I only play with the Direct X 9/10 - havent tried the other option(s), so this question may only apply there.

When I run Civ-5, the game takes over my desktop. It can never be 'minimized' to the task bar. The full screen window is always in the background. I can alt-tab to "Desktop", but as soon as I switch to another application (for example, a minimized chrome instance) my background is immediately replaced by the game.

Is there a way to have my Civ game running without it taking over my entire desktop?

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    I removed the Gods and Kings tag as this specific problem is unrelated to that. It happens both with and without any DLC/expansion.
    – Arperum
    Sep 30, 2013 at 7:43

3 Answers 3


Play the game in windowed mode. You can turn this on in the graphical options.

This would allow you to have the game maximised (thus taking up almost all the screen) but make it easy to minimise the game when necessary.

  • Video Options -> Uncheck "Full Screen Mode" Thanks!
    – FlipMcF
    Oct 1, 2013 at 14:21
  • Bleh, but now side scrolling broke. New question? LOL.
    – FlipMcF
    Oct 4, 2013 at 15:37

I cannot comment yet, so I have to write this as an answer. The minimize button dissappears after reloading the game, but a workaround for this is to go to Options > Video Options and checking the Fullscreen again, click Apply Resolution to go fullscreen then hit ESC key to cancel fullscreen while the counter is running. Now the minimize button appears again. You have to do this each time you load the game though.

  • Seems like a perfectly good answer to me, no need to wish it was a comment :-) (OK, it's an annoying workaround, but that doesn't lower its quality as being a constructive answer!)
    – Flyto
    Apr 15, 2014 at 11:56

try shift+ctrl+ esc. i tried that and it worked out for me.

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