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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

62 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

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