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Enabling Steam Family Sharing

I'm trying to share my steam library but Valve seems to have updated their interface without updating their docs. Every Tutorial I look at features the settings window with a horizontal tab bar, mine ...
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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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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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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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What are steam gems?

After reading this post on Arqade, I wondered what Steam gems were. I've never heard of Steam gems before. What are the uses of Steam gems? Are they some kind of currency? What do Steam gems do? ...
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How can you install Steam games offline?

My main computer that has Steam installed on it does not have an active Internet connection. I do not want this computer to have access to the Internet, but I really would like to be able to play ...
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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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What's the difference between “Full controller support” and “Partial controller support?”

Within Steam's "Big Picture Mode," games are shown with a half- or full-controller to signify partial- or full-controller support, respectively. However, many of the games listed as "partial ...
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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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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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Who are the Steam Mascots?

So with the Steam Summer Sale in full swing, I've finally taken notice of the Steam Mascots. Judging by the latest background, the black one, at least, has a name: Cyl. Do the other two have names ...
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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 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 ...
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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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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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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 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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What should I do if steam fails to launch a game?

I've installed a few games everything worked flawless. After a while I couldn't any longer start Metro 2033. A message popup appears saying that Metro 2033 is launched the popup disappears and the ...
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Can I transfer a Portal 2 saved game across accounts and platforms?

I started playing Portal 2 on my friend's Steam account on his Mac, and just bought the game for myself to play on my PC. Is there a way to transfer the saved game from his account on his Mac to my ...
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How do I copy Steam game files from another PC while the game's still downloading?

So I know (by trying it out) that you can copy Steam game files from one PC to another and make the game run with the copied files. This is a different issue than merely copying game files (which has ...
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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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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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Can I trust Steam-powered games? Is there any unwanted behavior installed with Steam?

So – I just bought the new game Supreme Commander 2. This question is not about the game, but about the online software installation platform that it seems to require. I haven't bought a game ...
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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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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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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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Can I play Steam games without running Steam in the background?

Is there a way I can play without having Steam running in the background?
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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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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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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 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 ...