Steam is a digital distribution platform with a store that lists video games for purchase. Steam is a stand-alone program that you install on your computer. When you make a purchase, the game goes into your "SteamApps" folder and typically launches through the Steam user interface. Steam offers full games as well as expansion packs, add-ons and DLC. DLC stands for "downloadable content" and can be scenarios, weapons, characters or maps. DLC is often cheap and much smaller than a full expansion pack would be.
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Click "Library" located along the top of the Steam interface.
Locate the game you wish to install DLC to. If the game has white lettering, it's installed. If it has grey lettering, you've purchased it but it's not installed. If the game is absent from your games list, you do not own it.
Confirm Your Game Is Installed
Navigate to the game store page you want to purchase DLC for. If you own the game already, select its name from your games list then select "store page" from the menu on the right side of the Steam interface.
Select the DLC you wish to buy. Press the "Add to cart" button.
Click "Purchase for myself" at the shopping trolley screen. This screen automatically pops up after you select "Add to cart." Enter your payment information and complete the transaction.
Purchase The DLC
Launch Steam if not already running.
Select "Library" from the list on the top of the Steam interface.
Select the game you've just purchased DLC for. Install the game if it's not already installed.
Press the "Play" button in the middle of the Steam interface. Your DLC will be installed automatically.
Install the DLC
Tips and warnings
- Steam automatically installs your purchased DLC.
- Don't delete files from your "Steamapps" folder.
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