How to Cancel a Steam Download

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Steam is a video game online client that manages a whole database of games such as "Half-Life," "Left 4 Dead" and "Team Fortress 2." The client is necessary to play these games online and to play in single player mode, in most cases. Steam also acts as a video game store, where people can shop for and buy the games they want. When you buy a game, naturally it'll start downloading, but that can eat up your bandwidth if you want to download the game later or if you didn't want it to download at all. In that case, you can cancel the download.

  • Find the "Steam" icon in the bottom right corner of the screen on the taskbar.

  • Right-click it, and select "Exit" from the menu.

  • Click "Start."

  • Select "Documents."

  • Search through the "Documents" folder until you find the "Steam Content" folder. Open that folder, and search for the file of the game that you want to cancel the download for. It will have the same name as the game you're downloading, only the last word of the file will be "Content."

  • Click on that file once, and press the "Delete" key. When asked if you are sure you want to move that file to the Recycle Bin, click "Yes." Because that game content file was deleted, when you restart Steam, the download will be canceled.

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