Common Kinect navigation gestures on the Xbox One

Overview

There are six common navigation gestures that you can use to get the best experience with your Xbox One and Kinect sensor.

You can review this information by going to Gesture Tutorial in the Help app on your console. To get to the console Help app, press the Menu button on your controller from Home screen, select Help, then select How-to videos & tutorials. You may have to scroll to another page to find the Gestures tutorial.

Note Your Kinect sensor must be set up and turned on for these gestures to work.

Solutions

Return to Home

  1. Hold out both of your hands towards the edge of the screen.
  2. Close your hands and move them towards each other in front of your chest.
Watch the return-to-home video demonstration

Make a selection

  1. Engage Kinect by raising your hand with an open palm facing the sensor.
  2. Move your hand over a specific item or tile.
  3. Push forwards (away from your body) and then pull back to make the selection.
Watch the make-a-selection video demonstration

Scroll through a screen

  1. Engage Kinect by raising your hand with an open palm facing the sensor.
  2. When the hand icon appears on the screen, close your hand anywhere over the area that you want to scroll.
  3. Move your hand to the left or right to pull the screen in that direction. Some apps support vertical scrolling as well. Simply move your hand up or down to pull the screen in that direction.
Watch the scrolling video demonstration

Open the system menu

  1. Engage Kinect by raising your hand with an open palm facing the sensor.
  2. Extend your arm forwards towards the Kinect and hold until a circle timer appears.
  3. After the ring has filled, you’ll see the system menu and can select the item you want as usual.
Watch the open-system-menu video demonstration

Open notifications on screen

  1. Hold both hands in front of you, close together in front of your chest.
  2. Grip with both hands.
  3. Pull apart, moving both hands out horizontally.
Watch the open-notification video demonstration

Zoom in and out

  1. Engage Kinect by raising your hand, with an open palm facing the sensor.
  2. When the hand icon appears on the screen, close your hand over the area you want to zoom.
  3. Pull your hand towards you or push it away from your body to zoom the screen in the desired direction.
Watch the zoom video demonstration

Note Zoom is not available in all apps.

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