Age of Mythology – Widescreen Resolution

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In order to play the epic game Age of Mythology, or its expansion in widescreen, just add xres=1680 yres=1050 to the shortcut.
"C:\Games\Age of Mythology\aom.exe" xres=1680 yres=1050

Replace 1680 and 1050 with your own resolution.

UPDATE: From comments below..

Find the icon on your desktop you use to load AOM
Right click and choose properties
In the Target field add: xres=1920 yres=1200

Should be something like this:


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UPDATE: This still works on Windows Vista, Windows 7 & Windows 8

114 thoughts on “Age of Mythology – Widescreen Resolution

  1. Dikzak

    i have 1920×1200 screen, but it runs the game at 800×600 or so when i play it, do you have to put a space between .exe and yres??

  2. stalks Post author

    Find the icon on your desktop you use to load AOM
    Right click and choose properties
    In the Target field add -xres=1920 -yres=1200

    Should be something like this:


  3. stalks Post author

    Only the menus are slightly non-square, the game itself just gives a larger map view, it doesn’t stretch.

    To be honest I have played the entire game quite happily and didn’t even think about it.

  4. rafalbertgn

    thank you so much!!!!!!!!!
    i thought i could never play it in my monitor but it worked perfect.
    i can play it again!!!!!!!!!!
    thanks again.

  5. Zealix

    please help me with this, when i ad this to the target of the shortcut it simply wont do it because he cant find the file

  6. Anonymous

    The triggers editor will not work if you do that if you enter the screen resolution that is not on the list >_<

  7. Tuahaa Soomro

    Works great! AoM won’t let me sent my max resolution as I have Intel 965 chipset but I used this and it works!

  8. Anonymous


  9. Wlado

    Hey, thanks, man, I just got a new monitor. And I wasn’t really wondered by the oldie not having that many resolutions available but was still disappointed. 🙁

    But I knew there was some trick to it. 🙂
    Thanks again!

  10. Alex

    Bought this old school game for my new laptop with widows 7 os, right click the game shortcut, properties, copy and paste your stated screen res on the end, top notch hack mate! Well chuffed!

  11. stalks Post author

    Hmm, no patches have been released to change this functionality and I beleive the number of comments above should convince you that it does indeed work.

  12. meee

    So I get the message “the system cannot find the path specified”. I am running vista, and found that the game installed in program files (x86) and Microsoft games. so I am not sure how to create that path. help please?

  13. moondoggie

    u have to watch out for the “” put the line behind them so it will look like
    “C:Userszane dreadweepDesktopaomaomx.exe” -xres=1920 -yres=1200
    and not like “C:Userszane dreadweepDesktopaomaomx.exe -xres=1920 -yres=1200”
    than it will say file not found

  14. JL

    It doesn’t work for me, I’ve a Windows Xp virtual machine on VirtualBox and that set up doesn’t work:

    -xres=1920 -yres=952
    xres=1920 yres=952


  15. admin15

    how about the window mode of the game
    what attributes will i put?
    like “C:Userszane dreadweepDesktopaomaomx.exe” -w

  16. pfff

    hello friend, i tried 10 times maybe,its still 1650 x 1050 i tried everything on “target” space. pff i dont know why, i erased spaces,and used with backspace 1920 and without it.why 🙁 my screen is 23 ” 1920 x 1080

  17. paulz!!111

    You edited the PATH field rather than the target the first time.

    Thanks for the hint, I always google this after a reinstall.

    Good to see people are still playing age of mythology! Anyway still play it online? I thought they shut the servers down. I use a VPN with my friends.

  18. mike

    hey man neat trick… workd perfectly thnx bro
    but still cant get to play d damn movie. it just shows black screen and den moves to the main menu.
    mch appreciatd

  19. Roel

    Fuck this doesn’t work for me. Im on a 1366 x 768 resolution Acer Windows 7 Laptop. I’ve downloaded the game from ThePiratebay and it works fine. But this doesn’t work for me. The game however works just fine By the way. I have no patches installed!

  20. yuri

    In Win 7 i changed Compatibility to Win XP SP 3 and in ‘Shortcut’ menu tab changed option Run: Maximized. After that it worked for me.

  21. Rajat

    Thanks Dude!
    Really Appreciate this.

    Between, people who still could not get it working, see in advanced options of the shortcut properties, and run it as administrator

    I had a prob myself in the start

  22. Moses

    Yah, it works. And for everyone wondering, it works with windows 7, 8, vista. Yes, it works with 8. And it looks great. Thx man. :DD

  23. d3Xt3r

    Works fine for me in Windows 8 – but then again, I don’t use explorer.exe – I use Blackbox – bb4win to be specific. Windows 8’s Metro UI sucks – just replace it with bb4win and your system will not only be faster, you’ll have better compatibility with most games/programs. Plus it’s more keyboard/mouse friendly.

    I use the build that’s called “bb4win_mod-lin-Sim”

  24. johny

    jakto ze mi to nefacha na w7 mam notes zmenil jsem ten cil ale stejne mam nejvetsi rozliseni jen 1024×768 ve hre a obrazovku mam 1366×768 diky za radu!:)

  25. Deep Kumar

    At first i had put same resolution U showed while explaining so it didn’t work,
    & then i read “Replace 1680 and 1050 with your own resolution.”
    As i added my Laptop’s screen resolution to the target file,& the Game opened in wide screen.
    Thank U so much Man… 🙂

  26. oleg

    it just wide! all characters are wide (fat)… and i am not replacing the lines i just add them because i dont have anything to replace
    there are no numbers

    1. stalks Post author

      Ah, well spotted! I don’t have the game installed to test, but I can see that the post is ambiguous with both with and without the minuses (-). I’ve adjusted the OP.

  27. Chris

    Thanks it worked !! Have laptop of 1366×768 so had to match this resolution then only it worked. Thank u so much for posting this tip.

  28. ShadowReturns

    Well the extended version comes out on 8th may, so i dug up AoM to brush up on my skills 🙂 , hopefully it would have more graphic settings and res options.

  29. Raphael

    Thanks so much! It had been bugging me for months so I decided I needed to look up how to change it and this works a treat!

  30. Jayden

    Omg when I right click on the icon then go into properties there is no option saying target that you can change. I am on windows 8

    1. stalks Post author

      Are you right-clicking a desktop shortcut or a Start Menu shortcut? If its a Start Menu shortcut, right lcick it and choose “Open File Location” first to find the real shortcut.

        1. Jayden

          nah i have idea all the files for the game are in a folder on my destop there is no option for open file location.

  31. Snikkel

    Im having the same issue as Jayden, no target to be edited, only the file name. Is this because it isn’t a shortcut?

  32. Anonymous

    Didn’t work for me, it still says initialization failed, I’ve tried everything but nothing works. I’ve played aom on this computer for 3 years but all of a sudden it stopped working.

  33. gamer and techie

    I used to have the torrent download one, now out of nostalgia, bought a dvd and using your trick… works well!!


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