How to organize Steam games using Categories

Organize Steam games using Categories

We are quite surprised that not a lot of people know of the category section despite the millions of people who use Steam on a daily basis.

For those who might have little knowledge of how to organize their games on Steam, then this article will do its best to explain how to get the job done in the simplest of ways. Just make sure the Steam client is installed on your Windows 10 computer, and you are logged in and ready to go. The process involved is simple:

  1. Open Steam & go to Library > Games
  2. Right-click on the game > Set Categories.
  3. Give the Category a name.
  4. Click on Add Category.
  5. Press OK.

When you’re done, you should be able to find your games with ease since that is what the feature was designed for.

Go to the Games section and Set Categories

The first step you must make is to fire up the Ste

The first step you must make is to fire up the Steam client, and from there, navigate to Library > Games.

After making this step, the plan then is to choose the games needed for adding to one or more categories.

Now, to set a category, right-click on the preferr

Now, to set a category, right-click on the preferred game, then select Add To, and from there, click on New Collection and be sure to give the Category a name to differentiate it from others if you choose to create more. Bear in mind that titles are limited to 32 characters.

Once you’re done, click on Create Collection, then hit the OK button to complete the process.

Bear in mind that if you have pre-existing categor

Bear in mind that if you have pre-existing categories, then there is no need to create a new one when adding games. A single category can hold hundreds of games, so keep that in your thoughts before creating a ton of unnecessary categories.

Read: Best Steam Tips and Tricks you need to know.

Where will categories appear?

Your categories will show up in your list of games, therefore, users should have no problem locating it whenever they want to play a particular video game. Additionally, if the time has come to get rid of a category, simply remove all games from it, and right away the category will disappear.

Hope this helps you better organize your Steam games.

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LaunchBox

LaunchBox is probably the most well-known game launcher available for organizing your games. This application comes to take care of Steam’s inability of creating a beautiful game collection, making the organization process extremely easy.

So, let’s see how LaunchBox can be used. Note that there are several LaunchBox tutorials available, so for a more in-depth guide it’s recommended that you look for a more detailed article.

Features

  • Is free
  • Supports all versions of Windows from 7 and newer
  • Has a very user-friendly and practical environment
  • Supports countless emulators
  • Can be used for any game, from any platform
  • Is portable

Although the program also comes in a premium version with extra features, the free version is more than enough.

Installation

First, visit this link to download LaunchBox. Note that you will have to enter an email address, since you will receive an email containing the download link for the program afterwards.

After downloading the installer (which is 157MB) launch it to begin the installation procedure, which is pretty straightforward and easy.

Adding games

When you open LaunchBox for the first time you will be greeted by an introductory message that will help you get started. You may close it now.

In the next window that shall appear you will be a

In the next window that shall appear you will be asked to choose among several different options for adding your games to the app’s list. Among other things, your choices are Steam, GOG, Origin, and even ROMs from the emulators that you may have. In essence, you can add to the list virtually any game that you have installed on your computer.

Clicking on one of the options will open the game

Clicking on one of the options will open the game import tool.

For Steam games, you will need to enter your Custom URL. To do that, first navigate to your profile (click on your username at the top-right corner and click View Profile).

Then click on Edit Profile.

Then click on Edit Profile.

Now, either type something in the Custom URL field

Now, either type something in the Custom URL field to create your custom URL and then click Save, or simply copy it, if you have already set one.

Then you’ll have to choose from where you pr

Then you’ll have to choose from where you prefer to download your games’ covers and various other metadata (your options are LaunchBox Games Database and Wikipedia). It’s recommended that you check both options for more results.

Next, you’ll have to choose what kind of met

Next, you’ll have to choose what kind of metadata you’re interested in downloading. You can leave all options checked in here too. If you’re not interested in all of them, you could keep only the Box – Front option checked.

If you have an EmuMovies account, you can use

If you have an EmuMovies account, you can use it in LaunchBox for downloading media.

Then LaunchBox will scan your computer for locating the installed games and display the results when done. If any items in the results are not games then you can simply remove them by selecting them and hitting the Delete key in your keyboard.

[As you can see, the current test computer is not exactly used for gaming purposes…]

When you’re done preparing the application, click on Finish and wait for the games you selected to be added to the collection.

Additional settings

If you wish to add more games at any point, then go to Tools -> Import.

In case any of your games has wrong information, y

In case any of your games has wrong information, you can simply click on it and select Edit.

Moreover, the Search for Metadata button will init

Moreover, the Search for Metadata button will initiate a scan and re-add the game’s metadata.

By clicking on Play you can run a game, and by cli

By clicking on Play you can run a game, and by clicking on Delete you can remove it from the collection.

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Quickly sell all your Trading Cards

Don’t care about the Steam Trading Card game? Get rid of them, and make money doing it. Rather than listing all your cards one by one and setting each price, grab the Steam Economy Enhanceror Steam Inventory Helper Chrome extensions.

Both can auto-sell all your cards. In the latter, for example, navigate to Steam in Chrome, sign in, and head to your inventory. Use the ‘Select all’ button (if you don’t see it, make sure the extension is turned on) to select each page of cards, and then hit the ‘sell items’ button. In the upper left you’ll see the option to ‘quick sell’ everything you selected. The prices will be set automatically. You’ll still have to confirm each listing in your email or the mobile app, but it beats listing them all manually.

Once they’re purchased, the money will be credited to your Steam account, where it can be used to buy games or in-game items.

Use custom icons

While we’re on the subject of Grid View, one thing holding it back from looking as pretty as it could is that some games have ugly icons, no icons at all, or icons that would be nice except they’ve gone and covered them with review scores. Fortunately there’s a “Set custom image” option a right-click away, and plenty of collections of gorgeous user-made icons around if, for instance, you’d like matching art for all your Star Wars games.

The Games folder in Windows

The Games folder in Windows made its appearance with Windows Vista, and its purpose was to organize installed games in a library form, so that they were all located in the same place. You could say that it was something similar to the rest of the Windows user libraries, such as Documents, Music, Videos etc.

For some reason, however, no one was particularly interested in using the Games folder, and even though it is still present in Windows 10, hardly anyone uses it.

However, since it offers basic organization features for your games, here is how you can use it.

Organizing your games

To open Windows Games collection, press the Win + R hotkey combination to open the Run window (with Win being the Windows key in your keyboard), type shell:games and hit Enter.

Windows does not detect your installed games autom

Windows does not detect your installed games automatically, so you need to add them manually. The easiest way to do that is to drag the games’ shortcuts into the library, and it will be added to the collection.

However, it’s not very practical opening the

However, it’s not very practical opening the Games library through the Run window every time you wish to access your games. To permanently add it to an easily accessible location, you can right-click on its icon in the taskbar and select “Pin this program to taskbar”.

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