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How to Hide Games in Your Steam Library

by Joey Davidson | August 11, 2014August 11, 2014 2:30 pm PST

Really sick and tired of staring at that copy of Dota 2 Test in your Steam library? Yep, me too. I don’t even play Dota, which is probably my favorite part about the whole thing.

Steam Beta participants just received an update that lets them hide games from their library. The process is super easy once you have beta access turned on, so we figured we’d put it together quickly for users not in the beta or missing a beat somewhere.

I’ll start by assuming you aren’t in the beta yet. If you already are a beta participant, scroll down the the line that reads “From here, hiding games is only a few clicks away.”

How to Hide Games in your Steam Library

Steam Hide Games How-To Step One

Open Steam. Click the Steam button on the upper left, and click Settings.

Steam Hide Games How-To Step 2

A window will open that has the Account page automatically selected. On that page, you’ll see a button that says “Change…” below a beta participation field. Click it.

Steam Hide Games How-To Step 3

The new pop-up window will have a drop down menu beneath “Beta participation.” Drop that menu down, select “Steam Beta Update” and click OK. You will be asked to restart Steam. Do it.

Once Steam loads up, you’ll see a fancy blue-ish Steam icon and a slightly altered client. This is the beta client.

From here, hiding games is only a few clicks away.

Steam Hide Games How-To Step 4

Open your library and decide which game you’d like to hide. I choose you, Costume Quest Prototype!

Steam Hide Games How-To Step 5

Right-click on the game you’d like to hide, and then click “Set Categories…”

Steam Hide Games How-To Step 6

Check the “Hide this game in my library” box on the bottom left. Click OK, and the game is now hidden. Side note: I have two categories in my Steam library, Completed and Targeted. This is how I keep my backlog beaten down.

Wait a minute, Costume Quest Prototype, come back!

How to Unhide Games in Your Steam Library

So, you’ve made a terrible mistake and regret your impulse decision to hide the prototype for Costume Quest? You’ve been crying for days? Well, dry your eyes, here we go.

Steam Hide Games How-To Step 7

In the Search bar below Store and Library at the top of your Steam client, you’ll see a button on the right side. It might read “Games” or “Software.” Whatever the case, click it. You’ll see “Hidden” at the base of that drop down. Select it.

Steam Hide Games How-To Step 8

Look! It’s the Costume Quest Prototype!

Steam Hide Games How-To Step 9

Apologize to the game, right-click it and select “Set Categories…”

Steam Hide Games How-To Step 10

Uncheck the box next to “Hide this game in my library,” click OK and sleep better tonight knowing that the Costume Quest Prototype will see you in the morning.

Easy, right?


Joey Davidson

Joey Davidson leads the gaming department here on TechnoBuffalo. He's been covering games online for more than 10 years, and he's a lover of all...

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