The Best Way to Organize Your Massive Steam Library

Gavin Phillips 04-07-2017

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Like many things in life, there is a simple answer: better management.

Do you know how many games you’ve never even played? How about those titles you bought in a sale to play when you finish your current game? Or how those terrible, unfinished monstrosities that you keep around for stupendously good fun with a few friends? The list goes on.

Luckily, Depressurizer exists to streamline your Steam library 6 Useful Tools For Getting More Out Of Steam Games Steam is packed with a variety of useful features you may not be aware of, but third-party developers have made utilities and websites that add even more features to Steam. From moving installed games to... Read More . You’ll be less overwhelmed, more organized in what you play, and that feeling of Steam sale fatigue will ease… just in time for the next sale.


Depressurizer is a dedicated Steam library management tool. It lets you manage the swathes of games in an external application before updating your Steam library with your changes. You can add new custom categories, sort by average completion time 3 Ways To Find Out How Long It Will Take To Beat A Video Game Thinking of getting a game, but want to know how long it will take to play first? A couple of sites have statistics from other players, so you can look this up. Read More (provided by HowLongToBeat), by user reviews, and more.

Alternatively, it lets you build interesting multi-categories, such as “indie–action–with reviews over 85 percent–released in 2013.” You get the picture. Regardless of your preferences, there are a few organization must-dos.


Depressurizer Interface

Let’s start with the Depressurizer interface. It looks a little like your Steam library, but with more customization options. The left-hand panel contains your Categories. Underneath the Categories panel is the quick-auto-categorize section. You can automatically sort your games using one of the Depressurizer presets (I’ll expand on these in a moment).

depressurizer interface steam

The main panel contains your games. Selecting the all All category shows all of them.

Setting Up Categories

We’ll start with some basic categories. The Depressurizer “AutoCats” are:

  • Genre
  • Year
  • User Score
  • Tags
  • Flags
  • Developer
  • Publisher
  • HowLongToBeat

In the main Categories panel, select All. This ensures Depressurizer applies its categories to every game in your Steam library. Head down to the quick-auto-categories section. Select both By Genre and By Year, then hit the big Auto-Categorize button.

depressurizer auto quick categories

The first categorization can take a minute or two, but once it completes, you’ll have a list that looks similar to this:

depressurizer auto quick categories lost list


You can see that the auto-genre lists are quite useful. However, the auto-year lists are less so.

This is because some Steam game listings don’t include their original year of release. For instance, Quake was one of the biggest games of 1996 (you can even play it in browser now! The 7 Best Online FPS Browser Games Here are the best FPS browser games you can play on the web right now, all of which are fantastically playable. Read More ), but Depressurizer categorizes it under 2007 — its Steam release date.

That would be fine if it were consistent, but it isn’t. Quake 2, released in 1997, shows exactly that. Furthermore, a long list of individual years doesn’t really “organize” — at least not to my specifications.

Editing Depressurizer AutoCats

The AutoCats are handy to get you going, and help you understand how Depressurizer works. But they’re limited by design. Let’s edit the Autocats to do more work for us.


Press Ctrl + T to open the Edit Autocats panel. Start with making the panel larger by dragging the bottom-right corner.

edit depressurizer autocats

Let’s take the auto-year category. Recall our first trial resulted in a category list featuring every individual year from our Steam library. Select By Year from the AutoCat list. Under Grouping, check By Half-Decade, then Save All Changes.

depressurizer sort by half decade

Now head back to the auto-quick-categories section and create a new By Year category. The result is a streamlined approach to organizing your games by their release date.

depressurizer half decade categories

Other handy, easy AutoCat edits include:

  • Adjust the By User Score Rule ranges to suit your preference.
  • Alter the By HowLongToBeat ranges to plan a route through your backlog.
  • Increase the By Publisher minimum game count to trim the selection.
  • Decrease the By Flags options.

Create a Custom Depressurizer AutoCat

The Edit AutoCat panel has a Create feature that allows combinations of categories — super-categories, if you will. Unfortunately, they’re not quite what you think.

The first thing to consider is the AutoCat presets you’ll use. If you want a category to perform a specific action in your custom AutoCat, you’ll need to set that up beforehand. For instance, I’ve edited By Tags to use only five tags.

depressurizer create custom autocat

Hit the Create button (located underneath the AutoCat List). Enter a name. I’m going with Test Group #1. Select Group of Autocats from the drop-down menu, then press Create. Then add By Tags, By User Score, and By Year. Once you’re done, hit Save All Changes. Then run the newly-created AutoCat from the quick-access menu.

You’ll see that it doesn’t merge them into one awesome overarching category. Rather, it creates categories for everything contained in the AutoCat presets. A little disappointing, but still useful for isolating specific genre bands.

Automatic Mode Helper

Automatic Mode Helper is the Depressurizer category shortcut and command line wizard. You can create category combinations alongside other tools to run straight from the command line Essential Windows CMD Commands You Should Know The bleak interface of the command prompt is your gateway to advanced Windows tools. We show you essential CMD commands that will let you access them. Read More , or a shortcut, instead of launching the main application.

Head to Tools > Automatic Mode Helper. Once open, consider the AutoCats you would like to include in the command. I’m going to use the Test Group #1 category we created in the previous section.

depressurizer auto mode helper

Onto the extra options. If you’re not sure what one means, check the inbuilt auto-tips by hovering your mouse above a question mark. Most of the default settings are fine.

That said, I edited my shortcut to “Launch Steam In Normal Mode” after categorizing.

Once you’re ready, hit Create Shortcut. Save the shortcut somewhere memorable. Alternatively, copy the command from the box, and run at your discretion.

Import to Steam

We’ve covered a lot, but haven’t actually imported your fresh categories into Steam yet.

First, close Steam. Then, in Depressurizer, head to File > Save Profile > Yes.

depressurizer save profile

Your categories will be waiting when you next open Steam.

Get Organized!

Depressurizer is a great tool for keeping on top of an ever-expanding Steam library. The AutoCats are great. But don’t be afraid to create a category and start filling it with games you haven’t found time for. Or ones you hate. Maybe those you’ll play next year… or the year after.

Maybe you’re simply tired of Steam. If so, try an alternative gaming client Tired of Steam? Here Are the Best Alternative Gaming Clients Not everybody wants to use Steam! Want to know what else you can use? Here are a list of safe alternatives in gaming distribution websites and platforms! Read More .

What are you favorite Depressurizer categories? Do you keep your Steam library organized? How many games did you just hide? And how many have you simply never played? Let us know your Depressurizer tips and tricks below!

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  1. Ashton
    July 6, 2017 at 9:44 am

    This is quite great though lacks option to set larger amounts of games to ignore/set as completed and put them other way..

    Saw someone request achievement % category option, now that would make it best.

    That said, Still great tool, used it to categorize by genre + hltb, and just moved completed games from hltb to Complete.

    • Gavin Phillips
      July 9, 2017 at 1:21 pm

      Aye, it could be more comprehensive in many ways. It is a great start though, and definitely helps make the game library less overwhelming.

  2. Daniel
    July 4, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    Thank you for this detailed walkthrough! I have just recategorized my whole library and now it looks much better.

    I did not dig deep into the settings what is possible and what is not but I am wondering if nested categories are available. For example, one dedicated category for the "Overwhelmingly Positive", beatable in 5 hours, Adventure games, etc.

    • Gavin Phillips
      July 9, 2017 at 1:22 pm

      Aye. I didn't think Steam allowed for nested categories, so they're not included within Depressurizer. Maybe it is something Steam should consider. It would make my RTS/Basebuilding category a little bit more streamlined!