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Years later, Steam finally fixes bug

Steam has finally put an end to an annoying bug that has been plaguing users for years now.

Do you know that feeling when you leave a tiny stain on a freshly painted wall, and no matter where you look, you always see the stain?

Well, that's basically what was happening with Steam, as there was this bug, years old, where people using DirectInput and Win32 to process input would take two screenshots when pressing a hotkey, instead of just one.

The bug has finally been fixed in a patch issued on 1 May.

Here's what it says on the Steam Community page: “Fixed bug where in-game overlay could take two screenshots for a single hotkey press in some games that process input via DirectInput and Win32 input messages”.

According to Steam users, this really is a big deal.

Steamed (opens in new tab) was ecstatic by the news: “Here we are all these years later, and the problem is finally goooooooooone. Birds are chirping, the sun is shining, the ozone layer is plotting its revenge, and the world is an ever so slightly better place.”

Ubergizmo (opens in new tab), on the other hand, says this is indicative that Steam finally grabbed a few moments to pay attention to the little bugs.

It is unclear as to why Valve took so long to do away with the bug especially since it seems like a relatively easy thing to fix, but perhaps due to the fact that it isn’t exactly a system breaking bug or a security risk, Valve did not prioritise it and it kept getting passed over for more serious issues at least until now.

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.