Regular users of the Steam client for Windows might notice some slowdowns in the app. Currently, a lot of users are reporting a very slow app in Windows which makes playing, downloading and browsing Steam very difficult.
If you are facing slowdowns in the Steam client for Windows on your PC, then take a look at this tutorial to fix the slowdown issue.
Fix Slow Steam Client on Windows 7, 8 and 10
Step #1: Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys to open the Task Manager in Windows.
Step #2: In the Processes Tab, look for the Steam Client WebHelper process. Right-click on it and click on End Task. This will force close this process.
The Client WebHelper is part of the Steam client which allows you to browse web pages inside the Steam client without switching your browsers. Ending this process will also temporarily make your Steam client faster until the next restart. So, now you can navigate the interface to make other changes.
Step #3: Open the Steam client and go to Settings > Interface. Make sure that both Hardware decoding and DirectWrite are checked.
Step #4: In the same Settings window, go to Settings > Web Browser. Click on DELETE WEB BROWSER CACHE button. Click OK and restart Steam.
Now, after performing these steps, you’ll notice sudden speed improvements in your Steam client for Windows.