I am in the process of building myself a Steam Box - a PC running Steam that is going to be plugged into my TV without a keyboard and mouse plugged into it. I am looking at running Steam instead of Explorer as the shell, on account of Windows 8 forcibly starting up with Metro and me not wanting to install a workaround to prevent Metro from appearing.

With this in mind, I was wondering if I could customise the contents of the 'Exit' menu in Steam Big Picture Mode. The default Exit menu contains the following options;

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Ideally, I'd want to get rid of the following options;

  • Return to Desktop
  • Exit Steam
  • Change User...

Is this possible? How can I customise the 'Exit' menu in Steam Big Picture mode?

  • The layout file for this part of Big Picture mode seems to be Steam\tenfoot\resource\layout\quit.xml (and a stylesheet at Steam\tenfoot\resource\styles\quit.css), but Steam generally doesn't allow modifying the core layout files (they get replaced either at launch, or at the very least on updates). Skins might work, but I don't think Big Picture mode has proper skin support... so the only option would be modifying the original files. It might require the files to be changed after starting Steam, but before starting Big Picture mode - if that doesn't work, I strongly doubt that it's possible. Commented Oct 15, 2013 at 21:34

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No, but as of the recent Steam releases you can trick Steam into believing it is running under SteamOS by launching Steam with the -steamos command line parameter.

Once in big picture mode, this option removes the 'Return to Desktop' option and 'Exit Steam' option from the Exit menu.

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    what is the minimum required version for this to work?
    – kalina
    Commented Nov 23, 2013 at 20:37
  • @kalina: I thought I was opted in to the beta on this laptop but I'm not, so beta is not required. Do you need more precise information? Commented Nov 23, 2013 at 20:43
  • @kalina: Your edit says "once in big picture mode". You can start there with -bigpicture or change your interface preferences. Commented Nov 23, 2013 at 21:20
  • You can, but just starting with -steamos without -bigpicture or changing your preferences will load up the default Steam interface - you can edit that in if you want but I've already accepted your answer.
    – kalina
    Commented Nov 23, 2013 at 21:21
  • Alt-f4 can be used to get out of big picture, if need be
    – 3ventic
    Commented Nov 23, 2013 at 21:27

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