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Will sending my friend a game as a gift remove it from my Library?

So I bought Terraria from steam, and I want to send a copy to my friend for his birthday as a gift. Will doing this delete Terraria from my computer or just buy a whole new version of it for him?
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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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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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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 any way to get a refund for a game bought from Steam?

Is it possible? If it is, do I have to have had some sort of technical problem or can I get a refund just because I didn't like it?
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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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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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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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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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How do I find out what version my Skyrim is patched to?

Today's Skyrim patch has some unfortunate side effects. I've turned off updates for the game in Steam for the time being, but I can't find anywhere that indicates whether it's already been updated or ...
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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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“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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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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Can you craft badges or use card boosters for games you don't own?

While you have to own a game to get card drops, drops are not the only ways to get cards from a game. You can trade them, you can buy them from the market or you can use a booster. Do boosters work ...
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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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Why do some games allow offline Steam achievements?

I know of another question where it is asked if you can get Steam achievements offline. The accepted answer to that was no. But I do earn achievements for some Steam games while playing in offline ...
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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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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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How do I get card drops in the Steam summer sale game?

I tried playing the Summer Sale clicking game for a bit, but it's pretty boring. The description says that playing will win you Steam trading cards. But how: is it just time spent clicking?
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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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Download Steam games outside of Steam [closed]

Recently, while explaining exactly what Steam is and what its benefits are, someone asked me: "But what happens if Steam went bankrupt all of a sudden and you couldn't access the platform anymore?". ...
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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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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 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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Can I run a Fallout mod launcher and have Steam think it's the original game executable?

Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas have a great modding community, but most mods require launching the game through a mod manager like Fallout Mod Manager (FOMM), or by launching the Fallout Script ...
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Are the Steam region locks backwards compatible? Are there any workarounds?

Just recently, there has been an update to Steam's region locking, which affects gifting where games that are region locked can be activated on accounts outside the countries it is locked to, but ...
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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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Shutdown resets my steam downloads

Whenever I download a game and before it's finished, if I shutdown my computer, the download gets reset and I have to download the whole thing again. Can someone tell me why this is happening and if ...
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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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Is it possible to put a Steam game onto a USB drive and have it work without a direct way to install Steam?

At my school programing class, our teacher encouraged us to gather other types of video game design software to allow us to make more complex games, instead of just the base Greenfoot and Bluejay ...
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Is there a legal way to obtain games not available in certain Steam regions?

I'm currently living in Japan. These are the games that I want to buy but for some reason (publisher's discretion?) is not available: Valkyria Chronicles Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm series Is ...
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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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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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Disloyal Whiterun Horse [duplicate]

The horse I bought from the stables next to Whiterun starts to walk away when I dismount it. I bought another horse to fix this problem. It is the palomino one from one of the northern Holds. This one ...
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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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Is there a way to bypass the Steam region lock?

I want to check out a game but when I view it from Steam, it says: "This item is currently unavailable in your region" Is there a way to go around this limitation? Not simply by using a proxy to ...
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Transferring my RotMG broswer account to steam

I have played realm of the mad god on the original browser for ages now and I want to play on steam. How do I transfer my browser account onto steam? Do I have a Kongregate account? I have already ...
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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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How to make two persons play at the same time?

My brother owns a game called Skyrim on steam. We use family share on steam, but we were wondering how both of us could play it at the same time.
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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?
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Can I force Steam to use my Nvidia GPU instead of the integrated Intel card?

I have 2 graphics cards in my laptop (Alienware M11X); the first is the default Intel graphics card, and the second is a high perf Nvidia card. I would like to play my Steam games with the Nvidia ...
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How can I tell if a Steam game syncs my saved games to the Steam Cloud?

I've already seen this question and this one, but neither explicitly tells me whether a particular game syncs saved game files to the Steam Cloud. Do all Steam games with Steam Cloud enabled ...
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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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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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How do I move Steam games to another location on disk on my Mac?

Steam apparently keeps Steam games in my home directory of all places. That makes it very difficult to back up my home directory without also backing up Steam games (I have only one: Civ 5). How do I ...