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How to take a screenshot on Steam Deck and other hidden shortcuts

Taking a screenshot on Steam Deck is simple as pressing a button... with another buton

Close up photo of Steam Deck hand-held gaming device on a red material Photo: Chris Plante/Polygon
Chris Plante co-founded Polygon in 2012 and is now editor-in-chief. He co-hosts The Besties, is a board member of the Frida Cinema, and created NYU’s first games journalism course.

The Steam Deck has eight buttons, four triggers, four paddles, two joysticks, two trackpads, a D-pad, and a touchscreen and that’s still not enough inputs to do everything you need. Fortunately, Valve has included a helpful trick that gives nearly every button a bonus function. The trick is to combine any input with the Steam button.

For example, if you want to take a screenshot in the Steam Deck, simply press STEAM + R1.

You can see all of the Steam shortcuts by holding down Steam for a couple of seconds. Or, you can see read through the shortcuts right here!

  • STEAM + B = Force Game Shutdown
  • STEAM + X = Show Keyboard
  • STEAM + L1 = Toggle Magnifier
  • STEAM + R1 = Take Screenshot
  • STEAM + L2 (Soft pull) = Right Mouse Click
  • STEAM + R2 (Soft pull) = Left Mouse Click
  • STEAM + Right Joystick = Joystick Mouse
  • STEAM + Right Trackpad = As Mouse
  • STEAM + Rlight Trackpd (Click) = Left Moust Click
  • STEAM + Left Joystick Up = Screen Brightness Up
  • STEAM + Left Joystick Down = Screen Brightness Down
  • STEAM + D-Pad Right = Enter Key
  • STEAM + D-Pad Down = Tab Key
  • STEAM + D-Pad Left = Escape Key