Is there a way to prevent any program run in full screen mode? I'm usually working with several programs at once, and I find it annoying to be in and out of full screen to go from one to another when that happens. I´m using Windows 7.
Alt + Enter often works (mostly on DirectX applications). This seems to be a tradition more than anything else, but I've found a surprisingly large number of programs support it. Also, Esc is worth a shot.
There is also a program called DxWnd that is designed specifically for this purpose: forcing fullscreen programs into windowed mode. I haven't used it in a long time, but it's still actively developed and it's worth a shot. It was originally designed for and works best with DirectX, but it seems OpenGL (another graphics library similar to DirectX) and GDI (general Windows programs often use this) support has been added. See here for download links.
When you move a window near the edge of the screen, that initiates the Aero Snap action that maximizes the window. You can disable this feature as follows :
- Open Control Panel / Ease of Access Center / Make the Mouse easier to use.
- Place a check mark in the
Prevent Windows from being automatically arranged when moved to the edge of the screenoption.
- Click OK.