How can I specify the resolution of a program to 800*600, and for other programs to full screen or other specific resolutions?


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You could try a way i was searching for when i wanted to use different programs an the same time or even the same program in multiple windows:

Lets assume you have World of Warcraft installed in /media/fun/wow Lets also assume you have Left 4 Dead 2 installed in /media/fun/l4d2 Lets last assume you installed yesterday Ventrillo and it went to .wine in your home folder.

Do the following if you want to have them all open at the same time


  1. export WINEPREFIX='/media/fun/wow'
  2. wine --prefix '/media/fun/wow'
  3. wine explorer /desktop=WOW,1024x768 "/media/fun/wow/Wow.exe" -opengl -console


  1. export WINEPREFIX='/media/fun/l4d2'
  2. wine --prefix '/media/fun/l4d2'
  3. wine explorer /desktop=L4D2,1024x768 "/media/fun/l4d2/left4dead2.exe"


  1. Just run it from the wine menu. Applications>Wine>Programs...

You will have all 3 open and visibly active. Here is the trick:

You EXPORT the wine configuration to the games folders using the export WINEPREFIX You them run the wine --prefix so it makes the new wine configuration in that directory. Then run the game in its own wine configuration.

The wine explorer options used above are (In the case of WOW):

wine explorer - Opens the explorer

/desktop=X,Y - It creates a virtual desktop where X is the name of the desktop and Y is the resolution. For example WOW,1024x768

" " - After the variables for /desktop the stuff inside the double quotes is the executable. You do not need to have it inside quotes but just in case you have spaces you will need them.

-opengl -console - This are only parameters that WOW uses. You can put the parameters for a game after all has been typed as you can see in the above example for wow.

This took me almost a whole year to find and use since sometimes users wanted 2 or 3 opened programs at the same time. And since i teach free software i had to really dig into this.

After doing the above you can just create a LAUNCHER in the desktop pointing at the executable with the wine explorer /desktop line.

Other tips and tricks are:

Using Regedit

Just type regedit in the terminal. It will open the wine regedit version for you to edit anything related to the registry.

Unistall App

Just type wine uninstaller in the terminal. It will open an app similar to the Add & Remove of Windows.

Hope it helps anybody.


 For more information see How to install and configure Wine?


You can run a program in desktop mode (this is a mode where Wine draws a desktop in a window and loads the application within that). This allows you to set a fixed resolution so that if a Windows application is fullscreen-only, you can limit its size.

wine explorer /desktop=MyApp,800x600 "C:\Program Files\Your App\app.exe"

I assumed you meant 800*600 instead of 600*800 but that's easy enough for you to swap around.


"Wine bottles" allows to set different default settings (resolution, sound options, libraries...) for different applications.


  • It's too hard for me. I need only set different resolution, thats all
    – Sk8er
    Dec 9, 2010 at 10:33
  • If the application itselves doesn't allow to change resolution or to switch to "windowed", there's no other option... Dec 9, 2010 at 10:34
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    I really wished developers would come-up with more obscure names for these projects so that my search results aren't cluttered with booze when looking for answers. Referring to WINE here, not so much wibom. On another note, I see the wibom devs are also Heroes of Might and Magic fans, which is the reason I'm here right now (I want to super-sample the display to fit a 1920x1080 screen)
    – Coder Guy
    Dec 24, 2020 at 9:46

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