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Fix for Display Flicker and Tearing on AoE2 DE When Alt-tabing

Your display screen severely flickers and or gets visual tearing (grey lines/dots) due to alt+tab out of Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition as depicted below:

Screen tearing and flicker AoE2 DE
Screen tearing and flicker on AoE2 DE

The issue occurs regardless if the game is in full screen, windowed, or borderless windowed mode and this issue does not appear on other games.

What causes the issue flickering and tearing on AoE2 DE?

The game is using your display graphics card not the dedicated graphics card. Or the power plan is set to “Power Saving” for AoE2 DE.


We will assign the game to employ your dedicated graphics card (High Performance Mode).

1. Click the search bar of windows and type: Graphics settings Then open it.

Search graphics settings
Search windows for Graphics settings

2. Click Browse button and locate “AoE2DE_s.exe”, the default location is “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\AoE2DE\AoE2DE_s.exe

locate "AoE2DE_s.exe"
locate “AoE2DE_s.exe” on your computer

3. Now Choose the 3rd option with “High Performance”

High Performance and dedicated graphics card
High Performance and dedicated graphics card

Now Start your game and all the flickering and tearing should not happen when you alt-tab.


I am GregStein, an experienced Age of Empires 2 player and part-time developer. With over 7 years of experience in multiplayer gaming, blogging and technical issues.

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