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How to stop Steam from opening on startup?

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For those immersed in PC gaming, Steam likely serves as your go-to hub for purchasing, downloading, and immersing yourself in the gaming universe. Steam unquestionably stands as a popular platform offering an array of features and perks tailored for games.

Yet, a pesky inconvenience that might irk you revolves around Steam’s automatic launch during computer startup. This elongates the boot process, consumes precious bandwidth, and marks your presence online.

In this guide, we’ll explain how to stop Steam from opening on a startup by navigating Steam’s settings or engaging the Startup Apps tool in Windows. Here’s a step-by-step rendition of each pathway in detail.

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Via Steam Settings

The first method to stop Steam from opening on startup is by using Steam’s inside settings.

Here’s how to do that:

Step 1: Launch Steam and log into your designated account. Now, head to the Steam icon at the top left of the screen and then click on Settings.

Step 2: Now, head to Interface and turn off the toggle in front of the option: Run Steam when my computer starts.

Easy right? The first method should be your preferred one as it is easy and can be accomplished quickly. Now, let us move on to the second method.

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Using the Startup Apps tool on Windows

In this second method to stop Steam from opening on startup, we’ll take the help of a tool known as the Startup Apps. This tool gives you more control over which application can start when your computer boots up. This also means that by using this tool, you can turn off selected applications from running automatically after the booting process.

Here’s how to do that:

Step 1: Open Startup Apps by searching for the term in the taskbar search bar. Alternatively, you can head to Settings > Apps > Startup.

Step 2: Now, turn off the toggle in front of Steam.

After you have used either of the two methods listed above, you can stop Steeam from opening on startup. You will have to manually start it, effectively conserving computational resources, expediting the boot journey, and eschewing the intrusion of unwarranted notifications.

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Kumar Hemant

Kumar Hemant

Deputy Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant writes at the intersection of tech and culture and has a keen interest in science, social issues and international relations. You can contact him here: