Adjusting Game Window Sizes

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UPDATE: Since Update 11 you can now resize the game window by click and dragging the edges. No need to do these changes anymore.

 

Content courtesy of tsomania.net

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One of the most common post-installation questions players have is "How do I change the game window size?" or "How do I play full screen?"

By default, the game will run in a window sized at 1024x768. By modifying the FreeSO shortcut, you are able to specify a custom window size, or run the game at full screen.

Getting Started

First, it is a good idea to take note of what resolution your display is currently set at. To do this in Windows 10, right click on your desktop and select Display Settings then click Advanced Display Settings. Look for your resolution. For this example we will say the resolution is 1280x1024.
 

Screen Resolution in Windows Display Settings
Screen Resolution in Windows Display Settings



Running the Game in Full Screen

To run the game in full screen mode, follow these steps:

  1. Find the FreeSO icon on your desktop.
  2. Right click on the FreeSO icon and select Properties.
  3. Look for the box titled Target which contains the path to FreeSO.exe.
  4. Click on the box and place your cursor at the end of the path and outside any quotation marks if they are present.
  5. Leaving one space after the end of the line, type in f 1280x1024 substituting in the screen resolution you took note of earlier on.
  6. Click on the OK button, your game will now run full screen.

 

Full Screen Shortcut Settings
Full Screen Shortcut Settings



Running the Game in Window Mode

To run the game in window mode at a different size than default, follow these steps:

  1. Find the FreeSO icon on your desktop.
  2. Right click on the FreeSO icon and select Properties.
  3. Look for the box titled Target which contains the path to FreeSO.exe.
  4. Click on the box and place your cursor at the end of the path and outside any quotation marks if they are present.
  5. Determine the maximum window size by subtracting at least 100 from both the width and height of your screen resolution to account for the window frame and your task bar. Setting the window size the same as your screen resolution will cause the edges to be cut off. In our example the maximum size would be 1180x924. You can set your window size to be anything below the maximum you have determined.
  6. Leaving one space after the end of the line, type in w 1180x924 substituting in the window size you would like to use.
  7. Click on the OK button, your game will now run in the window size of your choice.

 

Window Mode Settings
Window Mode Shortcut Settings



Restoring the Game Size to Default

To restore the game window to the default size, follow these steps:

  1. Find the FreeSO icon on your desktop.
  2. Right click on the FreeSO icon and select Properties.
  3. Look for the box titled Target which contains the path to FreeSO.exe.
  4. Click on the box and place your cursor at the end of the path and outside any quotation marks if they are present.
  5. Leaving one space after the end of the line, type in w 1024x768.
  6. Click on the OK button, your game will now run in a window at the default size.

 

Default Size Shortcut Settings
Default Size Shortcut Settings

Changing via the Config.ini - JDrocks450

If altering the game size via properties gives you issues, you can try the following steps:

  1. What you first need to do is navigate over to your FreeSO installation directory. This is likely to be "C:\Program Files\Maxis\FreeSO".
  2. Next, open up the folder called "Content" and then open up config.ini with notepad. (If this is not here, launch FreeSO.exe and it will appear).
  3. After that, scroll down until you see "Windowed=True" and change that to: "Windowed=False" - That makes your game full screen.
  4. If your screen bounds are say, 1920 X1080, you would change "GraphicsWidth=1024" to "GraphicsWidth=1920" and change "GraphicsHeight=768" to "GraphicsHeight=1080".
  5. Lastly, click save. If it does not save, this is due to the game being in Program Files. Simply save this to the desktop and then replace the existing "config.ini" with the new one you just saved to the desktop.