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How to disable Xbox Game Bar?

You will know how to disable Xbox Game Bar to stop it from affecting your computer's performance while playing a game.

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“Although Xbox Game Bar is really convenient for recording game clips on PC, I still want to disable it since it impacts overall game performance. Can anyone show me how to turn off Xbox Game Bar on Windows 10?”

To disable Xbox Game Bar on Windows 10 or Windows 11, go to Settings > Gaming > Game Bar and switch off the toggle under Enable Game Bar…

However, it may be inconvenient to completely turn off Xbox Game Bar since some games require Game Bar for receiving game invites. In such a case, you are recommended to partially turn off Xbox Game Bar, which is to disable background recording. This feature is useful when you want to capture past game clips on your PC or laptop. However, since it helps to record what happened on your PC, it will keep recording in the background, which may hurt your game performance. If that’s not what you want, you can turn off background recording in Xbox Game Bar by following the steps below:

Step 1. Click the Start menu and choose Settings.

Step 2. Select Gaming among the options.

Step 3. Go to Captures and turn off the Background recording option.

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