If you’re using a computer with an AMD Radeon graphics card, and you install the official Adrenalin drivers, 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 that 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. The ALT+R shortcut is no longer active, so it doesn’t mess with other apps.
How to disable the keyboard shortcuts used by Radeon Software
Even if you disable the Radeon Software In-Game Overlay using the instructions shared earlier, its keyboard shortcuts are still active, and they can interfere with your Windows programs. For example, when using apps like Paint.NET, pressing CTRL+SHIFT+S no longer works because of Radeon Software. Instead, you get a message saying: “Instant Replay Off.”
To solve these conflicts with keyboard shortcuts used by different Windows apps, open the Radeon Software. Then, click or tap on the Settings icon from the top-right corner and go to the Hotkeys tab. Here you find all the keyboard shortcuts used by Radeon Software, including those interfering with the apps that you use.
Find the keyboard shortcut that you want to fix and click on it. Then, Radeon Software asks you to press a key to assign it as the new keyboard shortcut or to press Delete to unbind the existing shortcut. Press Delete on your keyboard, and Radeon Software no longer uses that keyboard shortcut.
Repeat this process for all the keyboard shortcuts from Radeon Software that interfere with the apps you use. When done, you should see NONE listed as the keyboard shortcut for the hotkeys that you have modified.
From now on, the Radeon Software overlay should no longer interfere with the keyboard shortcuts from your preferred Windows 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 is embedded into the operating system. Before closing this tutorial, tell us your reasons for disabling the In-Game Overlay in a comment below.