The Sims 2 Windowed Mode Instructions

Change the shortcut's properties to disable full-screen mode

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The Sims 2 and its expansion packs normally run in full-screen mode. What this means is that when you play the game, the screen fills the entire display, hiding your desktop and other windows.

However, if you'd rather not play The Sims 2 in full-screen mode, there is a way to make the game appear within a window rather than over the whole screen.

This "windowed mode" option leaves your desktop and other windows visible and easier to access, and also keeps your Windows taskbar just a click away where you can switch to other programs or games, see the clock, etc.

Sims 2 Windowed Mode Tutorial

  1. Locate the shortcut you use to start The Sims 2. It's most likely on your desktop where it appears by default when the game is first installed.

  2. Right-click or tap-and-hold the shortcut, and then pick Properties from the menu.

  3. In the "Shortcut" tab, next to the "Target:" field, go to the very end of the command and put a space followed by -window (or -w).

  4. Click or tap the OK button to save and exit.

Open The Sims 2 to test out the new windowed mode shortcut. If The Sims 2 opens in full-screen again, return to Step 3 and make sure there's a space after the normal text, before the dash, but that there isn't a space between the dash and the word "window."

This also works with lots of other games that run in full-screen mode. To check if a specific game supports a windowed mode, just follow the steps above to see if it works.

Switching Back to Full-Screen Mode

If you decide you want to return to playing The Sims 2 in full-screen mode, repeat the same steps as described above but delete "-window" from the command to undo windowed mode.