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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9 Responses to “Windows: Minimize Full-Screen Games”

  1. November 09, 2008 at 2:03 pm, Abi said:

    Thankyou for the help!


  2. January 06, 2009 at 1:44 pm, Emma said:

    Thanks :D


  3. June 01, 2009 at 1:11 am, Luke said:

    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?


    • March 13, 2011 at 3:12 pm, Bababosa said:

      hit windows button + D


  4. August 06, 2009 at 2:21 pm, Anonymous said:

    How would you do this on a mac?


  5. June 06, 2010 at 12:34 pm, Traze said:

    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


  6. June 26, 2010 at 5:00 am, Egbob3 said:

    That minimized it but freezes the menu.


  7. July 05, 2010 at 6:51 pm, Jacobwhite said:

    Alt Tab, always does the trick.


  8. July 30, 2010 at 12:22 am, anonymous said:

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


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