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Steam button shortcuts on the Steam Deck

Not many people know that the Steam button on the Deck can also acts as a modifier key for some super handy shortcuts in console mode. Here’s the complete list, but you can also press and hold either the Steam button or the · · · button to reveal the list on the fly.

Force Game Shutdown with Steam Button plus B Button
Steam + B (long press) – Force Game Shutdown
Show or Hide Keyboard with Steam Button plus X Button
Steam + X – Show and Hide the Keyboard
Toggle Magnifier with Steam Button plus Left Bumper
Steam + L1 – Toggle the Magnifier
Take Screenshot with Steam Button plus Right Bumper
Steam + R1 – Take a Screenshot
Right Mouse Click with Steam Button plus Left Trigger
Steam + L2 – Perform a right mouse click
Left Mouse Click with Steam Button plus Right Trigger
Steam + R2 – Perform a left mouse click
Use Mouse with Steam Button plus Right Trackpad
Steam + R Touch Pad – Use as touch pad mouse.
Joystick as Mouse with Steam Button plus Right Joystick
Steam + R Joystick – Use as joystick mouse
Left Mouse Click with Steam Button plus Right Trackpad
Steam + R Touch Pad Press – Perform a left mouse click
Screen Brightness Up with Steam Button plus Left Joystick Up
Steam + Left Joystick Up – Adjust the screen brightness up
Screen Brightness Down with Steam Button plus Left Joystick Down
Steam + Left Joystick Down – Adjust the screen brightness down
Enter Key with Steam Button and Right D-Pad
Steam + Right DPad Press – Enter key
Tab Key with Steam Button plus D-Pad Down
Steam + Down DPad Press – Tab key
Escape Key with Steam Button plus D-Pad Left
Steam + Left DPad Press – Escape Key

These shortcuts are super helpful when navigating supported and unsupported titles on the Deck. My personal favorite is Steam + Left DPad. Having access to the escape key is a life saver. The runner up is defiantly Steam + B. No one wants to have to restart the whole system if a unsupported game doesn’t behave. Let us know what your favorite is.

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