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I really like how I can jump into the same game / server as my friend is currently playing on Steam, so I definitely like the "friends" feature.

However, I dislike the fact that steam exposes my entire gaming history to all my friends - for example, the amount of hours I spent with each of my games.

I tried searching but could not find how to prevent it, is there a way?

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You can make your profile fully private, following these instructions:

  1. Log into your Steam Community Profile
  2. Click the Edit my SteamID page link
  3. Click the Settings link
  4. Choose your privacy state
  5. Click the Save button

However, it hides away all the profile, not only the gaming history.

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But, will it allow my friends to see when I'm online at all, and which game am I correctly playing? – Oak Jul 8 '10 at 19:25
I believe that this still makes you visible, it just makes your profile private. – McKay Jul 8 '10 at 19:35
@Oak - this is not linked to profile, but to you being connected to "friends", so yes, like McKay said. – Gnoupi Jul 8 '10 at 21:16
@Dronz Friend requests are unaffected by profile privacy status. – 3ventic Jun 17 '14 at 0:43
@Dronz - yes, this. – Gnoupi Jun 23 '14 at 14:06

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