Kinect gestures

Overview

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When the Kinect sensor is active, a window appears in the lower-right corner of the Dashboard. This window means that you can use gestures. If you can’t see yourself in the window use the Kinect Tuner.

All about gestures

Wave to Kinect

Get started with gestures

When you see this icon, wave your hand by moving your forearm left and right. If you wave at the Xbox Dashboard, the hand cursor will appear and you can now use gestures to navigate instead of a controller.

If you’re having trouble, watch the animation to learn how to wave to Kinect.

Hover to select

Hover to select

Point the palm of your hand toward the screen, and move the on-screen hand over the item you want to select. To select the item, keep your hand over the item until the circle completes.

Having trouble?
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  • Make sure your hands have a purple glow. No purple glow? Wave to Kinect.
  • Make sure your play space and sensor are set up correctly. Kinect setup.

Scroll the screen

Swipe Screen

To move to the next hub in the dashboard using gestures, move the cursor to the edge of the screen using your right hand, and “swipe” across your body. Use your left hand and move the cursor to the left side of the screen and swipe to go to the previous hub.

Having trouble?
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  • Make sure your hands have a purple glow. No purple glow? Wave to Kinect.
  • Make sure your play space and sensor are set up correctly. Kinect setup.

Guide gesture

Guide gesture

Use the Kinect Guide gesture to pause game play or open the Kinect Guide.

To do this, position both arms at your sides. Now move your left arm straight out at a 45 degree angle from your body.

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