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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 Jun 28, 2019)  • #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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jake nicol49327
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alt(x) works.Is there any setting to lock my input from the controller? :controller within the game on one screen
:my mouse input to the other?
When i use my mouse on the "BROWSER SCREEN" , My controller input loses focus on my "GAME SCREEN"..... Any help would be much appreciated thanks
oh xbox bluetooth controller ..
Feb 12, 2020 (modified Feb 12, 2020)  • #14
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jake nicol49327
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ok might be onto something here. DS4 works for the problem i stated earlier *only works with ps4 controllers*. maybe a brother program instead of using microsofts built in process for xbox..?..
Feb 12, 2020  • #15
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Trey93116
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Quote:
ok might be onto something here. DS4 works for the problem i stated earlier *only works with ps4 controllers*. maybe a brother program instead of using microsofts built in process for xbox..?..


Hi Jake - did you ever find a solution for this for an Xbox Controller. I still have this issue and its so annoying. The only solution I've found so far is using Input Director and using a Slave Machine to perform ancillary tasks. Any help from anyone would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.
Mar 30, 2020  • #16
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Sullie
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I've read a few forum topics, but can't get this to work with Guild Wars 2. When I ALT+TAB the full screen game minimises as per usual instead of staying open.
Jun 2, 2020  • #17
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
It might not work with all games, unfortunately. If the stuff in the "Tips" section of this guide didn't work, there isn't anything else to try, sorry!
Jun 2, 2020  • #18
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Don28131
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Hi, I purchased Display Fusion Pro specifically for this feature. It seems to work with all the Steam games I've tried it on by using the Steam overlay trick where you first bring the Steam overlay up, then press the Display Fusion hotkey (the swoosh noise will be heard), then alt-tab out of the game once, alt-tab back in, and then it works perfect (I'm able to click and do anything on my 4th monitor without my game loosing focus or minimizing or whatever). Great!

Are you able to get it to work with Battlefield 3 and 4 though?... I hear the swoosh sound but when I click on my 4th monitor these games instantly still minimize. I tried the Steam overlay trick but by using the Origin overlay (BF3 and BF4 use Origin, not Steam) but that doesn't work.

It seems there's some inherent "fix" where by using the Steam overlay, this feature seems to work (at least with every single Steam game I've tried). The thing is, this Display Fusion feature doesn't seem to work unless the "Steam overlay trick" is used. There's got to be a way to get Display Fusion to sort of do the same effect in the background that the Steam overlay does as that seems to make the feature work perfectly...
Sep 28, 2020 (modified Sep 28, 2020)  • #19
Owen Muhlethaler (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Hello,

As Keith mentioned earlier, unfortunately for games that it doesn't work for, there's not much we can do on our end to fix it.

Thanks!
Oct 6, 2020  • #20
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Jesse Vizcarra
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OMG! Been trying to get this too work for days until I found this post! Now it's working perfectly!
I tried to put the studio application in borderless window and it made the scaling terrible using borderless gaming app. I've been pulling my hair out trying to get these dual monitors working the way I want them to.

One more thing, I haven't received email with pro key yet. And I purchased it two days ago. It's supposed to email to me right? Or did I read that wrong.
Dec 9, 2020 (modified Dec 9, 2020)  • #21
Owen Muhlethaler (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Hi Jesse,

Yup, you should have received your key in your email. If you send us an email through our support page, we can get it sorted out for you. I'll attach the link below.

Thanks!

https://www.displayfusion.com/Support/
Dec 9, 2020  • #22
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Jesse Vizcarra
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Okay, this is working good, but I am having one issue. Sometimes application windows will pop up in on the game monitor(1st, Main monitor) and I can't see them. If I hit the windows key and try to access them, the game always stays on top. How can I prevent the game from always being on top. Or is there a way I can make the app open on 2nd monitor instead?

Sorry, I am new to this software and don't really know how to use it yet.
Dec 9, 2020  • #23
Owen Muhlethaler (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Hi Jesse,

If you press the same key to activate the "prevent window deactivation" function while the game is open, it should disable the function.

We also have another function called "Move all windows to current monitor" that you could activate on your second monitor.

Hope that helps!
Dec 9, 2020  • #24
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