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Can I get Steam to stop annoying me with notifications that I've earned a nickel?

Steam has trading cards. Great. Now I have a bunch of nigh-worthless digital bits to get rid of. Fortunately, the Market provides an easy way to do that! I can recoup pennies on the dollar from the ...
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Can I purchase a game bundle as a gift even though I have already purchased it?

I've purchased the Portal bundle (http://store.steampowered.com/sub/7932/) and I'm considering buying a second copy of it as a gift, since it's on a 75% sale right now. Will it be possible to ...
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How do I remove Steam Inbox mail?

Near the top of the Steam, there is a green box with an image of a letter. Is there a way to remove all of the notifications at once? Without paying attention, I ended up getting over 300 of them, and ...
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Hide my updates from friend's Steam Activity pages?

Back in August 2012, Valve rolled out some community updates, including the "Friend Activity" page, which amongst other things can list which achievements your friends have acquired, which games ...
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What network port does Steam use?

We have a white list of ports on our network, and the Steam client cannot connect to the server. Which ports do I need to open to make it work?
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Can the Steam achievements be gained also offline?

If I play, for example, Plant vs Zombies or Toki Tori on Steam when I am offline, can I get achievements? Are these re-synchronized when Steam returns online?
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Language change to English

My Steam installation is in Danish, which is no problem. But my DOTA 2 installation is in Danish. How can I change the language from Danish (or any other language) to English in DOTA 2? It is so ...
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Is there any way to hide your Steam status from others?

Is there any way to prevent others from seeing your Steam status without removing them as a friend? For example: If I want to play Borderlands 2 without letting some friends know, is there any way to ...
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Can I install a Steam game without having to use the internet?

So I finished building my computer and I got Steam on it by trying to install Skyrim. It gives me Steam but it says I have to have internet to continue. I'm pretty sure that I don't need online mode ...
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PixelJunk shooter two-player mode greyed out

I've just installed PixelJunk shooter on my Mac and the Two player option is greyed out. I've tried it on both Windows and OSX. Is there any way to unlock it?
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Steam with NFS Hot Pursuit: “Failed to contact key server” despite previous success while in offline mode

I've purchased NFS Hot Pursuit from Steam, and I was supplied a CD key and could run the game after downloading it. I was then able to run the game with Steam in offline mode, but at one point (after ...
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First Time Setup runs every time I click Play

Whenever I run Dota 2, Steam shows me this UAC dialog: If I click No, the game launches. If I click Yes, I see the following and then the game launches. It's just an annoyance, but how can I ...
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Steam Trading Error - “Your Inventory Is Not Available At This Time”

I am having trading issues very often in Team Fortress 2. I get a message stating Your Inventory Is Not Available At This Time in the area where your items are then quickly closes and says: "Oh ...
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Is it possible to send a gift anonymously or at least without them knowing beforehand?

I want to send someone a gift as I may or may not be involved in a secret santa on steam. Ideally I don't want them to know I sent it at all (the secret part) but I guess steam will tell them who ...
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How to get Steam to recognize existing game files from a different source?

Let's say I have a game bought on retail/other digital download and installed on my hard drive. I buy the same game (or a minor variant of it, say the GOTY edition) on Steam. It should be possible to ...
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Garry's Mod Steam Server?

I followed the following instructions for setting up a Garry's Mod server in Linux via the command line; http://wiki.garrysmod.com/page/Hosting_A_Dedicated_Server mkdir ~/Steam cd ~/Steam wget ...
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Steam no longer recognizing games in drive F [duplicate]

I installed games onto another internal drive, and since yesterday steam seems to have forgotten that games are installed on that drive, I don't want to download all the games again, help?
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How to remove all non-steam games from games library

Anyone have any ideas on how best to automatically and en-mass delete all my non-steam game links from my games menu?
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How can I force Steam to install Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 from disk, NOT from web?

I purchased Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 as a retail disk, and when I install it from disk, Steam is attempting to download the complete game from the internet. I've 512 kbits/s (64 kBps) network, ...
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How to stop Steam from showing all free games in library

It appears that Steam has made a change so that all Free-to-Play games now show up in your library regardless of whether you have requested them. This really clutters up the library and makes it hard ...
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Installing Evolution RTS on Linux Steam

I am trying to install the game Evolution RTS on Steam, but there seems to be a problem downloading the game? Note, that I have downloaded 0 bytes and yet the installation is complete. I verified the ...
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How can I get to the same match with my friend in Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Phantoms?

My friend and I are friends on Steam, and we want to play in the same team or at least in the same match. How can we do that?
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Can I view tags from other languages without switching my store language?

I use Steam in Finnish as I'm one of the voluntary translators for that language. As a result, my store is in Finnish as well and I only see tags made by other users who are using Finnish. ...
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Rise Of Nations: Gold Edition AND Rise of Legends - Buy And Download Like Steam [closed]

Since this game is not available at steam so from where can I legally buy, download and install rise of nations gold edition AND rise of legends like I can do with other games on steam. Thanks
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How can I access item details?

Take a look at these: http://steamcommunity.com/economy/item/440/2/1844108053/ http://steamcommunity.com/economy/itemhover/440/2/1844108053/?l=english&o_url=onehitkiller The first one's just ...
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Command And Conquere Generals: Zero Hour - Buy And Download Like Steam [closed]

Since this game is not available at steam so from where can I legally buy, download and install generals zero hour like I can do with other games on steam. Thanks
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Increase size of some fonts in HL-2 Deathmatch

I've just built a steamos machine and have HL2-Deathmatch running perfectly. Unfortunately some of the smallest fonts are too small to see on the TV (highlighted in red): How do I increase the ...
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Logging into steam VIA ssh to update game

I just recently got a server and it is linux SSH. It has installed on it Starbound. Starbound has recently updated and I need to update it but with the instructions provided I cannot seem to get it to ...
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ROTMG account linking

I have been playing on Realm of the Mad God for months in browser. I now want to switch to steam use for personal reasons. I go to steam, click account, click 'Replace this account with web account', ...
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What hats in TF2 are, or were, available for free?

What hats and miscellaneous wearables (like sunglasses and badges) in TF2 are available for free, without crafting, buying, un-crating, random drops, trading, or buying a game on Steam? Aside from ...
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Prevent kids from “accidentally” making purchases in Steam

Kids play with the gaming computer that has a Steam acct always logged in. I'm worried about them "accidentally" purchasing something in the store, is there way to require a password to complete a ...
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Can you play Half-Life 2 without steam?

Is there an alternative to Steam? I would like to play Half-Life 2 legally, but I am not willing to install Steam (again). I looked at Steam alternatives, but non of them are offering Half-Life 2. ...
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How can i install and play games that require Steam without installing Steam?

I have a bunch of games ready to be played but my internet connection is too slow to download steam. I tried getting a updated installation file, which i did, but it still requires internet to ...
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How to fix “Steam unable to sync” error?

I have a steam version of torchlight 2, and this started happening when I installed and then removed some mods. Each time I'm starting torchlight I'm greeted by the following message: After this ...
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Where are the source shared files since the steam pipe update?

I used to do a little mapping and modding but I had to stop due to real life. Now I'm doing some gmod stuff and I was wondering where the source shared files have gone. The files used to be called: ...
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Playing a steam game with a controller while using other applications (Multi-Monitor)

I'd like to be able to use my computer while my boyfriend plays a game on steam. I have two monitors and he's using a Xbox 360 controller hooked up to my pc. Is it possible to allow the game to be ...
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How can I play the Stop it Slender workshop?

I've just made an account on steam, and subscribed to Garry's Mod, which said once I subscribed, the game would download immediately. Nothing happened. Do I need to buy Garry's mod or something? I ...
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Steam Client is not listing my game

For the first time I bought a game from steam Age of Empires Online : All in wonder. The transaction was successful and I got the game listed under my account in the steam website but when I download ...
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How do I resolve Steam Error 65432/80?

I was downloading mods through Nexus for Skyrim, and I was testing the game every once in a while for CTD's on start up. After a few minutes, I was waiting for Wet & Cold Ashes (Dragonborn) to ...
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How do .NAV bot map navigation files in the Steam Workshop work?

I'm asking because I got these confusing information: This map's description states that the Steam Workshop does not allow including .NAV files and recommends I download a copy from another website, ...
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What use are Steam Trading Cards?

Is it purely a 'gotta-have-them-all' mindset, or do they actually serve some purpose? I notice that you are able to sell them on a community market. For a test I listed one, and someone bought it for ...
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What special markup options are there in Discussions and how to use them?

I noticed some users markup their forum posts to render an interactive object. For example this button will open a trade window with the user: Hovering over these images, will show a detailed ...
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Change icons in Big Picture Mode

I've got some non-Steam games that support controllers, but Big Picture Mode only shows them as big generic Steam logos, making them very hard ti pick out from the pack (big picture only shows names ...
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Can I filter my Steam library by tags or features?

I can look through the "Store" portion of Steam using tags, and I can also do an advanced-search on certain features like local co-op support. But for some reason, when I do this I can't tell which ...
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The Stanley Parable Demo won't load?

I just downloaded The Stanley Parable Demo from Steam ... Everything was running fine until I clicked Start Game, after that, a loading screen came up and it took me to a black page and wouldn't ...
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How can a game have both Full and Partial Controller suport?

When looking at the game Scourge: Outbreak I noticed that it features both "Partial Controller Support" and "Full controller support". At first I thought maybe if a game has full support, it must ...
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Are pro versions of the contracts considered separate for all achievements?

There are many achievements for completing all contracts on a certain difficulty or from a certain contractor and some of them mention pro jobs, such as: OVERKILL Salutes You! Complete all ...
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Transfer steam games locally

I am sharing my dad's steam account on my computer. He bought/downloaded/installed a game on his user, but I have to reinstall it on my user. How can I get it on my user without re-downloading it, ...
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Logged into Steam to find that all of my games on the D: drive weren't installed; games are still in the folder

Why do my previously installed games appear as no longer installed? When I try to launch them, they pop up with the installation dialogue.
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Is the Steam version of Indigo Prophecy censored?

Indigo prophecy is a game that has been sold in two versions, the original version which was sold in Europe under the name "Fahrenheit" which contained a love scene which was censored in the US ...