The steam big picture mode is really annoying on my desktop. Because of its location (right below the useful min/max/close buttons), and right above the "Friends" item in the right click menu, sometimes I accidentally enable it.

The problem is, every time I exit big picture mode it causes my steam to crash and I have to relaunch the application.

Since I will never use it on my desktop, is there a way I can disable the option completely?

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It doesn't look like it - although quite a few people are asking for it. If you use the default skin for Steam, you can download this tweaked clone of that skin which moves the button away from the minimise/maximise buttons, and makes it smaller. For the time being though, Valve haven't given us the option to get rid of this new feature.

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    PS: I wish I hadn't just updated Steam to check for methods of getting rid of it. :(
    – kalina
    Dec 5, 2012 at 14:12
  • that stinks :( I'm hoping they push out a way to get rid of it soon
    – l I
    Dec 5, 2012 at 14:13
  • I imagine if it turns out to be that unpopular, then an option will appear on the 'interface' tab in steam settings soonish
    – kalina
    Dec 5, 2012 at 14:18

Go to the top of Steam and click View>Small Mode

Not the most aesthetically pleasing view in my opinion, but it will solve your problem of accidentally clicking the Big Picture Mode button.

  • I changed to small mode back when they updated Steam to be the Web 2.0 style thing it is now. It took a while to get used to, but it is so much nicer to use now. It's a shame you can't access Tools through it though. Feb 18, 2013 at 13:22

In the taskbar menu go to settings>interface>set taskbar preferences uncheck "Big Picture"

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    This will not remove the Big Picture button from the library windows as asked by the OP. Aug 2, 2014 at 13:11

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