How to Run Full Screen Applications in a Window

By Stephen Lilley

Sometimes it can be irritating when a program is running in full screen mode but you need to quickly access information from another program running on your computer. Normally it means you would have to exit out of the program, check your other program and restart, but those days are over. If your program supports it, you can run a number of full screen applications in "window" mode, which means they won't take up 100 percent of your screen. This can make running multiple applications easier.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer

Step 1

Press the "Windows" button on your computer keyboard. This button is near the lower left corner of your keyboard. Instead of a letter or number like all of your other keyboard keys, this button will have a tiny version of the Windows logo on it. This will cause your computer's "Start" menu to appear over top of the full screen application.

Step 2

Look to the top right corner of the screen for the traditional "Minimize," "Restore Down" and "Close" buttons to appear. Note that if these buttons do not appear within your full screen application it does not support "Window" mode and there is simply nothing you can do.

Step 3

Click the middle "Restore Down" button. This will cause your application to leave "Full Screen" mode and begin running in "Window" mode.

Step 4

Click the "Restore Down" button again to return the program to "Full Screen" mode as you see fit.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the application you are using doesn't support "Window" mode, there is no way you can get it to run this way. If you need to quickly access information from another program, press the "ALT" and "TAB" keys on your keyboard at the same time. Doing this will cause a window to appear revealing a list of all applications currently running on your computer. You can choose a program to go to from here, and repeat the same steps to return to your full screen application.