You can access your Friends & Chat interface in the lower right corner of your Steam Client or through your favorite web browser.
Through your Friends & Chat interface you can manage your friends, send IMs, organize voice & group chats and control your online presence.
Most of these features are designed to be intuitive and easy to use, so don't be afraid to drag and drop and right-click. If you have trouble with anything, check out the information in this FAQ. If you are still unable to get something working right, don't hesitate to reach out to Steam Support.
In the top left corner of your Friends & Chat interface, you'll see your familiar Steam avatar. You can access your Steam profile directly from this link.
Next to your avatar there is a dropdown menu. From here, you can set your online presence:
The gear next to your profile name will take you to your Friends & Chat settings. From here, you can access a variety of settings relative to all aspects of your Friends & Chat interface.
Your friends list allows you to quickly access and manage your friends on Steam. You can access your friends list directly from your favorite web browser or from the Friends & Chat interface in the lower right corner of your Steam client.
The friend plus icon at the top of your friends list will take you to your friend management page. From here you can add friends through a variety of methods below:
While every player on Steam can receive friend invites, limited user accounts cannot send friend invites.
If you have any outstanding friend invites, you will see another friend icon at the top of your friends list showing the number of outstanding requests. Clicking on this icon will allow you to accept, block or ignore friends. You can also visit your friend management page for more comprehensive management tools.
You can drag & drop any of your friends to the top of your Friends & Chat interface to add them to your favorites list.
Group chats allow you to open chat rooms with more than one friend. Once you've created a group chat, you can save it for future use, along with access to special settings relative to that group.
Once you've added some friends to the group chat, you'll want to save it for future access. With the group chat window open, select the gear notification in the upper right corner of the chat window. From here, you'll be able to set a name and avatar and permanently save the group.
Once you've saved and setup your group, you can access specific group settings that will let you customize your group and its permissions. Open your group chat and select the gear in the upper right.
You can drag & drop any of your groups to the top of your Friends & Chat interface to add them to your favorites list.
If you're able to access your Steam Friends and Chat UI, starting a voice chat is one click away.
The gear next to your profile name at the top of your friends list will take you to your Friends & Chat settings. From here, you can access the Voice tab to configure your devices along with other options.
Steam voice chat is designed to require minimal setup, provided your default Window's devices are already working properly. If you are experiencing an issue, check out the support article below for detailed info: