If you game on a PC, you’re likely an avid Steam user. On Windows, you’re probably used to having a shortcut to your games accessible from the desktop.
Here on Chrome OS, while it’s nice to have our Steam games available from Valve’s launcher, it’d be more convenient to just click an icon and get started.
In this simple tutorial, I’ll show you how you can add shortcuts to Steam games on your Chromebook.
Create the Shortcut
We’ll use Terraria as our example game. First, open Steam and make your way to the games settings.
Select properties and click “Create Desktop Shortcut.”
We’re done in Steam now, so you can close the program if you want.
While it should be visible where Steam has placed it, I’ve noticed that installed games never show up in the launcher. So, we need to move the shortcut somewhere that Chrome OS can see it.
Go to your Linux files and enter the Desktop folder.
In the folder, you’ll see a Terraria.desktop file. Copy it.
Go back to the main directory. Make sure that the “Show hidden files” option is checked in your settings. Once it is, scroll down to the .local folder.
Enter the folder. Inside, there should be a share folder. Click it.
Once inside the share folder, create an applications folder. If you’ve followed some of my other tutorials, you might already have this folder. If not, just create it and paste the Terraria.desktop file inside.
That’s it! Within a few moments, your game will appear on your launcher! You can even pin it to the shelf.
Just follow this process whenever you install a game. It’d be nice if it just worked once you click the shortcut button, but for now, this is the process.
As with most things, if we put in a little work, we can customize Chrome OS to our liking.