Questions tagged [steam]

An online gaming, digital distribution, social and DRM platform by developer Valve. This tag should be used for questions about Steam-specific issues with games or any of Steam's features, including but not limited to the digital distribution of games, the desktop PC client, in-game overlay, social features and account management and settings.

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How do I continue downloading a game in Steam while playing?

I have many games on Steam and many more I will buy, but I have a problem and I hope you can point me a solution. When I download a game, is it possible to launch and play a single player game under ...
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How can I move an installed game from one Steam library folder to another?

I use (and have it much bigger) drive D: to store all my user data and games, but I have installed the Steam client on drive C:. When I was installing a first game (Warhammer 40000), I've chosen to ...
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How do I move Steam games to a new computer without re-downloading them?

I have just bought a new computer and I have everything migrated over except for my Steam games. I looked in Program Files/Steam/ and I found a folder full of the games I have downloaded, but I do ...
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How do I remove a Steam game from my library?

I like how Steam presents my library to me. However, there is one thing that keeps irritating me every time I open Steam: the Team Fortress 2 Beta. I don't want it, yet it is always in my games list....
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Is there any way to hide your Steam status from others?

Is there any way to prevent others from seeing your Steam status without removing them as a friend? Let's say I want to play Borderlands 2 without letting some friends know. Is there any way to hide ...
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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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Can I tell Steam which monitor to open a game on?

I have two monitors and Windows 7. Is it possible to tell Steam to open a game on my second monitor instead of the main monitor? If that's not possible through Steam itself, is there some other way ...
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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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How do you force Steam to use a different account for each Windows user account on the same machine?

I just built a PC because my son wants to play PC games. I installed Windows 7, and created 2 user accounts, one for each of us. Within my Windows user account I installed Steam, and downloaded some ...
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What additional features do you get after spending five dollars on Steam?

Spending more than $5 on Steam upgrades your account from a limited one to a premium one. I know there are a few benefits and privileges enjoyed by premium account holders, such as adding friends. ...
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Can I sort my Steam games by installed size?

Apparently my puny hard drive can't handle the awesomeness of Payday 2, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, and Fallout: New Vegas all being installed on my hard disk at the same time. I spent all my money buying ...
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How to switch between 2 Steam accounts on one PC without having to enter mobile code every time?

My brother and I share the same PC, but we each have our own Steam accounts. Before Steam mobile authentication was introduced, we did the good old trick of adding the -login %u %p parameters to two ...
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Is it possible to play two different Steam games on the same account at the same time?

I own a lot of games on Steam, and I'm overall a big fan of the service. However, one thing about it really bothers me, and I'm wondering if anything can be done about it. Let's say I have two ...
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How do you get your Steam games to run on Ubuntu through Wine or something similar?

Ok, I was kind of surprised that this hadn't been asked here before, but maybe it's too technical for this site. You guys decide. I've heard lots of different stories about setting up Wine on Ubuntu, ...
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Is there any way to start Steam in offline mode without logging in first?

I recently find myself needing to start Steam in offline mode rather frequently (my wife is hogging my account to play Plants Vs. Zombies, and most of what I play doesn't really need to be online). I ...
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What's the difference between “Free” versus “Free to Play” on Steam?

On Steam, there are the labels "Free" and "Free to Play" - what is the difference between the two?
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What do Steam Profile levels do?

As you can see my Steam profile says I'm level 20: What exactly do levels do? Do they provide any sort of benefits? I've noticed the following as well: Some of the other users have different ...
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What is Steam rating and what does it do?

I just noticed that apparently Steam has a rating and mine is 0.6: 0.6 what? Is that good? Bad? Should I be forever embarrassed for having posted a screenshot?
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Retail boxed Steam activated games: can they be resold?

I recently purchased retail boxed versions of Dead Island (which is awesome) Warhammer 40k: Space Marine (not so much) I finished both games and I was thinking of reselling them or giving them to a ...
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Is there a way to turn off the ad popup that appears when you close a Steam game?

After you're done playing a game on Steam, there's an annoying popup that appears advertising other Steam games. I'm perfectly capable of finding my own games that I would like to play. Is there a ...
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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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Why is Steam saying my friends are playing Hello Kitty: Island Adventure when I know they aren't?

I frequently see that my friends on Steam are playing Hello Kitty: Island Adventure. I know that this is not accurate. Why is Steam reporting that they're playing a game that isn't on Steam? Is Steam ...
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How can I sort/organize my Steam game library?

My game list is approaching 100 games and it is starting to get difficult to sort them. I've categorized them by genre but it's still difficult to find them (and my backlog is getting bigger). I also ...
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Can I trust Steam-powered games? Is there any unwanted behavior installed with Steam?

So – I just bought the new game Supreme Commander 2. This question is not about the game, but about the online software installation platform that it seems to require. I haven't bought a game ...
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What are steam gems?

After reading this post on Arqade, I wondered what Steam gems were. I've never heard of Steam gems before. What are the uses of Steam gems? Are they some kind of currency? What do Steam gems do? ...
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What's the difference between “Full controller support” and “Partial controller support?”

Within Steam's "Big Picture Mode," games are shown with a half- or full-controller to signify partial- or full-controller support, respectively. However, many of the games listed as "partial ...
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How do I copy Steam game files from another PC while the game's still downloading?

So I know (by trying it out) that you can copy Steam game files from one PC to another and make the game run with the copied files. This is a different issue than merely copying game files (which has ...
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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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Install Steam and most games in one large HDD but some popular games on a separate SSD [duplicate]

I have a 1 TB HDD and a 120 GB SSD. On the HDD I have all my data along with Steam and—currently—all my games. On the SSD I have Windows 7 and programs, but there's 50 GB of unused space that I wish ...
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Where did my screenshots go?

I was playing a Steam game yesterday and remember taking a Steam screenshot with the F12 key. I distinctly remember the "shutter" sound and the Steam popup which appeared with the small version of the ...
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Is it possible to install Steam games to two different locations?

I want to build a new PC with a smallish SSD. I'd like to be able to install some of my games onto the drive (those I care about loading quickly or I play frequently), but have the rest of them on a ...
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Should I be concerned for Viruses when I download through Steam?

While I was downloading Earthlock: Festival of Magic AVG popped up: I suspended the download of this game until I could confirm if the game is safe. I know that sometimes Anti-Virus might give false ...
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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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Can I safely uninstall games purchased from Steam?

Can I uninstall purchased games from my computer and then later download them through Steam without having to re-purchase if I'd like to? I'm running short on space on my laptop, looking to free up ...
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Is there any point in adding a non-Steam game to Steam?

Is there a point in adding a non-Steam game to Steam? Are there any advantages besides being able to launch the game from within Steam?
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Is there a way to hide that you own a game in the steam store?

I have game details on private in my profile, but when others look at a game I own in the steam storefront, they can still see if I own the game or have added it to my wish list. Is there a way to ...
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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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How do trading card booster packs drop?

So today I woke up and noticed new item in inventory which was a booster pack containing 3 cards from L4D 2. From what I see on market these booster packs are new (graph only shows up to 19 of June). ...
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How do I make Steam stop broadcasting my activity to everyone? [duplicate]

First off, I don't even know why this option is on by default. It makes no sense. Anyway, I'd like my friends not to be notified when I log in, log out, and, most importantly, start playing some game....
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Switched Windows to Mac, do I have to buy Steam games again to play on Mac?

I recently switched from Windows to Mac. Steam says I have fewer Mac specific games than total games and it should be an equal amount unless you can only download, install, and play once from your ...
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Can I send money to my friend's Steam wallet?

I would like to send someone who already has a Steam account a money gift so that he can buy himself some games. Is this possible? If so, how?
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What are the dangers of accepting gifts from unknown accounts on Steam?

A user named 'steamfairy1' gifted me a game on Steam. I don't know this user, their profile shows no games, no friends and zero hours played. The profile of 'steamfairy1' was created the day I ...
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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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Is there a way to download the box art for Steam games?

When you open up the Steam app and look at all the things in your Library at once, the Library contents are presented with portrait oriented images called box art. Like these three images: Is there ...
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Why are Steam's “hours played” numbers wrong for so many games?

For many games on my game list, the number of hours I am "on record" for playing are much less than I've actually played. My numbers for the game Altitude (bought in 2009, did most of my playing in ...
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Do I have to install a game to keep it, if it is free for a limited time?

I am asking this because Outland is free until tonight on the Steam store and if you get it is permanent. However, due to internet restrictions, I can't download it right now. However, I managed to ...
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Is it possible to limit the download bandwidth used by Steam?

Is it possible to limit the download rate/bandwidth used by Steam in some way? When I am downloading a game it greatly slows down or even blocks all internet activities in my house.
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Prevent kids from “accidentally” making purchases in Steam

The kids play with the gaming computer, which has a Steam account always logged in. I'm worried about them "accidentally" purchasing something in the store, is there way to require a password to ...
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How can I find out the rarest Steam achievement?

Having completed the most difficult achievements for a couple of games, I started wondering how difficult the worst achievements can be. One well-defined measure for difficulty of an achievement is ...
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Can I register a retail boxed copy of a game with Steam?

I personally do not like to purchase games digitally. There's just something magical about going to the store, picking up a boxed game, staring at the amazing box art, bringing the game home and ...

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