[Quick Tips] Steam Exit Big Picture
What is Big Picture mode?
Big Picture is a newly-launched mode of Steam designed to navigate Steam with a game controller. With Big Picture, you can enjoy a brand new experience of Steam games in a new full-screen user interface which has been completely redesigned for readability and interaction on TV.
Controller Support levels
You can play any Steam games in Big Picture mode though not all Steam games support the use of a controller. Currently, Big Picture supports the Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows, the Xbox 360 Wired Controller, and the Logitech Wireless Gamepad F710.
How to launch/close Big Picture mode
After you launch Steam, click the “Big Picture” button in the top right corner, or press the home button on your controller while using the Steam client.
To exit this mode, click or press your controller’s “A” button while focused on the “Big Picture Mode” button in the upper right-hand corner of the screen( Steam UI). Another quick way to open/exit Big Picture’s fullscreen mode is to press ALT + ENTER on your keyboard.
Most modern games have an option built in that’s on the main menu or pause menu, usually labeled “Exit to Desktop”. All you need to do is to pause the game > exit to the main menu > exit to desktop, whereupon you’ll be taken back to Big Picture.
Some games will let you “exit to desktop” right from the pause menu such as Far Cry 3 does.
Exiting Steam from Big Picture mode
Every time you close Big Picture or steam in general, I have to manually turn off your controller right after. You may be wondering whether there is an option to exit big picture (not steam) and turn off the controller with a single button. The answer is YES.
In the controller settings, you can turn off the controller when big picture mode is exited. Then you can simply press Alt+F4 to close BPM and the controller will turn off as well. Steam’s desktop version will continue to run with this method as well, it is only BPM that is closed with the Alt+F4.
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