Depressurizer - It auto-categorizes ALL your steam games using the same categories used on the Steam's shop. You can also select tags (like local co-op, indie, spacesim, things like that) and it will also use them as categories.
This way you'll finaly be able to kind of browse your giant Steam collection by category. "Oh, I have friends coming today, let's see all my local coop and local multiplayer games!"
For example, this is how my Steam list of games look: http://i.imgur.com/cUniDo2.png
I've got over 500 games atm, so I've got them organized in to various categories. I used Depressurizer to do it, took about 10 mins and now it looks like this
Things like local co-op and controller support are handy, as are the casual games list if I fancy doing something other than solitaire when I'm half doing something else, like waiting for code to compile.
the internet is a wonderful thing, chances are if you have a problem, someone else did too, and if there's enough people, someone will come up with a solution.
google is your friend
I haven't used this in about a year, but Depressurizer should do what you want.
Downloads can be found in the releases section.
You can manually categorize your games in your Steam Library.
The Steam Client dose not auto sort, and categorize games.
Or you can use,
to auto sort your Steam Library with filters you set "Vac Enabled Games" Category in your Steam Library.
To look like this. http://i.imgur.com/9HtSg2m.jpg
It's a program called Depressurizer.
I use it mainly for smaller random games that I got for $0.50 over my time of using steam. I have a total of 430 games so I'd rather my "game" tab not be a cluster to scroll through.
You can download the latest version (the ZIP file) here. You can organize your games by user rating, steam tags, and some other things as well.
If you'd rather organize it yourself, you can go through and ctrl+click each game you want to add to a certain category and then right click and set the category for them. 400 games shouldn't take that long to categorize yourself.
I personally just stay on the recent list and play through whatever games I've been playing recently and then add them to a "Complete" category when I've finished with them.
>The categories are stored in the file $STEAM/userdata/$UID/7/remote/sharedconfig.vdf, where $STEAM is the Steam install directory and $UID is your numeric Steam user ID. If you're the only person who uses that install, there'll only be one directory in userdata/, so it's easy enough to find.
>In principle, this file should be synced to the Steam cloud and every Steam client you log into. In practice, Steam seems to misplace it sometimes, or roll it back to an earlier version unexpectedly. Backing it up and restoring it when your categories go away should restore the categories as they were when you backed it up - don't restore it while Steam is running.
>Anecdotally, explicitly exiting Steam after making category changes (as opposed to logging in from another machine or letting it run until the next power outage) has a high success rate of not losing my category changes, but I don't know what the actual cause is.
If the above does not work, an easy way of organizing your games would be using a tool like Depressurizer which is available on GitHub. (You can also follow the hyperlink)
I agree it is a clunky System, to be honest the Steam Library Interface hasn't changed much since the inception of Steam back in 2003/4-ish. It isn't too bad though;
TIP 1: I recommend first using Depressurizer. Grab it over at GitHub https://github.com/rallion/depressurizer
Look to the right and click 'Download Zip' Then just extract the files somewhere and run the .exe
TIP 2 You can bulk select games in your long list!
TIP 3 You can single out games to a category!
I have to do this all the time, then someone linked to Depressurizer, which can categorize on tags and stuff, edits your categories outside of Steam. It's zany Valve doesn't let use see more things in our own library... like... a multi-tier filter so I can find games with local multiplayer, controller support and co-op. For when I visit my brothers and we don't want to kill each other (that much) :P Blah.
Just use this application : https://github.com/rallion/depressurizer
It will categorize game from the genre, user tags, HLTB (how long to beat), community review and other category option.
I have 500+ games and this application help me a lot.
My steam groups carried over from my desktop to my laptop when I installed it there so I think it may be tied to your profile.
Also if it dosent work for you or you just have a massive library then steam depressuriser might work to tag and group games quickly then export the database to another computer
Oh, I hadn't even noticed it there at the bottom, perhaps as I use Depressurizer to add uh... 44 additional categories. It's quite neat with a large library+family sharing in BPM at least, as I can filter on games included in multiple categories to narrow down what to play.
In any case, my guess to why this exists is because when you are in a headset you automatically get this as the top category, and it includes all your titles that in some form support VR. It was probably the quickest way for Valve to make the VR experience somewhat convenient, simply add a new default category and move it to the top when in VR, with the unfortunate downside that it's visible for people without a headset as well.
I've seen people complain about this for some time now though, just google "steamcommunity remove vr category". As usual things are automated, you get the category simply by owning a VR capable game, but perhaps Valve could implement some hardware dependent filtering of the categories based on what is collected in the hardware survey, which now does include VR hardware.
I used depressurizer quite some time ago to organize my library and haven't noticed any adverse effects. Added bonus you can go through the source code if you are super paranoid:
I use Depressurizer to automatically categorize them by genre, tags, and features. I've got over 900 games so sorting them by hand is impossible.
But I still manually manage an "In Progress", "Queue", and "Completed" category.
Depressurizer can categorize based on tag. Alternatively, you can search the store for tags like Split Screen (thank you /u/jaketwo91) or local multiplayer for an idea of which games would work :)
Considering how many games in my library that has VR-support as a listed feature but only works with older/deprecated runtimes and hardware this will be a nice change. Consumers shouldn't have to juggle runtime version to play games with announced features, or hardware for that matter, so listing support for old development kits does make little sense.
If nothing else titles with the new options set will end up in the SteamVR category, that will show that they have up to date support. Add that none of the titles I do have in that category end up in my VR Support flag group (using Depressurizer), so it seems SteamVR options takes precedence.
In any case, it will be wonderful to know which titles actually work, soon :P
I recommend using Depressurizer. Not only does it auto-categorize games based off of their store pages, but it makes it less of a hassle manually categorizing games as well.
Also there is a nice app if you have a large amount of games. It allows sorting of all your games in to categorys automatically. It really speeds things up. Or multiple games in to custom categorys. Depressurizer
Its much easier sorting my Library by TAGS, Genre Category so I know exactly where its at.
Not holding my breath to wait on Valve to implement such features.
Right click a game and then "Set categories...", you can even asign it multiple categories.
There is also a program that helps you with that if you have a large library: https://github.com/rallion/depressurizer
The way I do it is, like many others, stick to a certain few that I really like but also once a week try a random game (I use http://steamholic.com/ to choose) for an hour. If I like it I'll keep it for later, if it was terrible I'll categorize it under 'Uninstall' or something. This way I get to play the games I like, but also try things that I wouldn't necessarily think to try.
You could also categorize based on review rating. Just throw anything Negative or worse in a Uninstalled category. Play the rest.
I have just over 900 games now and I don't expect I'd ever get through them all, but I can at least try a fair amount of them.
As for categorizing you could use depressurizer https://github.com/rallion/depressurizer
Depressurizer is the best program for that stuff, but in my opionion it dosnt do a very good job, when i used it i ended up just creating a bunch more categories myself
Its best to just organize it yourself and get it over with, you would be happier,
yeah I actually googled "steam skins" last night and it just seems like it's mostly graphical stuff... no skin seems to implement new features
what I was hoping for is for a sorting mechanism that takes the game's genre and other tags into account and lets you sort by other factors. like it would be awesome if you could group by genre or simply search "story driven" or "horror" or sort games based on time played, date released, etc. I actually got most of the genre and grouping thing done using the depressurizer but I have to run it for every game that I buy so it's more of a workaround than a solution
This has happened to me before but I just restarted steam and that fixed it.
Just so you know https://github.com/rallion/depressurizer this is a fucking great tool for sorting your steam library and I think you can back it up for issues like this!
Sry to hijack a higher comment, but thought I'd mention Depressurizer for those with large game libraries that hadn't heard of it. It allows you to batch categorize games much better than the Steam client. Innovative concepts like Ctrl and Shift selecting multiple entries... (i.e.-Things that should have been built into Steam.)
A tip that helped me start a few great games. There's a standalone tool called depressurizer https://github.com/rallion/depressurizer that has many features for organizing your steam library, but the best use I find is you can rank your games by review score/rating.
I find it a lot easier to pick up a game when I'm looking at it and the reviews are saying "This is the highest rated game you haven't played yet... I should find out why it's so highly rated".
Check out Depressurizer, it'll go through your library and categorize the lion share of your steam games making it a hellava alot easier. It will save you so much time.
I organise my library based on whether or not the games are installed (that means the games at the very top of my priority list), but sub-categorise those by 'Current' or 'Later', which lets me know if it's a game I'm currently playing or not. Then I have multiple levels of backlog, from 'High Priority' to 'Slim Chances'.
After that is my ' ""Finished"" ' category, which is in quotes because I return to my finished games quite often. I think I also have a category for gifts, then one for casual games - usually free ones that I don't want to delete (or they'll disappear from my library), but are not on my currently playing list.
Depressurizer is so useful for keeping this shit neat. Love it to death.
While not automatic, there is stuff like Depressurizer that makes it easier to sort large libraries. I used to once to sort my 500 or so games and the results were pretty good.
Depressurizer could auto-categorize your games
> based on data from that games' Steam store pages. It can use genres, store categories (like "Single-Player" and "Steam Cloud") or tags.
Depressurizer with that you can also categorize all your games automatically.
I for example sorted every game by user rating and I've hidden every game below a rating of 50%, then I categorized every game to it's main genre and I also created categories for Multiplayer, Co-Op, F2P and Controller Support, which pretty much looks like this now.
Interesting, I will check this out. I've otherwise utilized Depressurizer to batch-create categories in my library, with quite a few tags in there. It's most useful in BPM though as then I get checkboxes to filter out games that exist in several categories. This makes the desktop client feel neglected to me :/
With a large library I would love to have advanced filters for my owned games, or just a "similar games you own" box and detailed game information in the library, not just on the store page. So many wishes...
Depressurizer is great for auto-categorizing all of your games at once. Breaking it down into genres always make browsing the library seem less intimidating.
Stop everything that you're doing. Close Steam immediately. This should stop it from overriding the categories saved in the Steam cloud.
Setting up this program will allow you to download a copy of your category set up from the Steam Cloud.
When you "Save Profile" in this program, after checking to make sure your sorting is correct, it will apply the categories the next time you open Steam.
This is the only way that I've been 100% able to restore categories.
Note: If you're concerned about using 3rd party programs with your Steam account, know that this program doesn't ask for your credentials at all, and is open source (on GitHub).
You will have to create categories, date added, date last played, hours played, last time installed, date purchased yourself.
But this helps make it easier.
It requires the .NET Framework; specifically version 4.x.
Refactoring it would probably be possible using Mono or something, but there is no currently-existing Mac version.
Well... If you are looking at a way to sort your library by user rating, or by tags, you could try the Depressurizer program. I used it a year or so ago and it did a good job of picking out a few gems in my library I hadn't tried yet.
Depressurizer is a program aimed at making it a bit easier to manage large Steam game libraries.
In addition to providing a way to quickly and easily modify games' assigned categories, it also lets you mark them as Favorites or as hidden.
Depressurizer can also auto categorize your games for you. Currently, it can do so based on the genres attached to the game in the Steam store as well as the Store flags (like MultiPlayer, Controller Support, etc.)
It also saves your configuration information independently of Steam, providing an automatic backup in the event that Steam loses your configuration.
Link is here: https://github.com/rallion/depressurizer
>Valve runs an illegal online casino and long wielded monopoly power in the PC market.
>There's just no reason for anyone who matters to let Gaben steal their money. Steam's a ripoff at this point; you're way better off on Epic if you can get on there.
Yeah until EPIC is the go to store and will raise their cut... Every big store takes a 30% cut just look at the App Store or Google Play Store. Depending on the success of the game the cut can be as low as 20% on steam (and you get a lot of features that you wont get on Epic for a very long time).
The only point for going on Epic instead of Steam is to cash in the fat check epic will give you for being exclusive because your sales will tank like hell or why does Epic have to give the developers a guarantee that they will pay for the difference of sales?
>Gaben lied about this, FYI. Piracy has been continuing to increase over time on the PC space; piracy isn't actually a service problem, it's a "some people are just amoral" problem.
Do you have any proof for this statement?
>Then again, Steam STILL won't allow me to sort my library by tags. Seriously guys.
If that's your only problem...
I was mostly ranting about peoples lax tagging. This will, of course, be of great help when searching for specific game categories.
This question made me remember Depressurizer, a handy tool that makes it able to sort your library into categories based on the tags.
It makes it a little easier to do the sorting but the categories are a bit messy. An illustration can be found in this screenshot
>Depressurizer is a program aimed at making it a bit easier to manage large Steam game libraries.
>In addition to providing a way to quickly and easily modify games' assigned categories, it also lets you mark them as Favorites or as hidden.
>Depressurizer can also auto categorize your games for you. Currently, it can do so based on the genres attached to the game in the Steam store as well as the Store flags (like MultiPlayer, Controller Support, etc.)
>It also saves your configuration information independently of Steam, providing an automatic backup in the event that Steam loses your configuration.
It's a good tip, if your feeling adventurous you can us depressurizer to auto organize your library. Just do a backup of the files it says to before hand as the program can be quite a beast.
Here's a direct download link to the Github
It hasn't been updated in 3 years, but it doesn't need to be. Works just fine.
The categories are stored in a file inside <Steam Install Path>/userdata/userID/7/remote/sharedconfig.vdf. Depressurizer (from a different maintainer than the original, Rallion, as they have not updated the program in almost 3 years now) may be able to help keep a backup of it -- I'm not 100% sure how it stores a backup of the data, whether it includes some data specific to Depressurizer or not, as I have not read through the code/used the program (I'm on Mac, it's on Windows *wuhm-wuhhhhhh*).
I don't have this VR category in my main Games tab, though I do have a separate section for it if I mouse over 'Library' and click it in the dropdown. I think I might have had this category awhile back, but I probably used Depressurizer to get rid of it. It's a massive help with organising collections and deleting/hiding some of them. Maybe it could help you?
That is hard to do if you have a fairly large library. I think you can use something like depressurizer to sort games easily, but I don't know if it still works.
* Categories are Tags since they are multi assignable to single game.
* If you meant the Library Menu (topmost) then it is reserved for Steam only while Categories are user based.
* You can use https://github.com/rallion/depressurizer to auto-categorize.
* You can also mass unfold-fold categories by hover over a category title and right-click.
Use this. Simple, easy to use, and it allows you to auto categorize by steam page tags. Also, if you want to create your own, it can select multiple at once, unlike in steam, which is a nightmare if you have a large library.
I mention depressurizer in another one of my comments; I used it to auto-assign categories, but I know it's got a ton of other features you can use to do it yourself so it may be worth looking into.
I categorized everything using depressurizer, which can auto-sort everything by its steam tags. On one hand, it's really handy when I want to look through my library by tag. On the other hand, it's a bit of a mess when I'm just browsing.
I found that switching the sort to 'recent' was a good way to go through games I'd overlooked for a while, as I could go to the end of the list :)
What I mean is I set categories then group my games in them so they appear together. It also lets you collapse that list of games. Don't want to view all Tomb Raiders? Collapse it.
Try out Depressurizer.
Look at me, I have so many games I can't find the ones I want to play.
I agree though, the category system in the library is pretty ungainly to use. You could try the auto categorisation feature in Depressurizer. It sounds like it can pull tags from steam.
> Tags: This refers to the user-created tags. There are many more tags than there are genres or flags, so there are some options here to limit the ones you have to deal with.
> Included tags: These are the tags you can have added to your games as categories. Only the checked tags will be used. These tags are obtained by scanning the built-in game database. Each tag has a popularity score, shown in brackets after the name.
Steam does not have that ability itself. It is one of those things that has been suggested for a long time. The library should have WAY more sort options. Tags. Year released. Controller enabled (I know BPM does that, but it doesn't let you sort them, it just filters your view).
The good news is someone did write a program to help you sort your library by all kinds of factors: https://github.com/rallion/depressurizer
So give that a try if you want, I used it once when I though I could sort my 600+ game library...but then I gave up because I'm lazy.
The categories are stored in the file $STEAM/userdata/$UID/7/remote/sharedconfig.vdf, where $STEAM is the Steam install directory and $UID is your numeric Steam user ID. Go there and see if you can find anything.
You can use this program called Depressurizer for bulk categorizing:
The paradox of choice is real.
A while ago, I decided I had to get things in order, so I went through my Steam library, adding all the games I still definitely want to play to a "Backlog" category, which cut the list almost in half. I also added some rough genre categorization to help me remember and group similar games, in case, I'm in the mood for a puzzle platformer, or a turn based strategy game, for example. I just recently did another inventory, this time hiding from my library games I definitely don't care about (bundle leftovers, regretful purchases, giveaways, etc), which got rid of another 20% or so. I highly recommend Depressurizer if you've got a lot of games, it's a lot more efficient to work with than Steam's category UI.
Now, when I'm trying to decide what to play, if I don't have anything specific in mind, I'll just browse my backlog category, pick something I haven't played yet in a genre that fits the mood or how much time I have, and give it a spin. Don't like it? Uninstall, remove from the backlog, and pick something else. Move it to a "didn't like" category, or hide it from your library altogether. Once you've done the heavy lifting of organizing your library, maintaining it is a piece of cake and it becomes significantly easier to manage.
Steam Big Picture mode is great, too! It lets you filter your library by multiple categories, including things like "Controller Supported" or "Installed"
Yeah it's actually been there for awhile, considering a lot of people change their names often, sometimes for jokes or whatever, it helps a lot, especially for someone like me who has >250 friends.
Also since we are on the topic of organization, don't forget depressurizer. It's a great tool that auto sorts your library, and makes finding games so much easier.
edit: idk if these still work.
You could try Depressurizer, however I've never used it personally (not bothered with categories). It can automatically categorize all games in your library and apparently makes manual catogization easier.
When you're done you might want to backup this file:
This file should store categories in case you lose them for some reason.
Hi. The Steam Client Library has Metascore sort view. The problem is
I don't know of any web sites off the top of my head that can export the metacritc data of your Steam Library to CVS.
~~To bad there not a way to sort by Steam user rating or reviews? ~~
Maybe look at https://github.com/rallion/depressurizer/releases to just sort your library in Steam. Lots of filter options there.
Edit; Yes depressurizer can sort - Auto Cat by user rating
Well there's your first mistake. No one uses that view unless they're in Big Picture mode. People use the list view to automatically Categorize games using Depressurizer.
It took a bit of messing around to get it exactly as I wanted it. You have to go to Profile --> Edit AutoCats, choose the ones you want. Also I use both Flags and Tags, (under the Auto-Categorize button)
If you need any more help the User Guide is here
IDK why you got a goose egg. You are my kind of people.
Dear Steam, YOU NEED NOT HOLD MY HAND!
I guess some other people clearly do not know how to organize because I see the same.
I've seen a program called Depressurizer that looks like it will do a lot of what you're looking for. That having been said, I have not used it and have no idea if it does what it says it does. :)
It doesn't have to! If you get Depressurizer you can cat games very quickly. Start off with the ones you know (the big franchises) then investigate the indie titles if you want (or just dump them into "Indie").
The big plus of doing it this way is that you can use Depressurizer to restore your cats just by clicking 'Save' again, if they ever reset (which happened frequently last year, not so much this year).
I run Depressurizer before every big sale, it sorts it into categories, doesn't modify favorites and means i can find all my newly hoarded games under the default "games" category.