Steam overlay is an in-game feature that allows you to access various Steam features while playing the game. To open an overlay while playing a game, simply press the Shift-Tab key on your keyboard. While this is a great feature, there are times when there are some issues. In this latest troubleshooting article, we take a look at the problem of the Steam overlay not working.
Reasons why Steam overlay doesn’t work
- There may have been a corruption issue with your Steam overlay that is causing the overlay not to work properly.
- Perhaps your Steam overlay is not working because it is interrupted by other programs. You should check which programs are running on your computer.
Here’s how to fix the problem of Steam overlay not working
Make sure you are using the latest version
- Open Steam.
- Click on Steam in the main panel and select Check for Steam client updates.
- Wait for the updates to install and restart Steam.
Disable other third-party apps while playing
- Type MSConfig in the Windows search bar and open System Configuration.
- On the Services tab, check the Hide all Microsoft services checkbox.
- Click Disable All to disable all active third-party services.
- Now select the Autorun tab and go to Task Manager.
- Prevent all programs from running on your system and confirm the changes.
- Reboot your computer.
Inspect the game’s integrity
- Open the Steam client for desktop.
- Select Library.
- Right-click on the corresponding game and open Properties.
- Select the LOCAL FILES tab.
- Finally, click the CHECK GAME FILES FOR INTEGRITY button.
Launch the Steam client as an administrator
- Right-click the Steam client shortcut on your desktop and open Properties.
- Select the Compatibility tab.
- Select the Run this program as administrator checkbox and confirm the changes.
Disable and re-enable Steam overlay for individual games
- Open Steam.
- Click on Steam, then on Settings.
- Select In-Game on the left side.
- Select the Enable Steam overlay in-game checkbox and confirm the changes.
- Now open the library, right-click on the corresponding game, and open Properties.
- Check the Enable Steam overlay in-game checkbox and save your changes.
- Restart Steam and run the game.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Open the Task Manager on your Windows 10 system by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Escape on your keyboard.
- In the "Processes" section of the Windows Task Manager, find "Steam" or "Steam Client Service".
- Right-click on the process and select "Jump to Details" to continue the process.
- In the Steam client, click on Steam in the upper left corner, then on Settings.
- Click on "In-game" and make sure the "Enable Steam overlay in-game" option is enabled.
- Then click OK.
- In the settings, click on "In-game overlay" on the left side.
- Then uncheck the "Enable Steam in-game overlay" box.
- Click "OK" to save your settings.
- Close Steam on your computer. Try playing the Steam game.
- The Steam overlay will be enabled again.