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Say i'm coding in emacs and want to start up a music program. Because it takes too long to start up i go back to coding and type away.

When the music application starts up, the focus is stolen (gasp! stolen!) away from emacs and goes to the music application, often mid-thought.

Is there any way to keep this from happening and have the newly started application not have focus until i see that it's up and ready to be used?

Besides getting rid of my ADD of course. Or getting an impossibly fast computer that can keep up with my mind.

i'm using a Windows XP system, but i will soon have a Windows 7 system, and i have Linux at home.

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i understand why things behave this way, i just want to tweak that a little. –  Jugglingnutcase May 25 '10 at 20:05
    
Is there a way to address this issue on the Mac? –  user104268 Nov 5 '11 at 18:15
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Create a shortcut to the music application, open its (the shortcut's) properties, and select Run Minimized in the dropdown. Save this shortcut on your desktop and use it when you want to start your app without losing focus. You probably won't know when it has fully launched without opening its window, but you can do that at a time of your choosing.

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Darn, beat me to it! LOL –  BearGriz72 May 25 '10 at 20:33
    
Wow, that was easy. Thanks! –  Jugglingnutcase May 26 '10 at 13:18
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Maybe you can try Devil's pie to perform various actions on windows.

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