The Game bar and the Game Mode in Windows 10 are useful features that Microsoft designed for gamers. However, it may happen that, when you play your favorite game, and you press Windows + G on your keyboard, nothing happens. The Game bar is not opening, and you cannot enable Game Mode. If you have a similar problem, read this guide, and you might find a solution to fix this situation:
The problem: The Game Bar is not opening, or you cannot turn on the Game Mode in Windows 10
It may happen that you are playing a game in Windows 10 and you want to use the Game Bar. For that, you press the Windows + G keys and expect the Game Bar to show up on the screen, but nothing happens. The Game Bar is not opening, and it may seem that you can't turn on Game Mode.
If the Game Bar does not open, you can't use it to take screenshots, record your game or live stream it on the internet. What can you do to fix things?
Solution 1: Check that the Game Bar and Game Mode are enabled in Windows 10's Settings
First, you should double-check that the Game bar is turned on in Windows 10. To do that, open the Settings app and go to "Gaming -> Game bar." Make sure that you enable the switch that says: "Record game clips, screenshots, and broadcast using Game bar."
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: 6 things you can do with the Game Bar from Windows 10.
After you make sure that the Game bar is enabled, go to "Gaming -> Game Mode." There, you should see a switch called "Use Game Mode." Turn it On.
To learn more about Game Mode and how it works, read:
- 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
Solution 2: Set and use different keyboard shortcuts for the Game Bar, that do not involve the Windows key
Some games or gaming keyboards may block the use of the Windows key during gameplay. Therefore, each time you press it, Windows 10 ignores it. As a result, if you press the default Windows + G keys to show the Game bar on the screen, nothing happens. However, Microsoft has a way for you to set your shortcuts so that they do not include the Windows key. Read and follow this guide: 2 ways to change the keyboard shortcuts for the Game Bar in Windows 10. For example, you could use the guide to set the shortcut for the Game bar to ALT + G.
Solution 3: Set your game to run in a window, instead of taking the whole screen
Most of the games for Windows that were released before Windows 10 Creators Update, in 2017, run in full-screen mode and they do not have built-in support for the Game bar and Game Mode. If you run such games in a window, instead of full-screen, you should be able to show the Game bar on the screen and use it to take screenshots, record videos and so on.
To help you out, let's use two games as examples. Let's assume that you play an action-adventure game such as Rise of the Tomb Raider. Go to its Settings, then to Display, and then set the Fullscreen mode to Off.
For the next example, we chose to play Dragon Age: Inquisition. In this game, you have to go to "Options -> Display" and then set the Fullscreen Mode to Windowed or Windowed Fullscreen.
Apply your changes, and then your game has to run in windowed mode. Now you should finally see the Game bar on the screen when you press the right keys on your keyboard, and you should be able to use the Game Mode features for the game you are playing.
Note that, if the game you play does not have a windowed mode setting, you should still be able to force it to run in windowed mode by pressing the Alt + Enter keys on your keyboard.
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 are going to help you too. Before you close this article, do not hesitate to share with us which solution has worked. If you know other solutions, also share them in a comment. Thank you!