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I have a PC running Windows 7. I installed and play Age of Mythology and its expansion, the Titans. Since the computer I have is much, much more advanced than even the maximum supported graphics settings in AoM, and I often multitask, I want to run it in windowed mode.

As it is, the game runs in the center of the screen at the resolution I select, surrounded by a black border.

I have tried the following:

  • Checking the "Windowed mode" box in the game's settings
  • Hitting ALT-Enter while in the game
  • Creating a shortcut and adding "-w" and "-windowed"
  • Running it from the command line using "-w" and "-windowed"
  • Running it in every available compatibility mode

None of these had the slightest effect, except ALT-Enter, which causes a momentary flicker during which I can see the outline of the window and the minimize/maximize/kill buttons in the top right.

Is there anything else I can do, or is it simply not possible? If not, can anyone tell me specifically why, in case it is a problem I can create a workaround for?

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Sorry I'm not answering your question, but the game is hard to keep up with on its own, are you sure you want to multitask? –  user52549 Aug 26 '13 at 11:42
@user52549 - I think what he means is he pauses the game to chat to friends, look at strategy guides etc. I don't think he leaves it running unpaused. –  Robotnik Aug 26 '13 at 12:51
Oh, so in this case alt+tab doesn't work? –  user52549 Aug 26 '13 at 15:21
@user52549 - depends how often he switches out. Once or twice per game, alt-tab is probably fine. I've found with alt tab though, it tends to reposition the camera in the far corner of the map, which gets annoying after a while. In any case I can see the benefits of wanting to run the game in windowed mode –  Robotnik Aug 27 '13 at 10:05
I am sure I want to multitask, yes. It's not particularly problematic the way I play the game. Anyway the issue is a technical one; I'm puzzled as to why I am unable to make it work when it seems to work in similar situations for other people. –  David John Welsh Sep 1 '13 at 13:45

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