let’s assume that you play a shooter like Doom. Go to its Settings, then to Video and then change the Window mode to Window.
For the next example, let’s assume that you play a role playing game like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Go to “Options -> Video -> Graphics” and then set the Display Mode to Windowed.
Apply your changes and then your game will run in window mode. Now you can finally see the Game bar on the screen when you press its keyboard shortcut and use it.
If all you want to do is enable Game Mode and you are annoyed to run your game in window mode, then use this display mode to activate Game Mode and then set it to full-screen again. Windows 10 remembers your setting and uses Game Mode every time you run the game, no matter the display mode.
Which solution has worked for you?
These are all the solutions that we can share with you. We tried them ourselves and they worked on our Windows 10 computers, in several games. Hopefully, they will help you too. Before you close this article, don’t hesitate to share with us which solution has worked. If you know other solutions, also share them in a comment. Thank you!