Play (Almost) Any Game in Borderless Windowed Mode

I love gaming. I also love browsing the internet. Sometimes I like to do those things at the same time. Many newer games have borderless windowed mode built in. If you don’t know what that is, it is a setting that allows you to put a game in full screen while treating it like a windowed program, which allows you to go between windows a lot smoother. Sometimes using ALT-TAB with a native full screen game can cause lag or, worse, leave the game unresponsive. If that is the case, using the internet (or any other program) at the same time as a game becomes very difficult.

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For games without borderless windowed mode, a nice program, aptly named Windowed Borderless Gaming, allows you to force games to run in that mode, even if the setting isn’t offered within the game. Setting it up is simple. After installing the program, it will run in the Windows tray. Open a game and put it in windowed mode. Click ‘Add Window (F3)’ on the Windowed Borderless Gaming tray icon. Then click back to the game and press F3. The game will be forced into borderless windowed mode.

This utility has worked flawlessly for me so far. I’ve used it with The Witcher, Ys Origin, and The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky. As long as the program is running when you open the game, it will remember your display settings. So, you only need to set it up once per game. The only games it doesn’t seem to work on are games without native full screen modes such as Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale. For those, you’ll have to continue running in windowed mode.

There’s absolutely no reason you shouldn’t be using this app right away. It’s indispensable and will make your gaming experience much more pleasant.


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Shaila Lias

Lover of apps, books, mocha and games.

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