MS-Gaming overlay popup incorrectly shown for non gaming softwares.


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Jul 27, 2023
We noticed MS-Gaming overlay popup shown intermittently while working in non-gaming software. Could any body know why these pop up shown for non gaming software?
The Microsoft Gaming overlay popup, also known as the Game Bar, is a feature introduced in Windows 10 that allows users to access certain gaming features and functionality while playing games. However, it is possible for this overlay to appear in non-gaming software as well.

There are a few reasons why this overlay may appear for non-gaming software:

1. Keyboard shortcuts: The default shortcut key to open the Game Bar is the Windows key + G. If you accidentally press these keys while working with non-gaming software, it may trigger the overlay popup.

2. System settings: The Game Bar can be enabled by default in Windows settings, meaning it will be active across all applications, whether they are games or not. If this is the case, the popup may appear whenever you perform actions that the overlay recognizes as requiring its intervention.

3. Conflicting software: Certain software applications and utilities may conflict with the Game Bar, leading to the overlay popup appearing when using non-gaming software. This can be due to compatibility issues or conflicting features.

To address this issue, you can try the following troubleshooting steps:

1. Disable the Game Bar: Open the Windows Settings app, go to the Gaming section, and toggle off the option for the Game Bar. This should prevent it from appearing in non-gaming software.

2. Change the shortcut key: If you find that you often accidentally trigger the overlay, you can change the shortcut key combination for opening the Game Bar. Go to the Gaming section in Windows Settings, select the Game Bar tab, and customize the shortcut key to something less likely to be accidentally pressed.

3. Check for conflicting software: Disable or uninstall any software applications that may conflict with the Game Bar. This can include screen recording software, streaming tools, or other gaming-related apps.

If the issue persists after trying these steps, you may want to consider reaching out to Microsoft support for further assistance.
1st the name is misleading... its not just for gaming
2nd what counts as a game = you to you i.e, excel can be a game if you tell the system to treat it as one

3rd the default to open it is [Windows key] + [g]... its also the default to close it
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