Full-Screen Tutorial for PWO (Easy - 2 Minutes) *New version works for everybody*

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Update Aug 2022: Easier option now exists: https://forum.pokemon-world-online....ss-scaling-on-steam-windows-10-11-only.39209/ Windows 10/11 only.

The Demo version of "Lossless Scaling" lasts forever and does everything IntegerScaler (old method) does, but easier to set up, allows passive multi-monitor use for watching videos etc.

The Paid version ($5) allows Resizable Windowed-Mode support, and perfect Multi-Monitor support. Way less pixelly than Demo or Integerscaler (uses machine learning for upscaling).


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Old method below for Windows 7 users or people with just 1 screen:
Note: If you just have 1 screen
, and don't want the paid version of 'Lossless Scaling' above, IntegerScaler (old method) does the exact same thing, and has a few benefits:
-Portable (doesn't need to be installed) and lightweight.
-Doesn't need Steam or any other dependencies. Steam can be annoying.
-Supports MT4K, who is a great guy, skilled programmer, and member of these forums!
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IntegerScaler Method (Old method / Windows 7):

You don't need to exit your current PWO game to fullscreen it!!! Interruption-free mod below!


After the below is set up, all you have to do is run IntegerScaler and press Alt-F11 to toggle full-screen on and off in PWO.

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1. Download and extract latest version of IntegerScaler (get the .Zip archive): https://tanalin.com/en/projects/integer-scaler/ Program is freeware and portable (no installation needed).
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On the next screen press Extract. Make sure "Show extracted files" is checked.
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2. Right-click IntegerScaler_64bit.exe, pick "Send to", then pick "Desktop (create shortcut)".

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3. Right-click your new IntegerScaler shortcut and select "Properties".
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4. At the end of the 'Target' line, add "-f -cc". (The -f puts it in automatic fractional scaling mode, and the -cc ensures your mouse cursor stays in bounds).
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5. Click Apply and OK.


6. Run IntegerScaler using your shortcut. Open PWO and click on the PWO window to focus it.


7. Press Alt+F11 to toggle full screen.



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a) If you get black borders instead of Full Screen, you likely messed up Step 4. Ensure the "-f -cc" is correct as above, then close IntegerScaler and reopen with the fixed shortcut.
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b) If still not working, double-check your shortcut
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-Check file extension in target line: make sure it says ".exe", not .7z or .zip or other.
-If filename (IntegerScaler_64bit) or extension (.exe) is wrong delete your shortcut and start over (you made a mistake).
-If there's no file extension, you made a shortcut to the folder, not the file (delete and remake shortcut)
-If it says .7z, redownload and get the .zip version, and make sure to extract it (you probably don't have software to open .7z files)
-if it says .zip you forgot to extract the zip file (delete and remake shortcut).
-After making any changes to the shortcut, or making a new shortcut, close IntegerScaler and reopen (since it will still be running in the background).

c) Error: "The Aero mode is disabled and the attempt to enable it was unsuccessful". Aero mode MUST be enabled. Aero is a cosmetic feature of Windows that makes program windows translucent. Enabling it is easy: just google "How to enable Aero Windows 10" or whatever version of Windows you have.

d) Any other issues, see the FAQ on the IntegerScaler website, post here or contact me. The program author MT4k also reads this forum thread so he may answer.

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Works perfectly. So easy. Tested on Windows 10 and Windows 7.

Note: if you have multiple screens, it still works great on monitor 1, but it messes up your display on your other screens, unfortunately. Saving grace for this is it's easy to instantly toggle between fullscreen and windowed, and your 2nd screen returns back to normal with 0 delay. It does not reposition your icons or any other adverse effects.

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The 1920x1080 issue also is a thing with Win10, you'll get a black Schengen border "fullscreen" too
 

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The 1920x1080 issue also is a thing with Win10, you'll get a black Schengen border "fullscreen" too
This has been resolved with the new version of IntegerScaler - no issues with 1920x1080 anymore.
 
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I also suggested panning/scrolling to the author.

At that point you might as well use the built-in Windows magnifier - although that magnifies the entire desktop rather than the individual application.
 

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At that point you might as well use the built-in Windows magnifier - although that magnifies the entire desktop rather than the individual application.
Not really, the Windows Magnifier could be decent if it was more customizable, but it's a barely usable PITA. With scrollbars on 1920x1080, you could just hide a bit of the top and bottom's most useless 120px in PWO, lock it in place, and not even notice anything missing.
 

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The IntegerScaler program has been updated to allow fractional magnification ratios. So now everybody will be able to play PWO in full screen. And it's still in active development.

I suggested improving the multi-screen support to the author and he says it's on his radar, maybe for version 3.0.
 
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IntegerScaler has been updated to version 2.17, adding the "-f" option, so now you don't need any math to set it up :)
 

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Greetings from the IntegerScaler author. An alternative, shorter version of the tutorial:
  1. Run IntegerScaler.
  2. Run the game in windowed mode.
  3. Press Alt+F11 (F11 while holding down Alt) when game window is active/focused.
Optionally use command-line options:
  • -cc to limit cursor-movement area to the game-rendering area;
  • -f to enable non-integer (fractional) scaling if you prefer fuller screen-space usage over image quality (not recommended).
Command line can be specified in the “Target” field on the “Shortcut” tab in properties of the shortcut (*.lnk) to the executable file (*.exe) of IntegerScaler. For example, with both options specified, the IntegerScaler’s command line would look like this:
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C:\IntegerScaler\IntegerScaler_64bit.exe -cc -f
 

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MT4k

Yes, welcome and thanks. I was certainly surprised and impressed that you came all the way over to our community to share information.
 

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Yeah, registering here was a sort of journey:
  • no obvious way to register, only to log in or to recover an [existing] account;
  • two-letter nicknames are disallowed, 4 letters are the minimum;
  • uppercase K (like in my Reddit nick) resulted in an error like “too many uppercase letters”;
  • underscore is disallowed in passwords, and a special character is required that makes it impossible to easily select the entire password by double click and forces to select manually as an arbitrary-bound text fragment when copying from a text editor.
But nothing critical. :)
 

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I can explain a little bit:
no obvious way to register, only to log in or to recover an [existing] account;
When you download and install PWO, there is a "Register" button on the login screen, which takes you directly to the online registration form. This way people can download the game first and have it ready to play as soon as they make their account (PWO is a client-based game). This being said, the Register link IS on the Playerdex front page, if you scroll down; as well as on the top-right of each page on wider screens. I believe it also appears on the Forum front page when not logged in.

two-letter nicknames are disallowed, 4 letters are the minimum;
Yes, PWO enforces a four-character minimum on usernames to prevent conflicts between the various PWO services. While the game theoretically supports usernames of any length, we have had issues in the past with certain Forum software not properly supporting shorter names. I myself used to have a two character nickname myself, "JJ"; changing to "Jinji" was a decision partially forced by these technical limitations. This requirement also applies to searches, as there's more variety in a four-or-more character string than in 3 or less; meaning a search is more likely to give a handful of results rather than thousands - which is both handier for the user and less taxing on the server overall.

uppercase K (like in my Reddit nick) resulted in an error like “too many uppercase letters”;
Huh... that's a new one on me.

underscore is disallowed in passwords, and a special character is required that makes it impossible to easily select the entire password by double click and forces to select manually as an arbitrary-bound text fragment when copying from a text editor.
Heh, yeah. Our password requirements are pretty stringent, in order to provide the best security for our players. I can understand why that would be annoying though. I personally use an offline password vault for storing and generating new passwords, which provides one-click buttons for copying and pasting entire strings; but I have also used Notepad to quickly jot down passwords in the past, and am very familiar with the frustration ^^
 

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Thanks, things are more clear now that I know that the same account is apparently shared between the forum and the game itself. Still, the forum page does not have an easily discoverable “Register” link, and only has the “Log in” one, and the “Log in” form only tells about an ability to recover an existing account, and this might be confusing for those like me who didn’t play the game, but needed to register specifically at the forum. The current action chain is:
  1. How to register at the forum? No straightforward way.
  2. Let’s see whether the log-in page provides a way. No, log-in only.
  3. But the log-in page says account can be recovered with something called Playerdex. How could I recover if I did not register yet? What is Playerdex in the first place?
  4. Ok, let’s look at the recover page. Yes! — “Register here” link at the bottom-right. :)
 

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Next to the 'log in' button on the forum, there's a button named 'Join Pokémon World Online' which directs you straight to the register page on the Playerdex.
 

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The next (to the right) button is “Search” for me.

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Also, as I said, it’s not obvious for someone who wants to register at the forum, that account is the same for both the game and the forum, so “Join Pokémon World Online” looks irrelevant at first glance in terms of registering specifically at the forum.
 

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Your feedback has given me a few thoughts; and I hope the other Staff don't mind me taking the initiative without any discussion, but I've added to the Forum a "Register" link which appears at the top of the Forum Index only to visitors who are not logged in. Mousing over this link will show a bubble explaining that PWO uses the same account details for all the services. I hope this helps alleviate confusion for people like you in the future ^^
 

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Nice. For more clarity, it would probably make sense to add “and forums” to the end of “Register to Pokémon World Online”, to make it clear that it’s for both PWO and forums, with no need to rely on the tooltip.

Also, this link is invisible when accessing an individual forum or a post. A short “Register” link between the “Log in” and the “Search” links at the top would probably be useful. The (unclearly related to the forums) “Join Pokémon World Online” link in the left part of the menu would get unneeded then.

Up to you anyway of course.
 
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