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How to hide UI in wow

UI is important when playing World of Warcraft, but sometimes you want to hide the UI for a second to appreciate the beautiful landscapes on offer. Just look at how amazing some new zones of Shadowland zones look. Who would not want to capture this for a great wallpaper?

How do you hide the UI in World of Warcraft? 

You probably came to this post because Alt+Z is in-fact, not hiding the UI in World of Warcraft. Good news is, you can still hide the UI by pressing Alt+Z and it will instantly hide the UI, giving you the opportunity to take a UI-free screenshot. The biggest reason people are struggling to hide the UI in wow is because of Nvidia’s Geforce experience’s default shortcut, Alt+Z. If you are a Nvidia user, then Alt+Z opens the Geforce experience overlay, and it does not hide the UI in wow. There are two simple fixes for this.

How to change Geforce Experience shortcut key

The first solution is to change the shortcut to bring up the Geforce Experience overlay to Alt+X. This is how you change the shortcut key for Geforce Experience:

  1. Press Alt+Z;
  2. Click on the settings wheel;
  3. One you are presented with the main menu, click on “Keyboard Shortcuts”;
  4. The first keyboard on the list should be “Open/close in-game overlay”;
  5. Change that to Alt+X.

How to change your UI key binding in wow

If you don’t want to change the shortcut key for your Geforce experience, you can change the key binding for hiding/showing the UI in World of Warcraft doing the following:

  1. Press escape;
  2. Navigate to “Key Bindings”;
  3. Choose “Miscellaneous” from the side menu;
  4. Look for the command, “Toggle User Interface”;
  5. Change that to something you prefer.

Now that you have changed the Nvidia overlay shortcut to something other than Alt+Z or change your UI key binding in World of Warcraft, you’ll be able to hide the UI anytime you wish.

Just as much as you would like to hide UI in wow, you might also want to add more elements to the UI to make your life easier. Let’s show you how to add a sidebar in wow. Instead of having less important spells and actions mapped to the bar in the middle, rather have them on a sidebar that is more out of sight. We use the sidebar for our hearth ability, favourite mounts and other spells.

How to add a sidebar in wow

  1. Press escape
  2. Navigate to “Interface”
  3. Choose “ActionBars” from the side menu
  4. Tick the relevant checkboxes to add more ActionBars to your UI

We hope this quick guide helps you to hide your UI in wow when you need to and declutter your UI by adding more ActionBars.