How to Add Steam Games as Start Menu Live Tiles
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The revamped Start Menu is one of the love-it-or-hate-it features in Windows. If you don’t use it much or if you don’t care for it at all, then feel free to move onto one of our other articles.

But the Start Menu can be pretty nifty, especially if you take advantage of its lesser-known functionalities such as creating custom Start Menu tiles and deep linking to the Windows Store.

And if you’re a Steam gamer, then you can use an awesome free app called Steam Tile to create a Live Tile for games in your Steam library. The Live Tile lets you launch games and see achievement data right from the Start Menu.


Once you’ve installed the app from the Windows Store, here’s how to get it set up and create tiles for individual Steam games:

  1. In Steam, go to your profile and click Edit Profile, then click My Privacy Settings, then make sure Profile Status is set to Public.
  2. Switch over to the My Profile page, look for Custom URL, and copy the portion that indicates your ID.
  3. Launch Steam Tile, paste the ID, then click Update.
  4. After Steam Tile imports your library, just click on any of them to pin them to the Start Menu as Live Tiles. To unpin, click on them again.

If you’d rather pin Steam games without the use of a third-party app, check out our instructions for making Steam games pinnable in Windows 10.

If you want to improve your Start Menu even further, check out these useful hacks and tricks for customizing it in Windows 10. The default Start Menu may be unimpressive, but a few tweaks can really bring it to life.

DownloadSteam Tile (Free)

Do you use the Start Menu much? If so, in what ways? If not, why not? Share your best Start Menu tips and tweaks with us in the comments below!

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  1. russell
    April 27, 2017 at 6:36 pm

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  2. Kannon
    January 18, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Really great tip, thanks Joel! The ability to create larger Steam tiles is a big deal.