If you want to text idle, the following is a step-by-step guide to doing so. First let’s go through creating your text idle shortcut:
- Highlight the following code with your mouse. Right click on the highlighted text and on the resulting menu click on Copy.
C:"Program Files"Steamsteam.exe -applaunch 440 -textmode -nosound -nopix -novid -nopreload -nojoy -sw -w 640 -h 480 +map itemtest
- Open Notepad and paste that text into the edit window.
- Click on the File menu. On the resulting menu click on Save As.
- In the Save As box that comes up you will see *.txt highlighted in the File Name box near the bottom. Simply start typing idle.bat and it will overwrite what was there.
- In most cases Desktop will be selected for the location to save. Use the side bar to select where you want to save this file. Keep in mind this is the file you will need to run to text idle so put it somewhere easy to find such as the Desktop.
- Click Save.
Whenever you want to text idle:
- Make sure you are logged into Steam and simply run the idle.bat file you created by double-clicking on it. Note that some systems are set up to run files with a single click—be careful not to run the file twice as this will cause errors.
- A command window will flash up on the screen and then you will see the typical “Preparing to launch Team Fortress 2″ screen but instead of the game launching you should get another command window that will come up. It will go through some technical jargon and there will be some errors that go by, but wait it out. It should eventually come to the point where it says Username connected (Username being your current Steam Profile Name)
- Eat cake, walk away, or anything else because that is all you have to do. Let this run for however many hours a week you want to text idle.
- When you are done idling, use the X in the top right of the window to close your text idling session.
- Launch TF2 as normal to receive your drops.