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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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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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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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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 ...
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Do Mac and Windows versions of Source games contain the exact same files?

Basically what the title says. I want to do this, because I want to copy my Mac game to my Windows PC, without re-downloading it.
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Steam Media Library?

I've noticed that some games on steam have links on their steam pages to media, for example soundtracks. Examining the shortcuts shows that they point to files residing on some of steam's servers. As ...
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What happens if I add a Steam game to Origin? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Installing in games Origin already obtained via Steam Now that I've installed Origin, I have the option of registering some of my other EA games (Dead Space 1 & 2, ...
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How can I disable Steam from starting up with Windows without logging in to Steam?

Is there a way to disable Steam from starting up automatically with Windows (XP/Vista/7) after installing it? I fix systems for people and some of them request or have Steam, so I reinstall it for ...
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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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What happens if you install a Steam game to a removable drive?

What happens if you install a game to an external drive and then remove it? Does the game just not work if you try to start it? Does it get "uninstalled" according to Steam? Does Steam have serious ...
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How can I get the Steam client to reestablish its connection?

I've been using the Steam client on my MacBook Pro quite a bit lately, and I've come across a rather annoying issue that I hope one of you can help me with. I often put my computer to sleep with the ...
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Can Steam downloads be set to run consecutively instead of concurrently?

This is more of a general question about the best way to expedite Steam downloads. I'm on a slower DSL line at home so if I end up with multiple downloads from Steam running at the same time it bogs ...
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On Steam, how can I see who a friend is on Facebook after they've been linked?

I found a number of my steam friends via the facebook integration. It's an easy process, you go to a page in steam, it shows you who on facebook isn't yet in your friends list, and then you check ...
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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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Will the drop counter reset if I craft a badge?

Steam now has trading-cards which can be crafted into badges and other marketable items. That link states that trading-cards can be crafted into badges, and that If you gather another complete ...
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What happens when I block someone on Steam?

I'm 'away' for a week and would like some friends not to know I'm playing games. What does blocking a friend actually do? I'm just looking for it to show me as offline and not show what game I'm ...
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How do I add Minecraft to Steam?

I want to add Minecraft to Steam, but am not sure which files to add. How do I add Minecraft to Steam?
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How do I actually start the Peer Review DLC on Portal 2?

I just downloaded and installed the Peer Review DLC as well as a game update for Portal 2 on PS3. How do I actually play the new co-op mode, though? When I select co-op, all it lets me choose is Co-Op ...
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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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Why doesn't Bioshock 2 start from within steam?

My question is similar to but a little different from this one: http://gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/1420/bioshock-on-steam-hangs-on-startup I couldn't find anything in the steam / bioshock ...
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Are classic games released on Steam somehow optimized for modern computers?

I'm wondering if classic games (released earlier than say 2000) on Steam are somehow optimized to run on modern OS's and/or hardware? I own one such game, but it always takes some time to set it up ...
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Can skyrim mods pose any threat to my computer?

Video game mods have been used in the past to launch attacks, and deliver payloads to computers. Can the Steam Workshop be used as a delivery vector for malware? What kind of files can a Steam ...
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Why can't I take screenshots in my Steam games?

I installed Steam through Winetricks on Ubuntu, and I can't take any screenshots. I can't get the Steam overlay to come up either. I've checked that the overlay is enabled in multiple places. ...
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How can I find my steam ID?

How can I find my steam ID? I haven't bought any games; I am playing a free one. Is the ID only created if I buy a game?
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Idling in Team Fortress 2

After the recent class update, I've been trying to increase my play time from 2 to 3 hours per week to 2 to 3 per night in order to receive additional weapon drops. Yet this doesn't seem to be enough ...
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Can I buy DLC for a game I don't have installed?

Lets say I got a game in my Steam library but I don't have it installed. Can I still buy DLC for it, though? For example, I have Empire: Total War, but I don't have it installed. Now, I'd like to ...
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What will happen to my digital games after I die? [closed]

After recently reading this, I wonder if the games I downloaded and currently own on Steam can be passed on to my son. Will Steam allow transfer of ownership of my account? If it is written in my last ...
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What do I do with Kingdom of Amalur's Steam Key?

I have the Steam version of Kingdom of Amalur, and when I opened up the game for the first time, Steam gave me a game key and told me that I'd need to enter it -- except it didn't tell me where, or ...
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What are some good tactics to use on DeGroot Keep?

I'm struggling on DeGroot Keep. Are there any specific strategies to win rounds consistently?
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How do I unpack or pack large quantities of gems at once?

I just bought a large quantity of gem packs from the Market. How can I unpack them with minimal effort? I have a large quantity of gems to turn into gem packs. How can I pack them with minimal ...
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How can I force Steam to install Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 from disk, NOT from web?

I purchased Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 as a retail disk, and when I install it from disk, Steam is attempting to download the complete game from the internet. I've 512 kbits/s (64 kBps) network, ...
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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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Can I remove emoticon button from Steam friends chat?

I'd like to remove the ugly smiley face button from my friend chat interface that I have no intention to use, and which is eating some of the input box space. Is there any way to do that?
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How can I activate a game bought from the Mac App Store on Steam?

If Civilization 5 was bought from the Mac App Store, would I be able to activate it on Steam, and how could I do so? It says here that CD keys for Civ 5 are accepted on Steam. Would this still work ...
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How do I associate a Steam game with a separate, non-Steam install?

I just bought the Humble Indie Bundle V and I installed the games direct from the downloaded exe's. Today I noticed that there are Steam codes for all of these, which is pretty awesome. However, after ...
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Skip TF2 file validation in Steam

Steam want to validate the cache of Team fortress 2, everytime I launch it, pretty darn irritating. Frag at 0%, Running it in Win 8(VHD) Any way to skip it? P.S:-It is nowhere related to HDD ...
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How do I change my Steam username?

My username on Steam is an old e-mail I no longer use. Is there a way to change username?
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Installing pre ordered game from Steam as soon as possible

I have pre ordered The Witcher 2 some while ago with my Steam client. So far so good. The game should be released to public on May 17th 2011 - great. Now for the questions: Can I somehow ...
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Workarounds for playing a game installed from a retail disk without an internet connection to download updates?

I just bought Borderlands 2 on the retail disk strictly so I wouldn't need to download anything off the internet, because I don't have a good internet plan. Turns out, after buying it, when I put the ...
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How do I add start menu items to a Steam game after the installation?

I've noticed that Steam gives me the option of creating a desktop shortcut and start menu items at the end of an installation. I always say no thanks to both because I like starting my games from ...
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Can the Quake games on Steam be modded just as easily as the retail versions?

Is it possible to use different source engines and mods on the Steam versions of Quake, Quake 2, and Quake 3 Arena? Are they any more difficult to implement than on the retail, boxed version of the ...
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After buying the deluxe version of civ5 on Steam, where is the soundtrack?

I've checked the media tab on under Library and the purchase email doesn't say anything about it.
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What advantages do I gain from playing a game through Steam?

As the title states, what are the advantages to having a game on your Steam account versus having the game outside of Steam (especially for MMORPG games)? Take Rift for example. Rift recently became ...