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*Disclaimer & Update* apparently the procedure below doesn't work (anymore), so I will mark the thread as 'obsolete'. If anybody has any ideas, please let me know through e-mail.
So if anybody else thinks like me in that regard, and finds the new Steam Library interface atrocious: (the screenshot is not from me, I just did an image search, picked an example, and edited out the account names):
There might be a solution! So first of all, let's disable the switch that makes Steam auto-update by itself. Go under where you have Steam installed, on my end it's C:\Program Files\Steam. Find a file Steam.cfg. Back up the file somewhere.
Now edit the contents of the Steam.cfg (open it with Notepad), so that it will look like this.
Save the changes to the Steam.cfg when closing the Notepad. If it doesn't let you save the changes, then save the - now modified - Steam.cfg for example on the Desktop. From there, copy that new file back to your Steam installation directory, replacing the old one when prompted by Windows.
If you don't have such a Steam.cfg file, grab it here:
So. Now you did this step. Let's now grab the nice little tool here:
And use that "RevertSteam.exe". Choose your Steam installation directory when prompted, and let the tool do its thing. So after I myself did the procedure, I got back the old interface! Screenshot from my own client (details blurred out):
And there you go! I shall report back if there are any (unexpected) side-effects of doing this procedure, but so far, after a couple of weeks, everything seems fine. Except that I don't seem to get any Steam updates at all, anymore...? Don't know if it means there are simply no newer Steam updates, or if I messed up something.
I may have to re-install Steam if it becomes an issue later down the road...but good luck to anybody wanting to try this!
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