A Q:How to switch from full screen game in Mac?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by takemore, Oct 11, 2008.

  1. takemore macrumors member

    Hi all
    I believe it has been discussed before but I wasn't able to find it. Please, don't shoot me just point me to the answer I am looking for.
    I am using Mac for awhile and normally never play. So I didn't run into the problem. Recently, I played a full screen game. I couldn't figure out how to check email without quitting and restarting it? Command-Tab and Expose short-cuts don't work. Is it normal behaviour of games on Mac?

  2. ltldrummerboy macrumors 68000


    Oct 15, 2007
    Try pausing the game and then hitting Cmd-H. That should hide the app. I'm pretty sure this works with Halo.

    Edit: Just tested it and it works with Peggle.
  3. takemore thread starter macrumors member

    I've tried. Cmd-H doesn't work either. The game is bricks of egypt 2. Actually, this game doesn't concern me at all. I am curious about the bigger picture. I don't recall having this problem back in windows world. I could switch away from any application to attend my messenger or send an email without having to quit it.
    I am not sure why there is this difference in behaviour between Windows and Mac OS X. Is it because Windows doesn't allow a full screen application to highjack system hot keys while Mac OS X allows?
  4. yippy macrumors 68020


    Mar 14, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    It depends on the game and unfortunately I don't know that specific one. Apple+N or Apple+M does it in a lot of games.

    Did you check the game manual/instructions/settings? A lot of times the full screen toggle is listen in the game controls.
  5. takemore thread starter macrumors member

    This is a small simple game. As a matter of fact I looked at the settings and did find full screen option. If I remove the tick the game switches back to window mode.
    I just find this less convenient. Mac is always so much more consistent with hot keys than windows is. Like quitting virtually any application is Cmd-Q and stuff like that. But switching over to another application temporarily is so difficult. It's an overlook in my opinion. Or am I missing something?
  6. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    It frustrates me when games break standard principles like Cmd-H and Cmd-Tab. I've had a similar issue with Fable where I couldn't figure out how to run it in a window. To make matters even worse, Feral (the publisher) ignored my support email (I re-sent it after a couple of weeks just in case it had got lost, but didn't get a reply to that one either).
  7. takemore thread starter macrumors member

    Well.. Thanks for all the replies. They show that I am not overlooking anything obvious here. Though the problem still remains.
    Now I will just make sure that in my game Cmd-H will work fine :D
  8. Bayley macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2011
  9. falcn macrumors member


    Aug 6, 2011
    The Cmd-Alt-Escape will pull you out of any fullscreen game that blocks Cmd-Tab (and all the usual shortcuts). Most of the games will close or crash though - they block Cmd-Tab for a reason.

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