Anyone have any ideas on how best to automatically and en-mass delete all my non-steam game links from my games menu?

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    So, you don't want to have quick access to Hello Kitty: Island Adventure?
    – Grace Note
    Mar 15, 2011 at 21:14
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    Since you can't seem to multi-select entries in the games window, I'm guessing no.
    – MBraedley
    Mar 15, 2011 at 21:44

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I believe that simply deleting the shortcuts file, which is <steam installation dir>/config/shortcuts.vdf, should do it, but I haven't tried it myself so I suggest backing it up first. I don't believe it should do any harm in any case.

Another surefire way is to remove Steam and re-install it, but even if you back up all the game data locally first and then reload it, the whole process will take longer than just removing all the links one by one.

  • Renamed it to .bak - cheers
    – Neon1024
    Mar 15, 2011 at 23:01
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    The path seems to have moved to C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\userdata\########\config Mar 22, 2014 at 5:49

you can choose all the non-steam games by using CTRL and clicking. makes it shorter.


After adding thousands of roms, deleting thousands, and not having the ability for the rom manager to delete these shortcuts for me, I too sought this answer.

The solution:
Delete the three files with "shortcut" in the name that can be found here [Steam install dir (on steam deck thats home/.steam)]/steam/userdata/[your user number]/config

After restarting Steam all your non-Steam shortcuts will disappear. Enjoy!

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