A new Steam beta client update has added the ability to finally hide all those games you never play in your games library. This is really useful for those of us who have a bunch of Betas in the library that are obsolete, as well as games you never play. The Steam interface also got an updated look.
In order to get the beta version of the client, click View, then Settings and in the first tab (Account) select "Change" near Beta Participation. This will prompt you to restart steam, and will download the improved beta client. To hide games, simply right click the game, select Set Categories and tick "Hide this game in my library". Below is the full announcement and client patch notes from Steam.
Steam Client Beta Update Patch Notes - August 7th AUGUST 7 - ALFRED
Steam Client Beta Update - August 7th AUGUST 7 - ALFRED We've just published a new beta which includes the following changes:
Steam Client Updated desktop user interface styles, simplifying common controls and navigation elements, and neutralizing overall color palette to align with Steam web pages and Big Picture mode Don't delay content updates for games set to high priority Fixed crash if you clicked on a game on the downloads page or clicked the details option in the games grid view
Library Add "Hide this game in my library" functionality, accessible from the Set Categories menu. Games that are hidden will not show up in library filters except for a new filter called "Hidden", which will only appear once at least one game is marked as hidden. Hidden games are still available for play and will still appear on the user's profile. Synchronize selection between main window library views and Small Mode. Fix game details panel scrolling to the top during game download/update Fix crash when switching from downloads or grid view to details view
In-Home Streaming Added hardware accelerated decoding for Mac OS X 10.9 and newer Implemented periodic refresh to help repair screen smearing issue with NVIDIA hardware accelerated encoding Fixed race condition that could cause streaming connections to fail to connect with a timeout notification
Windows Removed a noisy log message from GameOverlayRenderer.log
- Mac OS X Fixed web views not restarting if the underlying helper app crashed
Note: In order to view your hidden games, simply select "Games" near the search box in Steam, and click on "Hidden" at the bottom of the list.