Since Steam forced its new "improved" UI on its users, 54 games have vanished from my library—and that's just ONE Steam account; two others are similarly afflicted. All owned games show up in Games Owned in user profile, but one cannot MANAGE the games (install or launch, et cetera) from there.

Shortly before this new undesired and disastrous change in the UI, I had reset my Steam Library preferences to default, removing all category settings. Now the old settings are back, and it's a hopeless mess.

  • when you say 2 other accounts are "similarly afflicted" are you saying that all 3 accounts can't manage games? or just the other 2 while the third they are flat out missing? – Memor-X Nov 17 '19 at 6:14
  • I'm not sure what the question is here. Is it how you get those 54 back, or is it that they are there but you don't see how to anage them like before? – DrFish Nov 21 '19 at 7:37
  • I had the same problem, try logging out and back it. That fixed it for me. – Splamy Nov 22 '19 at 15:33

In all probability a specific filter is set in the new UI, preventing you from seeing all games.

There are several ways this can be changed:

  1. Maybe the dedicated button to filter out games that are currently unavailable is switched on:

    Steam - Show only Read to Play games

  2. There is a myriad of preset tags to choose from to filter your game library to create 'Dynamic Collections', and this might have filtered out part of your library:

    Steam - Set up Dynamic Collections

  3. Lastly, there is a drop-down menu to the left of the former two options, that allows you to filter software, videos, and tools. The option for 'Games' might be deselected:

    Steam - Filter media

  • It's not a filter problem; that was the FIRST thing I thought of—and I can't get the interface to stop showing games from other accounts, either (the old UI wouldn't show games from other accounts unless specified; here, there's no way to turn it off). Problem remains: 54 games remain missing from UNFILTERED primary account. – William Kuns Nov 17 '19 at 13:41
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    @WilliamKuns Perhaps it's hidden games? To view those you have to go to the view menu (top right, just next to the Steam menu). – baudsp Nov 18 '19 at 12:28
  • Not hidden. The only games I hide are the ones I regret buying. – William Kuns Nov 19 '19 at 18:53

I found for me that the "missing games" weren't actually games. I have my library set up into 2 Collections: Favorites and Uncategorized. You can see that there is a lot missing from Uncategorized:

Steam library missing games

Similar to the answer from @Joachim, if you go into the filter settings and select Unplayed, a new category called "Tools" will appear. Here I see a bunch of dedicated servers for games I've never installed, as well as a few SDK's and other things.

Steam library filter


I found the most satisfactory solution possible by experimentation:

At first, I was unable to modify or edit the categories and the items within them, because the new system works differently from the old system. The total number of games in all owned accounts are somewhat accurately tracked (accurate for currently logged-in account, not so much for the others).

Uninstalling Steam and cleaning the registry doesn't work; undesired settings are restored from the cloud upon reinstallation. The best I could do was delete all but the uncategorized groupings and/or the items within them [via context menu] (deleting all the items in a category removes that category).

I've been a Steam member since 2007 and a computer user since 1984. I had to make handwritten lists of owned games in the accounts' profiles and compare them to all the uncategorized games (a must!) before I could determine whether or not any were indeed missing. This was a process requiring many hours of boringly repetitive work, which I would not have had to perform otherwise (So thank you, Steam, for making this SO accursedly confusing).

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    I can't tell what the solution was for you. Could you clean up your answer to be less of a rant and more of an explanation? – Wrigglenite Dec 1 '19 at 19:11
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    Hi William, I've shortened your answer somewhat to focus more on the solution you found, rather than the rant/threat of boycotting, as I believe the info you've provided will help others in similar situations. As a longtime Steam user myself I understand your frustration with the new categorization system, but ranting at us isn't going to change it, we're not Valve, just frustrated users like yourself. – Robotnik Dec 2 '19 at 1:24
  • What was the underlying problem? Your answer makes it sounds as if your categories were indeed jumbled. – Joachim Dec 2 '19 at 8:57

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