I've installed Skyrim, and I'm playing in windowed mode. I want to be able to alt-tab to interact with IM windows or my browser while I'm auto-running to some distant location, but the game pauses when the window loses focus. Is there some .ini option to prevent this?
Yes, it is possible to prevent Skyrim from pausing when its window loses focus.
Open Skyrim.ini (in
Documents\My Games\Skyrim) and add
bAlwaysActive=1 under the
Now, you can alt-tab and the game will continue to render in the background. I recomend running in (borderless) windowed mode so you can see what is happening. I find this very useful for letting my housemates play on the TV while I do work on my other two monitors.
Generally not, but you can still watch video while Skyrim is running in the "background" - run Skyrim in windowed mode (Simple Borderless Window is a good way to achieve fullscreen-style functionality with all the benefits of windowed mode) and have your video player running in always-on-top mode (In MPC-HC, for example, right click inside the player and click on View - On top - Always), you can resize it to cover nearly all of the screen, but you must click on Skyrim to give it back focus. The game will continue to run while you will be enjoying a movie.
In theory, the same trick can be applied to other applications capable of always-on-top mode, but you will need to click on Skyrim after every bit of input to the other program, and few tasks require as little input as watching a video.