DOOM 3: BFG Edition

DOOM 3: BFG Edition

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Very simple ALT+TAB fix
By C1
Very simple fix / workaround which will allow you to properly ALT+TAB out of Doom 3 BFG, use other apps, then ALT+TAB back to your game.
 
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The problem
Whenever I try to ALT+TAB out of Doom 3 BFG edition, the only thing that happens is my taskbar appears at the bottom of the screen but the game still hogs focus and overlays on top of other windows. This means I cannot use any other apps without exiting Doom 3 BFG or killing it in Task Manager, which is unacceptable!

I've seen others post about this problem so it seems to be fairly widespread.
The solution
I said it was simple, and it is:

Simply press ALT+ENTER before you ALT+TAB. This instantly switches the game from fullscreen mode into windowed, and for some reason this works better with ALT+TAB.
When you're ready to go back to Doom 3 BFG, just press ALT+ENTER again when the game window has focus and it will switch back to fullscreen.

Note: This will bring up your PDA which is bound to the TAB key, which is a minor annoyance. To resolve this you can either bind your PDA to a different key, or press ESCape before you ALT+ENTER. This brings up the main menu, and closing the main menu is much faster than closing the PDA with TAB.

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Disable intro movie (without affecting achievements - no console commands)

If you find the 10-second intro movie of the ID logo etc annoying, then you can disable it very easily by simply navigating to this directory (Windows 7 x64, Steam version):
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\DOOM 3 BFG Edition\base\video
and renaming this file:
loadvideo.bik
to anything else (I suggest loadvideo.bik.old).
...and bam! No more 10 seconds of staring at logos before getting into your game.

Unlike the other intro movie removal fix, this one has no risk of disabling your Steam achievements as it doesn't use any console commands.
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15 Comments
AyleidRuin Jan 7 @ 5:19am 
Thank you, C1:summerghost: It IS an Easy Fix:steamhappy:
recronin Dec 29, 2017 @ 4:17pm 
thanks m8
taytothief Dec 15, 2016 @ 9:01pm 
I can confirm it's still a problem on Win 10. Thanks for the guide :tu1:
Vaelin Jun 11, 2016 @ 11:54am 
thx
BazookaBlitz Feb 5, 2016 @ 5:40am 
very nice find, thank you
THX
westenra Jun 30, 2015 @ 10:19am 
thank you
Wyatt Mann Jul 10, 2014 @ 11:36pm 
good, when i need to whack off i dont have to quit game. thx broskie
Fraser Jul 6, 2014 @ 5:09pm 
wait but alt enter its not alt tab LOL so u dont bing up pda becuse u dont pres tab?
Walledhouse Jul 6, 2014 @ 3:18am 
Thanlks heaps! :Eye_tv: