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Preventing Game Windows From Minimizing

DisplayFusion contains a built-in Function called "Prevent Window Deactivation." There are two ways it can be run on a game window. You can run it manually via key combination, or automatically via a Trigger rule.

Note: While this Function should work for most games, there are some games that may not allow this Function to work correctly.

Prevent Window Deactivation via Hotkey

  1. On the Settings > Functions tab, find the "Prevent Window Deactivation" function in the "Window Management" section of the list, then double-click it to choose the key combination.
  2. Click OK to apply the settings, then try out the key combination in your game.
  3. After pressing the key combination, you should hear a "whoosh" sound to let you know that the function ran. If you don't hear that sound, see the next section.
  4. After you hear the sound effect, you should be able to Alt+Tab out of the game and the game will not minimize.

Prevent Window Deactivation via Triggers

Global hotkeys may get disabled while some full screen games are running. In this case, you may not be able to activate the function using a key combination. Instead of using the key combination, you can enable it using a Trigger rule for each game. Here's an example Trigger rule to run the Prevent Window Deactivation function after a 60 second delay:

Trigger Rule

Prevent Window Deactivation Tips

  • You can use wildcards when specifying the "Process Filename" in the Trigger rule. For example: If your games are all stored in D:\Games, you could enter D:\Games\* in the Process Filename text box to make the rule match all games in that directory.
  • Some games will lock the mouse cursor to the window. For these games, you can try running the "Lock/Unlock Mouse Cursor to Current Window" or "Lock/Unlock Mouse Cursor to Current Monitor" functions. You'll need to assign key combinations to those functions in the DisplayFusion Settings.
  • For some games, the Prevent Window Deactivation function won't seem to work on the first try. For these games, usually switching it to windowed mode (Alt+Enter) and back to full screen (Alt+Enter again), or Alt+Tabbing out and back in will make the function stick.
Feb 13, 2015 (modified 21 days ago)  • #1
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Braden Dodge22935
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This does not apply anymore with the replacement of "Window Location" with "Triggers" in version 8.0/ Please adjust this guide to the new function or add the old "Window Location" function back into the program. Thanks!
Aug 30, 2016  • #2
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Yep, good call! I've put this on my list. I have a couple of other workarounds to add to this guide as well :)

Thanks!
Aug 30, 2016  • #3
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Godspeed1s
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Hey, having a hard time finding the workaround in version 8. Do you have the link to configure preventing full screen games from minimizing?
Nov 8, 2016  • #4
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Hey all, sorry for the delay! I've finally updated the original post. Please let me know if you still have any questions at all
Nov 15, 2016  • #5
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Matt Zexstar27991
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cant get the apex legends game to not minimize when clicking on something on the secondary monitor!!! please help
Feb 23, 2019  • #6
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
I'll test with Apex tomorrow and see what I can find out :)

Thanks!
Feb 27, 2019  • #7
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
I couldn't get it working with the Prevent Window Deactivation function, unfortunately. However, changing the video mode in the Apex settings from Full Screen to Borderless Windowed allows you to Alt+Tab out while keeping the game window open.

Hope that helps!
Feb 28, 2019  • #8
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Matt Zexstar27991
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so i appreciate your time sir. what im having issues with now is when im running apex in window or borderless window and i alt tab out and then move my mouse cursor to my second monitor to do whatever (browse internet) and i click on any item it will then minimize on my primary monitor that is displaying apex
Feb 28, 2019  • #9
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
The game still minimizes even when it's set to windowed?
Mar 1, 2019  • #10
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R34
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No it doesn't, if its in window it won't minimize but, if i go to the second monitor and start doing stuff over there, the game starts lagging, I have been trying to test it out with full screen, because my guess is that it won't. Thing is, I can't click on my second monitor and have the game stay in full screen in the first place to test it.
Just picking up where you two left off, as I am having the same issue.
Mar 21, 2019  • #11
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Ok, unfortunately it doesn't seem there's anything we can do from our end to make this work, sorry
Mar 21, 2019  • #12
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R34
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Thanks for letting me know.No worries.
Mar 21, 2019  • #13
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