STiAT Apr 8, 2013 @ 6:40am
[Steam] Exit to System Tray.
1. Give us the oportunity to have the behaviour of Windows - Closing minimizes to the tray icon and removes the taskbar entry.
2. It is already only in tray when I start Steam in the BigPicture mode, an exit the BigPicture mode lateron. Though, if I reopen the window, I get the taskbar entry again.
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instabilis Apr 8, 2013 @ 7:15am 
Which desktop environment are you using?
STiAT Apr 8, 2013 @ 1:35pm 
At the moment KDE, but as long as they've implemented the standards, it shouldn't be of any concern which DE I'm using.
barsanuphe le sec Apr 8, 2013 @ 1:47pm 
Cheogh Apr 8, 2013 @ 1:48pm 
Run steam with "STEAM_FRAME_FORCE_CLOSE=1 steam"
blackout24 Apr 8, 2013 @ 4:35pm 
Yes that works. I prefer the default setting, since the tray menu taks 1-2 seconds to load each time before it pops up. I'm also on KDE 4.10.2.
[LINUX]Letik Mar 9 @ 5:12pm 
For the ones (like me) who are trying to make this happening on a launcher, just go to the properties and add that before everything in the command line
env STEAM_FRAME_FORCE_CLOSE=1
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Fibbles Mar 9 @ 6:46pm 
Or you can add this to the end of your .profile in your home folder:

export STEAM_FRAME_FORCE_CLOSE=1
Ooodst Jul 6 @ 11:58am 
Originally posted by LINUXLetik:
For the ones (like me) who are trying to make this happening on a launcher, just go to the properties and add that before everything in the command line
env STEAM_FRAME_FORCE_CLOSE=1

Awsome! This works for Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon confirmed!
|NAC²| D.Cent Jul 7 @ 1:37pm 
What I still dislike about this is that if you have e.g. Steam and a single chat window open and you press Alt+F4 to close the chat window, Steam shuts down completely :/

Also I kind of don't like their politics to support Ubuntu's own desktop (which they don't even use for SteamOS), but at least there are things to work around issues like the STEAM_FRAME_FORCE_CLOSE variable.
[Linux] UZzK5RDF (Deafened) Jul 13 @ 3:15pm 
Originally posted by |NAC²| D.Cent:
What I still dislike about this is that if you have e.g. Steam and a single chat window open and you press Alt+F4 to close the chat window, Steam shuts down completely :/

Also I kind of don't like their politics to support Ubuntu's own desktop (which they don't even use for SteamOS), but at least there are things to work around issues like the STEAM_FRAME_FORCE_CLOSE variable.

Use Pidgin. Steam for Linux is extremelty buggy graphically (Well, actually, *Steam* is just buggy, sorry to say). I'm currently trying to avoid Steam as much as I can (While still using Steam, because, Steam is amazing, just... not so much the software):-

1. Pidgin for chats
2. Enhanced Steam with Chrome/Firefox for game navigation/community interactions/trading

I only really use Steam now-er-days to launch games/when playing. The majority of the time it's actually closed, despite me talking to people on Steam & interacting with Steam as a whole.

Sources for programs I mentioned (Note:- I'm not a developer for any of these, nor am I an employee of Valve. They probably aren't strictly allowed, and, they haven't had any security audits/what not, so, they may or may not leak your user:pass, if they do, don't blame me. I trust them, and, they're open source, but, I haven't looked through all the source, so, they may be leaking ♥♥♥♥):-

Pidgin IM (Great multi-protocol chat client, supports all kinds of whacky services):-
https://pidgin.im/

Pidgin Open-Steam-Works (Plugin to support Steam on Pidgin, it no longer uses OpenSteamWorks however, it uses the Mobile API (Emulates a mobile device, others will see you're on a mobile)):-
https://code.google.com/p/pidgin-opensteamworks/

Instructions on how to install it:-
https://code.google.com/p/pidgin-opensteamworks/wiki/HowToInstall

If you're running Arch, there's a bunch of premade AUR PKG scripts to make it, I use 'pidgin-opensteamworks' along with 'pidgin-otr' (Enables encrypted chats between users who have it):-
https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/?K=pidgin-opensteamworks

Enhacned Steam (Works amazingly, it's a browser add-on, the Chrome version is the best (I.E. has the most features... I think. It seems like that anyway), but, they all have the same core features):-
http://enhancedsteam.com/

Feature list:-
http://www.enhancedsteam.com/features.php

Yeah. Unfortunately, Steam for Linux (Both Desktop & Big Picture (Although, Big Picture is considerably better)) are relatively poor, so, until they fix some of the issues (Slow menu updating, big-picture 'offline message' causing broken, unfixable, UI, etc...) I'm going to utilize these third party implementations of accessing Steam.
Last edited by [Linux] UZzK5RDF (Deafened); Jul 13 @ 3:20pm
Nanobang Jul 14 @ 6:12am 
Originally posted by Linux UZzK5RDF:
Originally posted by |NAC²| D.Cent:
What I still dislike about this is that if you have e.g. Steam and a single chat window open and you press Alt+F4 to close the chat window, Steam shuts down completely :/

Also I kind of don't like their politics to support Ubuntu's own desktop (which they don't even use for SteamOS), but at least there are things to work around issues like the STEAM_FRAME_FORCE_CLOSE variable.

Use Pidgin. Steam for Linux is extremelty buggy graphically (Well, actually, *Steam* is just buggy, sorry to say). I'm currently trying to avoid Steam as much as I can (While still using Steam, because, Steam is amazing, just... not so much the software):-

1. Pidgin for chats
2. Enhanced Steam with Chrome/Firefox for game navigation/community interactions/trading

I only really use Steam now-er-days to launch games/when playing. The majority of the time it's actually closed, despite me talking to people on Steam & interacting with Steam as a whole.

Sources for programs I mentioned (Note:- I'm not a developer for any of these, nor am I an employee of Valve. They probably aren't strictly allowed, and, they haven't had any security audits/what not, so, they may or may not leak your user:pass, if they do, don't blame me. I trust them, and, they're open source, but, I haven't looked through all the source, so, they may be leaking ♥♥♥♥):-

Pidgin IM (Great multi-protocol chat client, supports all kinds of whacky services):-
https://pidgin.im/

Pidgin Open-Steam-Works (Plugin to support Steam on Pidgin, it no longer uses OpenSteamWorks however, it uses the Mobile API (Emulates a mobile device, others will see you're on a mobile)):-
https://code.google.com/p/pidgin-opensteamworks/

Instructions on how to install it:-
https://code.google.com/p/pidgin-opensteamworks/wiki/HowToInstall

If you're running Arch, there's a bunch of premade AUR PKG scripts to make it, I use 'pidgin-opensteamworks' along with 'pidgin-otr' (Enables encrypted chats between users who have it):-
https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/?K=pidgin-opensteamworks

Enhacned Steam (Works amazingly, it's a browser add-on, the Chrome version is the best (I.E. has the most features... I think. It seems like that anyway), but, they all have the same core features):-
http://enhancedsteam.com/

Feature list:-
http://www.enhancedsteam.com/features.php

Yeah. Unfortunately, Steam for Linux (Both Desktop & Big Picture (Although, Big Picture is considerably better)) are relatively poor, so, until they fix some of the issues (Slow menu updating, big-picture 'offline message' causing broken, unfixable, UI, etc...) I'm going to utilize these third party implementations of accessing Steam.
I'm gonna play around with these as workarounds when I play games on wine that require I turn off the overlay. I'm specifically thinking of Payday 2, which works swimmingly once the overlay is turned off, but loses a lot of it's social-play aspect in the process. Would it be, run the game in (wine) steam, access steam via browser, chat via Pidgeon? Anyway, thanks for the tip.
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