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.

  • As far as I'm aware, you can't. These settings are global, and not game-specific. – user2974 Jun 8 '11 at 23:43
  • Yeah, I thought the same thing, but was hoping there was some obscure option I was overlooking. – Wipqozn Jun 8 '11 at 23:44
  • Is it just an issue of the notifications covering the minimap or some such? You can configure which corner of the screen notifications pop up. – Raven Dreamer Jun 9 '11 at 0:58
  • @Raven-Dreamer No it's not, but thanks for the suggestion none the less. – Wipqozn Jun 9 '11 at 10:39

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 '14 at 14:14
  • Nor on other platforms, according to some messages in this thread. – Tobu Mar 9 '14 at 14:23
  • Hmmmm First link seems to point back here? – Basic Sep 9 '14 at 18:04
  • @Basic It used to point to an answer, but that answer is now deleted. Updating my answer. – Wipqozn Dec 21 '14 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 '11 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 '11 at 15:02
  • Yeah I agree, which is why I mentioned it in my answer. – Wipqozn Jun 16 '11 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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