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How to Use Windows 10 Game Bar to Record Gameplay on PC

Oct 20, 2020• Proven solutions

Windows 10 came along with a lot of fresh and amazing features. One of them is the Game Bar, which is an inbuilt tool for the game lovers and those who love to record and share their gameplay ability. Game Bar is a pre-installed program in Windows 10 that enables the users to take a screenshot of their game, record it, and can help in sharing the recorded file to friends via uploading to YouTube. Here in this article, we will let you know how you can make use of Windows 10 Game Bar to record gameplay on PC.

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Part 1: Best game recorder Wondershare DemoCreator

Before proceeding to the step guide, we would like to introduce you to DemoCreator, which is a product by a well-known digital platform Wondershare. The DemoCreator is a screen recorder & video editor which is aimed especially for recording fast-paced games. The perfection lies in it for offering 15-120 FPS and GPU acceleration ability.

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Part 2: How to use Windows 10 game bar

Windows 10 game recorder will take a little understanding of yours to get the gameplay recording task accomplished properly. Therefore, you should know about how to operate the features it provides. Here are those and how each one can help you in recording via Windows 10 game capture program.

1. Open the Game Bar

Firstly, you need to launch the Game Bar by simply tapping the Windows Key and G letter key altogether.

windows 10 game bar

Note: There are times when unfortunately Windows 10 game capture doesn’t run properly ultimately making the non-tech savvy user not able to use Windows 10 Game Bar on PC at all. If you are also stuck with the problem, check out the solutions below to fix this issue in different scenarios.

If Windows 10 Game Bar is not opening on full screen:

At times, when in full screen it may not appear over your game but, perhaps, it could be in the background, check whether the recording starts & stops or not when you use the hotkey combination to record a clip. Press the Windows key, Alt, and letter R keys altogether for initiating the recording of the game. To stop the recording, press those keys again. Your screen will be seen flashing at the time of starting and ending of recording.

If Windows key is not working:

The game recording can get hindrance if the Windows key fails to work. To fix this, you can set your own keyboard shortcuts for Windows 10 Game Bar. Just click on the Xbox option and then choose Settings. Go to the Game DVR option followed by Keyboard shortcuts. Now, create the desired shortcut key.

Try these fixes to make the Windows 10 game recorder work properly. However, there is no absolute surety if it will work 100%.

2. Use Background Recording

Background recording enables you to automatically record your gameplay so that you can enjoy a full-screen entertainment. For enabling background recording, all you need is to click on the Xbox app. Go to the Game DVR Settings and toggle on the option saying “Record in the background while I’m playing a game”.

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3. Take a Screenshot

With the help of a Windows 10 game recorder, you can take a screenshot of your game. This could be helpful if you want to show off your high score to your friends. To do this, look for the screenshot icon in the middle of the Game Bar and click it. Alternatively, press Windows, Alt, and Print Screen keys to capture the screenshot.

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4. Record a Gameplay Video on PC

For initiating the recording of the game, open the Game Bar as said above by pressing Windows + G. Now hit on the red button. Your video will begin to record and you can check out the status of the recording at the top right corner on the timer occurring on the screen. To end the video, open Game bar again and hit on the same red stop button.

The Gameplay video can also be started and stopped by pressing Windows, Alt and R keys. For hiding the timer if necessary, just press Windows + Alt + T.

start recording

5. Default Hotkeys

For your convenience, we have put together all the hotkey combinations in a list mentioned below which are required to be known by you to effectively record your gameplay videos. The following are all the keyboard shortcuts for using Windows 10 Game Bar. Please have a look.

  • Windows + G = Opening the Game Bar
  • Windows + Alt + G = Recording last few seconds of the game (By default, it is set for 30 seconds. You can adjust and change the time by heading to Game Bar and then Settings)
  • Windows + Alt + R = Starting and stopping the recording
  • Windows + Alt + Print Screen = Taking a screenshot of the game
  • Windows + Alt + T = Showing and hiding the timer for recording
  • Windows + Alt + M = Starting and Stopping microphone recording

Final Verdict

That was all about Windows 10 Game Bar and how to use it to record your games. Nevertheless, you can encounter various complexities while using it because of its limited functionality. Therefore, the recommended software to record high-quality gaming be it for making Game tutorials or walkthroughs or for showing off your gaming skills over the YouTube, we suggest you use Wondershare DemoCreator that offers background recording of your gameplay with the highest output quality and that too while ensuring that there is no lagging in your recorded video. Here is the list of some of the smart features of Wondershare DemoCreator.

      • The DemoCreator is a program that provides 15-120 FPS which results in high-quality screen recording
      • It also offers editing features with the help of which you can edit your recorded file before sharing it on other platforms
      • It can help in recording from a computer as well as webcam simultaneously, help you to make a good PIP game video
      • With Wondershare DemoCreator, users get tutorial features and annotations functionality to make the recorded video more impactful
      • The DemoCreator featured with transitions, green screen, and voiceover functions
      • The recorded files can be exported to multiple formats via Wondershare DemoCreator

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Liza Brown
Liza Brown is a writer and a lover of all things video.
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