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Post by Eorl @ 01:04pm 09/01/14 | 7 Comments
Steam Family Options, Valve's newest parental control toolset that can limit user access, has now become available to all Steam users. This new feature will allow parents and families to control and limit certain aspects of the Steam ecosystem, including the Steam Store, Library, Community, and Friends content and features.

"We understand every family has its own approach to establishing rules and setting limits when it comes to media, entertainment, and games. We hope most families talk through these issues together and find ways to agree on what’s realistic and fair. It sometimes seems there are as many family policies as there are families. So with Family Options, we’re introducing a new way for parents and families to establish their own rules together, using Steam."

The Steam Family Options is also beneficial to those not so in need of parental control, bringing the previously limited beta of library sharing to the public. In essence this means that you can share your plethora of games gathering dust to any other 10 Steam users. Sharing is caring.

For more on the features available you can check out the official website announcement which also includes a setup guide for ease.

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Posted 01:58pm 09/1/14
This is great for families sharing the one computer or a computer in the same house (which is all this is)...I'm looking forward to the day when you can share any of your games to a friend on your friends list (and vice versa)
Posted 02:01pm 09/1/14
This is great for families sharing the one computer or a computer in the same house (which is all this is)...I'm looking forward to the day when you can share any of your games to a friend on your friends list (and vice versa)

you pretty much can already
Posted 02:03pm 09/1/14
Topper that function is actually available now, though it seems to be slowly rolling out alongside the Family Options.
Posted 02:07pm 09/1/14
Where can I get info on this ? All my searches for info just end up at family sharing
Posted 02:32pm 09/1/14
You can find more info on it here:
Posted 02:40pm 09/1/14

That announcement is this. This isnt sharing any of your games with a friend on your friends list..simply because you have to sign in and authorise your account on the other computer. I guess you could always change your password temporarily and give it to a mate to login to his machine with, authorise and then change it back, or use remote connection s/w to do it.....but it isnt true sharing to what I am referring.

This is addressed in the unofficial FAQ:

I want to share my library with someone else, but I cannot log into their computer because they live too far away. Is there any other way?

That really is not what Steam Family Sharing is intended for. Officially, the answer to this question is no. However, there are a couple ways people are abusing the beta to give access to other people. I do not endorse these methods, these may violate the Steam SSA, and you should never give your password to anyone. That said, these are the main methods people are using:
Use remote desktop sharing software such as TeamViewer to control the other user's desktop and authorize it yourself
Change your password to something temporary, give the other user your username and password, and allow them to authorize their own computer

Posted 04:33pm 09/1/14
my friend and I have shared our steam libraries. All you needed to do was use a remote desktop program. Took like 10mins.
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