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On Windows, is there any way to make the scrollwheel's focus follow the mouse?

On Mac OS X I can mouse over something (without clicking on it or giving it complete focus) and use the scroll wheel to scroll it. On Windows (7 at least) which I'm forced to use in my new job, it ...
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Flash overrides Firefox keyboard shortcuts — how to turn that off?

I often cycle through my Firefox tabs using Ctrl+Tab and Ctrl+Shift+Tab. But whenever it reaches a tab that is running a Flash (or similar) plugin, Ctrl+Tab and Ctrl+Shift+Tab won't work anymore, ...
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Stop taskeng.exe window from popping up

I have several processes scheduled in my Windows 7 environment, mainly for backups, that are supposed to run in the background. However instead of just doing it's work quietly in the background, the ...
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Active window (program) unexpectedly looses focus in Windows 7

Something is shifting (stealing) focus from my active window (active program) in my Windows, as I'm currently using it. I have the same problem as described in this question, with a few exceptions: ...
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Firefox, how to focus on tab content when focus is on search/addressbar?

I'm very key-board savy, as such I like to do most things with the keyboard. I often use Ctrl+l or Ctrl+k to focus on address bar/ search bar. But then sometimes I want to switch back and focus on ...
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How to keep a new Firefox window (created in Linux FF with a mouse command) from stealing input focus?

I'm having trouble with new Linux Firefox windows (not tabs) stealing input focus. Basically: Put your Firefox window somewhere other than where new windows tend to open. In Firefox, press ...
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How do I tell which app stole my focus in OS X?

The active window on my machine occasionally loses focus. The active app remains the same -- if I was in Chrome before, I'm still in Chrome now -- but the active window is no longer active. No window ...
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Can't click application with Powershell

I am trying to automate clicks on a software for which I do not have the source ... So I do not have a choice. When I execute my code, the mouse moves well, but the clicks do not perform on my ...
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How to add a delay for mouse focus in Linux Mint with Cinnamon

I've seen a lot of answer about how to ACTIVATE the mouse focus but I cannot find anywhere a way to add a slight delay. I don't want to have the window getting active as soon as the cursor touches it ...
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Linux Mint loses Window Focus

I recently installed Linux Mint 13 64bit with Cinamon Desktop and run into a weird problem. It's about losing Mouse-Focus if more than one Window are open. For Example, I open up Chromium, play ...
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1answer
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How to detect a background program (in Windows 7) which steals active focus automatically?

A background process/program steals focus from my currently active application. It disturbs me a lot when I type in an app or control an app using keyboard or play online flash games in full-screen. I ...
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1answer
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Execute command when urxvt gains/loses focus

I would like to notify programs running in urxvt whenever they (meaning the urxvt window they are running in) gained or lost focus. Is this possible? If there is a standard solution for this, I'm ...
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Windows scroll without focus

So I have a windows 8 laptop at home, and a windows 7 laptop at work. Both have synaptics touchpads. The problem is that on the work laptop, I can scroll any window regardless of which one is ...
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0answers
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focus to newly opened terminal

I am using gnome-shell 3.14 on archlinux 3.17.3-1. I have a keyboard shortcut (ctrl+alt+T) to open an xfce4-terminal. My issue is that when I triger this shortcut the focus is not set the the newly ...
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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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6answers
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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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0answers
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When starting an application (Chrome) in Windows 7/8 it is not always in focus

The last half year (or more?) I have experienced that when I launch an application, it is not always in focus/active. For example I start Chrome several hundred times per day and maybe 30% of the time ...
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1answer
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Flash eats focus and standard Firefox's hotkeys does not work. How to fix it? I press Ctrl+T but nothing happens

I want to use standard browser hotkeys even when focus is inside adobe flash. How I can get it? I want e.g. Ctrl+T, Ctrl+W, Ctrl+R, Ctrl+N, Ctrl+L, Ctrl+F6, F11 ... I need cross-platform solution, ...
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Auto focus on control panel's search box

I am not sure if this applies to Windows in general or just Windows 7. On my old Windows 7 computer, whenever I would open the Control Panel the search box would be in focus. On my new Windows 7 ...
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Windows 7: Disable applications stealing focus

Is there any way to prevent specific programs from stealing window focus in Windows 7? Windows 7 doesn't have the option of using PowerToys' TweakUI, which has been suggested in the past for stopping ...
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1answer
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How to start a virtual keyboard without losing focus in Windows XP?

I need to start a virtual keyboard from my application (namely click-n-type) to allow user input in the active field. When I use the start click-n-type.exe the keyboard starts normally but I lose ...
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Excel Command Button to change Cell Focus

I have a multi sheet workbook I use for staff rostering. Each sheet is for for a 6 month period (eg Sheet 1 is Jan-Jun 2014, Sheet 2 is Jul-Dec 2014) going back to 2010. I have the dates along Row 3 ...
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1answer
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Edit current cell via keyboard?

In Excel for Macintosh 2011, when the cursor is in a particular cell of a spreadsheet and you wish for the focus to move to the edit line for that cell where the formula is displayed, is there a ...
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Sublime Text 2: leave goto windows on focus lost

How to set it not to close goto window: For example, I open it to install package, then Alt+Tab to browser. When I choose what to install and go back to Sublime - there is no more goto window so I ...
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5answers
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Windows 7 Explorer - Activate mouse focus to be able to scroll in tree and file view?

I'd like to be able to scroll in the tree view without having to click in it. Is there a way to do this? I have once used a tool that generally gives focus to the window underneath the mouse cursor, ...
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3answers
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How do i keep a newly started program from taking focus? [duplicate]

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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1answer
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Bizarre Windows7 task bar behavior on right-click menu

I've recently installed Windows 7, 64-bit. I'm seeing a strange behavior with the task bar. When I right click a running program on the task bar, a menu pops up, typically with the program name, ...
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Giving focus to a desktop icon using the keyboard

When I start Windows 7 none of the icons on my desktop have focus. I have to click on one of the icons with the mouse to give it focus. Is there a keyboard shortcut to give focus to an icon? (It ...
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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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1answer
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Mac OS X open context under focus not cursor

I am really used to the Shift+F10 shortcut from Windows. For example I got folder selected by arrow keys in Explorer, then I press Shift+F10 and can do some stuff without touching the mouse. Under ...
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3answers
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Close the Find/Replace dialog in Notepad++ with a keyboard shortcut?

When I do a find (not a find all, which closes the dialog) or replace in Notepad++, the focus will remain on the find/replace dialog. If I want to focus on the main window with the text in it, I ...
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4answers
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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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1answer
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Hide all application windows except a specified one on OS X

Is there a free and stable solution satisfying this kind of need and preferably having a menu bar to let the user to exclude a particular app?
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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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4answers
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How can I make a tab in Firefox falsely believe that it still has the focus?

In Firefox I would like to pass to another tab while an ad is playing in the current tab, but the pesky thing will pause when its tab loses the focus. I would like to trick the ad to believe that it ...
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2answers
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Why does the task pictogram flashes instead of opening the program?

Sometimes, when I select a click a program on the Windows 7 taskbar it won't appear (it doesn't gain focus and remains behind other open windows), and the icon will flash and turn orange. This happens ...
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word 2007 set focus to text box

I have a letterhead which has two "panes". The top pane is the header and has a lower rounded rectangle surrounding the text. Below that I want a similar pane with rounded corners into which I am able ...
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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 stop Windows Taskbar from hiding a focused application when I click the app's taskbar item? [duplicate]

Currently, on Windows, if you click an app in the taskbar, it is brought to the front of the desktop. However, if the app is already at the front it is sent to the back of the desktop, i.e. hidden ...
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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 ...
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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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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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How to make the scroll wheel to affect always what's under the mouse pointer? [duplicate]

It happens to me so many times that I roll the scroll wheel over some scrollable element, but the thing DOES NOT SCROLL. What's worse, something else on another part of the screen may scroll. I know ...
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1answer
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Firefox steals focus from RocketDock

If Firefox (v3.6.28) is running, RocketDock (with Layering set to "Always on Top") shows above Firefox but if in Firefox I do certain things (such as writing a post or watching a YouTube clip) ...
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0answers
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On demand keyboard focus indicator for all monitors?

Is there a way in Windows to indicate on all displays which window|process has the keyboard focus, only on demand by a keyboard shortcut? (For example with a bigger and centered visual indicator (per ...
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1answer
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Bring OSX terminal to front after command finishes

I'm looking for a way for the terminal to get my attention after a command finishes. Something like this: $ ./lengthy_command.sh ; focus_terminal Is there any easy way to do that on Snow Leopard?
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1answer
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Focus last modified cell when opening Excel

When I open an Excel file with a large number of cells, I want it to focus the last modified cell, i.e., the last cell in which I entered/changed data the last time I used Excel. How can I ...
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1answer
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Geting focus when rotating mouse wheel

In Ubuntu when you rotate mouse wheel while mouse pointer is in a region (for example you can volume up or down without any click while you rotate mouse on volume icon in system trey), that region ...
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Is there a way to set Dragon Naturally Speaking 11 to dictate to an unfocused application?

Does anyone know of a way in which to instruct Dragon to remain focused on a designated application regardless of its focus status instead of following focus changes? The primary use case we have is ...
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Can background window focus on mouseover be configured to update the Alt+Tab order?

I'm using Windows 7's focus follows cursor model, without raise to front. Unfortunately, the Alt+Tab MRU order isn't updated to reflect the focus change. Here's the behavior (^ indicates focus in ...