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Steam games in windowed mode?

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  1. CDdude55

    CDdude55 Crazy 4 TPU!!!

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    Quick question,

    Whats the easiest way to play games in windowed mode on Steam?
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    Either Alt-Tab or Alt-Enter should work. I don't remember offhand which one.
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    I run most of them in windowed mode "no border" as it seems to definitely affect not only stability but FPS as well.

    Hmm I didn't know there were hotkeys for it, nice.
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    right click the game and go to properties, then click "set launch options"

    then you can enter the arguments for windowed mode, usually -w or something like that. you can find these probably by right clicking on the game in the list and go to "view forum"

    probably not alt-tab since that's for switching programs
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    Hmm settings, video option, run in window. Thats how CSS was ;)
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    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

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    it depends on the game, its not some magic steam setting.
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    But it issss, it issss magical! It makes pixles happy and brings the faries from never land right into your home. they even make you tea. :laugh:
    Me personally in windowed mode, most games run better. L4D2 definitely runs better.
    "most" games, like I said previously, not "all" I run in windowed mode, because there is a clear difference.
    you'd have to see for yourself, all systems vary, ya never know.
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    windowed runs better since you're at a lower resolution.

    It disables crossfire and SLI, so its not a perfect solution for all.
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    Ahh I don't run sli/crossfire, good to know though. ty ^^
    I do play at 1920x1080, I hardly consider that a low resolution..
    1080 p TV won't go any higher..lol

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