I have friends, they're online but I just cannot message them.

When I click on someone and select "Send message...", nothing happens. I checked the options already but I cannot seem to find any solution. What could be causing this and how can I fix it?

  • May I ask why you unticked my answer ? Was there something wrong that I would need to edit ? Don't hesitate to tell me ^_^ – WizLiz Jun 1 '14 at 18:02
  • I accepted it a while back as an answer but realised quickly this was not really a solution for me but a annoying work around. I do not like steam popups when inside a game, often with or without a game I need to click in the popup area and cant because of all the popups. But I do want to know if a friend is logging into the game I play. – Madmenyo Jun 2 '14 at 6:14
  • I see, unfortunately, unless the editor of any game on steam decide to implement a chat system you have to use the one from the steam overlay. In dota 2 however if you want to have a private chat room with your friend, an easy way to do it is either to create a chat room or to all join the same guild – WizLiz Jun 2 '14 at 9:16

Shift tab, the chat windows opened in the steam overlay

  • Seriously? How annoying is that? I cannot even see if someone is messaging me this way... epicly flawed – Madmenyo Dec 20 '13 at 18:55
  • @MennoGouw It depends on your steam settings, you can have a sound and an in game notification but you fcan set it up in the Steam properties – WizLiz Dec 20 '13 at 18:56
  • @MennoGouw but dont be mistaken, it always open in the steam layout, the only thing you can change is the notifications – WizLiz Dec 20 '13 at 20:41

Honestly the best way I find that you can overcome this problem is by changing your game application setting to windowed mode (make sure that the settings are full screen windowed). Then you can alt+tab and flick between chats (Either have that chats opened before starting dota 2 or right click on steam on the task bar click friends and so on and so forth).

If that doesn't work then it may be a problem with your steam application.


I have a solution that has worked for me 100% of the time.

First, go to Steam.

Second, click library.

Third, right click Dota 2 ->properties.

Finally, untick and tick back the box next to ENABLE STEAM COMMUNITY IN GAME.

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