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How can I delete local content from a game not in my list in Steam?

I played the free weekend for Call of Duty Black Ops and I decided not to buy it. However, now I have a folder taking up 8 GB of my SSD space in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\call of ...
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Is it possible to split a Steam account?

I have been collecting games in my Steam account for a while (I can't resist those 75%-off sales!) Now my son wants to play a few of the milder games, but I don't want him to have access to my FPS ...
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Bulk activate product keys in Steam

After purchasing the current Humble Bundle, I wondered if it was possible to activate all of the 6 games in Steam at once, without having to do a "Product Activation" for every game. I could probably ...
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Windows Steam games on a Mac with WINE?

I love my MacBook (2008, aluminum, Intel processor with the low-end nVidia chipset). I don't like running Windows. I don't want a Windows Bootcamp partition, because I found I never used it. (I really ...
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Where can I find Portal 2 mods?

I obviously don't own Portal 2 yet but am considering buying since it's on sale on Steam at the moment. My question is - I've heard that the SDK has been released some weeks ago so one would expect ...
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Reliability of Steam's off-line mode

What are the general experiences with it? I've only tried it once, on one game, and it did work, but I am used to hearing that it is very unreliable and very unlikely to work in most cases. ...
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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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Is it possible to move some steam games to a different library location (without re-downloading them?) [duplicate]

I would like to move some of my lesser-played (but still downloaded) Steam Games from my SSD to my larger, secondary 500GB "data" hard disk in my machine. I have set up a new library location through ...
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Is there a way to NOT share gaming statistics with friends on Steam?

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 ...
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Steam account security: list of allowed computers on SteamGuard

When I login on the Steam website on a new computer, it uses Steamguard to send a code to my email and asks me to copy that code on a dialog on the website. It also asks me to set a nickname to the ...
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Can I use Fallout 3 savegames in Fallout 3 GOTY?

I have played the boxed version of Fallout 3 without expansions at the beginning of 2009. Now I have bought the GOTY on Steam and I would like to known if it is possible import my old savegames.
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What are the dangers of accepting gifts from unknown accounts on Steam?

A user named 'steamfairy1' gifted me a game on Steam. I don't know this user, his profile shows no games, no friends and zero hours played. The profile of 'steamfairy1' was created the day I received ...
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Why are Steam's “hours played” numbers wrong for so many games?

For many games on my game list, the number of hours I am "on record" for playing are much less than I've actually played. According to Steam, I have not logged any hours playing the games that I ...
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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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How can I stop Civilization 5 from asking me twice which DirectX mode to play in?

I (pre) downloaded and installed Civilization 5 through Steam, on Windows 7. When I start it, Steam asks me if I would like to start: Civilization 5 Civilization 5 (DirectX 9) Then, Civilization ...
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How many cards can I collect per day?

I have been playing Portal 2 from the start in order to collect trading cards in the Steam trading card beta. I have collected four cards so far, and when I look at my badge process it gives an ...
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How can the Steam first time setup be run without starting the game directly afterwards?

Since the incredibly fascinating (re-)installation of some DirectX and VC-Redistributable files takes a bit longer than I'm willing to stare at my screen, I'd like to be able to do something else, ...
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Is it at all possible to install Portal 2 purely from retail DVD?

Does anyone know if it is at all possible to install Portal 2 purely from retail DVD? I purchased my copy just yesterday and after going to about 4% the installer has now begun hogging my bandwidth by ...
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I'm unable to specify which Steam library I want to install MW3 to

I've got an SSD and HDD in my computer. I don't want to install programs where loading time isn't a big issue onto my SSD so I have a Steam library on the HDD but Steam installed on my SSD. When I ...
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Every time my computer starts it fails to connect to Steam… How can I fix this?

Every time I turn my computer on and it gets into Windows, Steam immediately pops up and says it has failed to connect and that I can either retry or start in offline mode. After this, my network ...
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Can I throw away contents of my Steam Inventory?

I have a number of items in my Steam inventory that are never going to get used; for example, some AirMech 2 "gifts" that are marked as NO LONGER VALID. Is there some way to get rid of them so I ...
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Can I safely uninstall games purchased from Steam?

Can I uninstall purchased games from my computer and then later download them through Steam without having to re-purchase if I'd like to? I'm running short on space on my laptop, looking to free up ...
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How can I use an Xbox 360 controller to play Steam games?

I bought BioShock 2 on Steam in the sale a couple of weeks ago, but I'm better at playing FPSs with an Xbox 360 controller than with mouse and keyboard. Is there any way for me to use an Xbox 360 ...
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How do I upload old screenshots taken with traditional methods to Steam?

Steam now has a screenshot-hosting feature, but I've been unable to break the habit of hitting F5 to take traditional TGA screenshots in Team Fortress 2, rather than the new hotkey F12 (the default) ...
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Why are there duplicate game entries in my Steam library?

I purchased Sid Meier's Civilization IV: The Complete Edition, a package that includes four items. Three of the included items are displayed twice in my games library, with the message [game] is not ...
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Do I have to use Steam for games I bought on disc?

I have purchased and finished playing Portal and Portal 2 (on disc for PC) both of which used Steam. This was my first exposure to Steam. Now I have just installed Skyrim (again I bought the ...
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How can I move my Steam saves from One hard drive to another?

I'm planning to upgrade my computer's hard drive and I'm not using an imaging program because I'm clean installing - How can I move my Steam game files and game saves from the old harddrive to the new ...
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Is there a way to transfer a free game downloaded on one Steam account to another?

I downloaded Team Fortress 2 for free yesterday off Steam. I used my account to download it. My brother has set up his own now and would like to play TF2 on his, that way we could also have separate ...
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Why did Steam erase all my games?

Steam just erased all my games without warning. Here's my setup and what I've done recently that could be related (I'm including probably too much detail in the hopes it helps someone figure out what ...
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How can I determine whether a Steam game can be activated on Origin as well?

As described by title, I own a certain number of games on Steam. How can I determine whether a Steam game can be activated on Origin as well?
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What are the cryptic Steam Super Meat Boy achievements and what do the names mean?

It seems like the following cryptic achievements are only available on the Steam version, not XBLA. N#7*<1!23 &*>?1$ (=+66&1$ ^**5%_=+12 *|-0&& N&8^2^%$1`` The "description" ...
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Do mods or console use disable achievements for Fallout:New Vegas?

I've heard mixed information on this and I'd like to get a straight answer, for two reasons: The widely reported Quicksave/Autosave bug is annoying and, quite frankly, has terrified me into ...
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How can I run a dedicated server without Steam?

Steam won't let me have two instances running with the same user logged in. Does that mean I cannot run a dedicated server on a PC (for example, for Left 4 Dead 2) and play from another machine? Is ...
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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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Both Fallout 3: Game of the Year and Fallout: New Vegas crash when I try to create a new game

I have a problem with Fallout 3 GOTY and with Fallout : New Vegas, both Steam version. Fallout 3 GOTY crashes as soon as I try to create a New game, while Fallout : New Vegas crashes immediately after ...
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How to move Steam games on OS change (32-bit to 64-bit)

I have found many questions regarding this on this Q&A Board. However, I am not only moving my games from Vista to 7, but also from 32-bit to 64-bit. I once had some trouble doing so using a ...
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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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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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Differences between Arma 2 Free and Arma 2 Demo

Trying to find more information about the DayZ mod, I learnt that the base game (Arma 2) appears to have 2 different 'free' versions, one enticingly labeled as 'Arma 2 Free' and also a seperate 'Demo' ...
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Is it possible to trade a Steam key / humble bundles?

With the fourth Humble Indie Bundle I received second copy of the third pack that I already own. Is there any way to add the key or the games to my account as something gift/trade-able? Duplicate ...
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How can I change the location Steam saves games on?

I want to change the location steam saves my games too. How can I do that?
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Can I log onto an existing Tribes: Ascend account through Steam?

Before Tribes: Ascend was added to Steam, I created an account and bought some items/upgrades. If I download Tribes through Steam, will I be able to log into my existing account or link my Steam ...
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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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Why is it not recommended to trade hats for weapons or vice versa?

I've often traded a hat for 4-5 weapons, and afterwards people told me I shouldn't do that, and that it isn't recommended. I wasn't given an explanation. Could anyone shed some light on this? Why ...
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Loadout unavailable on dedicated TF2 LAN server

When I’m playing on my dedicated Team Fortress 2 LAN server, I am unable to access my load out, because my server cannot connect to the item server: WARNING! The server you are playing on has ...
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Steam over proxy

How do I run Steam from behind a proxy server?
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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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Team Fortress 2 won't install on custom location [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why can’t I install TF2 in a non-default game library location? I am running a system with one 128GB SSD (used for my system and programs installed) and a couple of ...
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TF2 dedicated LAN server not found in game’s server browser

I’m running a dedicated Team Fortress 2 server on my LAN to which I can connect through my TF2 client’s console. However, it does not show in my TF2 client’s server browser. When I go to Servers > ...
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Adding Minecraft to Steam with 64bit JRE

I am running a 64bit version of Windows 7 with a 64bit version of the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) and have been wondering for a while why Steam only says that I am running Minecraft at the login ...