Windows: Minimize Full-Screen Games

Posted by gouthro in Games

The following tutorial describes how to minimize a full-screen game with out exiting.


You are in a game, such as Sims or Starcraft, and you need to minimize it. What is the quickest and easiest way?

Simply hit the Windows button on your keyboard which is located between Control and Alt.

This will bring up your Start menu and will minimize your game at the same time.

The game will stay minimized without any repercussions for most games. In some instances, this action will pause the game.

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  • Abi

    Thankyou for the help!

  • Emma

    Thanks :D

  • Luke

    I am trying to do this on a really old game, on a brand new computer, and whenever I hit that button the screen is black ad the game will not work when I try to return. To be exact I’m trying it on Star Wars TIE Fighter, and I am playing it on Windows Vista. Any advice?

    • Bababosa

      hit windows button + D

  • Anonymous

    How would you do this on a mac?

  • Traze

    Be careful though,some games (Counter-Strike:Source and Call of Cthulhu:Dark Corners Of The Earth in particular) don’t like their game windows being minimized,and may crash/freeze

  • Egbob3

    That minimized it but freezes the menu.

  • Jacobwhite

    Alt Tab, always does the trick.

  • anonymous

    sometimes, you can go to the game options and there is a “play game in window” option (such as Garrys Mod)