Steam Deck shortcuts - Every shortcut you need to know

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Steam Deck shortcuts - Every shortcut you need to know | A Steam Deck on a table
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If you are looking for Steam Deck shortcuts, then you are at the right place.

Valve doesn't make it obvious, but Steam Deck owners have plenty of shortcuts at their fingertips. If you are a Steam Deck user, knowing all the Steam Deck shortcuts can definitely save you time and energy.

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While some people are already familiar with the important shortcuts, there may be some shortcuts that you haven’t yet discovered. To help you discover them, we’ve gathered together a list of all the Steam Deck shortcuts for your convenience.

Let's get right into it!

All the Steam Deck shortcuts

From capturing a screenshot, getting the keyboard in desktop mode, and changing the screen brightness, there is no shortage of Steam shortcuts. They're handy, and they'll be a lot easier to use than opening the full menu every time.

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So, here is the full list of Steam Deck shortcuts:

Shortcut Action
Steam + B (long press)Force the game to shutdown
Steam + XBring up the on-screen keyboard
Steam + L1Toggle the magnifier tool on/off
Steam + R1Capture screenshot
Steam + L2 (soft pull)Right mouse click
Steam + R2 (soft pull)Left mouse click
Steam + Right joystickJoystick mouse
Steam + Right trackpadAs mouse
Steam + Right trackpad (click)Left mouse click
Steam + Left joystick upIncrease screen brightness
Steam + Left joystick downDecrease screen brightness
Steam + D-pad rightEnter key
Steam + D-pad downTab key
Steam + D-pad leftEscape key

In case you didn't know, if you press and hold the Steam button for a while, a whole list of all the available shortcuts pops up until you release the button. So for those times when you forget, you can refresh your memory without revisiting this guide.

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Steam Deck shortcuts not working?

Many users have reported that Steam Deck shortcuts sometimes do not work, especially in Desktop Mode. The exact cause of this issue is unknown but we believe it is an instance of the common Steam Deck keyboard not working issue.

The official FAQ states that Steam Deck controls work in Desktop mode only if you're running Steam in the background. That means you should be connected to the Internet and the Steam client should be running for the Steam Deck shortcuts work.

If the issue persists despite following the steps above, we recommend you navigate to Settings > Controller > Desktop configuration and then set up custom buttons to perform your favourite Steam Deck shortcuts.