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For a list of games, see List of games that support windowed.

Windowed refers to a mode where the game presents the rendered image in a regular window that uses window decorations (borders) around the contents of the window. This mode should not be mistaken for borderless fullscreen windowed mode, which removes the window decorations and maximizes the window to have it cover the whole monitor.

Key points

Can often be toggled with Alt+ Enter in supported games.
Windowed mode keeps custom color profiles in use for games.
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.[1]
Some games do not have a native windowed mode; specific workarounds may be required.



Actively developed and supported, includes many configuration options.
Great for Win 95/98 like games such as StarCraft, Diablo, and Quake; many presets are included.
Automatically applies any configurations while the program is running.
For games that require launching through Ubisoft Connect or Steam, the games need to be started through those programs while having DxWnd open in order for windowed mode to work. You can set DxWnd to run in the system tray on system startup to avoid having to launch it manually.
Using DxWnd[citation needed]
  1. Open DxWnd, click on Edit, then Add.
  2. Type in a name, and browse for the .exe file path.
  3. Set the preferred coordinates, size, and monitor if needed.
  4. Specify the DirectX version if it's not automatically detected.
  5. Also refer to DxWnd's help menu to read about the documentation.


DxWnd can be set up to automatically run in the tray on system startup to avoid having to launch it manually every time you need it.
  1. Place a shortcut to dxwnd.exe in the Start Menu's Startup folder.
  2. Right-click the shortcut and click Properties.
  3. In the Properties window that opens, in the Shortcut tab, change Target by adding /T to the end of the text in the field. The resulting field should look something like "<path-to-DxWnd>\dxwnd.exe" /T. The /T parameter launches DxWnd in the system tray.


Includes simple option to force windowed mode.
DirectX 8.1 and 9.0 supported; compatibility is not well documented.
Using 3D-Analyze[citation needed]
  1. Open 3D-Analyze.
  2. Select the game's .exe file.
  3. Enable Force windowed mode and run the game.


Allows to store multiple configurations at once.
Cumbersome to use, has fewer configuration options.
Not maintained, may not work with some games.
Using D3DWindower[2]
  1. Run D3DWindower as administrator.
  2. Click on Add Program and open the game's .exe file.
  3. Select the game and click on Settings.
  4. In the DLL field find D3dHook.dll from the source folder and add it.
  5. Click on Run Program or double-click on it.

Special K[edit]

See Special K > Windowed for instructions.

Mouse locking[edit]

See the glossary page for potential workarounds.