How to run a full screen app in a Window?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by feuerschlange, Jul 29, 2009.

  1. feuerschlange macrumors regular

    Oct 13, 2008
    How do you run a full screen OS X app in a windowed mode?

    I have one app, that I want to run parallel to my other open apps and lots of windows.

    I am annoyed, every time I focus on this app, that my secondary screen goes blank and the small little app takes my whole primary screen.
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    If it's a full screen app, you generally can't run it in windowed mode if there isn't an option for it in the preferences.
  3. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    A long shot.... but who knows:

    Usually there is a .plist file associated with the app (usually in ~/Library/Preferences/), and sometimes if you open that file (like with Text Edit), you might find a line containing something like "windowed-mode full screen = TRUE".... edit that to FALSE, and see if it had helped.

    Good luck.
  4. feuerschlange thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 13, 2008
    Too bad - no luck here.
    The app is an old game, called Solarian II.
    It runs in full screen, completely darkening my secondary screen too and actually only takes 1/4 of the main screen, as it does not scale.

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