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My problem is that I spend most of my working day going between several windows, copying information from one window to another, reading data sheets, writing emails and generally massaging data from one place to another.

In order to work slightly more efficiently I have enabled activation of the window that is under the mouse from the "Ease of Access Center" under the Control Panel, but now I find that when opening a new window such as an email or new Explorer window then that window is often immediately pushed behind the window that the mouse is hovering over and I have to go to the taskbar to get it back to the front.

This is kind of annoying as the reason the I opened the window is because I actually want to do something with it and I am kind-of liking the activation of the window under the mouse as it makes a couple of operations easier so I would rather not disable it.

Previously I have seen some computers that use custom mouse software (mainly Logitech software on Windows XP) that would immediately move the mouse to the newly opened window which would neatly sidestep this issue. As I have a Logitech Trackball I tried installing the Logitech software and found the "Smart Move" option that claims it should do what I'm asking, but appears to only work with 1 single solitary application that I use, everything else has normal behaviour and the new windows continue to get pushed to the back. Maybe this feature broke with Vista...

I've tried Googling for something to do this, and can only find the activate-window-under-mouse feature, not the jump to new window. I've also seen Software to move mouse to centre of newly focused window on Superuser, but I'm not fond of the idea of having Autohotkey running or having to alt-tab to get it to work.

Has anyone found some software to automatically move the mouse to a new window in Windows Vista?

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The idea is that most people do not like having their mouse moved for them. –  Hello71 Jul 12 '10 at 15:15
I will admit that I've used systems where the mouse jumped into the the newly active window and found it intensely annoying, as well as mentally jarring as it breaks the flow of thought, but in this case it is actually a feature I want... –  Mokubai Jul 12 '10 at 17:35

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It sounds like you want to replace windows with something that will give you full control using either just the jeyboard or mind control. While mind control systems are being worked on at the moment, I'm afraid this just isn't possible at the moment. You might like to tinker with some of the replacement shells for windows to see if one of those has a feature that you're looking for.

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Or writing a DLL Injection Hook... :) –  Tom Wijsman Mar 25 '11 at 23:06

In Windows There is a mouse pointer setting which allows you to move mouse pointer to default button of the screen. How it works is that - when you have a new windows on screen mouse us moved to default button. E.g. The moment an OK/Cancel dialog appears OS resets mouse pointer to OK button. May this help you.

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I have found the "Automatically move mouse pointer to the default button in a dialog box" option, but that is only useful when opening "Yes / No" or "Okay / Cancel" dialog boxes, but I want the mouse to move to the center of any newly opened window. Or am I missing an option somewhere, is that the option you were talking about? Thanks for the answer :) –  Mokubai Jul 20 '10 at 18:19

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