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How to manage the My games list in the Xbox app on Windows 10

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About the My games list

The My games section in the Xbox app on Windows 10 lets you browse and launch your game collection from a single location.

A screen shows the ‘My games’ tab in the Xbox app.

The Xbox app supports automated discovery of all Windows Store games and some non-Store (Win32) PC games, so they’re added to your game collection within the app automatically. But due to the sheer number of games and sources of content a user can go to when looking for or purchasing new games, there will always be titles that have not yet been identified as a game.

How to add a game or program that was not automatically added to the My games list

If a game or program isn't automatically added, you can manually add it to your collection by selecting My games and then selecting Add a game from your PC.

You'll see a scrollable list of all Win32 games and programs that have Start menu shortcuts. From the list, find what you want to add to your My games menu so you can quickly browse for and launch the games you want to play or programs you want to use.

A screen shows the ‘Add a game from your PC’ box in the Xbox app.

Once you've selected your choices, select Add selected games at the bottom of the pop-up window.

A screen shows the ‘Add a game from your PC’ box in the Xbox app, with a sample game selected.

Your games and programs are now added to your list.

How to remove a game or program from the My games list

You can right-click on any title to bring up a pop-up box with the following options:

  • Play
  • Remove from my games
A screen shows the ‘My games’ tab in the Xbox app, with the context menu open for one of the games. Options to 'Play' and ‘Remove from my games' are available.

What to do if a game or program doesn’t appear on the “Add a game from your PC” list

If a game or program doesn’t appear in your scrollable list, you haven't added a shortcut to the Start menu. To add your game, you'll need to create a Start menu shortcut. This can be done in several ways:

Uninstall and reinstall your game

Most Win32 PC games and programs give you the option during install to add a Start menu shortcut or a desktop shortcut. If you didn’t add a shortcut when you installed your game, uninstall and reinstall the game, and then create the shortcut when prompted.

A screen shows a sample game installation menu, with the check boxes for ‘Create start menu shortcut’ and ‘Create desktop shortcut’ selected.

Note At this time, the “Add a game from your PC” feature doesn't recognize desktop shortcuts, but you can use the desktop shortcut to create a Start menu shortcut so you can add your game to the My games list in the Xbox app.

Use a desktop shortcut to create a Start menu shortcut

Open File Explorer and copy and paste the following path into the file path bar:

  • %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\
A screen shows File Explorer with a recent path selected in the path drop-down list.

This is the Start menu shortcut location. You now can copy and paste your desktop shortcut into this file location.

A screen shows File Explorer open to the Start menu programs list.

If the Xbox app is still open, close and restart the app. The new programs will now appear in the “Add a game from your PC” list.

What to do if the game or program doesn’t have a desktop shortcut

Depending on where the program is installed, locate the program in either your C:\Programs Files folder or your C:\Programs Files (x86) folder. Once you've found the program, right-click on the file and select Create shortcut.

A screen shows File Explorer, with the context menu open for a sample program and ‘Create shortcut’ selected.

Once you've created the shortcut, you can move it to the Start menu using the same steps in the “Use a desktop shortcut to create a Start menu shortcut” section.

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