The scenario is as follows:

I run XCOM or XCOM 2 (the problem occurs for both). I do a task change to Windows and start another game (i.e. leave XCOM running in the background), say Heroes of the Storm (HotS). Whenever I have an extended waiting period in the other game, I'd switch back to XCOM and continue there.

This worked perfectly for some games (e.g. Battle Worlds: Kronos) but when running XCOM this has some severe disadvantages. I'm playing on my main screen (right side) and have another secondary screen set up on the left side - just showing windows desktop.

The problem:

The mouse cursor doesn't stay in the HotS window. So whenever I hit the left side of my main screen and accidentally click, I'll switch to Windows. The mouse cursor isn't bound to the game's screen.

As said: this problem occurs specifically for XCOM / XCOM 2 and is not universal (although I can't say for sure it only happens for XCOM). Does anyone have a solution for this behavior? I want to keep running XCOM in the background while playing HotS and still keep focus only in HotS.

  • I don't think I'm going to have a solution, but I also don't really understand the problem you're describing. You click outside of the game and it switches to what you clicked on? That seems correct. What did you want to happen instead?
    – DCShannon
    Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 18:07
  • The mouse should remain inside of HotS window and not just leave game window. Mouse should be bound to the game (which is normal behavior). I'll try to clarify my question in that regards.
    – StampedeXV
    Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 18:10
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    It isn't something that the background gaming is doing; it's something that the foreground game is not doing - capturing the mouse in exclusive mode. Not all games capture the mouse, and there's rarely anything you can do about it.
    – T.J.L.
    Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 18:18
  • If I end XCOM it works perfectly. So this problem only occurs in combination of XCOM running in Background and other game (e.g. HotS in foreground).
    – StampedeXV
    Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 18:58
  • I don't have a way to test it, but in my XCOM2 under options>video settings there is an option to lock the mouse to the window. Not quite what you're asking but it may have the desired effect of preventing the mouse from being detected by XCOM2 while in the other game. Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 19:01

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Rather than addressing the issue with XCOM directly, I suggest an indirect solution using window management software.

I have been using DisplayFusion to manage my windows and mouse cursor for many years, and although I haven't used it myself, there is a feature that lets you lock your cursor to the current monitor or active window by pressing a hotkey. See the screenshot below:

DisplayFusion functions tab

DisplayFusion has a basic free mode, but also has a 30 day trial for Pro, so you can test both of these functions and see if it works before buying. Hope that helps!

  • I've given up hope - this could really work. Thanks.
    – StampedeXV
    Commented Aug 30, 2016 at 14:46

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