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Can I contact a Steam user without befriending them?

I've recently received a Steam friend request from someone I think I know, but I am not absolutely sure. Sadly, he has no useful information in his profile page. Is there any way I can get in touch ...
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Can't add friends in Steam

When using a browser, I can't add any friends because it gives me the error: Error adding friend. Please try again. I have Steam open in the background. I would add them in the client but the ...
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Steam wallet cooldown problem

So I added funds to my steam wallet from a new card a week ago. I was disabled from the market for a week. I thought, fair enough, but was a bit annoyed because I wanted to buy a dota 2 announcer. So ...
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How do I get an emoticon for the chat?

It's part of the steam badge and I don't have one in my inventory to use. I know you can buy one, but how do I get one otherwise?
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Thinking of buying Elder Scrolls Anthology used, will Steam code still work? [duplicate]

I'm thinking of buying Elder Scrolls Anthology used. What I'm wondering is, if the old owner happened to use the Steam code already, will I still be able to use it?
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Can I run a steam game without updating it first?

Is is possible to install a steam game and then play it without having to download a huge update file? I'm temporally on super slow broadband at my parents and want to play a game I got now, not in ...
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Is it possible to clear OR hide Steam's Hours Played stat? [duplicate]

Is it really impossible to not have Steam track your time playing multi-player games? This seems like an obvious privacy issue to me, no? Is it at least possible to not share them? Also, is there a ...
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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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Do I need to purchase two copies of the game from steam to be able to do multiplayer game in LAN?

I've never used Steam. Several years ago it was necessary to pay for as many copies of the game as many people were expected to join the LAN party - otherwise the games would refuse to connect with ...
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How can I play the Stop it Slender workshop?

I've just made an account on steam, and subscribed to Garry's Mod, which said once I subscribed, the game would download immediately. Nothing happened. Do I need to buy Garry's mod or something? I ...
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Fixing unearned achievements in Fallout New Vegas

I completed Old World Blues and managed to get my brain back. Yet, I received neither Make up your Mind or Outsmarted on my Steam achievements. I did not use console (on purpose or by accident) to ...
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What are the “Mystery Trading Cards”?

I was in the Steam Market, looking for cheap things to buy/sell as usual, when I noticed this. A "Mystery Trading Card"? The description is "This card is very mysterious. Very, very mysterious. The ...
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How to view CD key for a Steam game?

I have purchased a game on Steam and can not find out the details of the file or purchase. How does one find their CD Key from a game purchased in Steam?
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How to find “STEAM only” Counter-Strike 1.6 and Source servers?

Both games are good, though I love 1.6 better. One thing ruins all the gameplay. Non-steam players (more than 70% of them are cheating.) They can't be banned, can't be checked. Is there a way to ...
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Can't log in due to Steam Guard and an inactive email account, what now?

I am unable to log into my Steam account as I do not have access to my email account for the Steam Guard verification process. I have raised a ticket but have not received a reply from Steam Support ...
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How do I resolve Steam Error 65432/80?

I was downloading mods through Nexus for Skyrim, and I was testing the game every once in a while for CTD's on start up. After a few minutes, I was waiting for Wet & Cold Ashes (Dragonborn) to ...
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Subscribe to be emailed about Steam games being on sale at 50%+ discount?

Is there any way to subscribe to receive emails about Steam games offered at 50% or higher discount?
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Can I play Fallout: New Vegas without Steam?

I just bought Fallout: New Vegas today on Amazon for the computer and I am dying to play it, but for some reason it made me install it on Steam and it is now updating the game which it says will take ...
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Contact steam user that is offline

I have a user in my steam friend list that I need to contact to. But he is offline for few days. There is no contact information specified in his profile. Is there a way to send him an email ...
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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 ...
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Only the Elderscrolls.com and Exit buttons are enabled on the Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion launcher

When I launch the Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion via Steam I get this launcher come up, but the Play button is disabled. What could be causing this? It works fine on my laptop. Both machines are running ...
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Can I filter out Windows only games when using the Steam client on a Mac?

I recently got myself a Macbook Pro and promptly installed Steam on it (mainly, so that I could play the Binding of Isaac). While I have quite a few games that are compatible with OS X in my Steam ...
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Logged into Steam to find that all of my games on the D: drive weren't installed; games are still in the folder

Why do my previously installed games appear as no longer installed? When I try to launch them, they pop up with the installation dialogue.
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Does Steam save on discs?

I've been playing Skyrim via Steam Purchase, but I want to buy the whole Elder Scrolls Anthology for not only the Skyrim DLCs but for all the other games and their DLCs. Will the saves I have on the ...
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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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Halberd durability PC version of Dark Souls 2

I just bought Dark Souls 2 on Steam, I have been playing it on PS3. I just started the PC version last night and am building a strength character. I went home at lunch and went through Heide's Tower ...
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In Left 4 Dead 2, how do I join a server by IP?

My friend was playing some 10v10 on L4D2 the other night, I did a search of google and found a bunch of IP addresses for these 10v10 servers, but how do I join them? There is nowhere in game to enter ...
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Is it possible to log your Steam account into two computers at once?

My gaming computer is currently downloading Napoleon: Total War and Supreme Commander 2 which I purchased on Steam, and which will take some time to complete. While this download is going on, I would ...
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How do I tell Steam my games are already installed?

I installed Windows 8 on a second drive and made a Junction for Steamapps so Steam on Windows 8 could access all the 100+ already downloaded games from Windows 7. This almost worked, but each and ...
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Unable to save files from Space Empires V

I recently install Space Empires V via Steam on my Windows 7 x64 machine. It starts up and runs fine, but whenever I try to save a file, whether an empire file or a save game I get an unable to save ...
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Civilization V Steam workshop troubles

So I have two different questions. When I download maps from steam workshop and try to run them there are no options to select the map I had downloaded when browsing maps. What could cause this or ...
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Can I stream non-Steam games using Steam's In-Home Streaming?

So Steam can now stream in-home. Does this only work with games tied to the Steam account, or can I play games added via the "Add non-Steam game" feature? Example: If I have Star Wars: The Old ...
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How to pause steam downloads?

I would like to pause a download on steam. I don't wish to delete it, just pause it. When I right click on the game, there is no option "pause downloading". So, how can I pause it without closing ...
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Can I play on a non-steam servers like PGN from my original Steam Counter Strike: Condition zero?

I am thinking of buying original Counter Strike: Condition Zero with steam because my points resets when I re-install my Windows. Is it possible to play on non-steam servers like PGN from my original ...
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Can the original Age of Empires II be played online thru GameRanger with the HD version on Steam? [duplicate]

So my question is if the original Age of Empires 2 can be played online with steam HD version of the same game through the Game Ranger software, not through steam? http://www.gameranger.com
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Realm of the mad god steam version asks for log-in

I launch the game from steam, and in the top right corner it says: logged in as RustyMember. When I then pick a character it asks me to log-in, and the log-in button doesn't work (what should i even ...
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Steam keeps making me appear offline in my Friends list

Steam seems to be doing something rather strange. I am always online. I have no issues launching, updating, or playing any game. Every so often, though, it seems to kick me into Appear Offline on ...
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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 to install skyrim using wine?

I used the following commands from ...
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How can I stop Skyrim from downloading mods I'm no longer subscribed to?

Every time I open Skyrim the launcher downloads mods that I previously subscribed to and gives me a message that says, "Synchronization complete. Some mods that were unsubcribed were subscribed to and ...
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Differences between playing the same game on Steam and Origin?

What are the differences, however minor, of playing the same game on Steam versus playing it on Origin? I bought a Humble Bundle pack a while ago that provided me with unlock keys for both Steam and ...
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How does one install skyrim from steamcmd?

I am having trouble downloading skyrim from steamcmd. Below is the following problem. How does one install skyrim from steamcmd? steam@ger:~/stemcmd$ ./steamcmd.sh +login bcommeau +force_install_dir ...
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What is steamcmd?

I have steam installed on my computer, but I recently found it something called steamcmd? I am not sure what it is or whether it is installed when steam is installed? What can I do with steamcmd?
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Nvidia Optimus Not letting me start games

I have a packard bell gaming laptop. Its an i5 quad core, 12 gigs of ram. and a gtx 750m The problem is that it has nvidia optimus(for those who dont know, Nvidia optimus is a feature that lets the ...
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How do I determine what my TF2 items are worth?

As someone who doesn't play Team Fortress 2, I occasionally get people asking me to trade, but I have no idea what's a "fair" price for these items. I don't really get this whole trading thing (I've ...
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Steam won't stop muting my music and/or skype conversations on lobby join

Every time I join a lobby in CS: GO, my steam mutes everything but the game on my computer. How to stop it from doing that?
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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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Steam over proxy

How do I run Steam from behind a proxy server?
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Add GoG DOSBOX games to Steam

I bought the Quest for Glory pack on Good Old Games, and like most GoG games I tried to add it to Steam. Now, QFG 1 through 4 are all DOS games and run via a packaged DOSBOX emulator GOG distributes ...
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Steam: Is it possible to copy only one game to a different computer? [duplicate]

I have a prohibitively slow internet connection (2.0 Mbit/s, around 200KB/s) for downloading large games. (It took 50 hours to download Torchlight 2) I have discovered a "short" solution to the ...