When the Steam client is applying up an excessive amount of memory, you can reduce it with just a few clicks. Here’re the steps to lessen Steam RAM usage in Windows 10.
For PC gaming, there is nothing better than the Steam client. In the end, not only you can get almost any game it provides a single place to manage all your games. As well as, the occasional Steam sale is one of the best things.
Whenever you open the Steam client in Windows, it automatically loads a browser component called “Steam Client WebHelper”. This component accounts for showing all of the new games, your game catalog, friends activity, new offers or sale, and other content in Steam. Based on what the Steam client is showing and doing, there will be multiple Steam Client WebHelper processes at any given time. The more these processes, the higher would be the Steam client RAM usage. So, to lessen Steam’s RAM usage, you have to reduce or get rid of the demand for Steam Client WebHelper process.
Thankfully, the Steam Client has a built-in minimal mode called “Small mode” that drastically reduces the Steam client memory usage. Any time you want Steam to make use of less memory, all you have to do is launch it within the Small Mode. Within this quick and simple post, allow me to show the steps to lessen Steam’s RAM usage in Windows 10 by enabling the Small Mode feature.
Steps to Reduce Steam’s RAM Usage (Memory Usage)
As I said before, to lessen Steam’s memory usage, you need to launch it within the Small Mode. To do that, we are going to create a new shortcut.
First, right-click around the desktop.
Select the “New → Shortcut” option.
Within the blank field, paste the below path. When the install location of Steam differs on your machine, change it out accordingly.
“C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steam.exe” -no-browser +open steam://open/minigameslist
Click “Next” to carry on.
Name the shortcut. You can name it anything you want. With my case, I named it “Steam Lite”.
Click the “Finish” button.
You will see the newly created shortcut on the desktop.
Double-click on the shortcut to produce Steam.
That is all. The Steam client will launch in the lite mode which automatically reduces the RAM usage. If you open the Task Manager and see the RAM usage, you will see the client utilizing a lot less memory.
If you are constantly launching the Small Mode steam client, I recommend you pin the shortcut for your taskbar.
Unlike the regular mode, the Small or Lite mode only shows games inside your library. Do keep in mind that in Small Mode, you won’t be able to buy new games, see the steam store, access community, uninstall games, etc. Quite simply, anything that requires browser components or extended functionality will not work.
To spread out the standard steam client, completely exit the little Mode and launch steam using the regular shortcut in the Start menu.
That is all.