How to Add Non-Steam Games to Steam and Apply Custom Icons

Last Updated: Jan 26, 2024 by

Steam is a popular game launcher and management platform, but did you know that you can also add non-Steam games to your library? This allows you to have all of your games in one place, making it easier to access and manage them. In this article, we will guide you through the process of adding non-Steam games to Steam and applying custom icons.

Adding Non-Steam Games to Steam

The first step to adding non-Steam games to your Steam library is to open the Steam client on your computer. Once it is open, click on the “Games” tab at the top of the screen and select “Add a Non-Steam Game to My Library” from the drop-down menu.

A new window will pop up, showing a list of all the programs on your computer. Scroll through the list or use the search bar to find the game you want to add. Once you have selected the game, click on the “Add Selected Programs” button at the bottom of the window.

The game will now appear in your Steam library, and you can launch it from there. You can also add multiple non-Steam games to your library using this method.

Applying Custom Icons

By default, non-Steam games added to your library will have a generic icon. However, you can customize the icon to make it more visually appealing and easier to identify. Here’s how:

  1. Find or create an image that you want to use as the icon for your game. It should be in .ico, .png, or .jpg format and have a maximum size of 512×512 pixels.
  2. Right-click on the game in your Steam library and select “Properties” from the drop-down menu.
  3. In the Properties window, click on the “Set Custom Icon” button.
  4. A new window will pop up, allowing you to browse for the image you want to use. Select the image and click “Open.”
  5. The custom icon will now be applied to your game in the Steam library.

Tips for Managing Non-Steam Games in Steam

Adding non-Steam games to your library can be a great way to keep all of your games in one place, but it’s important to keep a few things in mind:

  • Steam will not be able to track your playtime or achievements for non-Steam games.
  • You will still need to use the game’s original launcher to update and launch the game.
  • If you move the game’s files to a different location on your computer, you will need to update the game’s properties in Steam to reflect the new location.
  • Some non-Steam games may not work properly when added to Steam. If you experience any issues, you can remove the game from your library by right-clicking on it and selecting “Delete Local Content.”

By following these steps, you can easily add non-Steam games to your Steam library and customize their icons. This will make it easier to manage and access all of your games in one place. Have you tried adding non-Steam games to Steam? Let us know in the comments.

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