How to organize my Steam games by categories

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Reference the Big List of Third-Party DRM on Steam

Before you go buy the Mortal Kombat Kollection and realize it needs Games for Windows Live to run, check the Big List of Third-Party DRM on Steam. It’ll let you know which games require external DRM and presents fixes for some that have been deprecated after release in ways that impact your ability to play.

Steam finally lets you take control of your game

 · Steam's long-awaited library redesign is now available in open beta, and I'm excited about being able to sort my 405 games into useful categories without tons of manual fiddling. In the past, I …

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Is it possible to sort your Library by Release Date

 · Is it possible to sort your Library by "Release Date"? (Preferably the original Release Date, not Date of Release on Steam) It doesn't have to be a Steam feature, since it's been asked for for quite a few years now, but being able to do it in any other way (like a program or site that imports your steam library info) would be great, too.

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How to install Steam games to specific directories

1. Navigate to your Steam client “Settings” menu.

2. Select “Steam Library Folders” from the “Downloads” tab.

3. From here, you can view your default installation path, as well as creating a new path by selecting “Add Library Folder.”

4. Once you have created the new path, all future

4. Once you have created the new path, all future installations can be installed there.

5. You can right-click on one of the paths to set it as a default.

Filtering Games in Your Steam Library

There are two ways to filter games in your Steam Library, categories and search.

To search your library, enter text into the search box located above your list of games in any view. You will get results for titles and categories that match your search term. To clear a search click the x next to the box.

You can also filter your games by a specific category. To select a filter category, click on the category beside the search box (default Games). A menu will appear displaying a list of all possible categories, click on one and it will display only the games in that category.

Selecting Recent will display all games by their last played date, most recent at the top and groups them by days, months, etc.

Selecting Installed will show only games that are installed and are grouped by Favorites and custom categories.

This is where you would locate your Hidden games if you wanted to see them again. If you want greater ability to restrict certain content use Family View.

Find what you are looking for

Use any amount of filters to your library or wishlist and find any game in seconds.

With more than 50.000 games on Steam, filters can be easily applied and stacked to search single player games, games with achievements, controller support, filter by release date, filter by platform… Order the search results with any criteria, scores, name, base price, or even your playtime.

Stage 2: Making them look all pretty together

Option A: The “it’s all in one place” option

Sit back and give yourself a pat on the back, you worked hard buddy—just take a load off. When you’re refreshed and feeling up to it, skip down to Stage 3.

Option B: Putting some effort into it but keeping it all in one place

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Pretty safe to say that Minecraft is neither Tactical or Survival Horror

This is a great native way to keep track of your library, but the biggest downside is that you need to do this individually for each game you own. There is no batch function where you can select three games you know will be in your “Action Role-Playing-Game (non-fantasy setting)” or whatever you want to have.

In all seriousness though, this is a great way to group games if you’re ever in the “What kind of game do I feel like playing” kind of mindset. Be warned, the closer you specify those categories, the more difficult it will be to search through/setup

Option C: Why do it myself when someone has made a program that will do it for me?

Introducing you to Depressurize

It will detect your Steam profile on your computer

It will detect your Steam profile on your computer, pull information about all of the games including descriptions and genre, and will display them to you in a sensible way. You can then create your own Categories and drag and drop your games into them (already a faster experience) or you can use the Autocategorization tool to pick any aspect about the game to sort it by. If you want to have them all sorted by their main Genre, then that’s awesome. Are you wanting to sort all of your games by release year for some ungodly reason? Sure I guess you can do that too.

Once it’s been saved, you can open Steam back up and all of your Steam games will be in their correct category. The Non-Steam games will still be off in their own uncategorized “Games” area, but then you’d just need to follow the steps from Option B to set their category.

 Add those last games into the right groups and yo
Add those last games into the right groups and you’ve got yourself an organized games collection

More Steam Library Tips

  • You can set games to multiple categories.
  • You can select multiple games at once with the shift and ctrl keys.
  • The Details Page lists all of the categories a game is under.
  • The + and – in front of a category heading expands or collapses the category. Right-click on a category heading to expand or collapse all categories.
  • You can add non-Steam games to your Steam Library from the Games menu and organize them just like Steam games

Play music

Steam also functions as a music player. View>Music Details or View>Music Player will let you listen to selected game soundtracks, and you probably have more than you realize. (Bet you didn’t know Shower With Your Dad Simulator 2015 had a soundtrack full of bangers with wonderful names like ‘Inglorious Bathdads’.) Chill with the down-home tunes of Kentucky Route Zero, enjoy the novelty of A Merry Payday Christmas, or listen to the Portal OST for a flashback to 2007. The organization isn’t ideal—some games show up as multiple entries with overlapping tracklists—but the fact it exists at all is nice.

Finally, if you’re looking to get even more out of the Steam client, here’s a selection of utilities that will let you do just that.


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