After such a long time, finally Valve has added one more function to hide games in the Steam library. The new functionality is accessible from the Set Categories menu, making it so that hidden games will not show up in any Library filters except a new filter named “Hidden”.
Hidden games are of course still available to play, but at least now nobody has to know who owns them. You might have to get through some submenus to cast the unwanted titles into the corner.
1. Why would you even wantto hide games in your Steam library?
It’s simple: Between Humble Bundles, Steam Summer sales, (sometimes) separate listings for beta, Mac, and Linux versions of games, and the slew of ways to snag free PC games, your library can become cluttered with titles that you don’t want to play anytime soon, if ever. Steam’s new feature is the digital equivalent of spring cleaning.
2. How to hide games in your Steam library
The process is incredibly straightforward.Simply open your Steam library, then click right on the game you want to hide and select Set Categories. The pop-up menu will appear, then you check the box shows “Hide this game in my library,” finally click OK. The game is now vanish from the Steam Library.
But what if one day you decide to take one of the outcasts for a whirl once again? Easily, you can just drag hidden games back into the light, though that process is also slightly less than intuitive.
Open your Steam Library once again, then pick the Gameslink in the search box to bring up a drop-down menu. At the bottom of the list you’ll see a “Hidden” filter. Click it to reveal your hidden games, which you can then play, install, or re-add to your library by unchecking the “Hide this game in my library” box under Set Categories.
- Additionally, Steam’s received an updated user interface, shifting some navigation elements and making the color palette a bit nicer. Content updates will now also not be delayed for games set to high priority. There are also some tweaks to improve in-home streaming.