Friday, April 26, 2013

How to add bookmarks in steam overlay UI

Yes! You can do that! You can add bookmarks to steam overlay UI, so you can one-click open them in browser in-game. This is not super easy, but not hard at all

What do you need:
1) Page URL
2) Text editor

How to do that:

1) Open your steam folder, navigate to \resource\layout\ folder
2) Find overlaydesktop.layout file and open it with any text editor. The file format is similar to JSON.
3) In the text editor, in "controls" section, add following line:
BookmarkID { controlname="URLLabel" labeltext="Your bookmark name here" urltext="your page URL here" style="sidemenu"}

Creating a new control in steam overlay

BookmarkID is something that you will refer this bookmark in next step
4) In "layout" section, add your BookmarkID to the list in following line:
place { controls="GameGroupsButton,ChatRoomButton,DLCButton,GuideButton,LegacyCDKeyButton,WebSiteButton,RecommendButton,WorkshopButton" y=50 align=right region=overlay dir=down spacing=10 }

Adding a link to steam overlay layout

5) Save the file and you're done!
Here is how it looks: