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What games save to the Steam Cloud?

Which games (except Torchlight) store the current state of the game to the Steam cloud? What is the Steam Cloud? Steam is Valve's online game purchasing and digital delivery service/platform. Steam ...
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What is the cause of Error Code 118, and how can I resolve this?

Above is a screenshot of the error I am getting in my Steam application. It says: "Unable to connect to server. Server may be offline or you may not be connected to the internet." I have a ...
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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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Is there a way to see all Steam achievements in one account? [duplicate]

I want to check which of my games need the least achievements to achieve a perfect status. The only way to see the game stats that I know of is to go to the games list from a player profile but that'...
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Can Steam be used to Launch Mass Effect 3?

I own Mass Effect 3 on Origin, but I very much prefer launching games from Steam (largely for the overlay, since I've got hundreds of Steam friends). I know that non-steam applications can be ...
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Is there a way to manually update a game?

As this answer describes, there is a way to disable automatic updates for a game. If I choose to disable automatic updates, how do I check for updates for the game in Steam?
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How do I find the ID for a game on Steam?

Every game on Steam has a different Game ID (also known as App ID). For instance, looking on my own computer, Portal has an ID of 400, and FTL: Faster Than Light is 212680. How do I find this ID for ...
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How do you force Steam to use a different account for each Windows user account on the same machine?

I just built a PC because my son wants to play PC games. I installed Windows 7, and created 2 user accounts, one for each of us. Within my Windows user account I installed Steam, and downloaded some ...
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Install Steam and most games in one large HDD but some popular games on a separate SSD [duplicate]

I have a 1 TB HDD and a 120 GB SSD. On the HDD I have all my data along with Steam and—currently—all my games. On the SSD I have Windows 7 and programs, but there's 50 GB of unused space that I wish ...
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Can I bulk download Steam games?

I have a substantial Steam library, and a new computer with plenty of disk space. I want to queue up all (or most) of my Steam games for downloading. I know I can click on each one in turn, but I ...
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How can I move Steam games to another disk?

How can I tell Steam to put games on another disk? They are currently on C: but I'm getting a little short on space.
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How can I sort/organize my Steam game library?

My game list is approaching 100 games and it is starting to get difficult to sort them. I've categorized them by genre but it's still difficult to find them (and my backlog is getting bigger). I also ...
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Can I send money to my friend's Steam wallet?

I would like to send someone who already has a Steam account a money gift so that he can buy himself some games. Is this possible? If so, how?
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Can I run a steam game without updating it first?

Is is possible to install a steam game and then play it without having to download a huge update file? I'm temporally on super slow broadband at my parents and want to play a game I got now, not in ...
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How often do trading cards drop?

Each steam-trading-cards-enabled game has a certain number of cards that are automatically earned just by spending time playing the game. (3-5 from what I've seen so far) What I haven't been able to ...
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What happens if I activate a product key on Steam for a game I already own?

I have a Steam product key for Just Cause 2 I got for free with the purchase of my video card. However, I already have a copy of this game attached to my Steam account. What will happen if I try to ...
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Can the original Age of Empires II be played online with the HD version on Steam?

My friend has an original copy of the game and was wondering if he could play online with me if I buy the HD version on Steam.
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Where do I download the manuals for games I buy on Steam?

I recently signed up with Steam and bought a few discounted games, but I can't find any manuals for them. I assumed they'd be installed along with the games, but I can't find any sign of them or of ...
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How do I avoid TF2 servers loaded with bots?

It seems like whenever I choose to play TF2 at dead-ish times (when my favorites are all empty) all the servers I join are 90-100% bots. Is there some easy way to avoid joining those servers?
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Why can't I install TF2 in a non-default game library location?

I've set up 2 non-default game library locations. One in C:\Games and the other D:\Games. Steam is installed on C: so I have 2 libraries on C and one on D. When I go to install most games it lets me ...
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Steam download - skip most of the content?

I had oblivion on a disc for a long time. I recently moved and lost the disc. So I decided I'd buy it on steam so I never have this problem again. Well now I'm on really poor internet, and am looking ...
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How does Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) work?

Many Source engine games are run on servers that are "VAC-Secured". How does the VAC really work? What is it looking for? If it finds something "bad", what does it do? Is there any way a user can ...
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Does “Delete Local Content” retain save files?

If you remove a single player game installation with the Delete Local Content option from the Steam Libary, in general will save files be deleted or retained?
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Is there anyway to stop a download on Steam?

Steam recently started downloading an update for Super Monday Night Combat. Remembering the fact that the game never ran properly for me, and that I was unable to ever find any fix, I impatiently ...
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How can Steam be prevented from downloading a billion copies of DirectX?

As a follow-up to my question regarding the first-time installation, I noticed Steam stores the DirectX and vcredist etc files individually in each games directory. That means, those sometimes up to ...
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Bioshock on Steam Hangs on Startup

When i start Bioshock from steam, it hangs on the splash screen. I have Windows 7 x64,and have installed all the latest drivers. HW details: i5 750, Asus P7P55D MB, ATI HD5770
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Are there alternate methods to activate Steam CD Keys?

Just recently (today), I bought a Humble Bundle and I do not have access to a PC with the Steam Client... Is there any alternate ways to activate the keys I've got from my bundle? Like calling APIs ...
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How much available space per game in the Steam Cloud?

Is there a way to find out how much available space does a game have in the Steam Cloud (it seems that this varies depending on the game)? Also, is there a way to see how much of the available space ...
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Is it possible to transfer Steam games from one PC to another? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I move Steam games to a new computer without re-downloading them? Recently, I bought Portal 2 from Steam. I downloaded and installed it on my PC, which is running ...
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Start Steam in Offline Mode Without an Internet Connection [duplicate]

I need to start Steam in offline mode without first logging in and without having an Internet connection. I know there are already questions like this, but there are no decent answers that I can ...
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Why is the Team Fortress 2 install so huge?

I notice that Team Fortress 2 is almost 10 gigs when downloaded via Steam. Why is that? Since the game's graphics are very simplistic, and I assume there's not like an hour-long 1080p movie embedded ...
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What is the highest possible profile level?

What is the highest Steam profile level? I've seen people with levels like 142 and they still have a next level indicator on their profile. Is there an end to this?
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How can I stop Steam from loading when I start my computer?

Every time I boot into OSX or Windows, Steam automatically starts. Is there a way to stop Steam starting whenever I boot up my computer?
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How are the Gem values worked out?

In the Steam Auction, every Steam item (card, booster pack, background and emoticon) has a gem value, which is awarded when the item is "recycled" (user clicks the Turn into Gems... button). How is ...
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Can I disable inbox alerts for new trading cards?

I like how my inbox icon lights up in green when I have new messages or new games from friends; but I'm not interested in trading cards, and it annoys me when after each gaming session I get a bunch ...
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Can I create one steam account per game?

After reading this, it seems as though purchasing more than one game on a single steam account limits the flexibility of how you can use a game. I understand why Steam did this and am not trying to ...
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Binding of Isaac achievements and Steam in-game not working

I can't get achievements in this game, also the Steam In-game function doesn't work. May this problem related to the fact that the game is in Flash? Anyone has the same problem?
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Can I have too many mods?

I found a lot of mods that make thinks lighter, and add mark and recall, and a basement I like. They are all on Steam, and what I want to know is if I can have too many? Will they all work together? ...
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Can't log in due to Steam Guard and an inactive email account, what now?

I am unable to log into my Steam account as I do not have access to my email account for the Steam Guard verification process. I have raised a ticket but have not received a reply from Steam Support ...
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I'm updating Windows 7 to 64-bit, how do I move my Steam games?

I want to update from Windows 7 32-bit to 64-bit. How do I protect my Steam games?
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Shortcuts to launch game with different launch options in Steam

I am trying to create shortcuts for Arma 3 so I can quickly launch the game with and without mods, so I need to create at least 2 shortcuts, one for vanilla and one for mods. But when I created the ...
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How many levels are there for Steam Trading Card badges?

With the new Steam Trading Cards, I decided to craft the badge for CS:GO. I got this: I then noticed that this is only a level 1 badge, and there was a level 2 badge to get. So I crafted it too: ...
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Is there an easy way to figure out which DLCs have you bought already?

Assume you bought a game on steam and 7 out of 10 DLCs that are available for that game. When you go (in the steam application) to "LIBRARY" -> "game XY" -> "DLC", you get a list of all DLCs that are ...
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Can I enforce a time limit window on Steam games, notably Team Fortress 2?

My 10 year old loves Team Fortress 2 but spend too much time playing it. I looked for whether Steam has a parental control system allowing me to say "max X hours over the last 14 days", but could not ...
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Can I give away Steam games?

I own some Steam games I'd like to give away to friends as I no longer play them. Have I any options?
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Unable to start steam: To run Steam, you must first connect to the Internet

Only a messagebox comes up: "Steam.exe (main exception): To run Steam, you must first connect to the Internet" It worked earlier Other connections are working (http, vpn, skype) Firewall not ...
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Where can I find out what games have cards?

Which games drop cards? I've been looking at the Steam Trading Card FAQ. However, I recently discovered that it's incomplete (eg. Trine 2 and A.R.E.S. now have cards, but aren't listed there). ...
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Is it possible to disable Steam Guard?

Whenever I log into the Steam website or into the Steam client on my work computer (or other computer that I do not normally use), Steam Guard prompts me to check my email for a code before I am able ...
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Turn off Steam Controller without using big picture mode

I have a steam controller connected to my computer. How do I turn the controller off without launching big picture mode? Currently to turn the controller off, I do the following: hit the steam ...
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Will a Steam account work across platforms?

I have never used Steam before, but now I want to install Steam because there are some games that are having a Cyber Monday sale today. The problem is that my Windows PC is broken at the moment, so I ...