Is there a way to enable the "Run Steam when my computer starts" option without any window to appear when I login?

This way Steam will start running as an icon in the system tray in the bottom right, ensuring that everything is up-to-date, but it won't bother me if I don't want to use it/play a game immediately.

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    ...isn't the default for Steam to start in the system tray without bugging you? I know that's what mine does.
    – Powerlord
    Commented Dec 22, 2014 at 18:55
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    @Powerlord mine too. I'll poke through the settings to see if I can find a built-in setting for that, since launch options at runtime is the best Arqade has come up with so far. Commented Dec 22, 2014 at 22:19

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You can use Steam launch options, which can be used to change game settings and enable features.

For example one of these launch options is:

-silent : Launches Steam to the system tray only. Normal Steam windows will only appear after clicking the system tray icon. If a password is not stored, the normal login window will still be displayed.

More info about Launch options here.

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    This option never even occurred to me, having Steam launch silently on start up. Very handy!
    – Daft
    Commented Dec 23, 2014 at 10:40
  • The instructions at the provided link say to create a new shortcut with the -silent option. When the "Run Steam when my computer starts" checkbox is checked, doesn't it directly execute steam.exe? What would cause it to execute the newly created shortcut instead?
    – Vince
    Commented Oct 18, 2021 at 10:13
  • @Vince if you kill the previous process and start it again with the newly created shortcut, the launch option is probably saved for future executions. This is the suggested way, I really don't know.
    – pinckerman
    Commented Oct 18, 2021 at 12:25

UNCHECK "Run Steam when my computer starts" in the settings and put a shortcut of steam with -nochatui -nofriendsui -silent in run => shell:startup

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