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  • 06Sep

    In this posting, I will teach you (if you didn't already know) how to create a shortcut that runs Warcraft III in windowed mode.

    • Right click on an empty area of your desktop
    • Select New… ==> Shortcut…
    • Type in "C:\Program Files\Warcraft III\Warcraft III.exe" -window
    • Press next
    • Click Finish
    • Your Warcraft now runs in windowed mode if you use the shorcut.

    If you did not install Warcraft to it's default directory, then you will have to replace C:\Program Files\Warcraft III\ with the correct path. For example if your Warcraft is on your D drive, then use:
    "D:\Program Files\Warcraft III\Warcraft III.exe" -window

    If you have a hacked/cracked version of Warcraft III, your executable might be renamed to something like Warcraft III -hacked.exe. In that case, modify the shortcut to:
    "C:\Program Files\Warcraft III\Warcraft III -hacked.exe" -window

    If you want TFT in windowed mode, the method is the same:
    "C:\Program Files\Warcraft III\Frozen Throne.exe" -window

    Posted by 3ICE @ 9:01 pm

71 Responses

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  • TheTacoFighter Says:

    NICE! I love your maze designer map.

    3ICE Fan

    Edited by 3ICE: Fixed spelling mistakes, fixed nickname. And thanks.

  • Byron Says:

    how do you window mode frozen throne for Garena??

  • 3ICE Says:

    Same thing, except you don't create a shortcut, you change the Executable Settings in garena.

  • P2P Says:

    I'm a neophyte to this. What is windowed mode and how do I know if its running in windowed mode. I did everything you said, fixed the path but I honestly don't know anything about windowed mode.

  • 3ICE Says:

    It is the opposite of full screen. The game has a window, a title bar, an x button, a minimize button and a full screen button, like all programs do. Its window can be moved like regular programs. Probably resized too! Takes up less space. :)
    I personally never use windowed mode.

  • P2P Says:

    Well, my windowed shortcut isn't working. I did everything you said,
    "C:\\Program Files(x86)\WarCraftIII\WarCraft III.exe" right?
    Still doesn't wont put me into windowed mode.

    Sorry for the double negative and double-post :S

    Fix: Still doesn't work, it won't put me into windowed mode.

    Edited by 3ICE: Merged doublepost.

  • 3ICE Says:

    No, not right. You forgot -window

  • wow account Says:

    Edited by 3ICE: Removing advertisement…

  • 3ICE Says:

    Spammer down!

  • CArlo Says:

    hey I have a quick question.. I already know how to window wc3, but I'd like to know if there is something to make my cursor not move out of the window? is there a program?

  • 3ICE Says:

    Mousetrap

  • weijian Says:

    i got a hacked/cracked version of warcraft 3 and i wanna do some world editor.
    My world edit just doesn't work at ALL :((, when i open it it pops up with a Mircosoft problem report error :((

    Edited by 3ICE: Removed incorrect website (was "n/a")

  • 3ICE Says:

    I am sorry, but that is not enough information for me to find a solution.
    Older versions of windows used to tell you what was wrong. New, shitty ones keep it a secret. Try to find the crash details.

  • dylan24 Says:

    hey um, well my warcraft 3 world editor does not work, i click it and some message that saya insert warcraft 3 cd then click refresh, how can i make it work? i have lost the cd….

  • 3ICE Says:

    This blog post is not about the WarCraft 3 World Editor.
    Go here: http://www.3ice.hu/blog/patch-warcraft/#milestones

    Patch Milestones:
    1.21b The CD is no longer required to play!

    That's what you need.

  • noel96 Says:

    what if i copy the file from someone else?then wad should i do?

  • 3ICE Says:

    Hi,

    What file?

    –3ICE

  • noel96 Says:

    wad u mean?

  • 3ICE Says:

    What do you mean?

  • noel96 Says:

    i copy my file from a friend, so i paste it in my D drive…

  • 3ICE Says:

    Hi,

    I ask again; What file?

    –3ICE

  • noel96 Says:

    the whole warcraft thing

  • 3ICE Says:

    Oh, we call that a "folder".

    But luckily it doesn't change anything, your shortcut will work the same. I often copy my Warcraft folder between computers and the windowed shortcut never fails to work.

    Edited by 3ICE: Just make sure you are linking to the right path. If your folder is at D:\Warcraft\, then use that instead of the Program Files one.

  • noel96 Says:

    so what must i type in
    "D:\Program Files\Warcraft III\Warcraft III.exe" -window????

  • 3ICE Says:

    Why don't you go ahead and give it a try? If it doesn't work, we will know further investigation is called for.

  • noel96 Says:

    so all i do is right click on the desktop press shorcut and type in D:\Warcraft\ then finish it???

  • 3ICE Says:

    No, you follow the instructions outlaid in the blog post above.

    Let me quote the crucial part:
    "If you did not install Warcraft to it's default directory, then you will have to replace C:\Program Files\Warcraft III\ with the correct path."
    "Path" means the location where you copied the folder to.
    It could be D:\Warcraft, or D:\My stuff\games\war3\, or even D:\New Folder 2\. I have no way of telling, only you can find out where you copied the folder to.

    Edited by 3ICE: I have deleted two of your comments because I have deemed them utterly worthless. They were also doubleposts. This is not a chat program. Users are expected to write in good style. Full sentences, invocation, collected thoughts.

  • noel96 Says:

    i type in "C:\"D:\Blizzard\Frozen Throne.exe"-window" but it din work it says the file cannot be found

  • 3ICE Says:

    Well now clearly that is not correct. You can't have two drive letters in one path. Remove "C:\"

  • noel96 Says:

    i type in "D:\Blizzard\Frozen Throne.exe"-window" but it din work it says the file cannot be found

  • 3ICE Says:

    The problem now is that you have mismatched quotation marks and a space is missing from between the quotation mark and the dash.

    try:
    "D:\Blizzard\Frozen Throne.exe" -window

    Edited by 3ICE: Adding space requirement. And again, I have deleted a comment you left for it is an utter waste of space and I answered it three minutes ago. Please put a little more effort into it next time…

  • noel96 Says:

    hey it works thank you very much.

  • 3ICE Says:

    You are most welcome.

  • noel96 Says:

    cant it work why u are playing a on LAN?

  • 3ICE Says:

    I apologize but your comment makes utterly no sense.

    But I think you will want to look at this page next:
    http://www.3ice.hu/blog/war3host/

  • noel96 Says:

    srry for my typing error. can it work while playing on LAN?

  • 3ICE Says:

    Yes, of course it can work. But why don't you go ahead and give it a try?

  • noel96 Says:

    it is quite hard to scroll down .

  • 3ICE Says:

    There are tools that can trap your cursor in the window, making scrolling a breeze.
    (Or scroll with the middle mouse button + minimap.)

  • hiew Says:

    how to use window mode on garena?

  • 3ICE Says:
  • Andrew Says:

    Warcraft 3 runs fine, but i cant get world editor to work. it gives me the directx 8.1 or newer thing. i tried -window at the end

  • 3ICE Says:

    Hi,

    Do you have DirectX?
    Window or no window, Warcraft 3 requires DirectX 8.1 or newer.

    Did you patch the game? http://www.3ice.hu/blog/patch-warcraft/

    If that didn't help, try installing DirectX 8.1 from Reign of Chaos CD.

    If even that doesn't help try installing 9.0c from Microsoft.

    –3ICE

  • se7en Says:

    Hi 3ICE,

    I would like to thank you for posting this blog, this is very helpful and by the way I like you're style on responding to the people reading you're blog. I hope I can learn more from you.

    Another thing, can you give me the download link for the tools that can trap my cursor in the window?

    Thanks and regards,
    se7en

  • 3ICE Says:

    Well that's a familiar sounding name. Hi!

    I don't like mirroring tools because it usually involves paying money to the author. It's far better to just mention a tool exists and have people Google it. And that way we don't mess up with versions either. You always get the latest version from the original source.

    And this way I also avoid getting flack for tools that don't work as advertised or cause more harm than benefit. Because if you pick a bad tool I can say I didn't recommend or even link to it.

    In my opinion there is no definitive tool to go for, as all of them are looking pretty abysmal right now. I wouldn't use any of them.

    –3ICE

  • se7en Says:

    Hi 3ICE,

    Thank you for your advice. I understand you. This blog is very useful but I have a problem applying this on Garena Plus. Can you please advise me.

    Thank you,
    se7en

  • 3ICE Says:

    Hi,

    You aren't the first person to ask about using this command line switch with Garena. Did you try what I suggested to the other two people?
    Namely my responses to #comment-389 and #comment-959.

    –3ICE

  • se7en Says:

    Hi,

    I've got it now! hehe, thanks for your help. but the -window must be put on the game bootstrap parameters of the garena settings. This is not shown on your blog either on the comments below it.

    -se7en

  • 3ICE Says:

    "Executable Settings" = "bootstrap parameters"

  • Zedek Cabe Says:

    nice! thank u very much sir!

  • G3orgig Says:

    Hello, is there any option how to avoid a pause when i switch to Windows in singleplayer? I hoped that window mode will help, but it didn´t :-(

  • 3ICE Says:

    Yeah, preventing auto pause on alt-tab is tricky to figure out. It's definitely possible though:
    Get JNGP (JassNewGenPack)
    Edit one of the config files; war3err.lua
    Change the nopause (no pausing in single player) option to true
    Use Newgen Warcraft from now on.

    –3ICE

  • G3orgig Says:

    Thank you for quick and precise answer :)

  • markjay Says:

    bro what software that can open warcraft 3?……. give me the link or the name of software

    Edited by 3ICE: URL removed.

  • 3ICE Says:

    Seriously? An AdventureQuest spammer… Here?

  • cyxzer Says:

    i copied a file of warcraft and paste it on my laptop but when i load garena it doesn't show the maps other players created.

  • Daniel "3ICE" Berezvai Says:

    In what way is that question related to my blog post about Windowed mode?

  • mierbs Says:

    where i can find "C:\\Program Files(x86)\WarCraftIII\WarCraft III.exe niether in C or D what can i do

    it says It cant find War3.exe what i can do

    Edited by 3ICE: Merged two comments with horrible spelling. Did not touch any mistake other than the remedying of this once-double post.

  • Daniel "3ICE" Berezvai Says:

    Computers are not forgiving humans, they need you to be accurate, exact, precise, punctual, and specify what you want perfectly.

    You are missing several spaces from that path; there should be one between Warcraft and III, and another one between Files and (x86).

    You escaped every backslash (\\), which you should only do in a select few places, for example your registry database. Shortcuts use single slashes (\).

    Also, what do you mean by "find"? If you are using search — that's not what you should be doing, but — it is a far better idea to search for "Warcraft III" instead of a long string that is guaranteed to not give you results.

    Just edit an already existing shortcut. Much easier.

  • Thq Says:

    Simply great!, Thanks alot!

  • Pramod Says:

    i want to open windowed mode in garena. i changed the executable path to my shortcut on desktop "C:\Users\Pramod\Desktop\war3.exe" i have also applied these settings but when i start game it shows "executable path has not been configured" what to do now

  • Daniel "3ICE" Berezvai Says:

    There is no way you installed Warcraft 3 onto your desktop! Seriously?
    I recommend you uninstall at once and reinstall into Program Files or at least put it inside some folder on your Desktop, like: Desktop/Games/Warcraft3

  • Kirvine Says:

    Looking for a tool to keep my mouse inside the window. Not finding one.
    Mouse trap you mentiioned but that was years ago.

    Any ideas?

  • Daniel "3ICE" Berezvai Says:

    Nothing changed since then.
    But if it doesn't work for you, grab one of the many dota utilities. Find one that comes with built-in "Mouse Trapper" feature. (Most of them do.)

  • Darihati Says:

    You crazy man , I like it ,,, lol

  • Daniel "3ICE" Berezvai Says:

    72!

  • Majbo Says:

    Hey,

    This works great, though is there a way to contain mouse in the window?

    Thanks!

    Sorry for double post, i found it in the commments

    Edited by 3ICE: Merged doublepost.

  • niyorah Says:

    hi, i cant get Frozen Throne to be in window mode when using Gameranger.

    i have "Warcraft III\Frozen Throne.exe" -windowed ( just in case your not mistaken i have the full info into it c:\ with it aswell).

    it does open in windows when i start it from the folder / or desktop.

    if you know how to fix it, i would appricate it ;)

    Edited by 3ICE: "Gameranger" is not a website. Feel free to simply leave that field empty.

  • Daniel "3ICE" Berezvai Says:

    You cannot configure Gameranger to launch games with additional command line arguments, unfortunately. And no, Gameranger doesn't care about your shortcuts. It finds games by going straight to their respective directory in Program Files and runs the game's main executable from there.

    I downloaded the software, registered for it, and am in the process of trying to find a hackish solution for it now.

    Edited by 3ICE: No dice, it didn't manage to run the legal game at all. Write to their support staff if you can. Most other game launchers have a textbox for entering optional command line arguments in their configuration.

  • ILuvSlayersBoxer Says:

    I'm new here, I'm not very familiar with computer programs and Iv'e got a problem with the window mode. I can't really scroll, can't hold my mouse withing the game screen. Could you tell me where can I download the mouse trap and how to use it properely?

  • Daniel "3ICE" Berezvai Says:

    Greetings,

    Why not go full screen then? Sounds like a much simpler way to do things, especially for a newcomer. Windowed mode is only for people who feel the need to run multiple games at once, are game developers themselves, or something equally rare. Not for the average user.

    I myself never needed to use mouse traps with my windowed mode, as all I ever use it for is testing and then keyboard or middle mouse button scrolling was more than enough. I don't feel comfortable recommending any applications to you that I have not tested thoroughly.

    Just find any Dota* or Wc3 tool that has a mouse trapping feature, download it, install it, and check the readme if you can't get it to work intuitively.

    *Dota became synonymous with Warcraft 3 recently. An unfortunate misunderstanding in my opinion, but one you can take advantage of here and now.

    –3ICE

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