Is there anyway to stop a download on Steam?

  • Steam recently started downloading an update for Super Monday Night Combat. Remembering the fact that the game never ran properly for me, and that I was unable to ever find any fix, I impatiently paused the download and deleted all local files from my computer.

    The problem is, Steam is still trying to download the update. I've already restarted Steam. Even tried to uninstall the game completely, but it's still trying to download this update! I'd rather avoid having to hunt down the specific files and remove them manually.

    Is there any way I can force this download to stop?

    Did you try uninstalling/removing it within Steam?

    @MatthewRead I did. It was the first thing I tried.

    OK what happened there? Obviously it failed, but was there an error message or anything?

    No error message or anything. The download just continues trying to download unless I have it paused.

  • kalina

    kalina Correct answer

    8 years ago

    In your library list, right click on the game you wish to cancel the download for and click 'Delete Local Content'. This will remove the data that has already been downloaded and remove the game from the download list.

    I guess my computer was just acting up. I had to do this twice, but it finally worked.

    Strange, would be nice to know if this is reproducible - hadn't even noticed you mentioned this in your originally question, saw the title and answered it so sorry for the duplication. :) I haven't ever come across this not working but I known Steam can be awfully temperamental at times.

    I had the same problem with CoD:MW3. Only after 3 or 4 tries it stopped downloading it again.

    I've done this at least three times for a certain game and it's remaining in my downloads tab.

    I don't even see the option to delete local content at all when I right click a game. Is this feature. Included in the full screen mode?

License under CC-BY-SA with attribution

Content dated before 6/26/2020 9:53 AM