How to activate and configure the Windows 10 Game Bar

Capturing screen activity in a video does not require special or expensive software. The Windows 10 Game Bar is a viable and free built-in screen capture application.

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Whether it is disseminating financial information, laying out a strategic plan of action, or training employees on how to use the latest innovative technology, you have to be able to effectively tell your story. It is a vital skill at every level of an enterprise business operation—from CEO to college intern.

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Under most circumstances, particularly in the case of employee training, showing someone how to do something is generally better than merely telling someone how to do something. However, when it comes to information technology and the personal computer, that often means capturing on-screen activities in a video file. In the past, a screen capture like that might require specialized software, but not if you are using Microsoft Windows 10.

Hiding in the guise of an Xbox gaming add-on feature is the Windows 10 Game Bar, which can be used as a viable built-in screen capture application with a few modifications. This tutorial shows you how to activate the Windows 10 Game Bar and then how to configure it for purposes other than gaming.

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How to activate the Windows 10 Game Bar

If you are operating an enterprise with an IT department, it is possible the Windows 10 Game Bar at your workstation has been deactivated. It is also possible that your IT department would like to keep it that way, so you should check with them before you reactivate it.

Fortunately, the Windows 10 Game Bar is not buried deep in configuration menus. Click the Start menu button and then click the Settings icon. On the Windows Settings list, you…