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The downloads page on Steam has just gotten a lot more informative


Valve has just released a major update for Steam, which includes a number of minor but important changes to the digital games store. Many of these changes have been in beta for months, but they're finally making their way into the software's stable release channel. Among a slew of other changes and improvements, the update overhauls the downloads page and adds a much improved section for managing your storage.

The majority of the enhancements have been made to the downloads page. For starters, the page now displays installation progress in addition to download progress. It should reduce the number of times you're frustrated because a game appears to be fully downloaded but isn't playable because it isn't fully installed. Drag and drop to reorder the priority of downloads in the queue, and the interface looks much cleaner overall. The “View News” button has been renamed “Patch Notes” to make it easier to see what's new in a currently downloading update, as long as the developers have provided that information.

The storage management section of Steam has also been enhanced, making it easier to see your available storage and transfer games between drives. It's accessible by going to Settings, Downloads, and then “Steam Library Folders.”

These are the main enhancements, but the update also includes a slew of other tweaks and fixes that should be available to all users right now. Steam should update itself, but you can manually check by clicking on “Steam” in the software's menu bar and selecting “Check for Steam Client Updates...”. A complete list of changes can be found on Steam's website.