In Steam you can organise the games in your library by creating categories and adding the games to them:

Game categories link

However, there appears to be no option to rename these. How can I do this?

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    The "No." category gave me a chuckle :-) Commented Apr 19, 2017 at 16:57
  • Your categories are similar to mine :) Except I have to break down each category even further since I have too many games. Commented Apr 20, 2017 at 2:02
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    @6005 They aren't my categories I my have borrowed the image :P Commented Apr 20, 2017 at 7:56
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    I have nearly 600 games in my steam library and I'm too lazy to sort them all out straight away so I'm doing them a bit at a time. Commented Apr 20, 2017 at 14:13

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One way you can do this is to move all the games to a newly created category and delete the old one (A category is deleted when no games are inside of it). You can do this by:

  1. Select all the games in the category:
    • Control click on all the ones you want
    • Shift click the top and the bottom one
  2. Right click on the selected games
  3. From the list select "Set Categories..."
  4. In the new window create the new category
  5. Add the games to the new category and remove them from the old one

Another way to do this is to change the settings file. Before altering this file make sure to close and exit steam. The file is located where steam is installed, in my case it is:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam

From this root it is located at:


Where <userid> corresponds to the users library you want to update. Open this file in notepad, or better yet notepad++. You then need to find and replace all examples of the category surrounded by quotes.

For example, if I wanted to rename the category Want to play to Meh I'd find on "Want to play" and replace with "Meh".

Once you've made all the relevant changes to the file, save it and open steam again.

  • This is true, there is no way to rename the category. Categories simply cease to exist once there are no more games in them, so creating a new one is really your only route.
    – NebDaMin
    Commented Apr 19, 2017 at 13:20
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    And nice..... Answering your own question like that. Its almost as if you had the answer the whole time....
    – NebDaMin
    Commented Apr 19, 2017 at 13:21
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    @Beninja2 Side note: Self answering is actually encouraged to help spread information :) Commented Apr 19, 2017 at 14:31
  • Is multi-selecting games a new feature? I feel like I've tried that before with no success (but I could have been doing it wrong as well).
    – Brian J
    Commented Apr 19, 2017 at 15:25
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    @Beninja2: Not only is self-answering acceptable, it's actually encouraged. There's even an achievement for it! Commented Apr 19, 2017 at 15:41

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