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Is there any way other than alt+tab to start playing music? To clarify I can only control music that is already playing from the Steam overlay(not in Big Picture mode). This seems like kind of basic functionality.

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Yes you can,in the very bottom of the steam overlay next to the steam logo you should have links for opening web browser,music and settings.

Clicking on Music link opens up the mini-player from where you can select and play songs from your queue.

As of 22/08/14 if you are opted in steam beta the mini player will have additional browse button which will open up your whole library(queue/playlist) and let you browse it inside the steam overlay.

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The bottom links are easy to ignore since they are plain text links,small and near the edge in comparison to other flashy links on the overlay.I have been using steam for years and never did I click on any of those links up until now.

  • I know this already. As far as I can tell they are only controls and you have to play music from your library which is only accessible from the desktop unless you are in Big Picture mode. – torchhound Jul 29 '14 at 21:10
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    Oh I see your issue now,after restarting steam.The problem is that steam doesn't remember your queue through sessions.So if you change games it looks fine(starting music from overlay) but first time you start up steam and open up overlay song list will be empty.But this does look like something they will fix,most people forget to put music to the queue before starting the game. – Mentales Jul 29 '14 at 21:40
  • Based on @Arremer's comment, I would suggest going to their forum for the beta and making them aware of this bug. – Cole Busby Jul 29 '14 at 22:32
  • steamcommunity.com/groups/steammusic/discussions# Here is the link,but people are already complaining about that. – Mentales Jul 29 '14 at 22:57
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    Updated the answer since valve fixed this issue recently. – Mentales Aug 21 '14 at 23:17

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