Arqade is a question and answer site for passionate videogamers on all platforms. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I need to hide the hud of StarCraft II during play so I can take screenshots of the full play ground. How I can do that?

share|improve this question

You can only hide the UI during active game play if you are the observer or watching a replay file, not if you are the active player. The key command to do this is Ctrl+W.

If you are just trying to take screenshots of the map itself you can also do this from outside the game by opening up the map in the Starcraft 2 map editor.

share|improve this answer
If you have to take screenshots during a live match, the only practical solution I can think of is to run a separate instance of SC2 as a spectator/referee in your match. – chobok Apr 20 '12 at 6:02
That would also require a second account. – Sorean Apr 20 '12 at 6:27
It would be much easier to watch the games' replay later and take the screenshots there. – Murch Apr 20 '12 at 7:55
The question was about taking hud-less screenshots "during play". I agree that my suggestion would require a second account, and a sandboxed instance of SC2 (somewhat of a pain to set everything up), and yes it would be much easier to use a replay. – chobok Apr 20 '12 at 8:29
Yeah, the only way to take screen shots like that would either to watch it in a replay after you already played or use the map editor. – Nick122 Apr 20 '12 at 13:50

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.