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When using Visual Studio 2012 with multiple code windows on each monitor, I would like to be to have only one active code window.

If I am browsing a stack overflow answer in my browser and I give visual studio the focus. All visual studio windows become active and my browser window will be hidden. I would like only the selected window to become active.

This is how visual studio 2010 worked and they changed it. Is there an option or plug-in which will grant the desired functionality ?

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I'm pretty sure this is one of the side-effects of the new window layout engine. Don't know if there's a workaround. – Oliver Salzburg Feb 19 '13 at 20:04
I hope there is I keep looking for one. – Griffin Feb 20 '13 at 1:44

Does this fix the problem? Works for me with VS2013 and VS2015...

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Is this reproduceable with one monitor only? I tried to reproduce it, but didn't get the bahaviour you decribed:


  • VS Main Window open with some files
  • Second VS window with some other files
  • all Windows not maximised


  1. Second VS Window active, covers part of browser -> Tab to Browser -> One Tab back -> Second VS Window active, covers part of browser; VS Main stays back
  2. Main VS Window active, covers part of browser -> Tab to Browser -> One Tab back -> MainVS Window active, covers part of browser; VS Second stays back

Tabbing seems to work as expected here. Perhaps this issue only applies, when you use maximised windows? Could that be a workaround?

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You did this with vs 2012 ? – Robotsushi Mar 9 '13 at 22:11
Yes, 11.0.60223.01 Update 2 CTP - to be exact ;) – Chake Mar 9 '13 at 22:17

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