Is it possible to disable Steam notifications (friend logs in, messages you, et cetera) in-game, and do so without disabling the community completely? That is to say I can still access Steam in-game - it just does not display the messages.

Emphasis that this is for in-game only, I don't want to just disable those notifications everywhere nor do I want to have to turn them on and off before and after I play a game.


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If you go in-game and do shift+tab, you get that odd overlay menu. in the friends pop-out there is your name, and a settings symbol next to it.

overlay menu

click it and you get a "friends light settings" menu

go to the Notification tab and uncheck everything

friends list settings

  • +1 Still not exactly what I want, but it's an improvement over what's existed before. I'll need to check this out next time I'm playing, since I didn't realize Steam added this.
    – Wipqozn
    Feb 3, 2021 at 15:54
  • As of today, this is the only answer that matches the current Steam UI.
    – fadden
    Mar 17, 2021 at 16:57

It would appear that there is no way of disabling notifications in-game only, while still keeping the steam community enabled in-game.

Either notifications need to be turned off globally (View -> Settings -> Friends -> Uncheck all the "Display a Notification" check boxes), or the steam community needs to be disabled in-game in order to prevent me from receiving notifications in-game.

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    On Linux at least, disabling the steam overlay doesn't disable the notifications.
    – Tobu
    Mar 9, 2014 at 14:14
  • Nor on other platforms, according to some messages in this thread.
    – Tobu
    Mar 9, 2014 at 14:23
  • Hmmmm First link seems to point back here?
    – Basic
    Sep 9, 2014 at 18:04
  • @Basic It used to point to an answer, but that answer is now deleted. Updating my answer.
    – Wipqozn
    Dec 21, 2014 at 12:58

View → Settings → In-Game → Enable Steam Community In-Game (remove tick)

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    That disables the community as whole, not just notifications.
    – Wipqozn
    Jun 16, 2011 at 12:13
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    @Wipqozn While there's nothing that does exactly what you need, other people with the same problem might be okay with the tradeoff of disabling overlay at all.
    – badp
    Jun 16, 2011 at 15:02
  • Yeah I agree, which is why I mentioned it in my answer.
    – Wipqozn
    Jun 16, 2011 at 15:04

You could change your status in chat to busy or away and this should eliminate notifications during game.

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