I would like to use RocketDock to change things like my status and open things like the Friends window.

I'm trying to create a Steambox of sorts with a heavily modified Windows 7 install, so I don't need Windows Explorer. I know it's possible because this guy

did it (Skip ahead to 2:49 to see what I mean if it's not there already). I can't find anything on how to do this. Is it possible?


This done via the Steam Protocol. It is installed on each system that has steam installed and can be used to transmit commands to steam by creating a link that begins with steam://. For example, shortcuts create by Steam always contain the link steam://run/appid.

Further information about all possible commands can be found here: https://developer.valvesoftware.com/wiki/Steam_browser_protocol

For changing your status you might want to utilize these commands:

Sets status as away

Sets status as busy

Sets status as looking to trade

Sets status as looking to play

Sets status as offline

Sets status as online

In case nothing happens when you activate such a link, you have to reinstall the Steam Protocol. This can be done this way:

  • Click Start ▶ All Programs ▶ Accessories
  • Right-click on Command Prompt and then click "Run as administrator..."
  • In the command prompt, enter the following command, including quotation marks: "C:\Program Files\Steam\bin\SteamService.exe" /repair
  • Note: C:\Program Files\Steam\ is the default installation directory for Steam - change this to the correct directory if you installed Steam to a different location. 64-bit systems will use Program Files (x86) instead of Program Files.
  • This process will take a few minutes to complete. Once finished, the message "Steam Client Service repair completed." will appear.
  • The issue may be fixed at this point, however it is recommended you reboot your computer before testing if the repair resolved the problem.


  • Thanks, this worked although you made a error. When I looked at the commands page, I found out it isn't only steam://status/away. It's steam://friends/status/away. Then it works. Thanks for your help!
    – saxlover98
    Feb 10 '14 at 4:15

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