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Why does the Windows Mobility Center sometimes open the Power Options when I press the Enter key even though another window has the focus?

I've been using the Windows Mobility Center in Windows 10 because it is a convenient place to control my volume, the brightness, and the power profile in the same place. Unfortunately, sometimes, no ...
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Volume change loses focus on current application

Whenever I change volume using my headset or keyboard it causes a window to pop up at top left of the screen to show current volume. The problem I'm having is that this loses focus on whatever my ...
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Is there a way to open a new Google Chrome tab from another application without Chrome being focused and raised?

When reading emails containing multiple links, eg Quora digest, I like to open all the links in tabs the background, then read each tab in turn after I've finished with the email. This works with ...
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How to start a macOS application (like jupyter qtconsole) and keep focus on the terminal?

On macOS, if I start the Firefox app in the terminal, after the app is launched, the focused window is still the terminal window. However, if I launch jupyter --qtconsole, the Qt Console "steals&...
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Microsoft Excel: how to disable the "two click" requirement when Excel window doesn't have focus?

In Microsoft Excel, all versions as far as I can tell (office 2007 to 2019), implement window focus differently than any other Windows apps: When Excel does not have focus (i.e. you're using another ...
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Windows 10 - Force Window to Always Be in Focus

I have a render utility that when it renders image files it pops up in the background - when it does, I get 1/4 the render speed when it is in the foreground / Active / Focus. Is there a tool or way ...
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Windows Japanese IME Toggling Automatically

Currently, I'm typing into SuperUser in the Half-width Alphanumeric / Direct Input mode, and the window with focus is Firefox. However, if I give focus to Notepad where I was last using Hiragana mode, ...
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Outlook takes over Window focus

I recently upgraded Office 2013 to v 2019 and ever since, Windows 10 Pro (64bit) loses its current window focus to Outlook. It seems to happen somewhat randomly, every 5-7 minutes. Generally, while ...
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Control key capture set up through Chrome Remote Desktop (CRD) to Win10 running Vbox running Win10 VM

I have a Inception like situation. My local Win10 ( at Home) is running the CRD Apps connected to a Win 10 at work which is running in Vbox Win 10. I installed, in the VM Win10, SystInternals to use ...
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how to slow down the raising of windows (in windows 10)

I have several full screen windows that I like to keep open, but I don't want them raising (too fast) when I open a new window (from the task bar) because I have to move the mouse over them to get to ...
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How to override application's titlebar color with Windows titlebar color?

Windows 10 allows me to set active/inactive color of the titlebar of the currently active application (the window in focus). However, I have noticed that many applications now come with their own ...
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Pop-up window not getting the focus

In Excel 2019, I am having a problem with pop-up window focus when using ALT shortcuts. If I open Format Cells window using CTRL+1 (or open it using mouse) focus is just fine but when I open it using ...
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Disable autofocus on dialog window when I click on close tab in SublimeText

I have Sublime Text 3 installed on Windows 7. When I push on Ctrl-W shortcut or click on mouse on tab's close button, then mouse pointer moves automatically on 'Yes' button of Windows dialog box (y/n/...
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Opened windows don't have focus on Windows 10

When I open a new window by right clicking an application in the task bar such as Visual Studio Code and select a recently opened project, the window does not have focus and the application icon in ...
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Linux, MS Teams, pop-ups and focus

My organisation uses MS Teams for communication a lot; I'm running it on Ubuntu 18.04, fluxbox as my WM. I'd like to know whether it's possible to stop team's pop-ups from stealing focus. It's ...
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Windows 10: Allow 1 program to take focus when flashing in taskbar OR minimize it

I am having an issue with a certain program when calling it that it doesn't show in the screen, but only in the background with it's icon and title flashing in the taskbar. However this doesn't happen ...
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How to configure Windows 10 for "keyboard focus follows mouse" without clicking into the window and without raising the window?

The context This is using Windows 10, Version 10.0.16299 Build 16299 The question What I need is the window to remain in the background (perhaps covered up with other windows), but when I move the ...
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How to Disable Web Page Checks for Focus, or Spoof Focus on Firefox Browser Tabs?

Problem: Some web sites refuse to load unless the tab is active, whereas most users appreciate tabs loading in the background. This behavior may not be specific to Firefox. Examples: https://www....
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Can you switch browser tabs without focusing window?

I primarily use chrome, but I'm open to using any browser that would allow me to do that. In Windows 10 you can scroll any window, even if it's not currently active by hovering your mouse over and ...
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Non-maximised window on second screen disappears when moving mouse to second screen

This one's a bit hard to explain, and I haven't found a good way to google it. Pretty much if I have a non-maximised window (say, notepad) open on my right (secondary) screen, sometimes when I move my ...
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explorer.exe Window Steals Focus

I've been having intermittent problems with a window stealing focus in Windows 10 Professional. I ran Windows Focus Logger (by Adminscope) and it indicates the Process_name stealing the focus is ...
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macOS mouse behaviour from a windows user

I have bought myself a mac, and coming from 20 years of windows use, some things i am finding quite jarring... but don't know the 'terms' to search online in order to see if anyone has really done ...
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Windows MFC application loses focus on startup after recent windows 10 updates

We have an application built in MFC (c++), originally working on windows XP, then 7 and now windows 10. The problem we faced was the lost of focus, which was randomly stealead by windows messages and ...
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Can't click anything but chrome windows sometimes

I'm running multiple windows of chrome and other programs on windows 7. Randomly chrome is the only thing I can click on that responds and there is no feedback on mouseover. Clicking on irc chat ...
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Switching focus away from windows with admin rights

When I have some app open with admin rights (ie. command prompt with admin rights), I cannot use either the task bar or ALT+TAB to switch to other apps, unless that app is also running with admin ...
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Windows 10 : shellexperiencehost stealing application focus

I am a FIFA player and while playing in a match if you switch control to anywhere but the FIFA application, your game is terminated (you loose). I have been having problems where some background ...
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Bring launched processes to foreground in OSX?

I recently installed the suite of qemu utilities (using brew if that matters) on OSX Mojave. QEMU is working as expected, though it does not have focus when launched from the terminal (iTerm, ...
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Severe Linux Mouse Click and Window Focus Issues

I have recently been trying to get a working Linux install on my main PC. My PC runs on a GTX 1060. I've been having this issue where my mouse won't click properly in what looks to be a properly ...
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How to prevent programs stealing focus in Mint Linux 19?

I would like to prevent programs from stealing window focus in Mint Linux 19. I have tried changing the "Prevent focus stealing" option in the Windows preferences dialog (see screenshot below), but it ...
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How to make a browser HTTP Auth window non-modal?

Many scam websites use HTTP Basic Auth windows or JS alert windows to prevent the user from navigating away from the page. Here's an example of a fake Windows technical support webpage: Since the ...
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Alt+Tab Prevents Return to Microsoft Office / Office Hangs

This is a weird one. I've searched and haven't found symptoms quite like this. I'm using Windows 10 Pro (version 1803, OS Build 17134.254) with the latest updates, along with Office Professional Plus ...
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xmonad: mouse hover hook

I'm trying to make xmonad focus the window underneath the pointer when the mouse is moved, regardless of which window is focused. This was addressed in this question; however, the provided solution ...
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Can AutoHotKey be able to focus a panel?

Some programs have floating panels within the main window. Since the ability to focus them with keyboard only depends on the framework they are using, is there a way to use AutoHotKey to do this ...
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Foreground application stops receiving keyboard and mouse events from time to time

I've bought new Macbook 12 recently and have this annoying issue when foreground application suddenly stops being foreground. It didn't happen all the time and I cannot reproduce this issue at any ...
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Prevent gnome from changing the workspace on focus when using multiple monitors

Currently I'm using two monitors, one for exclusively viewing and editing code, another for doing everything else. I have hotkeys set up to focus on either sublime, or firefox or the terminal like ...
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Focus-follows-mouse for Google Chrome on macOS?

I am seeking focus-follows-mouse behavior for Google Chrome windows on macOS. The desired behavior is that if there are two browser windows, occupying the left and right halves of the screen, then ...
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How can I detect currently active window in Apple MacOS?

Recently, this started happening. I need very fast switch sorting my notes between "Date Edit" and "Title" so I lot pressing key "cmd+," then "arrow down", choose with "enter", and "escape". Now ...
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Chrome App shortcut Always opens New Window instead of Focus on existing

I've looked everywhere still didn't find an answer to this. In Chrome we can create a shortcut to desktop from a url, and open it like an App in a new window (like Google Calendar). If I click on ...
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Preventing applications from stealing focus in Windows 10 [duplicate]

There is a dated question asking for a solution for windows 7. I have recently grew tired of newly launched applications to steal focus from my currently opened window. Is there a way how to prevent ...
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is it possible to make Windows highlight the active window/app?

I've been working with Windows for a long time. A few years ago my work environment got us a second monitor to use. It was fantastic, my productivity went up. Love it! However, there's one thing that ...
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Allow process to steal focus

I see a lot of information about preventing a process from stealing focus. My question is quite the opposite: how do I ALLOW a process to always steal the focus when it so desires. Context: On a ...
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How to stop Windows 7 program from always being on top?

I upgraded Foxit reader to a new version, and now its window always has the focus. Alt + Tab will not switch now to another window. The only way to switch away from Foxit reader is to minimise it. ...
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Window in focus doesn't minimize when I click on its icon in the taskbar (Windows 10)

After applying the anniversary update, Windows 10 decided it was okay to change various settings for me. I've reversed some of the changes but one persists and I can't seem to find where to fix it. ...
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How can I force Chrome to open new tabs via middle-click/command+click/ctrl+click without focusing on them?

On most webpages in Chrome, I can middle-click/command-click to force a link to open in another tab, and it opens in a new tab while keeping focus on the tab I opened it from. On some sites/links, ...
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Why does the active Firefox window occasionally lose focus?

Occasionally, when I transition from one tab to another, the Firefox window loses focus. This is especially notable when I switch or close tabs via keyboard shortcuts. For example, I can be closing a ...
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windows: how to prevent background programs from stealing focus?

please don't misunderstand me, i do not want a tool to make a selected window always stay on top - there's already plenty of answers on SU for that question (such, as, these). what i want is that the ...
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Applications frequently losing mouse focus

I am programming in Windows 7 and the applications I am using are increasingly losing mouse focus; the system, at times, is unusable as a result. A restart does not solve the problem, Microsoft ...
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How to prevent mouse events being captured by an unfocused window?

Mouse events are being captured by unfocused windows when the mouse is over them in Windows 10. This is wreaking havoc on my ability to watch videos on my secondary monitor while playing a game on the ...
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How can I keep focus on a window after the mouse left said window

Here is a common example: I open some mp3 file on VLC. The VLC window appears and I realize the volume is too low/high. Thinking I automatically have the focus on this window I just opened, I use the ...
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How do you enable focus follows mouse in Windows 10

I'd like raise-on-click and sloppy focus-follows-mouse on Windows 10 because this is the setup I've been using on Windows and Linux for years. Under Windows 10, I tried the regedit Xmouse changes ...
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