How do I disable the Radeon Software (ALT+R) overlay
If you're using a computer with an AMD Radeon graphics card, and you install the official Adrenalin drivers for it, you may encounter an annoying feature: when you are playing games or using full-screen apps, you see a Radeon Software prompt in the corner of the screen, prompting you to press ALT+R to open. If you want to get rid of the overlay showing this message, read this tutorial:
The AMD Radeon Software Overlay (ALT+R)
After you install the AMD Software Adrenalin drivers for your AMD Radeon video card, each time you play a game or open a full-screen app using the graphics card, you see an overlay like the one below: "RADEON SOFTWARE. PRESS ALT+R TO OPEN."
If you do what the message says, it opens the Radeon Software dashboard, where you can see the current games you are playing, the average performance you get, and shortcuts to tools which you can use to take screenshots during games or record videos of your gameplay.
While the Radeon Software dashboard can be useful, many gamers are annoyed by it and just want to play games. Also, the In-Game Overlay (ALT+R) tends to mess with hotkeys used by other apps and programs.
How to disable the Radeon Software In-Game Overlay (ALT+R)
To disable the Radeon Software overlay, either press the ALT+R keyboard shortcut, or right-click or press-and-hold somewhere on the empty space on your Windows desktop. Then, in the menu that opens, go to AMD Radeon Software.
In the Radeon Software, click or tap on the Settings icon from the top-right corner, and then go to the General tab.
You see a long list of settings, split into two columns. Look for the Preferences section in the column on the right.
There, disable the switch that says "In-Game Overlay" by clicking or tapping on it.
After you set this switch to Disabled, the Radeon Software overlay is no longer displayed, and the ALT+R shortcut is no longer active, so it doesn't mess with other apps.
Why did the AMD Radeon Software Overlay (ALT+R) annoy you?
We found this overlay annoying for two reasons: it interfered with other hotkeys in some of the apps that we are using, and with the Game bar from Windows 10, which already offers many similar features, and it is embedded into the operating system. Before closing this tutorial, tell us your reasons for disabling the In-Game Overlay in a comment below.