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{{++}} Can sometimes be used to enable wider or higher resolutions via resizing the game's viewport.<ref>[http://www.wsgf.org/dr/lantern/en Lantern | WSGF]</ref><ref>[http://www.wsgf.org/dr/warhammer-40000-kill-team/en Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team | WSGF]</ref>
 
{{++}} Can sometimes be used to enable wider or higher resolutions via resizing the game's viewport.<ref>[http://www.wsgf.org/dr/lantern/en Lantern | WSGF]</ref><ref>[http://www.wsgf.org/dr/warhammer-40000-kill-team/en Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team | WSGF]</ref>
 
{{++}} Seamless task switching with no risk of crashes or freezes with a minor loss in performance.  
 
{{++}} Seamless task switching with no risk of crashes or freezes with a minor loss in performance.  
{{++}} Eliminates screen tearing on Windows due to Vsync being applied over any windows by default.<ref>[https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/b367a457.aspx Microsoft Developer Network - Double Buffered Graphics]</ref>
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{{++}} Eliminates screen tearing on Windows (only on Vista and later) due to [[Glossary:Vertical sync (Vsync)|Vertical sync (Vsync)]] being applied for all windows by the Desktop Window Manager (DWM)..<ref>{{Refurl|url=https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dotnet/framework/winforms/advanced/double-buffered-graphics|title=Microsoft Docs - Double Buffered Graphics|date=2018-04-13}}</ref>
{{--}} Will cause an input lag due to the Windows' window composition VSync. It is possible to disable the composition to remove it, however that can be done only in Windows 7.
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{{--}} ..but will subsequently cause additional input lag as well, due to the aforementioned vertical sync. It is possible to disable the vertical sync, however it requires either disabling DWM (only possible on Vista/7) or by using a certain presentation mode and flag.<ref>{{Refurl|url=https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/directx/2018/04/09/dxgi-flip-model/|title=DirectX Developer Blog - For best performance, use DXGI flip model|date=2018-04-13}}</ref>
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'''Borderless fullscreen windowed''' refers to a mode where the game presents the rendered image in a maximized window without borders making it cover the whole monitor. This is opposed to a regular window that uses window decorations around the contents of the window, or fullscreen exclusive mode where the game takes control over the output device and where each application switch required a display mode switch to occur.
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This feature is known by a lot of different names between games, such as ''borderless mode'', ''maximized window'', ''fullscreen window'', or any combination thereof. Some titles might also refer to it using less common names, such as ''scaling'' or even ''fullscreen'' if the game does not support exclusive fullscreen mode.
  
 
==Windows==
 
==Windows==
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# Add the game's executable name to the user whitelist.
 
# Add the game's executable name to the user whitelist.
 
# Run the game in its normal fullscreen mode as opposed to windowed.
 
# Run the game in its normal fullscreen mode as opposed to windowed.
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{{ii}} Updater/installer has issues on Windows 10. As a work around as of this time, download the [https://github.com/PeterTh/gedosato/archive/master.zip Git master zip] and extract the contents of it's ''pack'' folder into the location you want GeDoSaTo installed to.<ref>https://www.reddit.com/r/pcmasterrace/comments/8127op/cant_install_gedosato_anymore/</ref>
 
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===Fullscreenizer===
 
===Fullscreenizer===
{{--}} doesn't have favorite games and cannot be minimized to tray
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{{--}} Doesn't have favorite games and cannot be minimized to tray.
 
{{Fixbox|description=Instructions|ref={{cn|date=June 2017}}|fix=
 
{{Fixbox|description=Instructions|ref={{cn|date=June 2017}}|fix=
 
# Download [http://www.ngreen.org/portfolio/fullscreenizer.html Fullscreenizer] and run it as administrator.
 
# Download [http://www.ngreen.org/portfolio/fullscreenizer.html Fullscreenizer] and run it as administrator.
 
# Run the game in windowed mode, and switch back to Fullscreenizer.
 
# Run the game in windowed mode, and switch back to Fullscreenizer.
# Click to "Show All", select game and click "Add".
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# Click on "Show All", select a game and click on "Add".
# Use the Fullscrenize button.
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# Use the Fullscreenize button.
 
}}
 
}}
  
 
===Windowed Borderless Gaming===
 
===Windowed Borderless Gaming===
{{++}} Have favorite games and can be minimized to tray
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{{++}} Has favorite games and can be minimized to tray.
 
{{Fixbox|description=Instructions|ref={{cn|date=June 2017}}|fix=
 
{{Fixbox|description=Instructions|ref={{cn|date=June 2017}}|fix=
 
# Download [http://westechsolutions.net/sites/WindowedBorderlessGaming/ Windowed Borderless Gaming] and run.
 
# Download [http://westechsolutions.net/sites/WindowedBorderlessGaming/ Windowed Borderless Gaming] and run.
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# Use "Add window (F3)" button, go to game and click F3.
 
# Use "Add window (F3)" button, go to game and click F3.
 
# Restart the game.
 
# Restart the game.
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===Windows Border Stripper===
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{{++}} Strips the Windows border in most games, and has options to move the window with axis options.
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{{Fixbox|description=Instructions|ref={{cn|date=June 2017}}|fix=
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#Download [https://sourceforge.net/projects/winborderstrip/ Windows Border Stripper] and run.
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# Run the game in windowed mode, and start Windows Border Stripper.
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# Select the games name from the list, and click on the right arrows (>>) to strip the game of its borders.
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# Input the number for X Axis, and Y Axis to wherever you want to move the stripped window.
 
}}
 
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{{ii}} Games utilizing [[PunkBuster]] as an anti-cheat measure may mistakenly treat AutoHotkey as a cheat.
 
{{ii}} Games utilizing [[PunkBuster]] as an anti-cheat measure may mistakenly treat AutoHotkey as a cheat.
  
===Saving and running AutoHotkey scripts===
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{{Fixbox|description=Saving and running AutoHotkey scripts|fix=
{{Fixbox|description=AutoHotkey|fix=
 
 
# Download '''[http://ahkscript.org/ AutoHotkey]''' and install it.
 
# Download '''[http://ahkscript.org/ AutoHotkey]''' and install it.
 
# Go to the '''Desktop''', then {{key|Right Click}} on an empty space and select '''New''', '''AutoHotkey script'''.
 
# Go to the '''Desktop''', then {{key|Right Click}} on an empty space and select '''New''', '''AutoHotkey script'''.
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}}
  
====Fullscreen Toggle Script====
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===Fullscreen Toggle Script===
 
{{ii}} This script will remove any borders and center the currently active window on the primary monitor by pushing {{key|F12}}.
 
{{ii}} This script will remove any borders and center the currently active window on the primary monitor by pushing {{key|F12}}.
 
{{Fixbox|description=Instructions|fix=
 
{{Fixbox|description=Instructions|fix=
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}}
 
}}
  
====Fullscreen Toggle Script (Hidden Taskbar)====
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===Fullscreen Toggle Script (Hidden Taskbar)===
 
{{ii}} This script will toggle between fullscreen and windowed modes when pressing {{key|F12}} as well as hiding the taskbar on the fullscreen mode.
 
{{ii}} This script will toggle between fullscreen and windowed modes when pressing {{key|F12}} as well as hiding the taskbar on the fullscreen mode.
 
{{Fixbox|description=Fullscreen script|fix=
 
{{Fixbox|description=Fullscreen script|fix=
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}}
 
}}
  
====Multiple monitors script====
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===Multiple monitors script===
 
{{ii}} Someone needs to check whenever this explanation for the script is correct or if 0, 0, and A_ScreenWidth/Height mean that the script automatically detects the user's resolution.
 
{{ii}} Someone needs to check whenever this explanation for the script is correct or if 0, 0, and A_ScreenWidth/Height mean that the script automatically detects the user's resolution.
 
{{ii}} This is a snippet from the [[#Fullscreen Toggle Script|Fullscreen toggle script]].
 
{{ii}} This is a snippet from the [[#Fullscreen Toggle Script|Fullscreen toggle script]].
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==Linux==
 
==Linux==
 
{{ii}} Most Linux window managers allow fullscreen applications to natively run under a borderless mode by default.
 
{{ii}} Most Linux window managers allow fullscreen applications to natively run under a borderless mode by default.
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===Gnome===
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{{Fixbox|description=Instructions|fix=
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# In the settings under: <pre>Devices > Keyboard > Windows </pre> Set a hotkey for "Toggle fullscreen mode". e.g. {{key|ctrl|alt|Home}}
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# Start the game in windowed mode.
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# Move it to your preferred monitor.
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# Select the game and enter the hotkey. e.g. {{key|ctrl|alt|Home}}
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}}
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===KDE/Plasma===
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{{Fixbox|description=Instructions|fix=
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# Under System Settings: <pre>Shortcuts > Global Shortcuts > Kwin </pre> Select "Make Window Fullscreen" and set a hotkey combination then click Apply e.g. {{key|ctrl|alt|Home}}
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# Start the game in windowed mode.
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# Move it to your preferred monitor.
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# Select the game and enter the hotkey. e.g. {{key|ctrl|alt|Home}}
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}}
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===I3===
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{{Fixbox|description=Instructions|fix=
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# Start the game in a windowed mode.
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# Move it to a new virtual desktop by using {{key|shift|windows|Number}}.
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# Switch to the virtual terminal with {{key|windows|Number}} then go into fullscreen mode by pushing {{key|windows|F}}.
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}}
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===Cinnamon===
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{{Fixbox|description=Instructions|fix=
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# In the System Settings under: <pre>Devices > Keyboard > Windows </pre> Set a hotkey for "Toggle fullscreen mode". e.g. {{key|ctrl|alt|Home}}
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# Start the game in windowed mode.
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# Move it to your preferred monitor.
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# Select the game and enter the hotkey. e.g. {{key|ctrl|alt|Home}}
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}}
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===Mate===
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{{Fixbox|description=Instructions|fix=
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# In Control Center under: <pre>Hardware > Keyboard Shortcuts > Window Management </pre> Set a hotkey for "Toggle fullscreen mode". e.g. {{key|ctrl|alt|Home}}
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# Start the game in windowed mode.
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# Move it to your preferred monitor.
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# Select the game and enter the hotkey. e.g. {{key|ctrl|alt|Home}}
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}}
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===Pantheon===
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{{Fixbox|description=Instructions|fix=
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# In System Settings under: <pre>Hardware > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Windows </pre> Set a hotkey for "Toggle fullscreen". e.g. {{key|ctrl|alt|Home}}
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# Start the game in windowed mode.
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# Move it to your preferred monitor.
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# Select the game and enter the hotkey. e.g. {{key|ctrl|alt|Home}}
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}}
  
 
Another tip that exclusively works on Linux is running your game in a separate X server instance. This allows you to switch between your game and your desktop using {{key|Ctrl|Alt|F7}} and {{key|Ctrl|Alt|F8}} (buttons may differ, may be {{key|F1}} through {{key|F12}}) and it increases performance and stability. To do this, edit the launch options for your game on Steam as follows:
 
Another tip that exclusively works on Linux is running your game in a separate X server instance. This allows you to switch between your game and your desktop using {{key|Ctrl|Alt|F7}} and {{key|Ctrl|Alt|F8}} (buttons may differ, may be {{key|F1}} through {{key|F12}}) and it increases performance and stability. To do this, edit the launch options for your game on Steam as follows:
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'''Notes'''
 
'''Notes'''
 
{{ii}} Manually launch a Non-Steam game by replacing %command% with the path to the game executable. Some games, including [[Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor]] may run into glitches using this method (as [https://support.feralinteractive.com/docs/en/shadowofmordor/latest/linux/faqs/#i_linux_virtual_terminal verified by Feral Interactive])
 
{{ii}} Manually launch a Non-Steam game by replacing %command% with the path to the game executable. Some games, including [[Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor]] may run into glitches using this method (as [https://support.feralinteractive.com/docs/en/shadowofmordor/latest/linux/faqs/#i_linux_virtual_terminal verified by Feral Interactive])
}}
 
 
===Improved tiling windows manager===
 
{{Fixbox|description=Instructions|fix=
 
# Install '''[http://i3wm.org/ improved tiling wm]'''.
 
# Start the game in a windowed mode.
 
# Move it to a new virtual desktop by using {{key|shift|windows|Number}}.
 
# Switch to the virtual terminal with {{key|windows|Number}} then go into fullscreen mode by pushing {{key|windows|F}}.
 
 
}}
 
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Revision as of 14:37, 17 September 2019

For a list of games, see games with borderless fullscreen windowed support.


Key points

Borderless fullscreen windowed offers similar benefits as normal windowed mode, but with a fullscreen-like appearance.
Native feature in many modern titles, and can often be forced in the majority of older titles.
Can sometimes be used to enable wider or higher resolutions via resizing the game's viewport.[1][2]
Seamless task switching with no risk of crashes or freezes with a minor loss in performance.
Eliminates screen tearing on Windows (only on Vista and later) due to Vertical sync (Vsync) being applied for all windows by the Desktop Window Manager (DWM)..[3]
..but will subsequently cause additional input lag as well, due to the aforementioned vertical sync. It is possible to disable the vertical sync, however it requires either disabling DWM (only possible on Vista/7) or by using a certain presentation mode and flag.[4]

Borderless fullscreen windowed refers to a mode where the game presents the rendered image in a maximized window without borders making it cover the whole monitor. This is opposed to a regular window that uses window decorations around the contents of the window, or fullscreen exclusive mode where the game takes control over the output device and where each application switch required a display mode switch to occur.

This feature is known by a lot of different names between games, such as borderless mode, maximized window, fullscreen window, or any combination thereof. Some titles might also refer to it using less common names, such as scaling or even fullscreen if the game does not support exclusive fullscreen mode.

Windows

Borderless Gaming

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Download Borderless Gaming and install it.
  2. Navigate to the Borderless Gaming installation path and run BorderlessGaming.exe
  3. Run the game in a Windowed mode, then Alt+Tab to the Desktop and open Borderless Gaming again.
  4. Select the game's executable from under the Applications field, then push the first Right Arrow button located at the top.

Notes

Restart the game if the borderless mode isn't working, keep Borderless Gaming open.
If the game crashed after Borderless Gaming was launched then restart the game, keep Borderless Gaming open.

Special K

GeDoSaTo

Works with games on the Unreal Engine 3. Allows Windowed modes to be forced on games which don't have them.
Limited to DirectX 9 and 32-Bit games.
Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Install and run GeDoSaTo.
  2. Edit settings and find the following line in GeDoSaTo.ini.
    forceBorderlessFullscreen false
  3. Edit the value from "false" to "true" to force this mode.
  4. Add the game's executable name to the user whitelist.
  5. Run the game in its normal fullscreen mode as opposed to windowed.
Updater/installer has issues on Windows 10. As a work around as of this time, download the Git master zip and extract the contents of it's pack folder into the location you want GeDoSaTo installed to.[5]

Simple Runtime Window Editor

Allows manipulating the size, position, and styles of a game's main/child windows.
Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Download SRWE and run it as administrator.
  2. Run the game in windowed mode, and switch back to SRWE.
  3. Select running application and open the game.
  4. Use the Remove borders and Fake fullscreen buttons.
  5. Save the profile to the same folder as SRWE.

Fullscreenizer

Doesn't have favorite games and cannot be minimized to tray.
Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Download Fullscreenizer and run it as administrator.
  2. Run the game in windowed mode, and switch back to Fullscreenizer.
  3. Click on "Show All", select a game and click on "Add".
  4. Use the Fullscreenize button.

Windowed Borderless Gaming

Has favorite games and can be minimized to tray.
Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Download Windowed Borderless Gaming and run.
  2. Run the game in windowed mode, and click to icon in tray.
  3. Use "Add window (F3)" button, go to game and click F3.
  4. Restart the game.

Windows Border Stripper

Strips the Windows border in most games, and has options to move the window with axis options.
Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Download Windows Border Stripper and run.
  2. Run the game in windowed mode, and start Windows Border Stripper.
  3. Select the games name from the list, and click on the right arrows (>>) to strip the game of its borders.
  4. Input the number for X Axis, and Y Axis to wherever you want to move the stripped window.

AutoHotkey

Games utilizing PunkBuster as an anti-cheat measure may mistakenly treat AutoHotkey as a cheat.
Saving and running AutoHotkey scripts
  1. Download AutoHotkey and install it.
  2. Go to the Desktop, then Right Click on an empty space and select New, AutoHotkey script.
  3. Right Click on the AutoHotkey file, and select Edit Script, erase the contents of this file, close it and save any new changes.
  4. Double click on the file in order to launch the script.

Notes

AutoHotkey scripts can be placed in the Startup folder in order to be executed automatically.

Fullscreen Toggle Script

This script will remove any borders and center the currently active window on the primary monitor by pushing F12.
Instructions
  1. Download AutoHotkey and install it.
  2. Go to the Desktop, then Right Click on an empty space and select New, AutoHotkey script.
  3. Right Click on the AutoHotkey file, and select Edit Script, erase the contents of the file.
  4. Copy the following source code into the new file, close the file and save, then Double Click on it in order to execute the script.
#UseHook On
F12::

WinGet, WindowID, ID, A
WinSet, Style, -0xC40000, ahk_id %WindowID%
WinMove, ahk_id %WindowID%, , 0, 0, A_ScreenWidth, A_ScreenHeight

Return

   5. Push F12 while in a game in order to activate the script.

Fullscreen Toggle Script (Hidden Taskbar)

This script will toggle between fullscreen and windowed modes when pressing F12 as well as hiding the taskbar on the fullscreen mode.
Fullscreen script
#UseHook On
F12::
WinGet, TempWindowID, ID, A
If (WindowID != TempWindowID)
{
  WindowID:=TempWindowID
  WindowState:=0
}
If (WindowState != 1)
{
  WinGetPos, WinPosX, WinPosY, WindowWidth, WindowHeight, ahk_id %WindowID%
  WinSet, Style, -0xC40000, ahk_id %WindowID%
  WinMove, ahk_id %WindowID%, , 0, 0, A_ScreenWidth, A_ScreenHeight
  ;Hide Windows Task Bar and Start Button. (Remove the following two lines if you don't want that behaviour)
  WinHide ahk_class Shell_TrayWnd
  WinHide Start ahk_class Button
}
Else
{
  WinSet, Style, +0xC40000, ahk_id %WindowID%
  WinMove, ahk_id %WindowID%, , WinPosX, WinPosY, WindowWidth, WindowHeight
  ;Show the task bar again
  WinShow ahk_class Shell_TrayWnd
  WinShow Start ahk_class Button
}
WindowState:=!WindowState
return

Multiple monitors script

Someone needs to check whenever this explanation for the script is correct or if 0, 0, and A_ScreenWidth/Height mean that the script automatically detects the user's resolution.
This is a snippet from the Fullscreen toggle script.
Fullscreen script
  • The values 0, 0, represent the coordinates of the upper left corner of the window.
WinMove, ahk_id %WindowID%, , 0, 0, A_ScreenWidth, A_ScreenHeight
  • For multiple resolutions the values have to be the sum of the monitors total width, for 3840x1080 them being.
WinMove, ahk_id %WindowID%, , 1920, 0, 1920, 1080

Notes

Use 1920, 0, 1920, 1080 (right) or 0, 1920, 1920, 1080 (left) in order to change which side of the screen is filled.

Linux

Most Linux window managers allow fullscreen applications to natively run under a borderless mode by default.

Gnome

Instructions
  1. In the settings under:
    Devices > Keyboard > Windows 
    Set a hotkey for "Toggle fullscreen mode". e.g. Ctrl+Alt+Home
  2. Start the game in windowed mode.
  3. Move it to your preferred monitor.
  4. Select the game and enter the hotkey. e.g. Ctrl+Alt+Home

KDE/Plasma

Instructions
  1. Under System Settings:
    Shortcuts > Global Shortcuts > Kwin 
    Select "Make Window Fullscreen" and set a hotkey combination then click Apply e.g. Ctrl+Alt+Home
  2. Start the game in windowed mode.
  3. Move it to your preferred monitor.
  4. Select the game and enter the hotkey. e.g. Ctrl+Alt+Home

I3

Instructions
  1. Start the game in a windowed mode.
  2. Move it to a new virtual desktop by using Shift+ Win+Number.
  3. Switch to the virtual terminal with Win+Number then go into fullscreen mode by pushing Win+F.

Cinnamon

Instructions
  1. In the System Settings under:
    Devices > Keyboard > Windows 
    Set a hotkey for "Toggle fullscreen mode". e.g. Ctrl+Alt+Home
  2. Start the game in windowed mode.
  3. Move it to your preferred monitor.
  4. Select the game and enter the hotkey. e.g. Ctrl+Alt+Home

Mate

Instructions
  1. In Control Center under:
    Hardware > Keyboard Shortcuts > Window Management 
    Set a hotkey for "Toggle fullscreen mode". e.g. Ctrl+Alt+Home
  2. Start the game in windowed mode.
  3. Move it to your preferred monitor.
  4. Select the game and enter the hotkey. e.g. Ctrl+Alt+Home

Pantheon

Instructions
  1. In System Settings under:
    Hardware > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Windows 
    Set a hotkey for "Toggle fullscreen". e.g. Ctrl+Alt+Home
  2. Start the game in windowed mode.
  3. Move it to your preferred monitor.
  4. Select the game and enter the hotkey. e.g. Ctrl+Alt+Home

Another tip that exclusively works on Linux is running your game in a separate X server instance. This allows you to switch between your game and your desktop using Ctrl+Alt+F7 and Ctrl+Alt+F8 (buttons may differ, may be F1 through F12) and it increases performance and stability. To do this, edit the launch options for your game on Steam as follows:

Run Game in New X Server
xinit %command% :1

Notes

Manually launch a Non-Steam game by replacing %command% with the path to the game executable. Some games, including Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor may run into glitches using this method (as verified by Feral Interactive)

Engines

Source

Instructions[6]
  1. See Command line arguments.
  2. Use the -windowed -noborder arguments.

Unity

Instructions[7]
  1. Use the -popupwindow command line argument.
  2. Launch the game in windowed mode (if no option is available toggle with Alt+ Enter).

Windows troubleshooting

Game crashes on startup

Certain borderless applications have to be started before the game itself and not while the game is running.

Window constantly resizes itself

After applying the borderless mode simply restart the game itself, while keeping the borderless application open.

References