Side toolbar on BlueStacks 5

What is the side toolbar?

The Side toolbar gives you quick access to very useful tools that enhance your overall gaming experience of BlueStacks 5.

The image below shows what the side toolbar looks like on BlueStacks. You may access these tools using your cursor or through the shortcut keys assigned for each tool.


What can I do with the side toolbar?

Every button on the side toolbar opens a specific tool, each with its own function. Here's the full list of superpowers that the side toolbar brings to your fingertips:    

1.png Toggle fullscreen: You can use this button to enter and exit the full-screen mode while playing a game. Default shortcut key: F11
1.jpg Volume: This button lets you increase, decrease or mute the volume of the game. Click here to read more about how to use it. Default shortcut key: Ctrl+Shift+Up to increase volume, Ctrl+Shift+Up to decrease volume
1.jpg Lock/Unlock cursorThis button allows you to lock your cursor within the gameplay window. Default shortcut key: Ctrl+Shift+F8
1.jpg Game controls: With this button, you can view the Game controls menu that allows you to manage game controls with a variety of other options. Read this article for more details. Default shortcut key: None
1.jpg Open macro managerThis button opens the Macro manager and helps with the use of macros for your favorite games. This article will tell you all about how to use this powerful tool. Default shortcut key: Ctrl+Shift+7
1.jpg Sync operations: Using this tool, you can perform the same action across multiple active instances in one go. To know more about how to use it, refer to this article. Default shortcut key: Ctrl+Shift+9
1.jpg Trim memory: The "Trim memory" tool allows you to free up some memory that BlueStacks 5 utilizes on your PC. To know more about this tool, please click here. Default shortcut key: Ctrl+Shift+T
1.jpg Install apk: This button lets you install any app on your BlueStacks 5 using .apk and .xapk files saved on your computer. Read this article to know more about installing apps on BlueStacks. Default shortcut key: Ctrl+Shift+B
1.jpg Take screenshot: You may use this button to take screenshots of your BlueStacks 5 home screen or in-game action. Refer to this article to know more about how to use it. Default shortcut key: Ctrl+Shift+S
8.png Open media folderThis button gives you access to all the screenshots captured on BlueStacks 5. Default shortcut key: Ctrl+Shift+6
11.PNG Rotate: Using this button, you can rotate an application on BlueStacks 5 from landscape mode to portrait and vice-versa. Default shortcut key: Ctrl+Shift+4
1.jpg Set location: This button lets you set your current location or use a custom location of your choice. Visit this article to know more. Default shortcut key: Ctrl+Shift+K
1.jpg Shake: This button shakes your BlueStacks screen in games or apps that require it. Default shortcut key: Ctrl+Shift+3
1.jpg Multi-instance manager: This button opens the Multi-instance manager, which lets you create new instances for BlueStacks 5. Click here to read more about the Multi-instance manager. Default shortcut key: Ctrl+Shift+8
1.jpg Eco mode: The "Eco mode" tool helps you reduce resource consumption while running multiple instances of BlueStacks 5. Read this article to know all about Eco mode. Default shortcut key: Ctrl+Shift+F
16.PNG Settings: You can use this button to access the Settings menu. Refer to this article to learn all about the different features within the Settings menu. Default shortcut key: Ctrl+Shift+I
1.jpg BackThis button can be used to step back in a game while navigating through the in-game menus or to exit out of the game if you're on its home screen. Default shortcut key: Ctrl+Shift+2
1.jpg HomeClicking on this button will take you to your BlueStacks 5 home screen. This button is also available on the top bar, next to the BlueStacks 5 logo. Default shortcut key: Ctrl+Shift+1
1.jpg Recent apps: Use this button to toggle between apps that may be running on BlueStacks 5 or to switch to a recently used app. It is also available on the top bar, next to the BlueStacks 5 logo. Read this article to know more about this tool. Default shortcut key: Ctrl+Shift+5

Shortcut keys for tools on the Side Toolbar

You can now view and/or edit the shortcut keys assigned for accessing the tools on the Side Toolbar. For more details please refer to this article.

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