Steam Quietly Adds The Ability To Move Game Install Folders

While you've been able to change the default install folder in Steam for a while, moving games you've already installed has been a pain. Valve seems ready to fix that with a new feature that lets you move games with a couple of clicks.

The new feature is reportedly showing up for several users in the latest Steam client update, though I was unable to confirm on my own account. This may be a quiet rollout that Steam is testing. However, if it's rolling out to everyone it will be a welcome feature. To move your install folder for a game, follow these steps:

  1. Find the game you want to move in your Games library.
  2. Right-click it and select Properties.
  3. Click the Local Files tab.
  4. Click Move Install Folder.
  5. Choose a new location where you'd like to store your game.

The game should then be moved to the new spot on your computer. You'll have to do this process one at a time for each game you want to move, so you still might want to try the old method. However, for moving a couple of games, this is much handier.

You can finally move data folders for Steam games after today's update! [Google+]


Comments

    Unfortunately, this only seems to work for games that are already fully downloaded. If the game downloads part way, then stops and says "out of disk space", you still need to move it the hard way. In fact I'm not sure if moving it in this case actually works. Would be nice if the client could handle it.

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