Fix: Windows 10 Fullscreen Problems With Games

Milan Stanojevic avatar. By: Milan Stanojevic
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We all love to relax with a favorite game on our computers, but it seems that some users are having problems with fullscreen games and Windows 10. This sounds like an unusual problem, and today we’ll try to fix that.

Some users report that they are unable to run games in fullscreen mode, and according to them the game just switches to desktop and stays that way while game sounds play in the background. This makes most games unplayable since games run in fullscreen mode by default, but there are a few solutions that you can try.

How To Resolve Windows 10 Fullscreen Games Issues

Sometimes you might experience issues while trying to run certain games in fullscreen mode. Speaking of issues, in this article we’re going to cover the following problems:

  • Windows 10 not using full screen – This is a relatively common problem, and it’s most likely caused by your settings. However, you should be able to fix it using our solutions.
  • Windows 10 not playing games full screen – Many users reported that Windows 10 isn’t running games in fullscreen. This is usually caused by your game or graphics card settings.
  • Windows 10 fullscreen games keep minimizing – If your fullscreen games keep minimizing, the problem might be a third-party application. Sometimes third-party applications can interfere with your games and cause this issue to appear.
  • Windows 10 full screen games black screen, flickering, crash – Many users reported flickering, crashes and black screen on Windows 10. This can sometimes occur if you have dual monitor setup.
  • Games won’t go full screen Windows 10 – Another relatively common issue on Windows 10. If you have this problem, be sure to check your graphics card settings.
  • Windows 10 full screen not working – This is just a variation of this problem, but you should be able to fix it easily with one of our solutions.

Solution 1 – Run your game in windowed mode

If your game comes with a configuration file, or if you can set its configuration before starting it make sure that you set it to run in windowed mode. This isn’t the best solution, but it’s a workaround that will allow you to play your favorite game again. For the best experience, be sure to select borderless window mode and the same resolution that you use on your desktop.


Solution 2 – Set display scaling to 100%

It has been reported that many games won’t run properly unless the display scaling is set to 100%, so let’s see how to set display scaling to 100% in Windows 10.

  1. Open the Settings app and go to System > Display.
    Windows 10 not using full screen
  2. Find the Change the size of text, apps and other items and set it to 100%.

You might have to sign out of your account and sign back in order to apply the changes, so be sure to do that. Once you do that, be sure to check if your games are working again.


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Solution 3 – Change your main screen

You can experience problems with fullscreen and games if you’re using dual monitor setup. However, you can fix this problem simply by changing your display settings. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Right click on your Desktop and choose Display settings from the menu. When Display settings window opens you should see two monitors labeled with numbers.
    Windows 10 not using full screen
  2. In Display settings window click Identify.  A number should appear on your screen. Usually, it’s 1 or 2.
  3. Now in Display settings set the monitor with the same number you got in Step 2 as the main monitor.
  4. Save the changes and try running games in fullscreen.

This is a simple trick that can help you fix this problem, so be sure to try it out.


Solution 4 – Change Nvidia Control Panel settings

If you own both integrated and dedicated graphic you might need to change few Nvidia Control Panel settings to fix this issue.

  1. Open Nvidia Control Panel.
  2. Go to Manage 3D settings > Global settings.
    Windows 10 not playing games full screen
  3. Change Preferred graphics processor from Auto-select to High Performance Nvidia processor.
  4. Click on Apply to save the changes and try running games in fullscreen mode.

Few users reported that they fixed the problem simply by adjusting their desktop size and position in Nvidia Control Panel. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Open Nvidia Control Panel.
  2. Go to Display > Adjust desktop size and position.
    Windows 10 not playing games full screen
  3. Locate the scaling option and set it to No scaling and click on Apply to save changes.
    Windows 10 fullscreen games keep minimizing

After making these changes, you should be able to run games in fullscreen without any problems. If you use AMD graphics, you should be able to find similar options in Catalyst Control Center.


Solution 5 – Disable Teamviewer

Many users reported various fullscreen issues with their favorite games, and according to them, the common cause is Teamviewer. If you’re not familiar with Teamviewer, it’s a remote assistance application that allows you to control any other PC remotely. This is a rather popular application and many users have it installed.

Even though Teamviewer is a great application, sometimes it can cause issues to occur. Many users reported fullscreen issues while playing games, but they were able to solve the problem simply by disabling Teamviewer. After doing that, the issue should be resolved.

If disabling the Teamviewer doesn’t help, you might want to try uninstalling the application and check if that solves the problem. If you need another remote control application that won’t interfere with fullscreen games, be sure to try Mikogo or Radmin.


Solution 6 – Use the Compatibility mode

If you’re having problems with fullscreen games on your PC, you might want to try running them in Compatibility mode. This mode is specially designed for older applications that aren’t fully compatible with Windows 10. To run a certain application in Compatibility mode, you need to do the following:

  1. Locate the problematic application, right click it and choose Properties from the menu.
    Games won't go full screen Windows 10
  2. Navigate to the Compatibility tab and check Run this program in compatibility mode for an option. Now select the desired version of Windows from the menu and click on Apply and OK to save changes.
    Windows 10 full screen not working

After enabling Compatibility mode, try to run your game again and check if the issue still persists. Keep in mind that you might have to try several different compatibility modes before you find the one that works for the selected game.

Compatibility mode is a useful feature that allows you to run old software on your PC, so feel free to try it out.


Solution 7 – Change font size to 100% and make changes in Intel HD Control Panel

If you’re having problems with fullscreen in your favorite games, you might be able to fix this issue simply by setting the font size to 100%. We already showed you how to do that in Solution 2, so be sure to check it out for detailed instructions.

After doing that, you need to open Intel HD Control Panel application and make a few changes. When Intel HD Control Panel opens, navigate to Display section and set the Fit setting to Fullscreen. Now check Override application settings checkbox and save changes.

After doing that, you should be able to run older games without any problems on your PC. Keep in mind that this solution works only if you’re using Intel HD integrated graphics. If you’re using AMD or Nvidia graphics, be sure to check their Control Panel software to change the aforementioned settings.


Solution 8 – Restore your Taskbar to the default position

According to users, problems with fullscreen games can occur if your Taskbar isn’t in the default position. Some users like to move their Taskbar to the side or to the top of their screen, but that can sometimes cause this problem to occur. However, you can easily fix this issue simply by moving your Taskbar to its default position on the bottom.

Once you move your Taskbar to the bottom of the screen, the issue should be resolved and you’ll be able to play your favorite games in fullscreen once again. If you don’t want to move your Taskbar to the default position, you can fix the problem by setting the Taskbar to hide automatically. To do that, follow these simple steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + I to open the Settings app.
  2. Now navigate to Personalization section.
    Windows 10 fullscreen games keep minimizing
  3. From the menu on the left select Taskbar. Now in the right pane, enable Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode option.
    Windows 10 full screen games black screen

After you enable this option, you should be able to run games in fullscreen mode without any problems.


Solution 9 – Change your resolution in Catalyst Control Center

According to users, you might be able to fix this problem simply by changing your resolution in Catalyst Control Center. To do that, just follow these simple steps:

  1. Open Catalyst Control Center and navigate to Graphics/Desktop & Display section.
  2. Click the triangle button in big Screen model section and then click on Properties.
  3. Now set your resolution to the lower one and save changes.
  4. Navigate to Graphics/Desktop & Display and click on bottom left small laptop triangle icon.
  5. You should see several options available. Click on Full screen and save changes.

After doing that, you just need to change the resolution on your PC and set it to the desired value. Now your problem should be resolved and you’ll be able to enjoy games in fullscreen mode once again. If the issue persists, repeat the entire procedure after minimizing the game.

As you can see, solving full-screen issues on Windows 10 is relatively simple, and we hope that you managed to solve this problem using one of our solutions.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2016 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.


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