hotkeys wont work

I’m using windows 10, audacity version 2.1.2, and obtained it with the .exe installer. I don’t know if it’s supposed to be this way, but when i have a game open and audacity in the background, when i press the hotkeys nothing happens, but when i have audacity maximized as the biggest window, the buttons do work. I can’t figure out how to start a recording in-game, and need help.

Audacity does not have global shortcuts that operate even when other applications have focus. I have added your “vote” for this feature.