I hope my question makes sense as-is - if not let me elaborate a bit.

When I click "add non-steam game", I get a big list of potential games it wants to suggest. It looks like it is doing a recursive search for EXEs 1 folder deep. I guess this because it seems to find most of my games but not the ones that have their executable in a subdirectory like "games\binaries".

Is there a way to tell Steam to search deeper, possibly via a setting I'm missing or the registry? I have a lot of older games that I want to add.

edit: my directory theory was wrong. Some games that don't appear in the list have their EXE in the first folder (e.g. c:\games\Fallout3).

  • You can also manually select the exes, instead of just choosing from the list.
    – SaintWacko
    Commented Feb 13, 2013 at 23:08
  • I know, but I want them to show up in the list so it doesn't take so long.
    – JoeB
    Commented Feb 14, 2013 at 0:33
  • Alright, I figured it was something like that.
    – SaintWacko
    Commented Feb 14, 2013 at 0:52

2 Answers 2


When you click the button: Add non-Steam game, Steam searches the Registry for Entries. then all registered Programs that are not yet added to steam are shown in that window.

Steam does not support non-registered (not properly installed) Games unlike to other game-overlays (xFire, Gameranger). in these overlays you have to add the path to a game manually if it is not installed with registry-entry.

Your request is simply not possible with Steam.

  • @Killith: FYI:you can add Registry Entries for any Application, even after installation. maybe this will help showing the Games in the Steam-Window, but i do not know for sure
    – Vogel612
    Commented Feb 23, 2013 at 20:19
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    Hey buddy, appreciate the tip. However, this defeats the purpose, as it is more time consuming than actually adding the steam game. I suppose if I had thousands of games, and I could pick the files out with a regex or something, I could write a program to add them to the registry, but I don't have thousands of games. :)
    – JoeB
    Commented Mar 1, 2013 at 3:10

It is possible

It is possible now but it didn't use to be.

While having the Add a Non-Steam Game window open, there will be a button that says Browse..., click that and it will open a Windows Explorer window that allows you to choose a program from anywhere on any of your hard drives.

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    – MrLemon
    Commented Feb 2, 2015 at 17:47

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