Can I choose in which screen corner Steam notifications show up?

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As long as I can remember, Steam notifications always popped up in the bottom right corner. I had a hard drive crash and had to reinstall Steam, and now they are showing up in the top right corner. Is this something that was recently (Oct. 2009) changed by Valve, and more importantly, is there a setting to choose which corner to show notifications?

Have you looked under File > Settings > In-game ?

Steam does not have a setting anywhere in the user interface that allows you to change the notification pop up location, but it is possible to modify it using a text editor.

There is a caveat to this, but in general you can edit the file SteamScheme.res in the directory Steam\resource and change the setting for Notifications.PanelPosition to one of the following:

  • BottomRight
  • BottomLeft
  • TopRight
  • TopLeft

This file is also included in custom Steam skins, so if you are using one you would edit the SteamScheme.res file in your applied skin folder (Steam\skins\Your Skin Here\resource) in the same manner.

Now for the caveat… Valve may now override this setting on a per-game basis and it appears to be impossible to change.

The first time I noticed this happen was with a Left 4 Dead update in October of 2009 that moved my notifications from the bottom right to the top right corner. I searched high and low through the Left 4 Dead directory but never found a setting to override this behavior anywhere.

A petition on the official Left 4 Dead forums was started about this topic, and apparently Valve listened.

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