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When you buy multiple games in one purchase from Steam, you have the option to set them all to be installed, and the Steam client automatically queues them all at once.

However, Is there a way to do this manually? For example when you've just re-installed Steam, can you select your 30 favorite games, and click "Install" once? Installing each game individually can get really tedious.

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...it doesn't chain downloads. –  badp Jan 10 '12 at 18:21
    
possible duplicate of Is there a way to get more than one thing to download at once? –  Matthew Read Jan 10 '12 at 18:36
    
Not quite... That one is about downloading multiple games at once, not setting up a queue of stuff to download over time. Similar, but not the same. –  Xkeeper Jan 10 '12 at 18:49
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possible duplicate of Can I bulk download Steam games? –  Dave DuPlantis Jan 10 '12 at 20:04
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Or this one gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/44567/… –  Adanion Jan 10 '12 at 21:10

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You should be able to just start installing them as normal, and the Steam client will download them automatically afterwards. Have you checked the Downloads portion of the client? If your downloads are pausing when you choose to install another game, just hit Resume All.

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Note that you can still play games while Steam is downloading, but it will pause downloads; just alt-tab out of your game and hit Resume All twice (once to pause, once to unpause) and it should resume downloading. –  Xkeeper Jan 10 '12 at 18:50
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this behaviour isn't consistent. Sometimes it does that, and sometimes it doesn't. –  GnomeSlice Jan 10 '12 at 23:01
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This can't really be the accepted answer, right? You still have to click-click-clickity-click every game separately after reinstalling Steam. The question is, can you queue a bunch of them in one action? –  Redsandro Jan 31 '13 at 17:52
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If you'd prefer, you can download the Steam app on your iPhone and tap-tap-tappity-tap instead. –  Xkeeper Feb 8 '13 at 17:43
    
This doesn't answer the question - you still have to click "install" for each one. –  Simon W Jan 2 at 16:45

Log into your account at steampowered.com (While connected to your steam client) navigate to your profile: Games -> All games.

You can now "One click" install the games you want to install. Steam will now automatically download and install the selected games.

PS: It will install to default steam install path. So if you have several SteamLibraries, then you are out of luck.

Example: enter image description here

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Since a recent update, you can select multiple games by holding down control and clicking them. Or, if they are adjacent in the list, select the first, hold shift and then select the last.

Then right click the selection, which will allow you to install them all at once:

Selecting multiple games

Installation Dialog

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Note: m0ha's answer is better if you have only a few games, but this one might work out better for you, if you have lots of games or simply have trouble finding each and every one from your library (or you don't want to have to remember which games you want to install every time you have to).


You can create a file .bat file under Windows in the following format

start steam://install/[app_id_of_favorite_game_#1]
pause
start steam://install/[app_id_of_favorite_game_#2]
pause

creating a new line for each game you want to install. Make sure you place pause between each installation. (Replace [app_id_of_favorite_game_#] with the app id of the game).

To get the app_id of the games, go to their store page and you will see the app_id in your address bar (store.steampowered.com/app/[app_id]).

You'll still have to click through the installation prompt to select the installation folder and whatnot, and click back to the command line running the script after finishing each prompt to get the next prompt.

The pause is required for you to have time to go through each of the installation prompts, which ask you for installation directory and shortcut preferences.

On Linux you can do the same, but use the Linux equivalent of start (xdg-open for most distributions it seems) and pause (seems to be read -p 'Press enter to continue').

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This is now possible after an update to the Steam client (August 14th, 2014):

You can now select multiple games and install them in one go!

The changelog says:

  • Added install option to context menu for multiple selections

Picture from the twitter link

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I'm re-saving my Steam backups via copying the steamapps\common folders. As such, I have a lot of Steam backup versions to re-install first. It seems with this version of Steam (beta - Oct 18 - 2013), you can start installing multiple backups at the same time. Just click on a 2nd or 3rd install .exe file and click "continue install." I know it'll take a long time to install 3 games from the one directory at the same time, but at least I can queue a few up (100 more installs to go).

EDIT: It only installs the last game you click on.

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If you set Steam to Big Picture mode you can queue up as many games as you want (never downloaded too many so there MIGHT be a limit), and then you can leave Big Picture mode and they will still be in your download queue

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I think you still have to click "install" for each one, though - just the same as if you're not in big picture mode. The question was asking whether there's a way to select a lot of games and then hit one "install" button. –  Simon W Jan 12 at 10:32

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