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Complete list of Xbox One Kinect voice commands

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When the Xbox One launches this Friday, you'll basically be able to control the entire system using your voice with the Kinect. But despite Microsoft talking the Xbox One up as a machine you can naturally talk to when trying to get it to do something, there's actually a strict list of commands you have to follow.

Unfortunately, we're not at a stage where technology can recognize everything you say. The Kinect looks for specific words or phrases and when it recognizes them, it will perform the action. Below is the complete list of Xbox One Kinect commands:

System Commands Xbox One Function
Xbox on Wakes up Xbox One, turns on television and cable/satellite set-top box
Xbox turn off Puts Xbox One to sleep/off, can turn off television and cable/satellite set-top box
Xbox Shows menu of global voice command options and begins listening for the next command
Xbox select Shows voice command options for everything on the screen that are supported. Shows channel shortcuts during full screen TV viewing
Stop listening Stops Kinect from listening or cancels voice commands if Kinect is triggered during casual conversation
Xbox help Shows help menu with available options
Xbox use a code Triggers Kinect code scanning for QR codes
Xbox show notifaction Shows on-screen notification(s)

Identity Commands Xbox One Function

Xbox sign in/out OR

Xbox sign in as [person]

Signs in/out an Xbox Live member

Gaming Commands Xbox One Function
Xbox record that Records the previous 30 seconds of gameplay
Xbox start a party Launches the Party app in Snap mode

Volume Commands Xbox One Function

Xbox volume up/down

Xbox mute/unmute

Controls volume of TV set

Navigation & Multitasking Commands Xbox One Function

Xbox go Home OR

Xbox show my stuff

Returns to Home
Xbox go to [activity] Launches specific games, TV shows, apps, notifications and sections of the dash
Xbox show menu In full screen: shows menu for whatever is on the screen. At Home: shows menu for whatever is in the current window
Xbox go back Returns to previous screen or menu option
Xbox snap [app] Launches activity in Snap mode
Xbox unsnap Unsnaps activity in Snap mode
Xbox switch Switches control of activities in Snap mode and Fill mode

Communication Commands Xbox One Function

Xbox Skype [person] OR

Xbox call [person]

Launches Skype call, must be a person from your Skype favorites list on your Xbox One
Xbox answer/answer without video Answers incoming Skype call
Xbox hang up End Skype call
Xbox send a message Sends message to your Xbox Live friends

TV Commands Xbox One Function
Xbox watch TV Launches cable or satellite TV from set-top box
Xbox watch [channel] Changes cable or satellite TV to specific channel when channel shortcuts are showing
Xbox show guide Xbox OneGuide Launches OneGuide for cable or satellite TV subscribers

Transport Controls Commands Xbox One Function
Xbox play/stop/pause/fast forward/rewind/faster/slower/skip forward/skip backward/next song/previous song Transport controls for media playback, play and pause also work for gameplay
Xbox play [music/video] Launches video and music playback

Bing & Internet Explorer Commands Xbox One Function
Browse to [website] Browses to the specific website when in Internet Explorer
Xbox Bing [name] Launches Bing and searches for the specific item(s)

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