What is the Side toolbar?
The Side toolbar gives you quick access to very useful tools that let you take screenshots, manage game volume, run macros, customize game controls and much more that enhance your overall gaming experience on BlueStacks 5.
You can access the Side toolbar on the right side of your BlueStacks 5 home screen, as illustrated below.
Get ready to take your gaming journey to a new level by using multiple tools easily available to you on the Side toolbar in BlueStacks 5.
What can I do with the Side toolbar?
Here's everything you can do to enhance your gaming experience with the Side toolbar:
|Close sidebar: Hide or unhide the Side toolbar while using BlueStacks 5.|
|Toggle fullscreen: Enter and exit the full-screen mode while playing a game.|
|Volume: Increase, decrease or mute the volume of BlueStacks.|
|Lock mouse cursor: Lock your cursor within the gameplay window.|
|Open macro manager: Access the Macro manager and use macros for your favorite games.|
|Sync operations: Perform the same action across multiple active instances in one go.|
|Trim memory: Free up memory that BlueStacks 5 utilizes on your desktop/laptop.|
|Install APK: Install any app on your BlueStacks 5 using .apk and .xapk files saved on your computer.|
|Take screenshot: A quick screen grab to show your in-game moments or your BlueStacks 5 home screen.|
|Open media folder: Access all the screenshots captured on BlueStacks 5.|
|Rotate: Rotate an app or play in Portrait or Landscape mode on BlueStacks 5.|
|Shake: Shake your BlueStacks screen in games or apps that require it.|
|Set location: Set your current location or use a custom location of your choice.|
|Multi-instance manager: Create and manage new instances for BlueStacks 5.|
|Eco mode: Reduce resource consumption while running multiple instances of BlueStacks 5.|
|Settings: Open the Settings menu and explore various settings for different functions and much more.|
|Back: Step back into a game while going through the in-game menu or exit the game from the game lobby.|
|Home: Go back to your BlueStacks 5 home screen.|
|Recent apps: Toggle between apps that may be running on BlueStacks 5 or switch to a recently used app.|
Shortcut keys for tools on the Side toolbar
Additionally, you can also view and/or edit the shortcut keys assigned for accessing the tools on the Side toolbar. For more details, refer to this article.
Thank you for choosing BlueStacks. We hope you enjoy using it. Happy Gaming!