I have a monitor and a TV side by side. Sometimes I want to game from my couch and sometimes I want to sit and game at the computer.

When I'm gaming at my desktop I don't have the TV on. When Steam is in regular mode, it plays to my desktop, when it is in Big Picture mode, it plays on my TV.

I have Windows 10 and controller companion.

Is there a way for me to set Steam via the shortcut to open in Big picture mode?

That way I can have both a regular Steam shortcut and a big picture mode shortcut.

2 Answers 2


Nowadays Steam uses a different option. This command works for me:

start "Steam" /wait /b "steam://open/bigpicture"
  • What happens if you just do start steam://open/bigpicture? My understanding is that all steam browser protocol commands should start steam if it's not currently running: developer.valvesoftware.com/wiki/Steam_browser_protocol
    – Robotnik
    Commented Jun 15, 2023 at 12:49
  • True, that works just as well. 👍
    – Petr
    Commented Jun 18, 2023 at 18:24
  • Thanks for the update to this information.
    – L4NC3RJ
    Commented Nov 30, 2023 at 18:49

Yes there's a way, according to this reddit thread and this steam forum discussion, there's a option to add to your shortcut.

Create a shortcut to steam then in the properties edit the the target location and add -bigpicture at the end so it should be something like; "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steam.exe" -bigpicture

Steam forum (changed < > to " " since it wouldn't render correctly here) :

"your steam location"/steam.exe -bigpicture

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