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Whenever you start playing a steam game, all downloads pause. It's extremely annoying. If I'm playing a single player game, no reason to ration my internet connection.
    
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I'm not sure that you can stop it. Try to alt-tab away from the game, resume the download on steam, and then alt-tab back to the game.
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That works, but I would hope for something better (an option maybe?). Not all games play nicely with alt tab.
    
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Shift tab.
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I don't see anything in shift tab that gets me to the downloads page.
    
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Originally Posted by E_man;11991202 
That works, but I would hope for something better (an option maybe?). Not all games play nicely with alt tab.

came that don't like alt + tab us alt + esc
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There is no way to stop Steam from pausing your downloads when you enter a Steam game. The only way you can continue downloading is to Alt+Tab and resume the download.
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Originally Posted by Blackcurrent;11991169 
I'm not sure that you can stop it. Try to alt-tab away from the game, resume the download on steam, and then alt-tab back to the game.
Indeed this is the best method I have come up with. Some games give you a splash window before running (like the GTA IV social club) and in those cases you can resume the download right away so no need to alt tab away from the full screen game.

It would be nice to have an option somewhere though so you could choose to pause downloading while playing - or not.
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I dont know what version steam is at now but back in the summer my downloads would still go while gaming. I never touched anything. Asked some players and if theirs did and they said no. Id alt tab out and downloads would still be going. Doesnt do it any more. Might have been a fluke.
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Why do they do that? Do they assume you will be playing a MP game and that it will interfere?
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