eduardomezencio Mar 13, 2013 @ 4:16pm
Linux Steam always in the taskbar
I hate how in Linux version of Steam stays always in the taskbar after you open it, even when you x out of it. There is already a tray icon for that purpose, so it would be very nice to be able to actually close the window and stay only with the tray icon.
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[dirrty]gsharp Mar 13, 2013 @ 5:44pm 
Originally posted by eduardomezencio:
I hate how in Linux version of Steam stays always in the taskbar after you open it, even when you x out of it. There is already a tray icon for that purpose, so it would be very nice to be able to actually close the window and stay only with the tray icon.

Something else is amiss here. Can you be a little more specific please? Which distro and desktop environment are you using?
eduardomezencio Mar 13, 2013 @ 5:48pm 
Mint 14 MATE, but I guess the same must be happening in Debian and Ubuntu also because of their similarities. Sorry if I'm wrong about this, but even if this is happening only in Mint it is still anoying
[dirrty]gsharp Mar 13, 2013 @ 5:56pm 
Originally posted by eduardomezencio:
Mint 14 MATE, but I guess the same must be happening in Debian and Ubuntu also because of their similarities. Sorry if I'm wrong about this, but even if this is happening only in Mint it is still anoying

You might not be wrong. We just need to sort out what you are seeing! :)

It sounds like Steam might have been added to your taskbar. Once you exit Steam, try right-clicking on the Steam icon in your taskbar. If you can delete the icon, then it's just a launch icon. You can remove it if you wish.

It's a bit like "pin to taskbar" in Windows 7 and Windows 8.
eduardomezencio Mar 18, 2013 @ 4:26pm 
No! There are no launch icons in my taskbar at all. To simplify what I'm saying: when I close steam window and when I minimize it, the effect is the same. So, when running steam I always have booth the tray icon and the taskbar icon appearing. And when I actually exit steam, they booth disappear.
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dan142 Mar 18, 2013 @ 4:31pm 
I have the same issue. Similar to the Android app, which must be force closed for the notification to go away. Ubuntu 12.10 here.
era506 Jun 8, 2013 @ 3:55pm 
Stepping in this old thread, I want to report the same issue: when I close Steam's window, instead of minimizing to the tray icon it stays in my taskbar (or "window list"). This happens in Linux Mint Debian using Cinnamon as the Desktop Environment.
I'd like the same behavior as in Windows: if I close Steam's window, I want it to disappear from my taskbar and if I want it back I just click (or double-click) Steam's tray icon.
eduardomezencio Jun 8, 2013 @ 6:58pm 
I got it by now... the thing is that Steam does not support gnu/linux systems in general. They support ubuntu only. So, considering that in Unity this is the default behavior (the icons in the launcher are also the application switcher, so when you close the application the icon is still there), I don't thing they will do anything about this kind of problem in other distros.
NotJimCarrey Sep 2, 2013 @ 10:13pm 
I found a solution to Steam not closing to tray in *nix.

edit ~/.local/share/Steam/debian_bin/steam
comment out the second line, and add this:
STEAM_FRAME_FORCE_CLOSE=1 /home/USERNAME/.local/share/Steam/steam.sh
just change to your username
Unbekannter Oct 2, 2013 @ 2:17pm 
The same thing happens with me, on Mint 15, XFCE, and I agree - it's annoying.
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sundaero Nov 12, 2013 @ 5:39pm 
The problem still remains.

Originally posted by NotJimCarrey:
I found a solution to Steam not closing to tray in *nix.

edit ~/.local/share/Steam/debian_bin/steam
comment out the second line, and add this:
STEAM_FRAME_FORCE_CLOSE=1 /home/USERNAME/.local/share/Steam/steam.sh
just change to your username
Unfortunately in my installation there are no debian_bin folder under ~/.local/share/Steam The closest file is ~/.local/share/Steam/ubuntu12_32/steam, which is unfortunately a binary file, and is not supposed to be edited.
JapyDooge / NoxiousPluK Dec 2, 2013 @ 1:23am 
Okay I fixed it in an alternative way (also running Mint):

* Open the file /etc/bin/steam:
sudo nano /etc/bin/steam

* Add on the second line:
export STEAM_FRAME_FORCE_CLOSE=1

* Hit Ctrl+O to save and Ctrl+X to quit

* Restart steam
sundaero Dec 2, 2013 @ 1:58am 
Originally posted by JapyDooge / NoxiousPluK:
* Open the file /etc/bin/steam:
That one worked. Thank you for investigating and posting it.
Light Yagami Dec 19, 2013 @ 2:26pm 
Hi,
I'm on Ubuntu 13.10 and I havent the
Originally posted by JapyDooge / NoxiousPluK:
/etc/bin/steam
file.
For those who need it, it can be found at:
/usr/bin/steam
Hope it helps!
Urkaz Dec 23, 2013 @ 7:34pm 
Originally posted by Nebbia:
Hi,
I'm on Ubuntu 13.10 and I havent the
Originally posted by JapyDooge / NoxiousPluK:
/etc/bin/steam
file.
Same for me... :/
Kranky K. Krackpot Sr. Dec 24, 2013 @ 12:55am 
Staying in dock after closing Steam's window with X button is a feature I believe. To exit Steam completely you must select Exit in drop-down menu.

Steam's main script seems /usr/bin/steam, not /etc/bin.
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