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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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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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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 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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Install Steam on an external drive?

If I install Steam to an external drive, will it work when I plug it into other computers? Or does it depend on registry keys/some other computer-specific thing?
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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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How can I get my Steam account to show youtube videos that are added?

I am having a problem in my steam account regarding adding video from a Youtube account in my steam. Previously I have added couple of videos from a youtube account to my steam without any trouble, ...
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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 Steam work on Windows 8?

I am considering installing Windows 8 RTM on my gaming PC. Has anyone tried installing and using Steam on Windows 8? Is Windows 8 supported by Valve/Steam in the first place? Is there any known ...
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Does uninstalling Steam also uninstall games installed through steam?

If anyone caught me in chat, I'm currently having problems with Steam, which is keeping me not only from playing Portal 2, but also from accessing any of the other 28 steam game shortcuts on my ...
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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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How to get the Steam Workshop to work with “Civilization V” for a Mac?

I currently own Civilization V, (not the Gods & Kings expansion,) and have the latest version of it and have subscribed to several items on the Steam Workshop, but when I start-up the game, none ...
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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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Can I download Steam games on one computer (mac), then install them on another (Windows)?

My gaming PC (which runs on Windows) has very limited bandwith: I can connect to the internet, but cannot download a game. However I do have a macbook with access to a network with unlimited bandwith. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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“Steam failed to load: *SteamStartEngine(0xbfffdf54) failed with error 1: A Steam Engine Instance already exists”

My Mac Steam installation on 10.7 has started giving this "failed to load" dialog whenever I try to launch Steam. I have tried deleting the Application Support folder which allowed Steam to launch ...
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Can I have more than one of the same trading card?

Steam now has trading cards. In order to get them, you're supposed to play specific games (currently there are only 6 games supported, but they've said more will come). However, it's only possible ...
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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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Do I have to pay again for a game I bought on a different PC with the same Steam account?

I recently bought a new laptop for gaming. I logged into Steam without difficulty, except when I logged into the account where I had bought my games on. My Friends list was empty, and I had no games. ...
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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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Terraria no longer starts after 1.2 update, terminates with unhandled exception

I have had the game, Terraria for a while and it has always worked fine for me. Recently, a new update, 1.2, came out, and Steam updated the game to that version. After that, Terraria no longer starts ...
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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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Is it possible to Idle, and get trading cards?

In order to receive Steam Trading Cards, you must play a game for some period of time. Is it possible to keep the game open as you go run errands, and have the cards when you get back, or do you have ...
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Will buying items from the Mann Co. Online Store give me Trading Cards?

The Steam Trading Cards Beta currently states: What about free to play games like Team Fortress 2 or Dota 2? Free to play games drop game cards based on your in-game purchasing. For every ...
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How can I get mods from the Steam workshop?

So I got Civilization V the other day and I am wondering how steam workshop works? How do I get mods for Civ V and what happens if it doesnt work?
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Can I install games obtained via Steam in Origin?

Origin seems to recognise that I purchased NFS: Hot Pursuit on Steam, and is now giving me the option to download it. Is there a way, or is it possible, to install games in Origin that have been ...
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How can I get the Steam overlay on Skyrim, if I am using the SKSE.exe to launch the game?

I am playing Skyrim modded, and would like to have the Steam overlay in the game, so that I can chat with users and such. I have purchased the game and activated it in Steam, but since I am launching ...
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I can't get past the opening splash screen when I try to start playing Skyrim

I just tried to run Skyrim and once the splash screen appears, I hit "Play." The splash screen blinks and pops up again. Nothing else happens, and the game does not open. I'm stuck in a endless loop ...
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How to sync Steam savegames?

I've been playing a couple of games on my Surface Pro 2 while travelling. When I launched a game on my desktop after I got home, I noticed my savegames did not sync. While I realize Steam couldn't ...
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2nd Steam Account on the same Computer?

Will Creating a second steam account work on the same computer? Will I be able to play TF2 with the already downloaded version as an F2P on the new account, or will I have to download a 2nd version ...
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Steam Will Not Open Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs

I am trying to launch Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs, but it doesn't want to open. It says that it's going to open and then it just doesn't. It's currently the only game I have installed. Here's ...
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What is steam app 210890?

I just browsed through my steam games library and saw 'Steam App 210890' as something I could install. When I tried to install it, to see what it was, steam told me that it would be downloading now, ...
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Bought game on Steam, but it's not in my Library

I bought a game on my dad's chrome book yesterday on steam and it told me to check my library for the games I bought, but they are not showing up. Do I have to buy them again? Or is there a way to ...
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GTA: San Andreas bug - Everything running in fast-forward

I recently purchased GTA: San Andreas on Steam. When I first ran it, it automatically jumped past the few first cutscenes but the audio track was still running fine. It would show me maybe a second ...
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How to disable play time tracking?

Is it possible to avoid recording the time you play CS:GO on Steam? My friend and I had a deal that we would spend the same amount of time playing it so it would be fair. Now I have like 30 hours more ...
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If I buy a game or DLC on one computer via Steam, can I play it on another?

I wanna buy it on my friends macbook tonight, then play it on my pc tomorrow night.
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Free Games on Steam?

Is there anywhere I can look at a list of all games steam is offering for free?