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How to install Steam skins on Windows 10

With the use of skins, you can customize the user interface and style of the Steam client whatever you prefer in Windows 10. Here’s how to do it, step by step.

First, download your favorite Steam skin

To use a Steam skin, you will have to find one on the internet. To find the best masks Steam, we recommend visiting steamskins.org , a website that offers themes ingenious for your client.

Enter the URL of steamskins.org

To see the most popular skins uploaded to the website, click on the “Popular” tab at the top of the web page. Other tabs include “Anime,” “Clean,” “Colors” (featuring skins that highlight a color), “Dark,” “Light,” and “Soft” themed skins. Choose the right tab for you.

After choosing a tab, you will find a list of available skins. Each skin page provides a description of what the skin is trying to achieve, its readability, a record of how the skin has altered over time, or some combination of these.

Please note that there may be some downsides to some of these skins. For example, on some skins, the ‘Big Picture Mode’ feature on Steam doesn’t have a button, and you may have to go through the ‘View’ menu instead.

Once you’ve decided which skin to use, scroll down to the center of the page, just above “Related Skins” and under “Installation Instructions.” You will see an option to use a “Direct Download” or an “External Download”.

Find the external download link

We recommend “External Download” as you can download the latest version directly from the skin’s author. It has a higher chance of being an updated version that is compatible with the latest Steam updates.

Next, create the folder «Masks»

Once you’ve downloaded the file (and before extracting the ZIP), you need to create a new folder for the skin you just downloaded.

First, open File Explorer and visit C:Program Files (x86)Steam(or the installation location of your Steam program). Right-click an empty space in the folder and select New> Folder.

How to add a new folder in the Steam directory

Write the name skinsand press Enter. If you make a mistake, rename the folder to skins.

Extract the Steam Skin file

Next, find the original Steam skin ZIP file that you downloaded, right-click on it, and then select “Extract All.” When you are on the extraction screen, click “Browse” and look for C:Program Files (x86)Steamskins, which is the folder you just created. Click “Select Folder” and the ZIP file will begin to extract.

Select the Steam folder

Once it is extracted, you can delete the ZIP file. You won’t need it again (unless you choose to reinstall it on another machine later).

Finally, select the skin in the Steam settings

Once all the files have been moved to the “skins” folder, open the Steam client. At the top left, click on “Steam” and then on “Settings”.

When you get there, select “Interface” in the sidebar. Then, click on the “Select the skin you want Steam to use” drop-down menu and select the skin you want to use.

How to select Steam Skins on the Steam client

After confirming, Steam will request a restart of the Steam client. Let Steam restart, log in with your account details, and you’ll see your new skin in action!

This is what the skin of Plexed Finch 4.6 looks like

There is a warning

You may experience compatibility issues depending on the skin you use. For example, with the “Plexed” skin we chose in our example, the store page looks perfectly fine on Steam, but once we tried to launch the library section, it went blank. If the update comes from 2018 or earlier, it probably won’t show your library. Go to the “External Download” section of steamskins.org to find the latest version of the skin you want, or just Google it.

How to revert to the default Steam skin

If you change your mind and want to go back to the standard look of Steam, open “Settings” and then click “Interface”. In the “Select the skin you want Steam to use” menu, choose ““.

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How to change your skin to the default Steam appearance

Press “OK” and you will be asked to restart the Steam client. Everything should be back to normal on your favorite PC platform. Whatever your configuration, we wish you the best in your PC gaming adventure. Have fun!

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