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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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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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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 "schedule"...
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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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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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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 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 ...
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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 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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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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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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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 to know if your Steam account is premium?

I just got a Dota 2 gift, and I really wanna know if my account is premium. How can I check?
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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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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 can I use Steam Big Picture on my secondary monitor?

My primary monitor is a standard computer monitor, while my TV is connected via HDMI as a secondary monitor. I just installed the Steam beta and wanted to try out the new Big Picture mode, but to my ...
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What determines how many gems a game's backgrounds, emotions, and cards will give?

Backgrounds and emoticons for a particular game on Steam are all worth the same number of gems, as are its cards. What determines how many gems a game's community items and cards are worth?
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In Rusty Hearts, how do I get the “A Simple Task” mission to complete the “All I Want for Christmas is Sewers” achievement?

Apparently, the achievement has something to do with the B3 Sewer level, which is the very first level in the game. This is the achievement's description: Complete the quest "A Simple Task" from ...
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Is it (currently) possible to share games between users on different computers?

In Steam -> Settings -> Account I now have button Manage family sharing & devices. However it seem that there only thing I can do is authorize sharing on same device. Description says ...
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Can I trade a Steam game that I don't want?

The title pretty much says it all. If someone gave me a game, and I opened it for a few minutes to take a gander, can I still trade it to someone else? Or is it forever mine? For example, if someone ...
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Is using a Steam achievement manager against Steam rules?

First off, I'll give some background on why I'm asking this: I enjoy achievement hunting in my steam games, so I have no intention of unlocking all achievements. However, there are several games (E....
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Stop Steam Sync Permanently

While playing games via Steam, at the exit of the game Steam wants to "Sync" something. I guess it is game saves. I am in a low bandwidth environment where it takes for ever for Steam client to ...
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Is there a way to prevent Steam from overwriting my configuration changes when it updates Skyrim?

Steam recently patched Skyrim while I wasn't paying attention. Now my .ini settings have been blown away and my vertical mouse sensitivity is almost 0. I know I can copy my .ini files to a separate ...
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Steam: “available on” date vs “unlock in” countdown

Sometimes, Steam puts contradictory information on when exactly a game will become available (and/or unlocked). For example, right now, Dragon Age 2 is reported to become available on March 10th, ...
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How to upload a mod to Steam Workshop

I have been developing a mod for Prison Architect recently, and now I believe it should be added the the Steam Workshop. I've looked around, and this post says to . . . put it in your PA mod ...
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Buying games from Steam in foreign store?

I have noticed recently that Steam has different stores for different countries. These stores generally have different prices for certain games. Is there anything wrong with me logging into the US ...
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GTA IV will not start

Last Year, I bought Grand Theft Auto IV on Steam (PC). After I installed it I played it for less that an hour, then I had to go out. The next day the game would not launch. The Launcher would appear, ...
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Do guest passes have an expiration date?

I got a TF2 guest pass last Monday, and since it's only to play for 3 days, I wanted to wait for this weekend to redeem it. Up until 2 days ago I got the pop-up that told me to redeem it in that ...
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How do I sync my Skyrim achievements with Steam if I use SKSE?

In my other question, I asked if I could get the Steam overlay in Skyrim if I use the SKSE .exe file. (Reference Question: How can I get the Steam overlay on Skyrim, if I am using the SKSE.exe to ...
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Black Ops: preferred way of dealing with cheaters

Unfortunately Black Ops doesn't use PunkBuster, and VAC doesn't seem to be enough. So what is the preferred way to deal with players that are beyond any reasonable doubt cheaters (eg. you can clearly ...
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How do I enable Big Picture Mode?

Steam officially released Big Picture Mode today, for navigating Steam with a controller. They claim it can be used from the computer, without the need to hook up to a TV. But, how do I do it? I've ...
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Where is my Steam inventory?

I haven't been logged into Steam much recently, but I've just logged into it now and had the following bit of toast pop up in the corner: I wasn't even aware that there was an inventory on the ...
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Is “Overlord: Raising Hell” for the PC a standalone expansion?

For some Steam games, like Titan Quest, the expansion is really just an addon to the original game, and includes all the original content plus more. Thus, even though the game and its expansion are ...
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Does split-screen count towards Professor Portal?

I have completed co-op online and have the "You Saved Science" achievement. If I play with someone who has played offline co-op do I still get "Professor Portal"?
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Is it possible to move a hard drive with Steam games to a new computer?

I've seen a lot of questions asking somewhat the reverse of this question, namely copying games from one PC to another to avoid downloading. My question is can I just remove my entire hard drive from ...
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commandline.txt for GTA 4 doesn't work on Steam

I have GTA 4 on Steam and I use commandline.txt but it doesn't work. When I launch it, Rockstar Social Club just pops up asking me to log in and after I click Play or Play Offline, the game starts and ...
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How can I play Dying Light in Germany?

The game is not available for sale here, and CD keys apparently will not activate on steam from this region. Could I activate a key on the steam website using Hola Unblocker, or would the gam refuse ...
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Is there a way to get more than one thing to download at once?

I bought the Telltale Complete Pack from Steam, and while I realize downloading it all at once would probably make my computer implode and pretty much kill my internet forever, I want to at least ...
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How can I separate each item from a franchise pack or bundle if I gifted it to myself?

Just brought Metro Franchise Pack, which includes Metro 2023 Metro Last Light Metro Last Light RPK DLC Metro Last Light RANGER DLC They all come as 1 item in my inventory since I bought it as a ...
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How to download a Steam game without DLCs?

I bought The Binding of Isaac together with the soundtrack, and now when I want to download it to another PC, instead of the binary Steam also downloads the soundtrack, increasing the download size. ...
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Steam launch commands: a way to launch a little script?

I know you can personalize the launch of a game by adding specific commands on Steam. Can you add a command that runs a little .bat script?
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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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Playing coop games on Duels of the Planeswalkers

Is it possible to play the Two Headed Giant or Coop Campaign modes in Duels of the Planeswalkers, the Magic the Gathering game, on a PC? When I attempt to load these it tells me I need to attach a ...
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Is it possible to play games that run off of Steam, on a Linux or Unix-based OS (other than Mac OSX)?

I was wondering if it is possible to install and play Steam games like Skyrim off a Linux or Unix-base Operating System (OS), such as FreeBSD or OpenSUSE? Update: Apart from installing through Wine, ...
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How long are Steam Keys normally valid for?

I was thinking on buying Sono Hanabira on Mangagamer (Potential NSFW Warning for adds) to support English localization of Shoujo Ai/Yuri titles, but much to my disappointment it's digital only so i ...
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ROTMG account linking

I have been playing on Realm of the Mad God for months in browser. I now want to switch to steam use for personal reasons. I go to steam, click account, click 'Replace this account with web account', ...
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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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“Failed to initialize the GameStartup Interface” when trying to run Crysis 2 demo

I've downloaded the Crysis 2 demo through Stream, but when I try to run it I immediately get the error message Failed to initialize the GameStartup Interface! and nothing happens after clicking ...
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How can I sync achievements for Steam games bought through another vendor?

Unreal Tournament 2004 and Quake Live are installed through my PC, but not through Steam. How can I sync achievements with my Steam profile for these and other games which Steam sells but which I ...