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Skype contact list, Home folder, etc. How to open them in foreground?

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Do these windows always open behind other windows, for you? – Eliah Kagan Aug 22 '12 at 8:14
It happens from time to time – Alexey Plutakhin Oct 3 '12 at 11:34
Same here with e.g. Skype. It seems to be application dependent: Happens always with Skype, but never with e.g. LibreOffice. So either an application falls into the "background category" (then it is always reproducable) or not (then it always works fine). – Izzy Oct 9 '12 at 14:58
Btw: for those who think it rarely happens, I just found this thread on UbuntuForums talking about it in detail. Unfortunately without finding a solution -- but exactly the same software affected: Skype, Home folder, plus Tomboy. – Izzy Oct 9 '12 at 15:22

Me too I suffered from app window shyness. I found how to fix it, though.

  1. get compizconfig-settings-manager

  2. Press Alt+F2 and type ccsm

  3. click on "General Options"

  4. Select the "Focus and Raise Behaviour" tab

  5. Check "Auto-raise" and set "Focus Prevention" level to Off

That fixed things up for me. Hope it does for you as well.

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This didn't fix it for me. For example Transmission, or KMahjongg always open behind any other open window. I'm using Unity-2D with 12.04LTS. – mivk Oct 23 '13 at 10:07

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