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Mac OS X: finder window keeps opening by itself and stealing focus

I have a Macbook with Mac OS X 10.4.11 here, with an annoying problem. After starting the computer and logging in, the finder keeps stealing focus. You can go back to your working app, but a minute ...
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How do i keep a newly started program from taking focus?

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 ...
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how to prevent new windows from stealing focus in gnome

I'm running Ubuntu 9.04 and I have the window manager configured for "focus follows mouse" but new application windows will steal the focus. Seems like there are many threads out there complaining ...
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How to get back to an active minibuffer prompt in emacs without the mouse

In emacs, sometimes I will be in the middle of finding a file or switching buffers or doing something in the minibuffer, and I will click somewhere else for some reason. When I go back, the only way ...
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Focus issues in OS X Spaces

Spaces rarely returns focus to my last used window. Haven't been able to peg universally reproducible steps, but spend any time switching among spaces and windows and you'll come across this. It ...
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How to update Preview.app from the command line without losing focus on Mac OS X?

I want to update Preview.app in the background from the command line without losing focus of my current window. I know that I can use the following to open/update the view of a file, but then I lose ...
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Stop websites from forcing cursor to their search box? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I keep Google from stealing my cursor? (Firefox) It really annoys me when sites like msn.com try to force your cursor to their search box. I have msn.com as my home ...
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Google Chrome mouse wheel takes keyboard focus

I recently switched the default browser on all my machines from Firefox to Google Chrome. In general I’m loving Chrome but there is one behaviour that is driving me nuts. Scrolling with the mouse ...
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Is there a way to keep applications in Mac OS X from stealing focus?

I realize I asked this question in the context of switching spaces and that it has been asked about for Windows, and I've seen some discussion of it elsewhere, but I realize I want to stop ...
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Strange focus bug in Firefox (chrome vs content)

Here is a strange bug I'm experiencing in Firefox: I can only use either the chrome, or the content, not both at the same time! For example, I can click on tabs and the toolbar icons, focus the ...
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Windows 7 new apps windows with no focus

I've only installed my Windows 7 Ultimate last night. Got a problem with new windows focus. Problem only applies to windows opened through keyboard shortcuts. I've got MS Natural Ergonomic Keyboard ...
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Stop windows from activating themselves

I play poker online. When a decision is required, the relevant window activates and brings itself in front of all other windows, so that I can act in time. However, I can pay attention to all opened ...
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Google Chrome: switch focus to newly opened tabs?

Now that bookmark sync has made it up into the beta channel, I'm trying out Chrome a little more seriously. I'd like to know whether, whenever I middle-click on a link/bookmark to open it in a new ...
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Is there a way in Mac OS X to stop applications from stealing focus, especially between spaces?

I have certain applications set to open in certain spaces, but would like them to open in the background and not switch the space just so I can watch them open.
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Google Chrome app file opened is not always in front, receiving focus

On Windows Vista, I'm launching files associated with a Google Chrome "Application Shortcut" app by double-clicking them. While they will always open this way, they will sometimes not receive focus -- ...
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Turn off Window Change on Hover in Mac OS X

Was mucking around with OmniDazzle, and appropriately pressed every keyboard shortcut to see all the effects. Unfortunately now, when I hover over 'another' window - it comes into focus without me ...
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Windows XP shortcut key to focus a particular window

Say I've got several apps open and I want to keyboard shortcut to focus, or bring to the front, a particular window. Of course I know about alt+tab to cycle through windows, but it would be great to ...
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How can I find out which application is stealing focus in Vista?

This question is little different from preventing an application from stealing focus, rather how can I find out what the heck is stealing focus? It goes like this. I'll be typing something in ...
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Why does Windows Calculator always start minimised?

I often start Calculator by pressing the little Calculator button on my MS keyboard - but for some stupid reason it always starts minimized - meaning I have to restore it first before I can use it. ...
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Keep Fullscreen Flash/Silverlight Video opened on Monitor 2

Like many of you, I'm working with two monitors. I'm trying to watch an episode on Channel9's vid-cast, but every time I click back onto my other monitor, the video exits fullscreen-mode, and goes ...
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Preventing applications from stealing focus

Are there any solutions to prevent applications stealing focus from the active window? This is especially annoying when I'm starting an application, switch to do something else and the new ...
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Windows Explorer focus issue: pressing down arrow brings WE to focus

One of my Windows machines recently started experiencing the following behaviour: When a windows explorer window is open (it can be the only window open on the desktop) but not focused, pressing ...