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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Keystroke to set focus on a particular browser - for Linux

I am doing web development, and I found that I always lose focus on the browser that I am doing development on. I always open other browser windows at the same time for searching, writing, etc. So ...
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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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1answer
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Prevent a repeatedly running console program from taking focus

I'm running windows 7. Every 10 seconds, a script will run that will send a popup command line box and close at the end of the script. In the meantime, when I'm using other applications, I am ...
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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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Prevent Focus-Stealing from any PopUp Window [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Windows 7: Disable applications stealing focus I have a really annoying behavior on my Windows XP System. Any PopUp Windows (e.g. asking me for my network signin) ...
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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 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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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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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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1answer
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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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1answer
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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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1answer
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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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3answers
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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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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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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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Why does the Firefox download dialog sometimes lose focus?

When I'm clicking a link to start a download, sometimes the main window steals the focus from the download dialog. This is extremely annoying for me as I have a habit of pressing enter to get to the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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KDE 4.5: Focus on scroll

With KDE 3.5 windows always got focus as soon as I scrolled over them but with KDE 4.x this doesn't seem to be possible. At the Focus settings I only see the policies "Click to focus", "Focus Follows ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Does Win7 software exist that logs the name of windows with focus

I'd like to buy a Windows 7 program that locally logs the name of all windows that get focus, along with the duration of focus. www.realtime-spy.com appears to do the job (and more), but it stores ...