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?

  • 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, 2013 at 11:42
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    @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, 2013 at 12:51
  • Oh, so in this case alt+tab doesn't work?
    – user52549
    Aug 26, 2013 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, 2013 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. Sep 1, 2013 at 13:45

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At least on steam, Using ALT+ENTER does switch the game to windowed mode, but initially you will only be able to tell by the flicker you described. You must still change the screen size in settings to a smaller value to make use of windowed mode.

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I don't own the Steam Version. I own the original disc versions. And for both Age of Mythology and Age of Mythology the Titans if you go to Options, there is an option called "Play in Window". That should do the trick.

Note: The original intro & cinematics may start in full screen but once you reach the main menu and later on you'll be in windowed mode with the resolution you have selected.

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