If you want to disable fullscreen optimizations on Windows 10. Please read our guide that shows you how to disable these optimizations.
What Are Fullscreen Optimizations in Windows 10?
Fullscreen optimization is a feature that Microsoft introduced in Windows 10 that is enabled by default in your system. It allows you to run a game or an app in full-screen mode. You might be familiar with this feature if you have used Windows 8 before. The main difference between the two is that on Windows 10, the taskbar can be disabled when fullscreen optimization is turned on.
The fullscreen optimization feature of Windows 10 has been designed to improve the gaming experience and provide better performance for the games and apps running in full screen mode.
Disable Fullscreen Optimizations in Windows 10
Windows 10 has a feature to optimize your applications for Full-Screen. This can result in a decrease in performance and battery life.
To enable or disable fullscreen optimizations for a specific application, you will need to find the executable of the application (.exe) and then follow these steps:
- Right-click the executable file and click "Properties."
- Click the "Compatibility" tab.
- Tick the checkbox "Disable fullscreen optimizations."
- Click "Apply" and "OK."
Note: Some apps may not have this compatibility tab, but it is worth checking if there is one.
Disable Fullscreen Optimizations for Specific Apps with Nvidia
This article shows how to disable fullscreen optimizations for a specific app or game for the current user.
In the case of games, when you play on a laptop or desktop, the game might go into fullscreen mode automatically. This cannot be very pleasant if you want to multitask while playing.
So to disable this behavior and make sure that the game doesn't go into fullscreen mode, follow these steps:
- Right-click on your Desktop and select "NVIDIA Control Panel" from the list.
- Click "Manage 3D Settings" and select "Program Settings."
- Select your specific app or game from the list and click "Add."
- Then uncheck "Full Screen Optimizations" under Antialiasing - Transparency Supersampling.
- Click "Apply" and then click "OK."
- You will now be able to adjust the settings for your specific game.
Disable Fullscreen Optimizations from the Windows 10 Registry
To disable the fullscreen optimization from the windows registry, follow these steps:
- Press the keys Windows + R.
- Type "Regedit" and press enter.
- Navigate to "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics."
- Right-click -> "New" -> "DWORD (32-bit) Value".
- Type "FullScreen_Disabled" and double-click to set the value to "1".
- Restart your computer.
Performance Issues with Fullscreen Optimizations
Fullscreen optimizations in Windows 10 can be a significant source of performance problems for some games. Some titles, such as Overwatch, suffer from jittery gameplay, overheating GPU, and other issues. Fortunately, a simple fix is available. You can disable fullscreen optimizations in Windows 10 settings by following these steps:
If you're using a high-resolution monitor, you're probably already aware of the fullscreen optimizations in Windows 10. These settings make apps look sharper by automatically making pixels smaller or larger. In some cases, the automatic adjustments can make the graphics in a game look awful. These settings can also cause your FPS to plummet.
The easiest way to disable fullscreen optimizations in Windows 10 is to disable the settings for a specific game. You can do this through the Windows 10 settings menu. Go to the GameDVR folder and find the 'GameDVR_FSEBehaviorMode' entry. By default, the value for this variable is '0', which means that fullscreen optimization is enabled. Change this value to '2' to disable it. This change will also apply to system-wide fullscreen optimization settings.