Has your Steam overlay stopped working? Are you pressing shift and tab to recall your Steam overlay? You’re not alone. Many Steam users are also experiencing this problem.
Steam is the most popular gaming platform on the desktop, but many users have reported that the Steam browser doesn’t work on them. This is a very frustrating problem. Because of this problem, you can’t access the Steam community or game features while playing. It can be a problem and prevent you from browsing the Steam store, but you can fix it with one of our solutions.
Which causes the Steam in-game browser to not work
There are many reasons why the Steam store does not load. It can be caused by a slow internet connection, corrupted web browser cache, etc. If you have a problem with steam not loading, don’t worry. The solutions presented in this article will help you easily solve the problem of the Steam store page not loading.
Cache files save your settings and login history so that you don’t have to log into your account every time you open a familiar website. Unfortunately, sometimes these files cause problems that end up interfering with your Steam browser.
Here’s how to fix the Steam browser not working in the game
Clear the Steam web browser cache
The Steam web browser cache may be corrupted. If your web browser cache is corrupt, the store may not load correctly. So in this step, we will clear the cache of the web browser used by Steam.
- Open Steam and click on the “Steam” tab in the upper left corner.
- Click on the “Settings” option in the list.
- Click on the “Web Browser” option in the left pane.
- Click on the “Clear Web Browser Cache” and “Clear Web Browser Cookies” options.
- Restart Steam and see if the problem persists.
Clear HTML cache
The most common cause of a slow browser in the game is the HTML cache. As a rule, you should clean it every 2-3 weeks to avoid conflicts with your browser.
- Exiting the Steam Client
- Press Win + R. This should open a Run window.
- In the dialog box, type “control panel.” This should bring up the Control Panel.
- In the Control Panel, find “Folder Options” in the dialog box in the upper right corner.
- Click on the “Options folder” that came up when you searched. Then go to the “View” tab and click on the “Show hidden files, folders and drives” line here. Highlight it, apply the changes, and close the window.
- Press Win + R again and the Run application should appear.
- In the dialog box, write “C:Users/username/AppData/LocalSteam/HTML cache. Where (username) is the username of your Windows account.
Reinstall Steam after deleting the files
Drop all Steam applications before running this solution. Please note that this will not delete your game data.
- Run the task manager by pressing ⊞ Win + R. This should open a “Run” window.
- In the dialog box, type “taskmgr”. This should open the task manager.
- Stop all steam-related processes, starting with the “Steam Client Bootstrapper” process.
- Press Win + R.
- Search for files and folders.
- Delete all other files except those mentioned above, and start Steam from the launcher. Steam will download some files and update them themselves.
- Once the installation is complete, you will be prompted to enter your login information.
- Once you are logged in, the game browser will work as expected.
Adding “-no-cef-sandbox” to the Steam shortcut.
This method requires creating a shortcut in the Steam directory and renaming it. Follow these steps and be sure to provide the exact address shown in the picture.
- Create a Steam shortcut in your Steam folder.
- By default, the Steam folder should be located in “C: Program Files (x86)Steam”.
- Press Win + R and Run should appear.
- If Steam is installed in a different directory, you can navigate to that directory and you should be good to go.
- Now to make sure nothing bad happens to your default steam.exe file, let’s create a shortcut to your steam.exe file and paste it into your Steam folder.
- Now that you have the shortcut set up, right-click on it, go to properties and you will see this.
- In the Destination text box, add the following text to the end of the file path: -no-cef-sandbox
- This becomes: “C: Program Files (x86)SteamSteam.exe” – no-sandbox.
- The path may be different if you have another location where Steam is installed.
- Click OK to save the properties and run the shortcut you just created.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Steam Community Overlay is an in-game interface that allows you to access many features of the Steam community while playing the game. The standard Shift+Tab key combination will open the overlay in any game where it is supported and enabled.
In your Steam client, open the settings panel by selecting "Steam -> Settings" in the client menu in the upper left corner. In the settings, select the "Downloads" tab and at the bottom, you will find the "Clear Downloads Cache" button. Then confirm by clicking "OK" that you need to log back into Steam.
- Update your video card drivers.
- Clear your web browser cache.
- Clear your app cache.
- Join the beta version of the Steam client.
- Add -no-cef-sandbox to your Steam shortcut.
- Reinstall Steam.
Steam uses a Webkit-based browser, the same engine used for Chrome and Safari.