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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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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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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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Can I run PC steam games on a Mac?

I recently downloaded 'Blood Bowl' on Steam to my Mac, not realizing that it was not Mac-compatible. Is there any software or any way that will allow me to play it, as obviously I've already paid for ...
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Can users play simultaneously from one copy of Civilization V?

I read in an ad for Civilization 5 that it allows installation on 5 different computers. Does that mean I can install it on my kid's computer and mine, and then we can simultaneously play, or even in ...
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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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Can I see who gifted me a game after I accepted the gift?

I would like to send a thank you gift to the several people who were kind enough to gift me Steam games throughout the last year. Is it possible to see who gifted you a particular game? If so, how?
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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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Any way to mass sell all my steam trading cards?

I have a large number of steam trading cards and for me they are just filling up my inventory, I have no interest in doing anything with them except selling them. Is there any way to mass sell all my ...
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I only see 29 achievements for Bleed, but Steam says there's 32?

As I said, I can only count 29 achievements here, but Steam is telling me there's 32 of them. Am I missing something here, or is Steam just making a mistake? Are there hidden achievements or ...
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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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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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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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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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Does Steam work through Tor or a VPN?

I talked to Steam Support about Steam Offline. I have been told: You can set up your Steam account to run in offline mode prior to connecting to your school's network […] you must allow ...
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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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How do cards work with family sharing beta - can I earn cards for games I don't own?

Under normal circumstances, you can't earn cards for demos or free-to-play games you haven't paid for, to prevent abuse. But how does this work with the new family sharing feature? If my brother ...
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Disable Steam notifications in-game only

Is it possible to disable Steam notifications (friend logs in, messages you, et cetera) in-game, and do so without disabling the community completely? That is to say I can still access Steam in-game - ...
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Is there an easy way to be notified of a greenlit game showing up in the store?

When I find an interesting game on Steam Greenlight, I always make sure to follow it. For some reason, I was under the impression that I would surely be notified in some manner when and if the ...
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Should I be worried if Steam forgot I installed a game?

I've bought quite a few Steam-redeemable bundles lately, so I've been installing a heap of games on Steam. I suddenly noticed that on my Steam library "The Binding of Isaac" was marked as uninstalled, ...
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Why can't I craft a badge when I have 5 different cards?

I have 5 different cards for The Binding Of Isaac, but I can't find anywhere to craft a badge. Do I need the exact 5 cards shown in the badges page within steam (as below)? I thought those were ...
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What hats in TF2 are, or were, available for free?

What hats and miscellaneous wearables (like sunglasses and badges) in TF2 are available for free, without crafting, buying, un-crating, random drops, trading, or buying a game on Steam? Aside from ...
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How can I install a Steam game I bought at retail from the disc?

I bought Modern Warfare 3 at retail, and after putting disc 1 in it installs Steam then asks for the CD key. After that it then starts downloading the game via Steam. I have the disc but it refuses ...
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How can you install Steam games offline?

My main computer that has Steam installed on it does not have an active Internet connection. I do not want this computer to have access to the Internet, but I really would like to be able to play ...
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Change alias / nickname / callsign for Steam friends

Some of my friends on Steam change nicknames so often I can hardly remember who's who. Is there any way I can set custom nicknames for friends in Steam? Best workaround I've got so far is using tags, ...
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Do Steam coupons stack?

With all the coupons Steam has at the moment, do they stack? And I don't mean 2x 50% = free, I mean mathematically correct as in 100% - (100% - 50%)² = 100% - 25% = 75% total discount.
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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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Are there benefits to buying the box version versus the Steam version of Civilization 5?

Is there any benefit to buying the box version of Civlization 5 on Steam versus the box, or vice versa?
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How to transfer GTA V save files?

How can you transfer your save files from one computer to another? I can't find any function on Social Club or steam.
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How do I get the Steam library view to open on “Installed”?

Whenever I fire up Steam for the first time after a reboot, the library view defaults to "All Games". My list of games is far too long for this, and every time I fire it up I switch it to "Installed" ...
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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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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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Is it possible to see the content of game updates on Steam?

I have automatic game updates enabled on Steam, but so far I haven't been able to find an easy way to see exactly what has been updated. Is there a way to see the details of a game update on Steam, ...
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Is there a fix for the endless “Scanning for Steam games updates.”?

On trying to fire up any game in Steam, or Activate a Product on Steam, a popup will display stating "Scanning for Steam games updates.", and just sit there. It never does anything, and only offers a ...
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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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Whats the difference between Team Fortress 2 and Team Fortress 2 Beta?

In Steam I haven't played TF2 for a while and when I loaded Steam there was an available game for download: Team Fortress 2 Beta. I know this sounds stupid...but what's the diff between the two? ...
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Can I gift games to people in other areas of the world?

On my Steam account, I have a copy of The Orange Box I gifted to a friend during the Christmas sale. He is not interested in the games Orange Box has that he doesn't already have. Is it possible for ...
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How do I get Steam games on the Windows 7 Game Explorer?

How do I get Steam games on the Windows 7 Game Explorer? I have a few games installed in Steam that I'd like to appear in the Game Explorer. Yes, I know I can create a desktop shortcut and drag that ...
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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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What is the difference between borderlands and borderlands GOTY edition?

I want to buy a Borderlands game but what is the difference between the normal and GOTY editions? I see the normal price for just the game is $20 and the GOTY edition is $30.
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Can Don't Starve be played without Reign of Giants?

I just bought the Reign of Giants expansion for Don't Starve today. However, can Don't Starve be played without the Reign of Giants now that I own it?
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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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Is there a way to backup save files in Torchlight?

I've run into issues with corrupted save files in Torchlight before due to a mixup in installed mods between my two computers. Whoops. Is there some way to duplicate my save games? I'd like to have a ...
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Is there a way to see what games contribute to my Avg. Completion Rate?

My average completion rate is kinda low, and I wanted to get it a little bit higher. The thing is, I have no idea what games are contributing to my average percentage (minus a few I've played ...
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Is there a ready-to-go Steam Linux distribution iso?

Not sure this belongs here or super user, but Steam recently made it to official release status for Linux. Are there any distributions yet of an instantly bootable Flashdrive image or something with ...
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Developer Commentary without Completing the Chamber

I've played (and finished) the original Portal on my Xbox 360. I really liked the game, and thought many times about having another go to listen to the developer commentary. However, I do not fancy ...
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Using the Steam overlay to play music/other normal browser things

I have noticed that in all Steam games you can press shift+tab and then can use Steam to go to websites and stuff. When I was recently in a game I heard someone say they were listening to Pandora ...
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Hide my updates from friend's Steam Activity pages?

Back in August 2012, Valve rolled out some community updates, including the "Friend Activity" page, which amongst other things can list which achievements your friends have acquired, which games ...
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How to get the Steam Workshop to work with “Civilization V” for a Mac?

I currently own Civilization V, (not the Gods & Kings expansion,) and have the latest version of it and have subscribed to several items on the Steam Workshop, but when I start-up the game, none ...
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Unable to Add Non-Steam Game to Library

When I try to add Bionic Commando: Rearmed (purchased via GamersGate) to Steam, I get the following error message: No such interface supported What the heck does that mean? And is there a ...