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Disable Notification Sounds While Playing Games in Windows 10

How to Enable or Disable Notification Sounds While Playing Games in Windows 10

Windows 10 allows you to enable or disable notification sounds when you are playing a game. This option is implemented in Xbox Game Bar, which allows optimizing your PC for games.

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Windows 10 comes with an Xbox Game Bar feature, which was part of the Xbox app. Starting with Creators Update version 1703, it is directly integrated into the operating system as a separate component that cannot be easily uninstalled so it's there even if you remove the Xbox app.

The Game bar was part of the built-in Xbox app in Windows 10. Starting with Windows 10 build 15019, it is a standalone option in Settings. It provides a special graphical user interface which can be used to record the screen's contents, capture your gameplay and save it as a video, take screenshots and so on. Captured videos are saved as a .mp4 file, and screenshots are saved as a .png file in the folder C:\Users\your username\Videos\Captures. The latest version of Game Bar is based on the Universal Windows Platform (UWP).

In recent Windows 10 versions the updated Game Bar is now named Xbox Game Bar. The name change is intended to show tight integration of the feature with Microsoft's XBox Live gaming service.

Xbox Game Bar 1

To Disable Notification Sounds While Playing Games in Windows 10,

  1. Open the Xbox Game Bar.
  2. Click on the Settings button with a gear icon on the main panel (Home panel).Windows 10 Xbox Game Bar Settings Button
  3. Click on Notifications on the left side.Windows 10 Xbox Game Bar Settings Notifications
  4. On the right side, turn on (check) the option Silence notification sounds to disable notification sounds.Xbox GameBar Silence Notification Sounds

You are done.

Later, you can uncheck (turn off) the Silence notification sounds option to have notification sounds enabled.

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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