Running Warcraft 3 in Widescreen

By Fredrik Olsson 05-10-16 17:30

Warcraft 3 on a Widescreen monitor
If you own a Widescreen monitor, you are probably familiar with the black bars to the sides of the game field - not a pleasing sight. The good news is that you can do something about them, unfortunately Warcraft 3 don't support widescreen FOV's, but you can play War3 in Widescreen resolutions, read on...

Warcraft 3 custom resolutions
Custom resolutions in Warcraft 3 can be very useful if you have a Widescreen monitor or a TFT monitor whos native resolution isn't supported.

The native resolution on a TFT means the amount of pixels it has in the X- and Y-directions. CRT monitors aren't built up by a fixed amount of pixels and don't suffer from blurring when not running the resolution the monitor was manufactured for, like TFT monitors do.

How to run Warcraft 3 in Widescreen mode

Warcraft 3 can be run in widescreen resolutions, but there is no setting for it in the game itself.

Here is a guide to setup War3 in Widescreen for Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP:

1) Make sure the resolution you want to run is supported by your graphics drivers.
If you can select a resolution in your Operating System, then it is supported. If the resolution doesn't exist, read our guide on how to configure custom resolutions in windows.

2) Backup your registry, in case something goes wrong.
START > Run > regedit > file > export

3) Change Warcraft 3's resolution manually.
START > run > regedit

While in the Windows Registry Editor (regedit), locate:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Blizzard Entertainment > Warcraft III > Video

4) Make below change in decimal format:
(Right click > Change > select "decimal" > fill in new value)
resheight = 1600
reswidth = 900

Replace width & height with whatever resolution you wanna play in, examples:
Common TV screen resolutions
1280x720 16:9 Widescreen
1365x768 16:9 Widescreen
1920x1080 16:9 Widescreen
19" monitors:
1600x900 16:9 Widescreen
1680x1050 16:10 Widescreen
20"-24" monitors:
1920x1200 16:10 Widescreen
1920x1080 16:9 Widescreen
30" monitors
2560x1600 16:10 Widescreen
4:3 monitors:
1600x1200 4:3
Smaller resolutions for better framerate
852x480 16:9 Widescreen
1440x900 16:10 Widescreen
320x240 4:3 Aspect ratio

For more resolutions, check out our extensive list of 4:3 and Widescreen resolutions.

If you know how to do this in Linux or in Mac OS, please post how to do it in our forums and we will update this tutorial, thanks!

Warcraft 3 Widescreen screenshots
Here you can compare how Warcraft 3 looks in widescreen mode (16:9 in this case) versus standard 4:3 resolutions. You can see how the widescreen view is stretched, since War 3 doesn't support changing the aspect ratio:

The aspect ratio
Unfortunately there is no way of changing the view's aspect ratio in Warcraft 3, it is locked to 4:3 no matter what resolution you run in. Widescreen resolutions can still be a good idea if you don't mind the stretched image, or if you have a Widescreen TFT monitor and want to play War 3 in it's native resolution.
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