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.


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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