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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 Dec 22 '14 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. – gatherer818 Dec 22 '14 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 Dec 23 '14 at 10:40

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