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Use Kinect voice commands

Control your console using Kinect voice recognition

With Kinect voice recognition, you can control your Xbox 360 console. To use Kinect voice commands, start by saying the word “Xbox”. When you say “Xbox”, a microphone appears at the bottom of the screen.


After you say the word, “Xbox”, you can say any word or phrase that appears on the screen to open that item.

For example, you can say “Xbox open tray” to open the disc drive.

Xbox Kinect voice commands list

Here are some things you can say to Kinect:

If you want to…Say this...
Go to the Home screen"Xbox go Home"
Play a disc "Xbox play disc"
Go to a Dashboard area such as Social or Games"Xbox Social" or "Xbox Games"
Open or close the disc tray"Xbox open tray" or "Xbox close tray"

You can use the following voice commands while watching videos or listening to music using apps such as Xbox music:

If you want to…Say this...
Fast forward a video"Xbox fast-forward"
Rewind a video"Xbox rewind"
Pause music or video"Xbox pause"
Play music or video"Xbox play"
Skip forward"Xbox next"
Skip back"Xbox previous"

For example, if you are watching a film using Zune video, say "Xbox fast forward" to move forward through the film. Say "Faster" to move more quickly through the film. When you get to the part of the film you want to see, say "Play".

You cannot turn the console on or off with voice commands. Voice commands are not available while watching videos from My Videos or Windows Media Center or while listening to music from My Music. Voice commands are also not available when playing movies or music from a disc.

Note Individual Kinect games might support voice commands. To find out if a particular game supports voice commands, refer to the game manual or on-screen tips while playing the game.

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