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How to find the Steam folder on Windows 10

When you install apps on Windows 10, you can install them anywhere. Normally, they’ll recommend installing to the C drive which is where Windows installs by default. In many cases, you can install an app elsewhere with some exceptions. Steam is no different; you can install it on the C drive or you can install it to a different drive. That said, if you can’t find the Steam folder after installing it, there are a few different things you can try to find it.

Before you go hunting for the Steam folder, check the root of every drive on your system. It should be there. If it isn’t, use one of the options below.

Windows search

Windows search is the first tool you should try if you can’t find the Steam folder. Open Windows Search and enter Steam. It’s highly likely that the Steam app will come up as the first result however look through the other results and expand the group of folders.

You ought to see the Steam folder. Click it and it will open in File Explorer. You can copy the path from the location bar.

Steam Library

If you have a game installed then finding the Steam folder is really easy. Open Steam and go to your Library. Right-click a game and select Properties from the context menu.

In the Properties window, go to the Local Files tab and click Browse Local Files. File Explorer will open to where the game’s local files are stored. Read the path in the location bar and you’ll be able to find where your Steam folder is.

Install a game

If you don’t have a game installed, and only just have the app, you can find where the Steam folder is by downloading a game. It can be any game. Before the game begins to download, you will get a prompt asking where you want to install it.  The choose location dropdown will, by default, list the Steam folder.

The above three methods will help you find the Steam folder on Windows 10. If you’re having trouble with the Steam app i.e., it won’t run, and the last two methods aren’t something you can use, it is possible that the Steam app isn’t installed on your system, or it’s been corrupted.

If the app isn’t installed but you still need to find the Steam folder, Windows search might still help. Make sure it is set to index all your drives and then use it to look for the folder.

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