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Stuff You Never Knew You Could Do On Steam

Steam is the world’s most popular gaming platform. But despite its ubiquity, only a small subset of people actually know how to use it properly. And that’s a shame because Steam offers a level of functionality that you never even dreamed of. Here’s what you can do with it. 

Manage Your Games In Bulk 

If you’re anything like most Steam users, you’ve probably got hundreds of games on your account. This is especially true for gamers out there who have been lured in by a legendary Steam sale. It’s easy to pick up a dozen games or more in a single value bundle. 

But there’s a downside to all this abundance: managing your games. Most of us in the gaming community have pretty large hard drives, but no so big that we can store all of our games on a single disk. Sometimes, games that we don’t play need to be uninstalled. 

Clicking on all the games, you want to get rid of individually can be a chore. So Steam decided to implement a feature that allows gamers to get around that. All you need to do is hold control while you’re in the app, and the program will select multiple games for you. Then you can tell Steam what to do with your selection, including installing or uninstalling them. 

Stream Your Steam

Streaming Steam might sound pretty far-fetched, but it’s been a part of the platform’s architecture for some time now. And that’s good news for those of us who want to play on something other than our heavyweight gaming rig in our attic. 

If you’ve been searching on sites like for the perfect gaming laptop, there’s no need to worry. Thanks to Steam’s streaming option, you can stream games running on your beast upstairs to any lesser devices in your home, including your smart TV and your laptop. Finally, you’re able to play your favorite games in high fidelity from any room in your house. 

Grab A Refund 

Getting a refund for a digital download seems like a contradiction in terms. And for a while, it was. Then, last year, Steam updated its policy, allowing refunds for games under some circumstances says

Though the exact policy is still changing, most gamers can get money back on crummy games they wished they’d never bought, so long as they do so before dumping forty hours into them. All you need to do is go to the Steam support page and there you’ll find a section called “purchase” where you can request a refund. 

Perform A Hard Drive Switcheroo 

Steam knows that its customers store their games on multiple hard drives. Gamers tend to place their favorite games on faster drives, like SSDs, and lesser-played games on slower and cheaper HDDs. But sometimes their priorities change, and they want to perform a switcheroo. 

Steam allows them to do just that. All users need to do is go to settings, then downloads, and then Steam library folders. Once there, just add a library folder and then right click the game you want to move. Click Properties, then local files, then move install folder, and your game will transfer.

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