Windows 10 has a special feature that’s great for gamers called Game Mode. Since some games can heavily tax system resources, this mode concentrates your computer’s GPU and CPU resources on your game and shuts down a lot of background processes.

It will also suspend notifications and stop Windows updates while you’re playing a game.

Here’s how to activate it:

Type Game Mode Settings in the Windows 10 search box and click on the results.

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Make sure Game Mode is switched on.

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Then open the game you want to play. Press the Windows key + G. The Game Bar will pop up. You’ll see options for controlling system sounds, game sounds, and sounds from other open apps. Plus you can also take screenshots and videos of gameplay that you can share if you choose.

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Just click off the bar to start your gameplay.