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Hello all, for some time now I have been wondering how to change the default position of the Steam Notification pop-ups. Why you might ask? Well with myself being a rather heavy Photoshop user and a man of playing many different games I tend to notice that the steam notification pop-up likes to pop up OVER important information. Whether it be Photoshop layers, or maps/ammunition counts for certain games, and that has really started to annoy me. So I took the time to find out how to exactly edit this(and they made it quite easy as well).

Open to view the process, otherwise look below for freebies! smile.gifNotification Position Tutorial Steps (Click to show)
1) To start off there are two different areas you can look, and they are as followed(I am assuming you are using Windows 7(but this works for MAC/XP as well), so if not you know how to adjust this):

Standard Steam Skin: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\resource\styles
Customer Steam Skin: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\skins\\resource\styles

Once you have located and opened this folder you will see 'steam.styles' and 'gameoverlay.styles', these are the files that need to be edited in order to move the notification pop-up.



2) Now that you have located these files it is suggested that you make a back-up of them just in case something goes HORRIBLY wrong. Better to be safe than sorry. smile.gif



3) Open 'steam.styles' with notepad or a preferred text editing program and then press ctrl+f and search for "Notifications" without quotes.



4) Now that you've done that you should see something like the following in the text editing program:

Now you can edit ANY of those to your desires but just for the sake of the tutorial we are only going to worry about two of these options.
Quote:
Notifications.PanelPosition "BottomRight" // Can be "BottomRight", "BottomLeft", "TopRight", "TopLeft"
Notifications.PanelPosition "TopRight" [$OSX] // the dock is on the bottom for OSX, so instead pop top right like other apps do
Notifications.SlideDirection "Vertical" // Can be "Vertical", "Horizontal", "None" and controls slide effect
Notifications.FadeInTime "0.45" // Controls the time it takes to slide/fade into view
Notifications.FadeOutTime "0.45" // Controls the time it takes to slide/fade out of view
Notifications.DisplayTime "6.0" // Controls the length of time at steady state after fade in and before fade out
Notifications.StackSize "3" // Controls how many panels we will stack before background queuing



5) After you have located the following text, you are going to want to change Notifications.PanelPosition "BottomRight" to one of the following:
  • BottomRight(default)
  • BottomLeft
  • TopRight
  • TopLeft

Unfortunately there are no 'TopMiddle' or 'TopCenter' variables, tried them already to no avail.


6) If need be, you can go back into that .style file and edit any of the other notification options available there. They are very self explanatory and can enhance the Steam Notification pop-up experience to make it something you enjoy.


7) Next you are going to open up 'gameoverlay.styles' with the same program. Inside of this file you won't find to much of anything, but there is one more line you need to edit in here so while you are in game it doesn't switch back to the bottom right. The line that you need to edit is:
Quote:
mostly_black "0 0 0 240"
semi_black "0 0 0 128"
semi_gray "32 32 32 220"
Notifications.PanelPosition "TopRight" // osx has toast in the upper right, but in-overlay should not.


8) After you locate that line(should be right towards the top) all you need to do is change it to the same position as you set the other file to. But now once you change those settings to your likings(and save them) you will have to restart Steam for the change to take effect. When you log back in, you'll notice that the pop-up notifications are where you specified them to be at.


That is it! We have now successfully edited the 'steam.styles' and '' files to change the default location of where the pop-up notifications show up when someone signs on, starts playing a game, makes and announcement/event or even messages you! Give yourself a pat on the back, you deserve it! thumb.gif

This is †Blade†, hoping you enjoyed this tutorial, please show your appreciation for my efforts in doing this.





For added convenience here are a bunch or pre-edited layouts I made for you guys to take out the middle man if you don't feel like editing your own files. Just click on the link for where you want the position and how fast you want it and enjoy. smile.gif

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  1. Top Right
  2. Top Left
  3. Bottom Right
  4. Bottom Left

Edited by XiCynx - 5/2/11 at 6:04pm
post #2 of 11
Nice, thanks
post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
Not a problem, figured if this was bothering me it had to of been bothering others as well.
post #4 of 11
Sweet.. Thanks sir!
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Welcome much, I figured more people would've liked this, guess not. Silly me frown.gif
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*One last bump* For ShamE!

Added quick download links for people who didn't want to edit the files for themselves. Just replace the current ones and that's it! smile.gif
post #7 of 11
Thanks, Blade! I have been looking for a guide on how to move the Steam notifications for months. I couldn't stand it poping up over my tray icons every time I start my computer up. biggrin.gif
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Much appreciated! Little things like this make my day.
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smile.gif I think over the course of time more and more people will be taking a look on trying to do this. It's nothing big, but sometimes they just get in the damn way at the wrong time. Haha! This is pretty much the only counter measure to that outside of un-linking the game or turning off the notifications all together.
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I moved mine to the top right. While it is less annoying, it now pops up over my X everytime I try to close something out!

Good write up though biggrin.gif
 
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