Originally Posted by PioneerRaptor
I would like to know these special "instructions" as well. I love Steam, but the only problem I've ever had is the Offline Mode. Disconnected your network adapter never worked for me. I'd do that and it'd ask if I wanted to go into Offline Mode, and I clicked yes and it'd tell me that it cannot connect and to check my internet connection... duh it's not working, I disabled it.
Now the one time it did work very well for me, is when I put it in Offline mode while I was still Online and then disconnected and took my laptop to work with me.
I just switched off my internet, then started Steam. The last time I started steam, it was in online mode. Here's what happened:
I clicked 'Start in Offline Mode' and bam, there it was. No problem at all. I haven't set anything special up in settings, though some months ago I did have the problem you describe. No any more though - maybe you just need to let the steam client update?