I'm having the opposite problem as this question, where I only see the news popup after manually restarting Steam, and I'd like to restore it to how it used to be, i.e. after closing a game, since it makes it less likely that I'll accidentally miss a short sale or something like that.

It's probably a very old change, possibly a few years, so I'm not sure it's even possible anymore, but it doesn't hurt to ask. The "Notify me about additions or changes to my games, new releases, and upcoming releases." setting is checked and I can't remember changing it, so it probably has been for a while.

Edit: I forgot to mention I'm using the "Steam Beta Update", might that be related?

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What you've got sounds like a bug. If you aren't getting these anymore, you might try:

  • Refreshing your Steam files
  • Toggling this setting off, quitting steam, logging back in, then turning it back on again.
  • Use Win+R to open the Windows Run dialog, then enter steam://open/console then enter the command clear_marketing_message_views
  • Open the localconfig.vdf file which is in Steam\userdata\<userid>\config\ and check that NotifyAvailableGames is set to 1
  • Are you sure you're completely quitting all your games? (Dumb question, I know...) Many have launchers, or you might be running something like uPlay in the background.

If none of that works, (or if you're like me and dismiss these things and then realize you meant to read them) there are ways to make them appear.

There's actually a UI button in Big Picture mode, although I've never seen a similar one outside the mode:

big picture buttons

You can also manually visit each news update's page, the id's are listed in the aforementioned localconfig.vdf file. In the same block as the NotifyAvailableGames section, the numbers under Messages are part of a URL:


You can visit this URL in your browser to see the message. It could probably be automated, but this is extremely painful and not particularly timely otherwise...

As a final note, if you are concerned about missing a time-limited sale on a game, I suggest using IsThereAnyDeal instead. They can send you email alerts about games on your wishlist, and cover more stores than just Steam.

  • Thanks for your answer, but it's going to be tough to check if any of these worked, since I'll have to wait for more news. Will refreshing Steam files cause me to lose any other settings I might have? Apr 20, 2016 at 13:58
  • @DanmakuGrazer, I think the flushconfg command will wipe your Steam client settings, but not your installed games, saves, etc.
    – agent86
    Apr 20, 2016 at 14:08
  • I can't say any of this has worked, sadly. Apr 27, 2016 at 17:37

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